September 14, 2004
As that never-ending to-do list grows longer, many families are too busy trying to accomplish the basics to even think about the extras.
Which means that fingerprinting the kids or brushing up on bicycle safety isn’t always a priority.
The folks at Superstition Springs Center in Mesa want to help.
On Saturday, the mall will host a Community Awareness and Safety Day, bringing together family-friendly organizations at a one-stop information-fest 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the center court. Face painters and balloon artists will be there to keep the kids from getting antsy while parents can peruse the booths and tables.
"Time is so valuable, and it’s difficult to get ahold of these organizations individually," says Munira Smith, marketing manager for Superstition Springs Center. "It’s a place to come and get all the information at one time."
The hope is that families walk away with tips for caring for both children and seniors.
"We wanted to have topics that really would touch the lives of our customers," Smith says. There will be information on a range of topics from bicycle safety to recognizing the signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Mesa police officers will be there to fingerprint children and distribute information on crime prevention.
Steve Barclay, coalition manager of the Arizona chapter of the Coalition for a Healthy and Active America, will distribute material on how to prevent and deal with childhood obesity.
"We’re looking to plug in," he says. "You can’t really reach the kids unless you get the message across to the families."
Smith hopes some East Valley parents leave armed with resources necessary to giving their kids healthier lives.
"Our mission and purpose is to bring about public awareness and education on the challenges we face here in Arizona and across the country on childhood obesity," Smith says.