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May 13, 2016 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

First Family Health Forum in Greece Makes a Difference

By Martha Jo Braycich

Families at the Special Olympics Hellas (Greece) national games went home with medals, ribbons and new health knowledge.

Hellas held its first Family Health Forum during the Games in Loutraki from 18-21 April 2016. “We learned a lot about how to be more proactive about healthy eating, in particular," said Panagiotis Daradimos, who attended with his wife, Maria Kalantzi. "We want our son, Charalambos, 21, to feel better and to be happy. I think we are on the right track. But we need more information sessions like this forum.”

The forum was attended by 160 family members who came from all over Greece.

The forum was moderated by Ms. Victoria Tousi, Special Olympics Hellas family coordinator. Keynote speak Anna Papatziala-Sitzani provided an overview of the importance of good nutrition and diet in a family setting. She heads the nutrition and dietary department at the Metaxa Hospital in Piraeus. Keynote speaker Zaharis Panagiotis from the Hellenic Red Cross provided important health and safety tips. Both presentations prompted lively discussion among participants.

The Family Health Forum was co-funded by the Health Program of the European Union with support from the Hellenic Red Cross and the Lions’ Clubs.

About Martha Jo Braycich: Martha Jo Braycich is Senior Director, Community Impact Initiatives, Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia.
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