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Free this week: ‘Rx for Well-being’ forum
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Free this week: ‘Rx for Well-being’ forum

Venice, Florida -- Area physicians and health care professionals will address topics related to reducing risks associated with prescription medications this week at a free community forum, "Rx for Well-being.” The forum will take place on Thursday, March 24, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., as a part of the Lifestyles after 50 Expo at Venice Community Center (326 Nokomis Ave. S.).

At 10 a.m., Ron Lucchino, Ph.D., will do a presentation on the "Beers List,” a guide for avoiding foods and other things that can interfere with medications or create dangerous side effects. At noon, Eric Buete, M.D., will share insights on how to talk with your physician to create a patient-doctor relationship that will help to better address patient’s healthcare issues. At 1 p.m., Miguel Rivera, M.D., will present "Medication and Side Effects." The presentations by Doctors Lucchino and Rivera are in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association.

The forum will conclude with a 2:30 p.m. presentation provided by Kimberly Chmielewski of the Sarasota Community Pharmacy. She will share insights on prescription medication assistance programs and the services of the pharmacy. Additionally, information on how to dispose of medications in a safe and environmentally conscious manner will be provided.

The “Rx for Well-being” forum will be hosted by the Laurel/Osprey/Venice/Nokomis Community Health Action Team (LOVN CHAT), which is one of three community groups in Sarasota County that develop and implement action plans to promote health and well-being of local residents. The team works under the auspices of the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), a community-led effort to improve the health of Sarasota County residents. CHIP also works with Charlotte and DeSoto counties to foster change in health systems across the region.

For more information, call 941-650-4856 or visit the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) website at www.CHIP4health.org.

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