Each May, the nation celebrates “Older Americans Month” to recognize seasoned Americans for their contributions and provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active.

This year, the focus is on injury prevention with the theme “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”

The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department plans to use this opportunity to raise awareness about personal health by hosting free health check-ups and a senior health and safety fair.

Free health check-ups will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through May 16 at the Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing.

“The check-ups are courtesy of health institutions in the community,” said Sarah Mylcraine, activities specialist.

The senior health and safety fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at the Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.

Body, spiritual and financial health organizations and businesses will be on hand to give information about products and services that benefit older adults health and safety.

The Harker Heights Fire Department will also provide free training classes including “Hands Only” CPR/First Aid Training at 11 a.m. and fire extinguisher training at 1 p.m.

“The fair is free of charge and is focused primarily on the older adult, but all ages are welcome,” Mylcraine said. “The check-ups and health fair are great opportunities to put your health first by getting screened and talking with professionals who specialize in prevention, treatment, testing and the many other aspects of health and safety that we all may have so many questions about.”

Call 254-953-5466, email smylcraine@ci.haker-heights.tx.us or go to www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/parks.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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