Council to host health fair

From Staff Reports

   The Carter County Health Council will be hosting a community health fair for seniors this Saturday at the Elk Mills Fire Hall.
   Flu and pneumonia shots will be available to seniors at a minimal charge and can be billed to Medicare if participants are eligible.
   Health Council Chairperson Dr. Joellen Edwards said Wednesday that the fair has been organized to respond to specific health needs within the community.
   "We were especially concerned by high rates of death from the flu and pneumonia," Edwards said.
   Cholesterol screenings, lipid profiles, and blood sugar tests will also be available. A small fee will be charged for these evaluations also, but Council Member Art Webb, coordinator for the event, said that a number of area churches have volunteered to help offset the cost of screenings for those whose money is limited.
   Council members have also gathered information on TennCare, meals on wheels, food stamps, and other assistance programs for seniors.
   Members say that preparing for the health fair has taken a coordinated effort from various health agencies, organizations, and individuals.
   The health fair will be open from 10 .m.-2 p.m. at the fire hall.
   Anyone who has questions about the fair or who needs travel assistance is asked to call Art Webb at 543-1451 or 543-5107.