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Free vaccinations for kids part of Bart and Nadia festival

Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci host an event at the Cox Center that deals with health and wellness, both through sports and medicine.
By Kyle Fredrickson, For The Oklahoman Published: February 16, 2013

Getting vaccinated, for adults and children, can often be an intimidating experience. That's why Jones said it was so important to get their message out at the festival, with plenty of prizes and activities for the kids.

“I have a 6-year-old son, so when we go in for the shots, it's a little terrifying,” Conner said. “I think he realized he gets a sucker out of the deal, so it's not so bad.”

Conner hopes the awareness spread by the OCF and other vendors at the convention center will help rebrand Oklahoma as a health-conscious state.

“One of the key elements that we're trying to promote is the concept that you need to take ownership of your health and wellness,” Conner said. “You can't just go through life and then realize, ‘Wow, I'm overweight, I have high cholesterol and I have type 2 diabetes. What am I going to do?' And I think it's the kind of thing where if you know at a young age that I need to own it, you somehow take care of it differently.

“I think this is really impactful for kids. If we can tell kids, ‘Guess what? Own it now when you're 7, 8, 9 or 10 years old, so later on it's not an issue.'”

For more information on the OCF's free vaccination program, visit www.oklahomacaringfoundation.org.


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