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Pediatric and mental health fair at UMFK

March 10, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing faculty for pediatric nursing and psych mental health courses will be hosting a pediatric and mental health fair entitled "Safe and Healthy Choices 2006" at the UMFK SportsCenter.

The fair will be held on Thursday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for pre-kindergarten to 8th grade students from the Fort Kent, Wallagrass, Eagle Lake and St. Francis elementary schools.

The coordinators of the event are Lisa Eno, adjunct pediatric instructor; Aimee Blaisdell, adjunct pediatric clinical instructor and Melissa Charette, psych mental health instructor.

"This health fair is a great opportunity for our pediatric community to creatively learn health information and be able to make 'Healthy Choices' throughout the rest of their lives." said Blaisdell.

Forty-three junior nursing students will also be involved by designing booths, which will be set up with various topics including: nutrition, obesity prevention, physical activity, dental health, injury prevention, peer pressure, bullying, keeping and making friends, hygiene and babysitter safety to name a few.

Included in the fair will be fingerprinting which will be done by Lt. Darrell Ouellette.

"This is the largest junior nursing class UMFK has ever had," according to Eno.

The fair will provide pediatric and mental health clinical hours for the UMFK nursing students.

"This is an educational mind, body, spirit approach for both the children and the nursing students," said Eno. "This fair will be a wonderful way to promote health and education for the children in our community."

"The children will see McGruff the crime dog, as well as Sparky during the health fair and enjoy smoothies prepared by the St. John Valley Partnership," added Eno.

"I am very excited to see all the hard work that the UMFK nursing students prepared in educating the elementary kids. With all the difficult decisions kids have to make today, I think this will help get them thinking about healthy choices and resources they have available to them," said Charette.

Each booth will have a topic consisting of a medical, preventive and mental health theme.

"The junior nursing class has done an awesome job collecting donations and being creative with their fair booths," said Blaisdell.

The UMFK student nurses organization (SNO), Northern Maine Medical Center, Horizons Health services, Pines Pediatrics, NMMC Ambulance service, St. John Valley Partnership and the Fort Kent Fire Department will also be participating in the health fair.

"I am amazed and honored at how much the community is willing to come together in efforts to make this huge project such a great success. It reminds me why I am so fortunate to live here," said Charette.

Eno, a UMFK alumna, is employed for NMMC Medical Practices at Acadia Family Health Center in Madawaska as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Charette is employed by NMMC Psychiatry Services in Fort Kent and Madawaska as a medical health nurse practitioner and is also a UMFK alumna.

Blaisdell is employed at The Aroostook Medical Center as a registered nurse.

If you have any questions on the fair, please contact Eno at 207-728-7300 or Charette at 207-834-3101.