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Program Provides Free Health Screenings for Seniors

Hundreds of Charlotte seniors will receive detailed screenings and critical health interventions through the Department of Kinesiology’s Health Risk Assessment Lab as part of a new program funded by the Sharon Towers Continuing Care Retirement Community.

A donation of more than $150,000 from Sharon Towers will pay for four graduate assistants and equipment for health risk assessments in Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation senior and multigenerational centers. The new assistants will join two already working in senior centers across the county.

"An exciting aspect of the free program is that it includes at-risk populations in greater Charlotte who may not otherwise have immediate access to such services," said Scott Gordon, chair of the UNC Charlotte Department of Kinesiology. "Our goal is to provide individualized feedback and education to all participants concerning their health risk numbers, and then reduce their risk through an exercise program or referral to their physicians when necessary."

MAX in Residency in Montclaire Community

UNC Charlotte's Mobile Arts & Community Experience (MAX) is in residency in the Montclaire neighborhood through Saturday, Oct. 22. Montclaire is a neighborhood established more than 50 years ago in the south Charlotte area and hosts a diverse group of individuals, families, schools, businesses and institutions. MAX will reside on the grounds at Montclaire Elementary for four weeks and host in-school and after-school programs for students, and MAX will be the location for open community programming on Saturdays. Click here for a full schedule of October events.

UNC Charlotte students will visit MAX to work on literacy and dance with elementary children during the school day. Other offerings include STEM education in partnership with Discovery Place; "Growth through Gardening"; fitness with Cara Zara Hooping; and bicycle safety for all ages, led by Trips for Kids.

The Montclaire residency is presented in partnership with Discovery Place and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and is funded by the Knight Foundation.