PRESTONSBURG – The Prestonsburg Senior Citizens Center held a health fair for seniors on Thursday. Over 30 seniors participated in the event and took advantage of the services and free information offered. Participants were able to get an EKG, blood sugar testing, cholesterol testing, and blood pressure testing for free at the health fair.
“Sometimes individuals may not have insurance or maybe just don’t want to take the time to make an appointment to see their doctor,” said Prestonsburg Senior Citizens Center Director Al Gunter. “They will come to the Health Fair and get the test offered for free. For example, the EKG run on individuals is taken back to Kings Daughters and read by a licensed Cardiologist. If something comes back abnormal someone from Kings Daughters will notify the individual within three business days,” “It is a requirement for every senior citizen center in Floyd County to host at least one health fair at their center each year.”
The center staffs three paid employees and three volunteers. Al Gunter serves as Director. Christina Reed is Assistant Director for the center. Judy Stephens works as a cook/bus driver. Kathy Stephens, Tracy Lewis and Misty Stephens serve as a meal driver volunteers. The center also has other volunteers that offer their time and effort throughout the year at various times. All staff worked together setting up tables and getting ready for the event to ensure it was a success.
The Prestonsburg Senior Citizen Center is one of Floyd County’s biggest centers with an average of 20 or more seniors taking advantage of the free meal, various classes and programs and great company provided each day. The center also delivers hot meals five days a week to over 60 seniors whom are not able to get out of their home and come to the center every day.
“It is important to us that we are able to provide the senior citizens in our area with a hot meal,” said Christina Reed, Assistant Director. “As people age making good choices in the food they eat is very important. The meals we deliver are hot nutritious meals.”
Seven vendors participated in the Health Fair by setting up a table in the cafeteria and offering information on the services they provide. The following vendors participated in the fair: Elise Ebersol of Home Place Clinic, a part of Mountain Comprehensive Care Center- Angela Winston of Big Sandy ADD, Cerace Nelson of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield- Medicaid, Christina Tincher of the Floyd County Health Department, Pam Justice of Oxygen Plus, LeAnita Newsome of DME Health and Medical Supplies, and Jeff Jones of Kelley Medical.
“Life is nothing but a sport, nothing beats a failure but a try,” said Ronald Woodson of Prestonsburg.
Woodson moved to Floyd County in 2007 from Indianapolis, Indiana. He attends Big Sandy Community and Technical College as a Human Services major. He enjoys volunteering at the center and encouraging seniors to live life to the fullest and never stop trying new things. Staying active as individuals get older is an important part of staying healthy. Taking advantage of the services offered at the fair allow seniors a glimpse of some important health issues. Monitoring blood pressure, heart rhythm, blood sugar and Cholesterol is also part of staying healthy.
The Prestonsburg Senior Citizen Center promotes living a healthy lifestyle. Individuals from the center go to the local park across from Adams Middle School every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. to walk. The center also host a Living Well class presented by the Floyd County Health Department.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.