Published: Sept. 18, 2013

Teddy Bear Picnic helps young patients overcome fears

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Children of all ages are invited to the annual Teddy Bear Picnic on Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Michigan State University’s 4-H Children’s Garden.

Children are encouraged to bring a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal for a check-up at the Teddy Bear Hospital, a mock clinic staffed by physicians and students from MSU’s health colleges. The annual event was created to help children overcome the fear of “going to the doctor” in a fun, safe environment.

Presented by MSUFCU and the Network for Health Kids, admission to the annual picnic is free. The fun-filled event also includes face painting, games, raffles and more.

The Network for Healthy Kids is a collaboration of more than 100 mid-Michigan community businesses and organizations, including the health colleges from Michigan State University, all working to promote healthy lifestyles for children.

Children take part in Teddy Bear Picnic, which includes a mock clinic to help children overcome the fear of “going to the doctor.” Courtesy photo