Capitol Family Fun Day promotes a safe, healthy Halloween

Capitol Family Fun Day © 2009 UC Regents

Little ghosts, ghouls and goblins are invited to attend the second annual Capitol Family Fun Day — a free, Halloween-themed health fair hosted by UC Davis Children’s Hospital — on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the west steps of the state Capitol.

"Halloween is a time when parents look for ways to help their children enjoy a fun holiday but are concerned about keeping them safe and healthy," said event organizer Jacquelyn Kay-Mills, development officer for UC Davis Health System. "The Capitol Family Fun Day will let parents share the importance of healthy lifestyles while letting their kids have fun."

Pre-school through pre-teen children are encouraged wear their costumes to the event, which will encompass one square block and include more than 50 booths. The event will feature free information on health, safety, nutrition and exercise, including obesity prevention and bicycle safety.

Nugget Markets will hold healthy eating demonstrations and distribute free pumpkins. Ace Hardware will give away thousands of free pumpkin-carving kits, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The UC Davis Trauma Prevention program will provide free bike helmet safety checks for anyone who brings his or her own helmet.

pumkin painting © 2009 UC Regents
Children will enjoy fun activities such as pumpkin painting at the Capitol Family Fun Day.

The UC Davis Children's Hospital main stage will feature performances by Kovar’s Martial Arts Academy. Entertainment will be provided by Radio Disney AM 1470, Hip Hop station 103.5 FM "The Bomb," Spanish-language stations 104.3 FM "Jose" and 99.9 FM "La Tricolor," and "WOLF" country music 101.9 FM.

Capitol Family Fun Day is presented by Nugget Markets, Kohl's department stores and KQCA-TV My58, in partnership with UC Davis Children's Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only comprehensive hospital for children. From primary-care offices to specialty- and intensive-care clinics, pediatric experts provide compassionate care to more than 100,000 children each year and conduct research on causes and improved treatments for conditions such as autism, asthma, obesity, cancer and birth defects. For more information, visit the UC Davis Children's Hospital Web site.