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'Got Health?' New Health Series Aims to Help You Get and Stay Healthy

Friday, April 24, 2009

A new series of free talks on how to eat healthier, reduce stress, stop smoking and manage medication highlight the “Got Health?” series sponsored by the Center for Community Health and feature experts from the University of Rochester Medical Center. The talks will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, for five consecutive weeks beginning May 12. They will be held at the Training Center of the Greater Rochester American Red Cross, 65 College Ave., between Goodman and Prince streets. Free parking is provided.

As health issues continue to challenge our communities, society’s mixed messages and information overload can sabotage the best efforts to get and stay healthy. “Got Health?” aims to inform and inspire the public in a clear and easy-to-understand format to increase the chance of success.

Topics for the first series were chosen with a practical, sensible approach in mind. “Often when people want to make health-related changes in their lives, they have trouble getting started. It can be the hardest part, because they don’t know where to begin, or feel overwhelmed by all of the information,” said Nancy Bennett, M.D., director of the Center for Community Health. “We know that incorporating small, relatively painless, lifestyle changes can have a transformative effect on health and motivate people to do more. It is our hope this series will make it a little easier for people to get started.”

There is no charge for the talks, but registration is requested. Call 224-3050 to reserve a place.

The May/June schedule is as follows:

Physical Activity and You

6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12

Heather Patrick, Ph.D., will talk about overcoming mental barriers that may keep you from being physically active. She will also cover the mixed messages about our bodies that constantly bombard us, exactly how much activity you need to reap benefits, and how to get started without turning your life upside down.

Nutrition and You

6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19

Confused about what foods are good for you? It’s no wonder given all the conflicting information in the media about what to eat and what not to eat. Low carb, low fat, low glycemic index? High protein, high fructose, high fiber? Heather Patrick, Ph.D., will provide a lively talk incorporating solid facts about the basics of eating real, healthy food, and how to enjoy it once again.

Tobacco and You

6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26

It’s hard to stop smoking but more than half of the smokers in the U.S. have succeeded against the odds. Learn how to tell if you are addicted to tobacco, then hear from Geoffrey Williams, M.D., Ph.D., who will share quitting techniques that have helped many people kick the habit, and discuss medications that may help.

Stress Reduction and You

6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2

If managing multiple demands and simply getting through your day has become a challenge, a little stress reduction might be in order. Join Michael Krasner, M.D., as he introduces “mindfulness meditation,” one of the most powerful, proven, stress reducers anyone can practice anytime, anywhere.

Your Medicine and You

6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 9

Many people are prescribed medications for high blood pressure or cholesterol, but studies show that only 50 percent of patients actually take their medication. Many have concerns about the side effects and costs or don’t understand how the medicine can help. Geoffrey Williams, M.D., Ph.D., will help you understand the benefits and risks of these medications that can add to the benefits of healthy lifestyle changes.

About the Center for Community Health

“Got Health?” is sponsored by the Center for Community Health and hosted by the Greater Rochester American Red Cross. The Center for Community Health was established in 2006 by the University of Rochester Medical Center to fulfill its community health mission to improve the health and well being of the community through education, research and services. In addition, the Center works with many community partners to identify health improvement priorities and link the resources of the Medical Center with the community to address these issues. Greater health awareness and knowledge, and the promotion of healthy behaviors are the driving forces behind its health improvement initiatives. The Center for Community Health is located at 46 Prince St., Rochester, N.Y., 14607

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