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Hundreds attend AARP Health Fair in South Point

Oct. 15, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- More than 200 people showed up Thursday to take advantage of the 13th annual Lawrence County AARP Health Fair at the former South Point High School.

It was the second year the health fair has been held at the old high school building, said Kathy Moore, organizer of the health fair for the past five years.

"We were down a bit from last year, but a lot of people were taking advantage of the free flu shots," Moore said.

Thalia Neal, of South Point, a local teacher, stopped by on her lunch hour to get a flu shot. "I had no idea it was this nice," Neal said.

Health care providers from St. Mary's Medical Center, King's Daughters Medical Center, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Cabell Huntington Hospital and Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization clinics were among the health care providers providing a number of free health screenings.

There were nearly 40 vendors at the health fair, Moore said.

"I got a flu shot and they checked for diabetes and I had a glaucoma test," said Sue Hart, a South Point resident.

Lynn Murnahan, another South Point teacher, stopped by for a flu shot and to have blood glucose and cholesterol tests. "I think this is great."

"I hate going to the doctor," said Brenda Norris, a retired teacher. "This is the next best thing."

John Robbins, a Coal Grove area resident and a local AARP board member, said the group is focusing on keeping seniors in their homes as long as possible.

"No one wants to go to a nursing home unless it's absolutely necessary," he said.