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High Point Regional Health System and the City of High Point Recognizes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

10/21/2010

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of a million children living in the U.S. have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health.

National lead poisoning prevention week is October 24 – 30 and thanks to a HUD Lead Hazard Control Grant to the City of High Point, a permanent lead exhibit is at Millis Regional Health Education Center.

“Millis Regional Health Education Center is a wonderful place to display this exhibit,” said Charla Posey, field trip coordinator for Millis Regional Health Education Center. “We have a lot of people come through here for meetings and especially children who come here for field trips and pediatric rehab. I know the kids will absolutely love this and hopefully learn about lead poisoning.”

The main character of the lead exhibit is Dusty the dog. Visitors are encouraged to pet Dusty on his head and back, where they unwittingly pick up some “glo-germ” powder on their hand. Then, they are asked to put their hand under a black light, which is mounted on the exhibit. When they do, they see the glo-germ all over their hand and are informed that it could have been lead dust the dog picked up rolling around in the dirt. The exhibit also educates visitors about where lead is found, the need to get children tested and how to prevent lead poisoning.

“The release of lead based paint hazards in the environment puts our children in harm’s way,” said Michael McNair, City of High Point’s Community Development and Housing director. “Improving awareness amongst families is essential to reducing exposure to lead based paint hazards. We are excited by our partnership with the High Point Regional Health System to help provide educational tools on lead based paint hazards.”

The lead poisoning prevention exhibit is located at 600 North Elm St., High Point. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., (except holidays). No appointment is needed. For additional information, call (336) 878-6888.

Media Contact:

Chad Campbell (336) 878-6200
High Point Regional Health System

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