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Health symposium slated June 2

The Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre, Seven Generations Education Institute, and Fort Frances Family Health Team have teamed up to plan a health symposium.

Entitled “For the Health of It,” the event will take place next Thursday (June 2) from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous here.

It is open to the public.

The main focus of the symposium is asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes, and it will feature a host of guest speakers.

At 10 a.m., asthma/COPD expert Dr. Alan Kaplan will speak on the best conventional medical treatment and chronic disease management for respiratory illness.

At 11 a.m., pharmacist Kevin Nielson of Shoppers Drug Mart here will talk about asthma and COPD medications, followed by Robin McCormick and the Devlin Ladies providing some comedy relief at 11:30 and then a break for refreshments at noon.

Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Karen Graham will talk about “Meals for Good Health” at 1 p.m., during which time she will give suggestions on healthy eating and making small changes towards healthy lifestyle changes.

Her book also will be available free of charge at the time of her presentation.

Then at 2 p.m., pharmacist E.J. Bruyere of Rainy Lake First Nations Pharmacy will speak on diabetes medication.

Graham will speak again from 3-4:30 p.m. about diabetes care and reducing complications (this talk is for health-care professionals and health educators only).

The symposium also will include display booths by local health-care services and event sponsors, who will offer information about everything from foot care to physiotherapy to smoking cessation.

Some, such as Bayer, will offer diabetes and A1C (blood glucose) testing.

The event is free to attend, and you do not have to pre-register.

In related news, Dr. Kaplan also will be speaking to area physicians about asthma and COPD during a supper learning session on the evening of June 2.

For more information, call Patti-Jo LeDrew at 274-3287 ext. 270 or Sharon Strachan or Jodi Gladu at 274-3131.

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