Forum series initiated
Grangeville Physical Therapy and Groaners Fitness are partnering to present a series of health presentations, Our Health Our Community. The first in the series will be held Thursday, February 15 and will feature Deanna English, RN, CMT, RYT. Her talk, Stress Reduction and Mind Body Health, will be held at the Soltman Center in Grangeville at 5:30 p.m.
“People are becoming increasingly interested in their own health and in learning more about wellness and preventive medicine so they can be proactive in maintaining their health,” said Gary McEwen, PT, Grangeville Physical Therapy. “We have partnered with Groaners Fitness on a variety of projects, but we wanted to reach further out to the communities we serve to provide forums and information on a variety of health topics. People from anywhere within the area are welcome to attend any and all of the forums.” McEwen is the co-manager of St. Mary’s Hospital Physical Therapy which administers the Grangeville outpatient clinic.
According to McEwen and Julie Hauger, Groaners Fitness, future topics in the Our Health Our Community series will include forums on cholesterol and heart health; diabetes prevention and management; exercise and arthritis; nutrition and nutritional supplements and stretching for flexibility. The presentations will be held every other month and feature a variety of presenters. Each will be free and open to the public.
“We’ll also ask people who attend the forums for their ideas on what topics they’d like to see covered,” said McEwen. “There is so much health information available through the internet and in other areas. Some of it is reliable, but a lot is questionable. We’re hoping to provide a format for people to get reliable information from experts in the field with plenty of time for questions and answers during the forum.”
The first presentation will cover information on the relationship between stress, health and the disease process. English is a Registered Nurse, a certified massage therapist and a registered yoga teacher. Her talk will include information on ways to cope with both short and long term stressful situations. Handout topics include three minute breathing exercises and six yoga exercises that can be done at a desk.
“We think the forum series is a great idea. Exercise is an important part in any health program, but we also realize that knowledge about health issues is essential,” said Hauger. “Our Health Our Community can be another link in helping our communities become more health conscious and, hopefully, more healthy.”
No registration is needed for the forums which are free and open to the public. For more information, call Grangeville Physical Therapy, 983-2241.