Tidewater to host healthy-living event on Tuesday, Sept. 27

With a keen eye on improving physical health and putting a focus on childhood obesity, Tidewater Physical Therapy will host a wellness event on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The event, titled “A Community Celebration of Healthy Eating & Living,” will take place at Tidewater’s office from 5 to 7 p.m. and is timed to coincide with September as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Physical therapist Bob Cairo is hosting the event and said obesity and unhealthy lifestyles are something he sees in his office on a regular basis.

“Half of the patients I treat are overweight,” said Cairo. “It just destroys your joints and can give you lower-back pain. You get heavy, it makes it harder to move around, and it turns into serious physical problems. … I don’t see it getting any better. We’ve all seen the childhood obesity numbers. It leads to so many problems. We don’t live healthy. It causes our health insurance to be more expensive. It’s all a big cycle.”

Cairo pointed out that many more people today work on computers, leading to a more sedentary lifestyle than previous generations, who had to keep active and do more physical work. He also said that modern diets are not as nutritional, as a whole.

According to 2008 numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 63.8 percent of the state population is obese or overweight. In Sussex County, the obesity rate alone is 29.1 percent, according to those same statistics. Individuals in these categories are at severe risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and other health problems.

One component of Tidewater’s event is “A Vitamin Social,” hosted by AFPA certified nutrition and wellness consultant Linda Powers, with Beverly Furst and Sue Flynn. They will discuss the need for vitamins and a nutritional diet, and people are invited to socialize and share their own thoughts and ideas on vitamins. Also, Marie Cook, who pens the regular column “Marie’s Kitchen” for the Coastal Point, will share recipes and ideas for healthy meals.

“Let’s be honest,” said Cairo, “we’re not going to eat spinach every day. We’re going to eat those things that we just like to eat. Marie will be able to provide people some great-tasting meals that are healthy. It’s about taking care of yourself.”

The event is free and open to the public, but Cairo suggested that reservations be made in advance because seating is limited. To RSVP, call (302) 537-7260. Tidewater Physical Therapy is located at 63 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.