Local health fair offers free services for kids

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The annual Kids Health Fair was held at the Pioneer Park Civic Center Saturday.

Being a parent doesn't come with an instruction manual and it can be confusing trying to navigate the world of childhood health care. The Early Childhood Development Commission can help though. Saturday, they hosted their annual health fair at the Pioneer Park Civic Center.

Rachel Hanft is the Chairperson for the Early Childhood Development Commission and tells us about how the health fair helps the community.

"We need to know what is available to us in the community, especially young families. It just really helps if you are new to the area, to find out what is available, if you're not new to the area to find out what resource should I go to for this thing that I'm a little concerned about with my child. And so kind of bringing it all together and having families get to know, you know this resource and this resource and kind of be able to make the connections is what we are doing it for," she said.

The health fair played host to numerous services including vision and hearing checks, dental services, and height and weight checks. There were also business providing parents and children with resources from child care to nutrition with some activities and prizes thrown in. Hanft also talks about their event coming up in April.