For Immediate Release
October 22, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: Free Childhood Lead Testing Offered at Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Events

Governor Kathleen Sebelius has proclaimed October 21-27 as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Kansas. Free lead tests and educational fun days are just some of the events being held across the state to celebrate National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. A display of “Healthy Homes” coloring sheets from Kansas children, along with the interactive “Dusty the Dog” demonstration will be located in the Statehouse Rotunda October 22-24.

Free child lead screening tests and educational information will be provided at the following Lead Poisoning Prevention Week events:

Donations for the Topeka event were provided by Sonic, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, CiCi’s Pizza, Pepsi and Frito Lay. For more information on the ZOOriffic! Healthy Homes Family Fun Day, please call Chrishundra Mitchell, Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Prevention Program at (785) 296-3259.

For more additional information on any of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Week programs statewide, please call the Kansas Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Program at (866) 865-3233.