Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Health Care Forum Set for Thurs and Friday

The Buffalo News reported about the People’s Pharmacy, Joe and Terry Graedon, who offer health information on home remedies, prescription drugs and saving money.

Their health advice column runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Life & Arts section of The Buffalo News, and their radio show is aired nationally on public radio.

“People think of us as the ‘Pill People,’ said Joe Graedon during a recent phone interview. “We are either talking about prescription or over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, herbs, home remedies. We’re talking about stuff—that for the most part—you swallow or smear.”

It may come as a surprise, then, to hear the Graedons speak off-topic Friday, when they present the keynote address during the P2 Collaborative Conference at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

“The real question here is: ‘How do you motivate yourself to make those lifestyle changes?’” said Joe Graedon.

With more than 200 member and partner organizations, the P2 Collaborative brings together health care providers, patients and insurers. The initiative— dedicated to improving the health of people in Western New York— is funded by sources including the John R. Oishei Foundation, the New York State Department of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read more here.

Seminar at a glance
When: 7:30 a. m. to 6 p. m. Thursday and 7:30 a. m. to 2 p. m. Friday
Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
What:Spend two days with national health experts learning how to improve health care in Western New York.
Keynote Luncheon Address: “Taking Charge of Your Health” with Joe and Terry Graedon from “People’s Pharmacy” at noon Friday. Cost $50. To register, visit: http://tinyurl.com/p209lunch.
Event Schedule: For information and fees, visit http://www.p2wny.org/.

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