10 better healthBetter Health will host its 60th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting and Open House Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Better Health. 

“We were founded in 1958, so we are celebrating 60 years of being a nonprofit and providing free services to our community, which is exciting for us,” said Amy Navejas, executive director of Better Health. “We decided that we were going to do a ribbon-cutting in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce as well as an open house, and it will be at Better Health.” 

She added, “We are going to have our board there as well as our staff. We will be able to offer tours of our facility; it is a small facility, but there is a lot that goes on within those walls.” 

Better Health has a new children’s program called Fayetteville Fit, for children who have been struggling with childhood obesity. Better Health’s partners in this program are KidzCare Pediatrics, Cape Fear Valley Pediatric Endocrinology and Fayetteville Parks and Recreation’s Massey Hill site. 

“We will have some people from our new kid’s program to talk to people who want to learn more about it, find out what that program is and share what their experience has been,” said Navejas. “They will be participating in our Red Apple Run, which is exciting for us because it is a really hard thing to do when you struggle with your health.” 

   There will also be a tour. “We will show our different education rooms, supply rooms and the things that we do,” said Navejas. “We will also have our dietician, Anna Matteson, do a couple of small cooking demonstrations just to give people a feel for the types of things our clients would experience when they come into Better Health.” 

   Better Health’s programs and services include emergency direct aid, emergency dental extractions, eye exams and glasses, foot screenings, help with limited travel to Duke and Chapel Hill, Fayetteville Fit program, loaning of medical equipment and diabetes clinics. 

   “As part of our diabetes program, one of the things we do is talk a lot about nutrition, but we also do cooking demos, and there will be some samples and recipes,” said Navejas. “We will also have blood sugar screenings for diabetes available. People can meet with the nurse and see if there are any indications of anything there.” 

   The event will have food and wine. “The food is going to be catered by Dorothy’s Catering 2. They are donating the food for our event,” said Navejas. “We will also have drawings for prizes. We invite everyone to come out and meet our incredible staff and board members. We are the best-kept secret, and we want you to ask questions and learn more about what we do.” 

   Better Health is located at 1422 Bragg Blvd. For more information, call 910-483-7534. 

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