Maxton ministry preaches good health

by Maria D. Grandy - [email protected]

MAXTON — Trying to help area residents get their mind, bodies and souls in better shape, St. Matthews Metropolitan AME Zion Church is hosting a health and wellness fair next month.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 14, at the Maxton Resource Community Center is a collaboration between Scotland Health Care System, St. Matthews Metropolitan AME Zion Church’s health and wellness ministry, Robeson/Scotland branch National Association of University Women, the town of Maxton, Veterans’ Affairs out of Fayetteville and St. George United Methodist Church.

The staff at Scotland Health Care Systems will conduct screenings. Those attending will be able to get lipid panels (cholesterol checks). A 12-hour fast is required for this test.

There will also be A1C testing (diabetes), PSA Screening for men over 40 and blood pressure screenings.

Personnel from Veterans Affairs will be on site to talk with veterans about what medical programs are available to not only the veterans but their spouses and children. HIV testing will also be available to everyone. Walgreens has agreed to talk with attendants about medications.

Francine McLaurin, a former Maxton resident and retired registered nurse, is one of the members leading the event.

“We need to look at the physical body along with the spiritual body. St. Matthews Health and Wellness Ministry we’re like the legs getting it together. We all need healthy bodies to be more beneficial to society.”

Although the ministry is small, McLaurin said the church has been doing blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks as well weight measurements once a month. These are target areas because of issues of diabetes, obesity and poor heart health in the community.


The health fair will also focus on healthy eating. Precious Byrd, who has a couponing group in Laurinburg, will be available to talk about how to use coupons to get a nutritious meal while on a limited budget.

McLaurin said Dr. Wendy Britt, a local dentist, will be at the fair to talk about oral health.

“That’s a big chunk out of her day on a Saturday, but she’s very passionate and has agreed to come and do that. I’m very excited.”

Twenty minutes out of each hour of the fair will be dedicated to discussions of health and prevention and wellness. During that time there will be someone who will speak about fall prevention in the home. There will also be someone leading line dancing.

CPR, compression only, will also be taught. Certification will not be provided but the proper way to administer CPR will be demonstrated.

This is the first year for the event but McLaurin hopes to see it grow. She views the event as a way for people to come together to learn what is available for the community.

“I’m just trying to give back, because Maxton helped me.”

For information contact McLaurin at 910-610-5733.

Maria D. Grandy can be reached at 910-506-3171.

by Maria D. Grandy

[email protected]

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