Andersson, Advocate Healthy Fun Fair a Success

State Representative Steve Andersson recently sponsored a healthy families fun fair in conjunction with Advocate Good Sherman Hospital and the Gail Borden Public Library.

The free public event provided area residents with information on health, wellness, and nutrition—as well as resources from state and local government.

The State Treasurer’s office was in attendance to provide assistance with their I-Cash program, which helps Illinois residents claim money. The Illinois’ Treasurers office currently has $2.5 billion in recovered cash belonging to millions of Illinois residents—but at the health fair several residents were able to discover what they had claims to and how to recover it. “Having the treasurer’s office at this event and seeing people have the opportunity to get help on the spot to claim their money was so beneficial, and a resource many didn’t know of prior to the event,” said Rep. Andersson.

Another popular exhibit at the fair was presented by the University of Illinois Extension. They brought monarch butterflies so children could learn and see the stages of becoming a butterfly, while also learning about gardening and healthy eating. Rep. Andersson was a co-sponsor of a bill this year in the House of Representatives that made milkweed the official state wildflower for Illinois. Milkweed is the only food source monarch butterflies feed on during their caterpillar stage of life, which was also demonstrated through the exhibit.

This is the fourth annual health fair that Advocate has hosted, but the first time Representative Andersson has sponsored the event, which welcomed over 150 residents.

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