Health Education


People With Arthritis Can Exercise was created to keep joints flexible, muscles strong and to help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.  The low-impact class uses routines that are suitable for every fitness level using gentle range-of-motion movements.  Classes are held on Monday & Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


In conjunction with the PACE classes, during the summer individuals with arthritis can also take advantage of water exercises.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

Car Seat Classes

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians provide classes to educate on child passenger seat safety and installation.  The class is open to pregnant women who reside in Bates County.  Once the individual attends and completes the instructional class they will receive a convertible safety seat for their child which can be used until the child reaches the maximum weight defined on the seat.  When available, booster seat classes are also held for parents and grandparents who reside in Bates County.  Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are also available for technical support, to answer questions and to check for proper installation of child seats.

Bike Helmets

Ensuring safety while promoting physical activity is the goal of the bike helmet program.  Bike helmets are distributed through different organizations and activities within the county.

Children's Health & Safety Fair

As children prepare to return to school, the Bates County Health Center sponsors a Children’s Health & Safety Fair which provides screenings such as height, weight, hearing, vision and others.  Education booths are also there to provide health and safety information.  Fire trucks and ambulance are on site for children to view and learn about.  Games, prizes and food are also provided.

Safe Sitter Classes

Better Sitters Today/Better Parents Tomorrow; that is the motto of the certified Safe Sitter Babysitting class offered annually.  The class is open to boys and girls ages 11-13 and prepares these young individuals on how to be the best sitter they can be.  Topics covered include child care essentials, preventing injuries & problem behaviors, basic first aid and choking skills as well as safety and emergency actions.

Presentations to clubs, groups, organizations—Upon request, education programs are presented to various clubs, groups and organizations on a wide array of health and safety topics.