HAMLET — Belly dancers wiggled their hips, sheriff’s deputies grilled hot dogs and public officials administered vision tests Thursday at the Hamlet Senior Center’s first health and wellness fair.
Except for the belly dancers, the fair offered a good bit of conventional wisdom on medicine and social services:
• Keep your shots current (hepatitis, shingles, flu).
• Keep up with the acuity — or lack thereof — of your vision and hearing.
• And make sure you have comprehensive Medicare coverage.
“Our goal is to promote health and wellness in seniors 55 or better — mentally, physically and spiritually,” said Nikki Sewell, director of the Hamlet Senior Center. Interactive and educational programs do all those things, and a health fair was just the place to bring them all together, she said.
Sewell pronounced the day a success, judging by the number of sponsors and presenters, attendance and smiling faces — about 150 people came between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The day also showed that maintaining health isn’t always a difficult topic to discuss or maintain — it can be fun.
Two trainers from Fit Period elicited “oofs” and “ows” from some of the younger bodies stretching and bending on Thursday afternoon. Ultimately, though, even the folks who hadn’t found bending easy appeared to enjoy themselves.
As for the belly dancers … The women had a great time doing what one called exercise to maintain a healthy spine.
Carolyn Demory — dancing in a black, torso-baring ensemble — said the latest time she visited her doctor to see what kind of shape she was in, he told her: “Just keep doing what you’re doing.”
Under shade trees at Hamlet City Lake on Thursday, she did just that, to the rhythm of a golden belt of coins.
Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673.