n conjunction with their Wellness Wednesdays program the Banner Page Hospital is beginning a new lecture series aimed at educating and encouraging the public to live healthier lives by making wellness information more accessible and open.
The Healthy Living Lecture series will be held quarterly, usually Monday nights, at 6 p.m. at the Page Community Center.
The series will begin this Monday with a lecture about cardiovascular disease and heart-healthy eating.
“This is a chance for the people of Page to meet some visiting specialists and learn from them, said Bryan Boston, supply chain manager at Banner Page Hospital.
Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to set up appointments with the visiting specialists as well.
The lecture series will cover such topics as women’s health, children’s health, diabetes, dietetic and holistic health, and nutrition.
In addition to hearing lectures about various health topics by professionals in the field, most doctors and specialists will also host a question and answer period at the end.
Dr. Marek Piatek, a cardiologist with a private practice in Phoenix, will be the lecturer this Monday.
Dr. Piatek has been working as a visiting doctor at the Page Hospital since last October.
He says part of his appearance Monday will be introducing himself to Page residents.
He says he has no lecture planned for Monday but instead will open his entire time up for an extended question and answer period.
“I think people have a lot of questions about how to take care of their heart, but who has access to a cardiologist to ask him such questions,” said Dr. Piatek. “I hope to make that happen for them this Monday.”
Molly Shockley, a registered dietician with the Page Hospital, will be in attendance at all of the lectures.
“Diet ties into so many of our health aspects, whether we’re talking about diabetes, or childhood health, whether we’re talking about disease prevention or disease recovery,” said Shockley.
“Diet and nutrition are important because it’s something we do three times a day, and something you do that often can’t help but impact your health.
“A lot of people skip exercise but most of us don’t skip eating. Nutrition, or the way we eat, is quite literally a part of who we are. If we can make that healthier, even by making seemingly small changes, we’ll be better off in the long run.”
Shockley will have prepared notes for each lecture, and she’ll also be available for questions and answers at the end of each session.
Boston said they’re holding the series at the community center, and after work hours, to make it more accessible to the general public.