Families in northeast Houston are invited to a Health and Wellness Festival Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. sponsored by Harris County Department of Education Head Start and the Houston Department of Health and Human Services at the Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding.
Services at the festival include free health screenings for general health, including dental and eye screenings. Free flu shots are also provided. Health-and-nutrition workshops are scheduled throughout the event to promote healthy lifestyles.
The event includes age-appropriate activities which include face painting, moon walks, obstacle courses and nutrition-minded snacks and drinks. Free books and school supplies will be distributed to the families.
“We are really excited to be partnering with the City of Houston and other community partners to highlight the important connection of good health habits to school readiness,” HCDE Head Start Director Venetia Peacock said. “Our activities are specifically aimed at promoting healthy family lifestyles, and the event highlights a variety of family resources and services available to enhance quality of life.”
Sponsors for the event include the following:
United HealthCare; Recycle, Engage and Donate your Books (READ) for Houston; Mutual of Omaha; Lakeshore Learning; HEB; Kroger’s; Culligan; Molina Health Care; and Glazier Foods.
About Harris County Department of Education’s Head Start Area I: Harris County Department of Education Head Start Area I serves families residing in east and northeast Harris County, providing 14 area centers for over 1,100 children and their families. Head Start is a federally funded program that prepares children ages 3-5 for school. It also supports and promotes strong families through parent participation and training. Low-income families and families of children with special needs benefit from services. For more information, call (713) 672-9343, www.hcde-texas.org.
About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.