Health services for Lee Apartments residents

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Residents of Kingsport's Robert E. Lee Apartments got free flu shots Friday and information about other health services.

The Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority kicked off a year-long health program for pubic housing residents.

The pilot program gives residents free glucose and cholesterol screenings and a membership to the YMCA.

"It's very exciting, a wonderful opportunity," said Robin Raines, a resident at Lee Apartments. "Some residents do not have transportation, elderly, handicapped. We have a large population of elderly and handicapped at Lee and it's very important they be able to have services that come to us."

"Everything is going to come to the Lee residents," said Sharon Hayes, of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. "We're going to make this easy as possible to remove any barriers we can, to help folks here and we'll actually have classes on site here in our community room."

The Wellmont Health Coach and HMG Health both had setups at the event.

They are two of the many medical groups coming together to fund the initiative.

Robin Raines told us there are about 124 one, two and three bedroom apartments at the complex.

They hope at least half of the residents participate in the program.

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