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Live Healthy Appalachia and Ohio University to host ‘Food is Medicine’ lecture

Live Healthy Appalachia and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will host a talk by Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Ohio University Inn Ballroom.

The lecture will highlight the importance of nutrition and its role in treating, reversing, and preventing common chronic illnesses and diseases.

Using clinical and evidence-based research, Lacagnina will delve into the connections between health, nutrition, food products, and disease. He will discuss how current disorders and diseases like diabetes, obesity, and colon cancer are influenced by the quality of nutrition. The lecture will also explore how patients can work toward their lifestyle and nutrition goals for optimal health.

Lacagnina is the system medical director of wellness and employee health for Lee Memorial Health System. He believes in motivating, educating, and empowering people to improve their health and wellness. A champion of Lee Memorial Health System, he played a significant role in developing a comprehensive health, wellness and preventative care program for more than 10,000 employees and family members.

The cost to attend the talk is $30, which includes a plant-based dinner. Pre-registration by Aug. 11 is required. To register for the lecture, please visit livehealthyappalachia.org or call 740-856-6100. Students, healthcare providers, and community members are encouraged to attend. CME credit is anticipated, pending approval.

Live Healthy Appalachia (LHA) is a non-profit whose mission is to promote healthy eating and active living through educational programs and community partnerships.