Health department to offer seniors ‘mini health fairs’ in county towns

The Marion County Health Department will be hosting “mini health fairs” around the county beginning this month.

The department recently was awarded a $1,500 grant from the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging to organize the events at senior centers around Marion County.

Marion County has 11 senior centers. Four are nutritional centers and seven are small and are located in the outlying rural areas. The plan is to target the seven smaller centers with the idea of having a mini nutritional health fair.

The mini health fairs are intended for adults 60 years and older.

Cooperating with the health department will be the Marion County Extension Office, the Marion County Department of the Elderly, and the nursing staff of St. Luke Hospital.

At each event, a free soup meal will be served. Immediately following lunch, Nancy Pihl, from the Marion County Extension Office, will speak on “Healthy Living for Life.”

Before lunch, starting at around 10:30 a.m., staff will check blood pressures, hemoglobin and dextrose. Educational materials will also be available.

Jan Moffitt, administrator of the Marion County Health Department, said she is excited about being available to bring these services to the centers.

“Having smaller mini health fairs makes it more convenient, and more personal attention can be given to the participants,” Moffitt said.

Following is the schedule for the health fairs: Burns, Tuesday, June 11; Ramona, Wednesday, June 19; Tampa, Tuesday, July 9; Florence, Friday, July 12; Lehigh, Tuesday, Aug. 13; Durham, Wednesday, Aug. 28; Lincolnville, Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The educational topic “Healthy Living for Life” will also be presented to the larger centers in October, November and December. The dates for those sessions are still to be determined.

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