RSVP hosts Senior Health Fair

Many area senior citizens attended an RSVP sponsored senior health fair Wednesday afternoon at the Webster City Community and Senior Center. Organizers said the purpose of the event was to encourage people to think about a number of different health issues, with the goal of taking action to help improve each person’s health.

There were 12 stations around the room, manned by health care professionals from the Webster City area. Those attending had the opportunity to complete a personal health evaluation and free promotional items and bottles of water were also given out.

The afternoon served as the kickoff for a new senior exercise program. BASE Senior Fitness Exercise Program will offer free exercise classes, led by trained RSVP volunteers, will begin July 7. These classes are designed especially for seniors, and have proven in other RSVP programs to be highly effective in improving balance, agility, strength and endurance, BASE.

“There will be five different exercise sites around town and the times for the classes are different at each site,” said Becky Koppen, RSVP volunteer coordinator. “People take the class that best fits their schedule.”

The free classes are two hours each week. Koppen said the only expense for the class is the purchase of an inexpensive set of hand weights.

“Or you can make your weights so it doesn’t cost anything,” she said.

Koppen said she was pleased with the turnout for the senior health fair and hoped that it could become an annual event.