Preventive health measures and screenings can prevent 85 percent of illness and disease.
In that case, make sure to get more from your exam. It will help both you and your doctor if you make some notes about your health ahead of time. Before your visit, write down: Your health history and your family’s, especially if anything has changed since your last visit; any medicines you take, how much you take and how often (don’t forget vitamins and over-the-counter drugs; concerns you have about your health; and any problems you’re having or changes you’ve not made.
To help you keep as healthy as possible, Chesprocott Health District is offering several activities in the month of October:
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, and again on Wednesday, Oct. 9, Chesprocott is sponsoring Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training opportunities. Those trained in QPR learn, in three steps, how to recognize the signs of suicide crisis, and how to question, persuade and refer someone for help. During the 90-minute sessions, participants will learn how to respond to someone at risk of suicide in order to get them the help they need.
The sessions will be conducted at the Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St., by Cheshire Director of Human Services Michelle Piccerillo and Chesprocott Public Health Specialist Kathryn Glendon. The Oct. 2 session will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. while the Oct. 9 session will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Those interested can register online or call the Library at (203) 272-2245.
Chesprocott will hold special flu clinics at the following locations on the dates specified:
Sunday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Cheshire Fire Department, 250 Maple Ave.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave.
Thursday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Elim Park Place, 140 Cook Hill Rd.
Thursday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, 195 South Main St.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, there will be a free information session entitled “Arthritis? Get Moving Again.”
Learn about arthritis and its effect on joints, as well as how to manage arthritis and move freely again. The presenter will be Dr. Leonard Kolstad, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, assistant medical director of the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute, and the department chief of orthopaedic surgery at MidState Medical Center.
This event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to (203) 272-8286.