Taking care of one’s health is important at any age, but especially so for senior citizens. A group of area seniors were doing just that with a free health screening last week at the Yadkin Family YMCA.
Health screenings are offered frequently at the YMCA for its senior members or anyone who signs up.
Larry Hennings, who was taking advantage of the health screening, said he thought it was important to keep a check on his health. He also said the screenings were nice since they were free and also didn’t require a drive to the doctor’s office. He visits the Y frequently to walk and workout on some of the exercise machines.
“I think it’s important I live to be a 100,” said Thelma Jurney of why she was taking advantage of the screening. “I’m 85 and I’m still a truckin’.”
Health educator Bryce Haynes with Novant Health, who was performing the screenings, said that cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and a few other items were being checked during the screenings. Participants also were counseled on any risk factors they may have and given tips on healthy habits.
“Keeping track of key health indicators can improve your overall well-being,” said Chelsea Joslyn, communications director for area YMCAs. “The Y partners with local healthcare providers, including Novant Health, to help members track key health indicators such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, bone density and other factors about health status.”
Joslyn said that the Y offers various free health screenings throughout the year including mammograms, bone density, glucose, and cholesterol. Screening appointments usually take approximately 15 minutes and are often open to the community. Results are always completely confidential.
For more information, call the Yadkin Family YMCA at 336-679-7962.