Community Health Education

What You Need To Know About Stroke

Wednesday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Raleigh Court Health & Rehabilitation Center l 1527 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

Do you know the warning signs of a Stroke? Do you know what to do when a Stroke happens? When a Stroke happens, Minutes matter!

A Stroke is a sudden problem that affects the blood vessels of the brain and occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, also often called "a brain attack".  "When a Stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need in order to function".  You could be at risk for a Stroke if you are 50 years of age and/or older and you have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • High Blood Pressure;
  • Diabetes;
  • Cardiovascular Disease;
  • A Family history of any of these factors and/or
  • You are a smoker.

Come and Join in this event with Carilion Clinic's Jessica L. Hammonds, N.P., as she gives an overview of knowing the signs of a Stroke, the associated risk factors, the importance of acting fast if symptoms occur, what you can do to lower your risk of a Stroke and much more!

Registration is required- please call (540) 339-3196.For more information about this event, please contact: Julie Blanchard at (540) 983-4072.

Refreshments included

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Read to Wellness

Tuesday 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Franklin County Public Library l 355 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Diabetic Prevention Book Club Kick-Off!

Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Or maybe you have been told by a Physician that you are Pre-Diabetic?

If you answered 'yes' to the above questions, please plan to attend the Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Book Club Kick-Off event where you can learn more about this program.  "Read to Wellness" is a different type of book club, where members read from one resource book, instead of from several books.  The Diabetes Prevention Program includes a library issued study guidebook on Diabetes Prevention, Wellness coach support, Optional nutrition, Exercise opportunities and much more!

For more information and/or any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact Gail Nordhaus, RN & Community Health Educator at 540-484-8569. Stop by and join in!

Keeping your Heart Healthy at Any Age

Wednesday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Berkshire Rehabilitation & Health Center l 705 Clearview Dr., Vinton, VA 24179

Come and join in this event with one of Carilion Clinic's Cardiologist, Dr. Ijeoma N. Okogbue, M.D. as Dr. Okogbue presents, "Keeping Your Heart Healthy at Any Age."  Dr. Okogbue will discuss and give an overview of heart disease, the risk factors and strategies for maintaining heart health.

Registration is required - please call 540-339-3196.  For more information and/or any questions/concerns you may have, please feel free to contact: Julie Blanchard, Carilion Community Health Educator at 540-983-4072.

Balanced Living with Diabetes

Thursday 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
The Essig Recreation Center l 295 Technology Dr, Rocky Mt, VA 24151

Come out and enjoy some tasty foods made just for the person who is Diabetic! 

Carilion Clinic is partnering with Franklin County Parks & Recreation and Virginia Tech to present four (4) classes on "Balanced Living with Diabetes", along with some great recipes to taste. During these meetings, topics such as:

  • Learning to live with Diabetes

  • Healthy Eating practices/tips and

  • Exercising/Maintaining a Healthy weight, will be discussed and more!

​Registration is required by contacting Franklin County Parks & Recreation at (540) 483-9293.  For more information, please contact Carol Haynes at (540) 483-5161.  

This Event is a four (4) week class / Bi-weekly meeting

Diverticulitis: Knowing a Common Digestive Disorder

Wednesday 3:00 pm
Christiansburg Recreation Center | 1600 N. Franklin St., Christiansburg, Va.

As you age, you may experience changes in your digestive tract, developing inflammation that can cause belly pain, bloating or trouble in the bathroom. These changes can be symptoms of a common digestive disorder called diverticulitis.

Join Carilion Clinic gastroenterologist Anand Kishore, M.D., to understand your risks and symptoms and to learn about available treatments and preventive lifestyle changes you can make.

This event is free. Register to attend by calling Carilion at 800-422-8482.

Heart, Health and Nutrition

Tuesday 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Hampton Inn Col Alto (Lexington - Historic District) - 401 E. Nelson Street, Lexington, VA 24450

Come and join in with Carilion Clinic physician, Jeffrey Scott Todd, M.D. as he provides a presentation regarding heart health.  Amanda Kester, R.D., will also join in to discuss Nutrition guidelines for a heart healthy diet.  

Cost: $10.00/per person - Lunch included.  Pre-Registartion is Required for this Event/Seminar.  Please contact Carilion Clinic Direct at (540) 266-6000 or Toll-Free (800) 422-8482.  

For more information, please feel free to contact Julie Blanchard, Carilion Clinic Health Educator at (540) 983-4072.


Afternoon Health Break

Thursday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Carilion Administrative Services Building (CASB) l 213 South Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011

Free Blood Pressure and Diabetes Risk Screenings are offered in conjunction with Health Education. For more information and/or any questions or concerns you may have, please feel free to contact Julie Blanchard, Carilion Health Educator at 540-983-4072.


Meet and Greet New OB/GYN Physician

Thursday 9:00 am
Hot Shots Family Center | 13360 Booker T. Washington Hwy.

Do you have questions about menopause, estrogen replacement, breast health or something more? Come meet and greet Sheila Garnica, M.D., who will be available to answer your questions about women’s health.

A discounted breakfast buffet will be available for $6 per person. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Call Carilion Direct at 800-422-8482 to register.


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