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Appalachian Health Summit is Saturday

Athens area group, Live Healthy Appalachia, will host the Appalachian Health Summit Free Healthy Living Workshops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Athens Community Center.

Live Healthy Appalachia, based in Athens, Ohio, is a grassroots community-university partnership to improve the health and wellness of Appalachia. Through the Appalachian Health Summit and other healthy initiatives, the group will build upon the assets of Appalachia and respond to the unique needs of the area.

The partnership comprises Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Holzer Clinic, University Medical Associates and Athens Community Center.

Here's the agenda for Saturday:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m – Free Health Screenings
    Ohio University College of Medicine students and staff will offer tests for glaucoma, total lipid profile (must fast for this test), blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol.

  • 9-10 a.m. – Speaker sessions
    Antonia Demas will present "Food is Elementary. Jeff Novick will present "East More, Weigh Less."

  • 10-11 a.m. – Speaker sessions
    T. Colin Campbell will present "The China Study." Caldwell Esselstyn will present "Heart Attack Proof Yourself."

  • 11 a.m.-noon – Speaker sessions
    Steve Aldana will present "The Culprit and the Cure." Roger Greenlaw will present "Nutrition as Medicine."

  • Noon-1 p.m. – Keynote speech by Rip Esselstyn "The Engine 2 Diet for Life."

  • 1-3 p.m. – Healthy Community Resource Fair
    Event will consist of food tastings, healthy shopping with Ann Esselstyn, label reading demo with Jeff Novick, book signings, health fair, and a free trial exercise.

The event is free and open to the public and registration is not required. For more information, click here.