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Children’s Health & Safety Day 2012, Cherry Hill, NJ

In 2012, the National Institute of Health launched the “We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)” initiative to help children stay at a healthy weight by encouraging healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced time in front of a television or computer screen. In support of this initiative, BAPS Charities hosted Children’s Health and Safety Day across North America and spread the message of healthy living to children and their families to help curb obesity and promote healthy eating habits from the early years of childhood. BAPS Charities’ volunteers worked in tandem with local pediatricians, nutritionists, dentists, and nurses to teach children about hygiene, healthy living, and physical activity.

Center Cherry Hill, NJ

October 28, 2012

Time  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
No. of Participants 124
No. of Healthcare professionals & specialists
  • 2 Primary Care Physicians
  • 1 Pediatrician
  • 1 Pediatric Dentist and 7 students from UMDNJ Dentistry program
  • 1 Optometrist assistant from NJ Commission for Blind
  • 5 USP pharmacy school students
  • 1 Nurse
  • 1 K-9 Police Officer
  • 1 K-9 dog
  • 2 Firemen
  • 1 Fire Chief
  • 1 Zumbatomic instructor
  • 1 Professional Tennis Coach
  • 1 “Action” Program Specialist
  • 1 Black Belt Karate Instructor
List of Services provided
  • Educational lectures: Eating Healthy and Oral Health
  • Workshops: Karate Session, Zumbatomic and Action, Tennis Time, Fire safety and fire truck tour by Cherry Hill Fire Department, K-9 Unit Demonstration
  • Educational booths: disability awareness, first aid, dental health, nutrition, poison prevention, hand washing hygiene, immunization, growth/BMI and pediatric teddy bear clinic

Freebies for All Kids:

  • Colgate-Palmolive®, toothpastes and toothbrushes
  • Poison Prevention brochures, measuring spoon and magnets from NJ Poison Control Center
  • Healthy snacks (Nutrigrain bar, fruit snacks, etc.)
  • Tri-cups from Dunkin Donuts
  • Nutritional activities book & crayons, pencils, Wellness books for Mom and other giveaways and educational brochures