Senior Connection to host health fair Feb. 28

Published 4:22 pm Friday, February 20, 2015

Chilton County Senior Connection will host a health fair and chili cook-off Feb. 28 to raise money for a floor at the group’s new facility.

“We are excited about the health fair this year,” Senior Connection Coordinator Vanessa McKinney said.

In 2014, the group held its first health fair and 5K run and walk.

“The one change to this year’s event is we are not having the run and having the chili cook-off instead,” McKinney said.

Anyone wanting to sign up for the chili-cook off before Feb. 28 should call McKinney at (205) 755-8227.

The health fair is sponsored in part by Southern Care Hospice, and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new facility, at Park Plaza, also known as the Fred’s shopping center in Clanton.

Robin Cobb, director of office operations at Southern Care Hospice said she is working to challenge other healthcare or home health hospice agencies to join in the cook-off.

“We want more organizations to enter the cook-off,” Cobb said. “We are challenging all of them to come participate.”

Cobb said this is the second year for Southern Care Hospice to help Senior Connection with the health fair.

“We do a lot of activities with Senior Connection,” Cobb said. “We help them, and they help us.”

The health fair is $5 to attend and will include health screenings, jewelry, food and live entertainment by Wayne Langston, who performs songs by Elvis, classic rock and instrumentals.

Proceeds from the event will go to renovating the group’s new 12,000-square-foot facility.

McKinney said repair costs for the floor will be around $50,000.

“We have a long way to go, but we are so fortunate to be able to have this space,” McKinney said.

Dr. Jon Binkerd with Chilton Surgical Associates will be at the health fair and McKinney said a booth will also be set up by St. Vincent’s Health System.

McKinney said she currently has about 15 vendors and seven participants signed up for the chili cook-off, but is hoping to have more.

“We want people from the community to come out and have a good time,” McKinney said.