"Studies have shown that there is a strong need for senior citizens to eat fresh fruits and vegetables," said Monique Hillman, the health and wellness coordinator for the agency. "We really want to address this need by showing them the importance of having fruits and vegetables and its effect on their overall health."
During the festival, there will be sessions on how to prepare, cook and store fruits and vegetables, and on health issues such as foot care for diabetics, warning signs of a stroke and what to do in the event of a stroke.
Free health assessments will be offered.
Although one focus will be on getting seniors to adopt healthful habits, another emphasis will be on reinforcing good habits they already have, Mrs. Hillman said.
"Seniors are living longer, living healthier and being proactive in their health choices," she said. "We focus on their health, not because they are in bad health but because we want them to continue those good habits and show them why they need to continue.
"If they continue, it can influence other family members to pick up those good habits as well."
Lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be giveaways.
Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Fruit & Vegetable Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26
WHERE: New Bethlehem Community Center, 1336 Conklin Ave.
INFORMATION: (706) 721-5828