ROCHELLE — On Thursday afternoon, Rochelle Community Hospital hosted a back to school kick-off event on its lawn. The event included health books, tips and demos, free backpacks to the first 100 attendees, free Kona Ice Treats, visits with comfort dogs and giveaways and games.
RCH Public Health Intern Andrew Dubow, who worked to organize the event along with RCH staff members, said the theme Thursday was back-to-school wellness.
“We're trying to incorporate back-to-school wellness into the event for the kids as they get ready to go back to school,” Dubow said. “We're trying to get the kids into a healthy mindset. We're obviously Rochelle Community Hospital. We're very community-based. It's just something good for the kids before they go back to school to come together and get some good information on how to improve their lifestyle.”
Dubow said he was impressed with the turnout Thursday and members of the community showed up early to the event. Children in attendance were able to get free school supplies such as backpacks, pens and pencils. Booths included a mental health checkup and kids had the chance to learn about orthopedics.
Dubow said he hopes the event helped to get members of the public, especially children, to associate RCH with fun memories, rather than having to go to it just for health issues of their own or those of family members.
“Nobody wants to go to the hospital, but we promote ourselves as a family and community healthcare place to go for your all-around needs whether it's an emergency or not,” Dubow said. “Rochelle Community Hospital is here for you.”