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Community Outreach to Inform Public about Fish Consumption and Health Issues

If possible, arrange for students to present at a local venue (library, school auditorium, shopping mall, etc.) where community members can learn about the fish contaminant issue from your students

Community health fairs are an excellent venue for setting up an information station or booth to showcase student projects. For ideas, check the Web and consult your local hospital, medical clinic, Public Health District, American Red Cross, Mental health agencies, Child referral agencies, United Way .

Festivals such as Fiesta del Sol in Chicago; Wetlands, Wind and Water Festival at Wolf Lake provide the opportunity for hundreds of people to learn about this important health and nutrition topic.

To reach anglers, you can present at large fishing and outdoors shows for the public. Most are listed on Chicago Fishing Links. Just a few examples include Chicagoland Outdoors Show in Rosemont in January, The Hammond Outdoor Sports Show in January, the Porter County Boat Show in Indiana , Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show in February in Valparaiso .

Involve your park district, family fitness center (YMCA, etc), 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and Boys and Girls Clubs in the planning of this student information-sharing event

Touch base with the ‘ Fish School ' project contacts located at the end of your teacher resource notebook.


Terri Hallesy
Education Coordinator

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Purdue University
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033
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Sea Grant
Purdue University