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Wilton Library, Norwalk Hospital Launch Wellness Series

Saras Nair, Wilton Library trustee and series moderator; Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director of the library; Maura Romaine, director of community rRelations, Western Connecticut Health Network; Michael Bellacosa, Community Engagement Wilton Library
Saras Nair, Wilton Library trustee and series moderator; Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director of the library; Maura Romaine, director of community rRelations, Western Connecticut Health Network; Michael Bellacosa, Community Engagement Wilton Library Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton Library and the Western Connecticut Health Network, comprising Norwalk, Danbury and New Milford hospitals, recently announced a new health literacy series, “Get Well, Stay Well,” which will bring health professionals to the library to discuss a broad range of issues in today’s headlines.

The series will kick off from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday with the program, “Getting to Know You: Raising Your Wellness IQ,” to be presented by James Samuel, an internist with the Norwalk Medical Group and chief of internal medicine at Norwalk Hospital, and Barbara Schmidt, nutrition lifestyle program specialist at Norwalk Hospital.

Samuel, also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Yale University’s School of Medicine, will discuss the importance of embracing healthy lifestyles to prevent and help control common health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. He’ll also provide information that will help people make the most out of their doctors’ visits.

As a registered dietitian, Schmidt, will provide tips on eating healthy. Instead of focusing on losing weight, she advises people learn to eat healthy. “If you are eating to be healthy, the bonus is that you will lose weight,” she said.

Elaine Tai-Lauria, Wilton Library’s executive director, commented about the series: “I hope to create a forum whereby our patrons can get some context about the 'sound bites' that are referred to in the news, particularly because the information on some topics can be confusing. When we hear vastly conflicting viewpoints, it’s sometimes difficult to synthesize all of the information, for example, on immunizations/vaccinations, increased incidence of various diseases, substance abuse issues, etc.”

As an added bonus to this series, Wilton Library trustee Saras Nair will be moderating the series. Nair formerly was chairman of the pathology department at Norwalk Hospital.

“I look forward to the dialogues we will be having with our audiences and excited about bringing this level of education to our community,” Nair said.

Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton.

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