With Indiana consistently ranked among the leaders in obesity, now is the time to face that fact and improve it. The Living Healthier Series is an excellent example of local groups partnering to provide the community with valuable information from experts to confront health concerns.

Representatives from the health community and I recently kicked-off the Living Healthier Series, a series of monthly seminars focusing on different health-related topics. Health screenings related to that month’s subject will be offered before each presenter begins.

The eight-month series will take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Taylor University Eicher Student Commons, private dining hall, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd.

Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, Southwest Area Partnership, Heart Center/Medical Group, Lutheran Health Network, Taylor University, The Mill Bread Co., Community Harvest Food Bank, Comcast Cable, Access Fort Wayne and WAJI Majic 95.1FM, the series will run the last Wednesday each month from March through October 2002.

The Living Healthier Series is free and open to the public. A donation of a non-perishable food item is encouraged, and all collected goods will go to the Community Harvest Food Bank. Drawings for prizes will take place at each session.

We have a new line-up of topics that address broad and specific health problems. Having health screenings makes it more convenient for people and may provide important insight about a health issue that was not previously a concern to them.

For more information, contact Southwest Neighborhood Specialist Gina Kostoff at 427-1122.