By Dena Pepple, R.N. for Lee’s Summit Physicians Group
When is it okay to start Christmas music, shopping, and pictures with Santa? We start seeing red and green sometimes in September. Certainly as soon as Halloween decorations come down, the stores are full of Christmas everything.
In, Lee’s Summit, a big start to the Christmas holiday season started Saturday, November 10th, and our office was there. No, we didn’t have an office shopping spree. (Not that that’s a bad idea!) What we did do was participate in the Healthy for the Holidays Community Health Fair held in conjunction with the Lee’s Summit Holly Festival Craft Fair.
To be honest, most (if not all) were at the fair for the shopping. With two gyms, a commons area, and several hallways at Bernard Campbell Junior High full of booths, there was plenty to pick from. There was a plethora of clothing, crafts, home décor, jewelry, toys, and more. So, we definitely had some competition.
Our amazing nurses Kate, Missy and Holly were very engaging to those walking by. They were asking if they’ve heard of us, answering questions, talking about our evening/weekend hours, and even reminding parents about flu shots. (This got them a few dirty looks from the kids.) Everyone was pleasant to visit with. (Why wouldn’t they be? They were on their way to shop!)
First Aid Kits
We made first aid kits with the kids, which they loved, and actually many of the older patrons asked about as well. In fact, many of those adults offered up that they used to bring their kids (now grown) to us, or they themselves use our internal medicine office. We let them make first aid kits too. I mean, at Christmas aren’t we all kids at heart?!
Car Seat Safety
With Christmas carolers in the background, we discussed car seat safety with many of our patrons. It seemed that most of the younger parents were up to speed (see what I did there?) on the newest guidelines, which is great. It was interesting for me to talk to the older parents who have kids in their 20-30’s (as mine are) because so much has changed. We know it’s for the best, and life-saving. It is still amazing the difference in car seats, and how much longer the kiddos need to use them since the “olden days.”
We also had information about Fit-tastic, a program from the CDC that talks about healthy living and appropriate amounts of exercise, screen time, milk, water, and fruits/veggies for our kids. There was less interest in this, however the handouts were well received. I mean really, who wants to think of fruits and veggies when it’s cookies and candy cane season!
The answer to that first question of when to start thinking “Christmas” is really whenever we want. The spirit was definitely there, and we were part of it. All in all, I think our first involvement in the Lee’s Summit Health Fair/Holly Fair was a huge success. It was fun, we provided some education and put a face to the name of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group and Raintree Pediatrics. We enjoyed a little Christmas spirit!
And, oh, I just happened to win a $20 gift certificate to Jose Peppers. So, early Merry Christmas to me! And to all, “Good Health!”