Niland’s Annual Family Health Fair Educates Parents and Provides Fun for Kids



The Imperial Valley Fire Department’s mascot, Sparky, helps guide a young boy to his next fun stop at the Niland Health Fair last Wednesday.

NILAND – Grace Smith Elementary School hosted the 14th Annual Family and Children’s Health Fair March 16 bringing fun for the family with different children’s activities and booths that offered education and services for the parents. Health topics covered included cancer awareness, blood pressure screening, and even dental care for the community of Niland. Many health booths also provided home follow-up services for the community.

While parents scoped out one side of the health fair, children were entertained on the other. The Imperial Valley Fire Department made an appearance spraying down the kids with department hoses and gave them fun in the sun, with the appearance of the department’s mascot, Sparky, adding extra amusement.

“We always have a great turnout of people for this event here in Niland,” claimed Maria Nava, organizer. “We are happy to be able to bring these services to the people so they can get help they may need, and it is a good way for the children to get out and have some fun as well.”

Local businesses donated raffle prizes for the event, varying from water bottles to the grand prizes of bicycles, while the L.A.M.B.S. mobile library of Brawley offered the children an educational component.

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