ROCKVILLE -- All are invited to attend several upcoming events to help launch an initiative to improve the health and quality of life of Parke County residents and others.
According to information, Parke County ranks in the upper one-third of Indiana's 92 counties for high tobacco use, obesity and poor nutrition.
The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases are causing:
* An unsustainable strain on family, business and taxpayer funded healthcare budget, and
* The gloomy projection that today's children may not outlive their parents.
Those attending these events will discover how more than 25 years of research and studies published in medical and scientific journals can help all residents:
* Avoid, control or reverse most, if not all, degenerative and chronic diseases, and
* Reduce or eliminate expensive drugs and medications and avoid invasive surgeries.
According to organizers, the programs will share the success that doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and the Maple Center in Terre Haute have had with changing the eating habits of the residents in the Wabash Valley through good nutrition.
There are two remaining meeting dates, including:
* Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 a.m., or 10 a.m., in addition to 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 7 p.m., and
* Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 7 p.m.
Breakfast will be served at the 7 a.m., meetings. Snacks will be served at all other meetings.
All meetings will take place at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 130 S. Market St., Rockville, on the southwest corner of the courthouse square.
FEET (Families Eating and Exercising Together), a non-profit organization established by Marjorie Hays and Nancy Swaim for the benefit of area residents, coordinated the event.
For more information, call 765-569-6204.