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Chat Provides Free Local Health Awareness Lectures


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By MELANIE STEELE
Sun Advocate reporter


Purchased by the CHAT team, Cadiva is used to help explain conditions of the body to area patients.

In an effort to educate Carbon and Emery County residents, the community health awareness team was formed last October.

The CHAT team is composed of medical and nonmedical volunteers from Castleview Hospital, Rocky Mountain Hospice, Community Nursing, College of Eastern Utah and other areas of the community.

CHAT offers free presentations, primarily focused on four topics: colonrectal cancer, nutrition, diabetes and hygiene.

However, alternative topics may be requested and tailored to the needs of a specific group.

The group said the purpose of the lectures is to promote well being through education and make people more proactive in maintaining their health.

"We want to debunk some of the fears about the diseases and even the tests," commented registered nurse Nancy Craig. "With the many dangers in society as a whole, the population is at high risk through changes in our lifestyle and industrialization. We have a lot more knowledge but at the same time the risks are increased. "

With a $3,000 grant from the American Cancer Society, the group purchased brochures and educational equipment as well as an anatomically correct model of the human torso and other anatomy examples.

Volunteers from CEU have also contributed a website for the program as well as a video on colonrectal cancer.

A typical lecture would include a presentation on the health topic, followed by a question and answer session.

According to CHAT volunteers, the question portion of the presentation is designed to be a non-intimidating forum where people can feel comfortable to address any health concern.

Length of a sessions can vary according to a group's needs, but is usually between 30 to 60 minutes.

Large groups may be accommodated. CHAT can travel to a location for presentations or host a group at the hospital.

To schedule a lecture or request a new topic of discussion, contact Linda Beal at 613-8887.


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