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EPA to Observe Children’s Health Month in Jacksonville

Release Date: 10/04/2011
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – Oct. 4, 2011) – On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 will kick-off its Children’s Health Month observance in Jacksonville by hosting a children’s health fair and environmental justice (EJ) showcase recognition event. School groups and families are invited to participate in free health and dental screenings, games, activities and presentations.

EPA will also host tours aboard its Ocean Survey Vessel Bold, a converted U.S. Navy T-AGOS class vessel. The Bold is EPA's only ocean and coastal monitoring vessel, and is equipped with state-of-the-art sampling, mapping, and analysis equipment.

WHO: Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4;
Greg Strong, Director, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Northeast District;

      Mayor Alvin Brown, City of Jacksonville; and
      Jon Heymann, CEO, Communities in Schools of Jacksonville
    WHAT: Children’s Health Month Observance and EJ Showcase Recognition/ Tours of the EPA Ocean Survey Vessel Bold

    WHEN: Press Conference/Opening Ceremony
        Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, 11 – 11:30 a.m.

        Activities/Stations Open to Middle School Students
    Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, 10 am – 6 pm

    Activities/Stations Open to General Public
    Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 10 am – 4 pm

    WHERE: Jacksonville Riverwalk Northbank – In front of the Hyatt Regency Riverfront
    201 East Coastline Drive
    Jacksonville, Fl.


    More information about Children’s Health Month: http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/chm-home.htm

    More information about the EJ Showcase Program: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/grants/ej-showcase.html

    More information about EPA’s Ocean Survey Vessel Bold: http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/assessmonitor/osvbold_index.cfm and www.epa.gov/boldkids/