Community health education is imperative to help create a healthy, vibrant community. Carilion Clinic offers speakers on a variety of health topics free of charge to groups of 12 or more. Please be aware that there may be a four to six week period between requesting a session and the actual appointment.
Speakers are available for:
Sun Safety: What’s the best way to protect ourselves from the sun’s damaging rays? Find out if you have sun damage, and what that could mean for you now and in the future. Participants can take a free look into the Dermascan skin analyzer.
The New Epidemic Diabetes: Would you know what symptoms to look for if you had diabetes? Find out some common myths, the real answers and take a diabetes risk test during this program.
Simple shopping tips, food storage techniques and preventing cross-contamination. You’ll also learn safe temperatures for cooking, about common food-borne illnesses and how to avoid them any time of the year.
Act in Time: Life-saving information about heart attack symptom recognition and the importance of quick action. The program is designed to empower participants to avoid delay in responding to a heart attack. In collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, American Red Cross and the National Council on the Aging.
Heart Truth: Heart disease is the number one killer of women. This program raises awareness about women, heart disease and starting on the road to heart health. This national awareness campaign on women’s heart health is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in partnership with American Heart Association, Office on Women’s Health (US Dept of Health and Human Services) and National Coalition for women with Heart Disease.
Healthy Blood Pressure: Also known as the “silent killer," high blood pressure affects one in four American adults (25 percent). Learn the importance of knowing your blood pressure numbers and keeping your blood pressure under control.
Making Lifestyle Changes: The everyday choices we make over a lifetime can add up to good or bad results. Are you at risk for three of the biggest killers: heart attack, diabetes or cancer? By making small and doable changes in our lives, we will begin to reap big health benefits. Learn how you can begin today.
Eating on the Run: Find yourself wishing you had more time to prepare healthy meals? Always on the go? Since the invention of diet food, our society has been gaining even more weight! This presentation will arm you with knowledge and leave you with tips for eating healthy while on the run.
Raising Healthy Kids: Childhood obesity is on the rise. Learn the long-term effects of childhood obesity, as well as the steps parents and caregivers can take to prevent childhood obesity.
Junk Busters: Learn the importance of a healthy diet, physical activity and limiting TV/video game time in children and teens.
Summer Safety: Summer is a fun time, but there are dangers to be aware of, including:
- Sun safety
- Heat exhaustion/stoke
- Poison ivy
- Creepy crawlers
- Picnic safety
- Gardening safety
- Biking, skating tips
- Swimming/boating tips
Surviving Winter: Pick up tips to get you through this winter. Includes discussion about:
- Preventing communicable disease
- Safety/weather related falls
- Fire hazards
- SAD (seasonal affective disorder)
- Winter driving tips
- Our immune system and what happens as we age
- Micronutrient malnutrition
- Antibiotic resistance
Getting Ready – Quitting Tips: Successful quitters have tried to quit an average of seven times! If you’d like to quit within the coming year, consider attending this informative program. Understand stages of readiness, the addiction process, and what to expect ahead of time to help you succeed when quitting.
Understanding Stress: Are you being squeezed from every direction? Learn what happens to your body under short-term and long-term stress. Find out what you can do to keep stress working for you instead of against you.
Balancing Your Life: A light-hearted approach to stress management, focusing on the importance of taking good care of your health so you can effectively manage stress.
Be Stroke Smart: Stroke is a leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in America. Stroke is brain attack, every minute leading to permanent damage unless quick action is taken to receive medical attention. Everyone has some stroke risk. This National Stroke Association presentation given by Carilion Clinic will help you learn about signs of a stroke, the importance of acting fast when you see those signs and what you can do to lower your risk of stroke.
- Leading causes of death
- Benefits of exercise
- Physical activity guidelines
- Where to exercise
- Making exercise a habit
Health and Hygiene
- Proper washing of body and belongings
- Dental care
- Hair care
- Foot care
Childhood Injury Prevention
- Home safety
- Poison prevention
- Water safety
- Bicycle safety
- Car seat safety
- Home safety
- Poison prevention
- Caregiver needs
- Healthy aging
- Elder abuse
- Relationship changes
- Safe driving tips
- Falls prevention program
To arrange a speaker in your community:
Please contact Community Outreach, Lee Ann Boone at 540-266-6561.
To arrange a speaker for your worksite:
Please contact Health Educator Edie Naughton, R.N., at 540-266-6564.