The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will launch the Healthy Children Conference & Expo, a consumer event for parents, March 8-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the suburban Chicago city of Rosemont, Ill.
The live educational event, with an exhibit hall, is an offshoot of the AAP’s HealthyChildren.org web site that focuses on parenting issues. The Healthy Children event will have a program of conference sessions dealing with children’s nutrition, safety, mental health and common health issues like allergies and obesity.
The exhibit hall will feature four pavilions with about 150 interactive displays and demonstrations, including:
• Healthy Living, with information on children’s nutrition, fitness, oral health and emotional wellness;
• Safety and Prevention, with tips to keep children safe at home, on the road and at play, and advice on immunizations;
• Family Life, with information on family dynamics, parenting, and managing your family’s health;
• Health Issues, which will have the latest advice on common health conditions facing children today, including allergies, learning disabilities, obesity, eating disorders and obesity.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that families want the most up-to-date and expert advice about their children’s health,” says Dr. Jennifer Shu, a spokesperson for the AAP in a statement.
Organizers expect about 5,000 families to participate. While there will be an admission fee for the event, all individual conference sessions will be free.