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Children’s Health & Safety Day 2012, Parsippany, 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 Parsippany, New Jersey

August 18, 2012

Time  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
No. of Participants 150
No. of Healthcare professionals & specialists

1 Primary Care Physician
4 Pharmacist
1 Nurses
1 Police Officer
3 Firemen
1 Dare Officer
2 EMT (Ambulance Staff)
1 Occupational Therapist  
1 Graduate Child Psychologist
1 Physical Therapist
1 Teacher

List of Services provided Educational booths and workshops on We Can! (Eat Right, Reduce Screen Time, Get Active); Emergency Education- Fire, Police, Ambulance; Teddy Bear Clinic
Prizes and Freebies for Children

Raffle Prizes: 10 Build-a-Bear teddy’s, 4 gift baskets from Occupational Therapist, Walk with Walgreens kits

Freebies for All Kids: We Can! Educational brochures, eating right educational pamphlets, TD Bank (pens, stickers, and magnets), Colgate Palmolive SpongeBob Hand soap


The kids were very interactive, interested, and attentive.  It seemed that being shown the various different things a kid could do instead of watching TV, had them excited and ready to go and become more active and healthy

  • Khyati Patel (local volunteer)

The children loved the Teddy Bear Clinic, I saw their faces light up as they received their own teddy bear from us doctors and were able to use a stethoscope to listen to its heart beat. They even seemed less scared when it came to their turn, maybe even a little more excited.

  • Dr. Varsha Patel (Physician)

It was my first time sitting in an ambulance and holding a fire hose to see what the rescue people use to help us. This day was so much fun and I learned a lot. I can’t wait to come again next year.     

Mitul Patel (5th grader)