Members and Their Families Loved Kids Days 2019

Hotel Voice — November 05, 2019

There were plenty of medical and dental visits recorded at the union’s Health and Dental Centers for Kids Days 2019. The strong attendance provided ample evidence once again that members recognize the huge value of this event and all the other annual health awareness events. In addition to all that, Kids Days 2019 proved to be great fun for all who participated.

There is little doubt that Kids Days is now one of the most popular occasions on the union’s annual calendar. And that’s good news because in addition to the great fun it provides it is also is a source of very valuable health education for parents and children alike.  

Dr. Robert Greenspan and Dr. David Jacobson visiting the Midtown Dental Center for Kids Days 2019.

This year the Health and Dental Centers concentrated on several areas of health education: Eating healthy food (like fruits and vegetables, for example, and exercising for a healthy mind and body, as well as other important areas of good health.

We should add that there were plenty of great health tips passed along, including good advice like brushing one’s teeth twice a day and keeping sugar out of one’s diet.

Visitors to Kids Days 2019 found took part in raffles with useful prizes. As always, the staff members at each of the Health and Dental Centers went all out to make the event the big success that it was. Face painting was an extremely popular activity, and some photos in this edition clearly show that there were some great artists present to do the honors Dancing was also popular, as were hula hoops, and there were lots of games available, too, as once again many parents found that Kids Days is probably the best possible way to introduce children to doctors and dentists. In addition, Kids Days 2019 did a superb job teaching children the importance of taking care of themselves, while doing so in a very relaxed and very entertaining atmosphere.

There were other important features of Kids Days 2019. Once again parents were able to bring in health paperwork needed for the school year and have it taken care of by Health Centers’ staff members. Visitors from FDNY had safety tips for parents and kids. Many children had their height and weight checked, had their eyesight and hearing checked, or had other tests performed. There were opportunities to learn important nutritional information. Health screenings were performed. All in all, a good education on health was provided to children at a time in their lives when it is sure to make a strong and permanent impression.

The most important goal of Kids Days was also reached. That goal is to make children feel comfortable and secure with doctors and dentists; and hundreds and hundreds of smiles showed the great success in achieving that aim. As we have reported often, the feeling of trust that develops between children and medical and/or dental personnel on Kids Days often has benefits that can last a lifetime. Too often, adults are reluctant to have medical or dental check-ups because they remember that they found these experiences painful or uncomfortable when they were children. Kids Days 2019 helped ensure that our members’ children will view visits to doctors and dentists far differently, both now and in the future.

And once again young children were not the only visitors to Kids Days 2019 that found the experience both fun and educational. More than a few parents told Hotel Voice they were having a great time at the event as well.

After weeks of preparation, the staffs at the Health and Dental Centers could all take pride in the fact that Kids Days 2019 lived up to the success of its predecessors, providing fun for the whole family while performing a valuable health service for all.

Kids Days 2019 at the Brooklyn Health Center.

 

Kids Days at the Queens Health Center.