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Dietitians Dish: Health awareness

By Elizabeth Sommerfeld
Sept. 18, 2012 at 4:18 a.m.

Elizabeth Sommerfeld

Elizabeth Sommerfeld

Although many health professionals work in hospitals, those services are also provided in the community setting. Believe it or not, hospitals want to keep the community healthy.

Health fairs are a great way to get access to health care professionals free of charge.

With the cooler weather approaching, more health fairs and community events will be popping up around the area.

Several professions were available at the DeTar Healthy Woman event last week. Many nurses were available to give out information about heart health, taking blood pressures, radiology information regarding breast health and mammograms, fitness professionals with information about physical activity programs and dietitians providing information on healthy eating.

How often can you get so many health professionals together wanting to help you get healthy?

Keep a look out in the paper or listen to the radio during your drive to work. You will probably hear several events coming up in the next few months.

Jackson County is having a large culmination of professionals (from DeTar and Jackson County Hospital District, AgriLife Extension, Wesley Nurse Health Ministries, Total Body Gym & Tan, Dr. Mac Lee, Texas AHEC) starting a program called Strength in Numbers: Healthy Families, Healthy Homes. This event is open to caregivers and children (age 8-13 years) and is free. All you have to do is register at 361-782-3312 or email Jody.Morgan@ag.tamu.edu.

Also, Health-O-Rama will be at the Victoria Mall from 10 a.m. to 2. p.m. on Nov. 10. All types of health professional agencies will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

A more targeted event will occur on Nov. 17. This event is aimed to "Stop Diabetes" and will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Pine Street Convention Center. Here you will find information on diabetes. Specifics will include: what to eat, how to check your blood sugar and be able to talk to certified diabetes educators free of charge.

The point of this column is to make you aware that free services are out there and encourage you to take advantage of them.

As health care professionals, we want our community to be healthy, therefore, we frequently offer our services with our peers to bring health-related events to our communities. Please take advantage of these events. We are here for you.

Elizabeth Sommerfeld is the clinical nutrition manager/bariatric coordinator at DeTar Healthcare Systems. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and has a master of science degree. Send questions or comments to dietitians@vicad.com.

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