It was a one-stop shop for preventive medicine and medical screening, all free of charge.

Indeed, for individuals concerned with their well-being, the annual Health Fair held Thursday at the Village at Palmerton was just what the doctor ordered.

An ample supply of vendors and exhibitors were on hand to offer literature, and conduct various health screenings such as blood pressure and cholesterol testing.

Resident Kay Evans, of Weatherly, said she invited several of her friends to attend the Health Fair.

While there, Evans had a pulse oximetry performed by Chuck Thomas, president of Health Solutions of Lehighton.

"I like to see it done," Evans said. "It tells me when I need oxygen."

Thomas said the test can easily be administered.

"It sends a beam to the finger and measures the amount of oxygen saturation mixed within the blood," Thomas said. "It's a simple, painless test to do."

Just across the hall, resident Ruth Elliston, of Palmerton, had her cholesterol and glucose screening done by Angela Neeb, a phlebotomist at Blue Mountain Health Systems.

"I hope they're good," Elliston said. "They should be."

Norma Kunkel, director of marketing and admissions, said she was pleased with the level of interest.

"There's been a bigger turnout compared to last year," Kunkel said. "We're glad to have them come out and be able to get a lot of screenings done."

Kunkel said she'd like to expand the event in the future.

"We're looking to make the event bigger next year," she said. "We would like to have more vendors."

The Village at Palmerton is a personal care home which provides both independent living as well as personal care.