Health & Family

October brings talks on mental health, wellness, diabetes

Dwight Hollier, a former football standout for the UNC Tar Heels and the Miami Dolphins, is an ambassador for ending the stigma against mental illness.
Dwight Hollier, a former football standout for the UNC Tar Heels and the Miami Dolphins, is an ambassador for ending the stigma against mental illness. Courtesy of Dwight Hollier

Mental health awareness

Dwight Hollier, a former football standout with the UNC Tar Heels and Miami Dolphins, will be the keynote speaker at a free forum on mental health from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Hollier, now vice president for wellness and clinical services for NFL Player Engagement, will talk about getting rid of the stigma associated with mental illness in his talk, “Take A Stand for Mental Health!”

Details: Fonda Bryant at 704-807-3267 or Annie Wilson at 704-804-2352.

Wellness symposium

“The Can We Talk?!? National Empowerment Tour, Total WellNess Symposium,” in partnership with Novant Health, will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17 in the catering hall of St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 7000 Park Road.

This is the first time the 7-year-old tour has stopped in Charlotte. Abigail Moats, conference founder and communications expert who moved to Charlotte last year, will be among the speakers. Others will include medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, financial planners, attorneys and business professionals.

Registration also includes a free lunch and free diabetes, blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Proceeds from a silent auction will go to the Lupus Foundation of America. Register at www.TheCanWeTalkTour.com by Oct. 15. See also www.TheCanWeTalkTour2015.eventbrite.com.

Diabetes management

Free training on management of Type 1 diabetes will be offered Oct. 24 for school nurses, teachers, babysitters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends who want to support families living with diabetes. The event is 9-11:30 a.m. at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, Williams Center, 1117 South Blvd.

Make reservations by Oct. 16 to Anne Sutton, asutton@jdrf.org or 704-625-4084. For information: www.jdrf.org.

Karen Garloch

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