“Always Better” Series Offers Prescriptions for Staying Well

February 15, 2007

Two free, public workshops this month offer advice on how to change unhealthy habits at any age, and why it’s important to visit a doctor annually, especially for people over 60.

On Monday, Feb. 19, Rick Botelho, M.D., professor of Family Medicine and Nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will use his expertise as a motivational speaker and medical authority to help people learn to develop healthy habits that will last. The workshop takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Strong Memorial Hospital, Whipple Auditorium, Room 2-6424.

No family tree is free of unhealthy habits, whether it’s lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, or alcohol/drug abuse. Botelho will explore why it is so difficult to change these habits, despite our best intentions. Each participant will receive a copy of Botelho’s book, “Motivate Healthy Habits: Stepping Stones to Lasting Change.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Steve Scofield, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and a primary care physician at the Culver Medical Group, will discuss the value of the annual doctor visit. The workshop takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Strong Memorial Hospital, Whipple Auditorium, Room 2-6424.

This course will cover the rationale behind examinations after the age of 60, what topics should be discussed during a primary care visit, and what type of tests patients should be hearing about. Scofield will explain the recommendations of several expert organizations on the most important screening tests and on the value of immunizations. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions.

Both workshops are part of the Always Better series, made possible by collaboration between the Medical Center and the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs. To register, please call (585) 275-2344. Free parking is available in the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry lot, off Elmwood Avenue, near the intersection of Kendrick Road.

For three years the Rochester Continuing Studies and Always Better programs have offered a broad range of courses, seminars, workshops and events designed to enhance and enrich the lives of people in the Rochester area, helping them to live Always Better. This unique approach to education, encouraging participants to learn what they love by giving them freedom and flexibility, is at the core of the Always Better program. Classes are non-credit and participants can expect little or no homework, no tests, and no grades, allowing them to explore an area of interest without pressure. Most classes are discussion based, encouraging participants with diverse life experiences and a strong desire to learn to share their views and opinions. For a complete listing of Always Better programs, please log on to: www.rochester.edu/osp.


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