OPALs Hold Luncheon

The Older People with Active Lifestyles group celebrated its 27th anniversary at a spring luncheon and health fair.

A record crowd attended the April 19 event that began with a health fair providing health and wellness tips, information on various services provided by the hospital, blood pressure screening and a chance to talk with a dietician.

All attending enjoyed a luncheon and program titled “The Scandals of Wheeling.” Local historians Jeanne Finstein and Judi Hendrickson entertained and educated with stories that gave a fascinating glimpse of Wheeling area history.

Mary Velez, OPALs director, said, “We had record-setting attendance this year. How exciting that after 27 years, the OPALs program is still going strong. Our members love to learn more about the history of our area and they also enjoy an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones too.”

This health fair and luncheon is just one facet of the OPALs program. In addition, the group offers free exercise classes at East Ohio Regional Hospital and organizes day trips that are both educational and entertaining. Velez said upcoming activities include a trip to Amish country May 25 and a trip to the Flight 93 Memorial in October.

For information, call Velez at 304-234-8643 or send an email message to mvelez@ovrh.org.