25th annual Senior Health Fair focuses on nutrition

Blair Senior Services and Altoona Regional Health System are hosting the 25th Annual Senior Health Fair at the Station Medical Center located at 9th Avenue and 17th Street in Altoona from 8 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, April 12.
“There is no cost for admission and all area seniors are encouraged to attend to find out more about the many helpful ways to improve their health and wellness,” according to Mike Smith, Blair Senior Services Community Service Worker II.
Free giveaways and door prizes will be available to attendees.
Highlighting this year’s fair will be exhibitors demonstrating and discussing healthy food choices, nutritional supplements and healthy cooking. Food samples, healthy snacks and recipes will be provided. More than 60 exhibitors will offer a wide variety of additional health-related information, demonstrations and screenings.
A 36-test blood screening, which includes tests that may assist in the early detection of common health risks facing adults in the region, is available for a fee of $34.
Men may also register for a prostate screening for a fee of $20. All test results will be forwarded to the personal medical provider. A 12-hour fast is required before the blood work, but a free brown-bag breakfast will be available to those who participate. Adults of any age may register for this reasonably priced screening service by calling 949-4255. Appointments start at 7 a.m.
Dr. Deniz Baysal of Lexington Orthopedics will be a featured guest speaker, discussing “Arthritis: Types, Causes and Treatments.” To register for this program, call Altoona Regional Health System’s PriorityCare at 949-3123.
A Lunch and Learn program will conclude this year’s Health Fair. Participants can enjoy a nutritional meal, while watching demonstrations of how portions of the meal are prepared. Meal reservations must be made by Tuesday, April 5 by calling Blair Senior Services, Inc. at 946-1235.
Transportation will be available to and from the fair. To arrange for transportation, call Blair Senior Services’ Transportation Department at 695-3500 no later than Friday, April 8.
For more information on the Senior Health Fair, contact Mike Smith at 946-1235.