Well Said Speakers Bureau

Community outreach is imperative to help create a healthy, vibrant community. Carilion Clinic offers free 45-minute presentations to groups of 12 or more on a variety of health topics. Please be aware that there may be a four to six week period between requesting a session and the actual appointment.

Health education speakers are available for:

Cancer Prevention

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.

Eat Right, Be Fit: Gain a better understanding of wellness and increase awareness of the importance that diet and lifestyle play in reducing cancer risk.

Diabetes Prevention

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.


Physical activity is an important aspect of being healthy. This presentation will educate participants on the importance of exercise, basic components of exercise and the physical activity guidelines that we all need to follow for good health.

Food Safety

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.


Warning Signs: Heart Attack and Stroke: Life-saving information about heart and brain attack. Learn what happens to the body during stroke and heart attack, warning signs and the importance of quick action. The program is designed to empower participants to avoid delay in responding as they recognize the signs of both heart attack and stroke. Resources: National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, National Stroke 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.


Why Wellness?: Learn why it is so important to follow physical activity and proper nutrition guidelines. This presentation will tell you what specific things you can do to help improve your eating habits and fitness regimen.

Wellness 101: This is a general presentation on nutrition, physical activity and stress reduction.

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.

Sitting Disease: Discussion of the perils of inertia and the importance of being physically active all day long. Sitting as it pertains to disease and chronic disease is discussed along with non-exercise activity thermogenesis (N.E.A.T.).

Your Optimal Health: Learn about lifestyle changes to help you prevent disease and the importance of age-appropriate screening tests.

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.


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.
Eat Right, Be Fit: Gain a better understanding of wellness and increase awareness of the importance that diet and lifestyle play in reducing cancer risk.


Summer Safety: Summer is a fun time, but there are dangers to be aware of, including:

  • Sun safety
  • Play/dehydration
  • Heat exhaustion/stoke
  • Poison ivy
  • Creepy crawlers
  • Picnic safety
  • Gardening safety
  • Allergies

Surviving Winter: Pick up tips to get you through this winter. Includes discussion about:

  • Preventing communicable disease
  • Safety/weather related falls
  • Hypothermia
  • Fire hazards
  • SAD (seasonal affective disorder)
  • Winter driving tips
  • Influenza
  • Micronutrient malnutrition
  • Antibiotic resistance

Smoking Cessation

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.

Other Topics

Health and Hygiene

This presentation is focused on the sensitive subject of hygiene and how it can relate to your health. Many people are not comfortable discussing this topic, so leave it to your health educators to help inform your audience on proper health and hygiene, which includes, hand washing, bathing and also touches on sexually transmitted diseases.


Organ Wise: An engaging cast of characters who empower children to be healthy and smart from the inside out.

Fit and Healthy Kids: Learn the importance of a healthy diet, physical activity and limiting TV/video game time in children and teens.

Glogerm: Learn good hand hygiene in this fun, interactive demonstration.

Injury Prevention

Unintentional injuries are the number one killer of children. We are available to educate on how to prevent injuries in areas such as car crashes, poisonings, falls, drowning and infant safe sleep. Visit Carilion Clinic's Safe Kids page for a complete list.

Senior Home Safety

As we age, we need to be more aware of our environment and how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from unintentional injuries. This presentation focuses on what to do in the home to make it a safe place to live.

Contact Us

To arrange a speaker in your community or for your worksite:
Please contact Community Outreach, Kenya Thompson at 540-983-4053.

For educational topics about trauma and injury prevention, please visit our Injury Prevention page or contact our regional trauma outreach coordinator, Dan Freeman, at 540-853-0173.