Healthy Toledo! kicks off with diabetes forumWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Several community groups are partnering to put on Healthy Toledo!, a series set to occur every other month at The Ability Center of Toledo.
The series kicks off at 10 a.m. May 18 with a discussion about diabetes.
“Diabetes is really the number one killer,” said Steve Reamey, the senior community relations manager for AmeriCare Home Health of Toledo, the main group involved.
The first talk will feature Dr. Joseph Peyton, Dr. David Grossman and Dr. Joseph Wells. Topics range from home health care to local diabetes statistics.
“The best part is it’s not just where you sit there and listen to the experts, but you actually have an opportunity to ask the experts questions,” Reamey said. Therapists, attorneys and food bank representatives are also expected to attend the forums and provide resources.
Upcoming topics include a heart disease forum July 20, a fall prevention and arthritis forum Sept. 21 and a COPD and asthma forum Nov. 2.
“These are a lot of the [topics] that are prevalent in our community,” Reamey said. “These topics came to us from seniors. These are what seniors asked for.”
Although the forums are friendly to all ages, they especially offer a way for seniors who may not be Internet-savvy to gather information, Reamey said.
“What we found out is a lot of seniors, they are on fixed income so they don’t have access to the computer. They might not know how to go to the library and use a computer,” he said.
The forum also seeks to dispel the idea that Toledo is unhealthy and is a way to get out of the house, Reamey said.
“Get some food; see some other seniors; see the resources. [The forum is] just real casual. It’s not dress up — just come as you are. It’s all about getting the information,” he said.
Reamey said he is still accepting speakers for upcoming events and expects the series to expand.
Healthy Toledo! will include a boxed lunch for those who RSVP to Reamey at (419) 472-5350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance is free. Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor. The Ability Center is located at 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania.