Groups partner on stroll to help promote infant care
By KALEY CONNER
Hays agencies are teaming up to offer a collaborative informational event for parents of young children.
The fifth annual Infant Care Expo and stroll-a-thon will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the fitness trail behind Hays Medical Center. The goal is to make parents aware of all the resources available to help them, said Jessica Seib, staff development coordinator for HaysMed's obstetric and pediatric departments.
"It's nice for expecting parents to know what the options are and what's out there," she said.
The expo will include information from many agencies, including Hays Medical Center, Healthy Start, Hays Area Children's Center, Parents as Teachers and Hays Public Library.
Topics will include breastfeeding support, early developmental screenings and infant massage. Law enforcement officials also will provide information about child safety and conduct car seat checks.
Prizes to be given away include a breast pump, a Boppy pillow and infant sleep sacks.
Weather permitting, the expo will be in the shelterhouse near the safety trail, and a stroll-a-thon will begin at 10 a.m.
Parents are invited to gather and walk their children through the fitness trails.
The stroll-a-thon began last year in Hays as part of breastfeeding awareness week and was organized by other local businesses. It was well attended, and organizers decided to incorporate it into this year's expo.
In case of inclement weather, the stroll-a-thon will be canceled and the informational event will be inside the Center for Health Improvement gym.
The event started five years ago as a project of the Hays Interagency Coordinating Council, which consists of representatives from local businesses that work with children and parents.
"It's a group that tries to collaborate for services for children and families," said Beth Fisher, a school nurse at Hays Area Children's Center. "We want people to know what's available in the community."