City holds health fest


CHI St. Joseph Health Madison Hospital and the City of Madisonville hosted the 21st Annual Healthfirst Healthfest on Thursday at the Truman Kimbro Convention Center. The event featured useful information from 37 vendors as well as healthy snacks and prizes.

“This event is great for one to get educated on health and wellness,” said nutrition consultant Deborah Kennedy. “It’s also an opportunity to get a flu shot or information on one for people who may not even know that they need it.”

Failure to receive your flu shots can often lead to pneumonia and other sicknesses and can even be fatal in extreme cases. Visitors of the fest were afforded free flu shots.

Kennedy stressed the versatility of the event. On top of helpful knowledge and tips for required shots as well as a healthier lifestyle, there were booths set up that offer care and a home for the elderly if they can no longer live on their own.

“I live in Crockett and we just lost our hospital,” said Kennedy. “To be able to have these sort of resources in a small town like Madisonville is quite outstanding.”

The Healthfirst Healthfest is held once a year and is set up just in time for flu shots to be most effective. Kennedy recalled how many times she saw the flu over the last year and believes the event will be a success even if educating people on the illness and how to combat it is the only thing they do.

Snacks were served thanks to the donations from Scarmardo Foods and city employee Frankie Smith was in charge of setting up the Kimbro Center for the event, which lasted for four hours.