Hopefest offers free healthcare, school supplies for children

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - The first annual Hopefest kicked off Saturday afternoon with chances for children to not only receive school supplies, but health screenings as well. Hopefest is hosted by  an advocacy group Consider the Poor, and is aimed at giving students a healthy start to the upcoming school year.

Doctors,nurses, volunteers, and families came out to Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine to make the event a success. Parents were able to bring their children to booths for vision checks, dental screenings, health screenings, and informational sessions targeting major health concerns for at-risk youth. Health experts were on hand with different activities, discussions, and information regarding infant mortality, asthma, mental health, preventable accidents, and childhood obesity/diabetes.  Representatives from CincySmiles, the YMCA, The City of Cincinnati Health Department and the Juvenile Diabetes Association were available to answer questions.

After visiting each of the health focused booths, students received a backpack filled with school supplies. Children were also able to have some fun with face painting, balloon animals, caricature drawings, and DJ Apryl Reign.

The event was sponsored by Cincinnati Bell, The Flying Pig Marathon, Children's Hospital, Proctor and Gamble, 3CDC, Alpine Valley Water, Fifth Third Bank, Luxottica, LaVERDAD, Mercy Healthcare Partners, YMCA, Castillini Foods, Natural Foods, Green Bean Delivery, and Daisy Mae's Market.

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