North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

March 22, 2010

Seniors educated on health issues at Warrior fair

By Melanie Patterson
The North Jefferson News

WARRIOR — The City of Warrior was a mecca on Wednesday for the senior set.

Four senior centers in north Jefferson County jointly hosted the Warrior Health Fair at the former National Guard armory on Cane Creek Road.

The centers at Warrior, Morris, Mt. Olive and Kimberly all worked together to bring in about 30 vendors and 200 seniors  from across Jefferson and Blount counties. The Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens Services (OSCS) sponsored the event.

“I felt like it was a good turnout,” said Jody Newman, director of the Kimberly Senior Center.

On hand doing basic health checks were the OSCS Youth in Aging program, measuring blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure; and chiropractor Dr. James F. Fox, who was there with his staff checking participants’ balance.

Other vendors were selling recipe books and other items or providing information about hospice, funerals, medical conditions or other topics.

There was also plenty of fun at the event. The Uplanders Band delighted the crowd with bluegrass and gospel music.

Also, Leslie Davis of Smart Moves led the seniors in exercises set to music such as “Chicken Fat,” and in line dances.

Newman said she was especially pleased that north Jefferson County senior centers have begun working together to serve senior citizens in the area. The four centers along with the Gardendale center worked together in December to host a joint Christmas party in Warrior.

Mt. Olive center director Amy Brake and Morris center director Eloise Blankenship both said that the health fair was a great success.

Warrior center director Jackie Holt wanted to thank the other directors and the community for their help.

Holt had been organizing the event when James Holt, her husband of 54 years, died.

Holt, who was at the health fair, said the other directors and senior center members stepped up and took over the project for her.