Polk Fit, Fresh and Friendly hosting free veterans’ HealthTalk on Thursday, Sept. 26

Polk Fit, Fresh and Friendly (PF3), a nonprofit coalition of health and wellness professionals and concerned citizens in Polk County, is hosting a free community HealthTalk on “Polk County Veterans Health and Wellness Affairs” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, at Isothermal Community College in Columbus.

This informative event, which will include healthy refreshments, will feature three guest speakers who will present different perspectives on military veterans in Polk County.

Polk County Veterans Services Officer Gina Cashion will speak about benefits.

Tryon resident and veteran Frank Hill will talk about his personal crusade to bring awareness to the high suicide rate among U.S. veterans. He walks 22 miles carrying 22 pounds each week in response to the 22 veterans who kill themselves each day.

David Przestrzelski, MS, RN, the Associate Director for Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive from the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, will review healthcare issues and options as they relate to veterans.

Attending citizens will be able to ask questions during the HealthTalk.

“PF3 is presenting this HealthTalk about veterans because of the strong interest in veterans and their healthcare problems,” PF3 Chairwoman Jessica Spivey-Raines said. “Each month, PF3 coordinates a free community HealthTalk on a local health and wellness topic of interest. I encourage all citizens to be on the lookout for our HealthTalks because we are trying very hard to improve the health and wellness of community.”

If you have suggestions about future topics, email them to PF3coordinator@gmail.com.

Call (864) 316-6659 if you have questions about the “Polk County Veterans Health and Wellness Affairs” HealthTalk.