Health department to hold third info night Thursday

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First place winner of the 2017 slogan contest Catherine Garrett, left, along with honorable mentions Emma Barefoot and Catherine Arrix receive their prizes from the Communities 4 Action Executive Director, Ingrid Gillespie, and Emily Larkin, Thriving Youth Program Coordinator at The Community Fund of Darien.

The third night in a ‘how healthy are we’ series will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 8:30 at the Darien Library.


Flu shots will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 for $25. This week’s topic is “stress, chronic illness and coping.”

The panel will include:

  • Terrie Wood, CT State Representative, 141st District — opening remarks
  • David Knauf, director of health – Chronic disease in Darien, is there a problem?
  • Keynote: John Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer for Recovery Network of Programs, has worked in the field of addiction prevention and treatment since 1981, and holds licenses in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. John presents locally and internationally on a variety of topics and is considered an expert in the field of addiction treatment and prevention. (
  • Trey Laird – how stress led to addiction and alcoholism, how it changed his life and the challenges posed by recovery.
  • Robert Zembroski, DC, DACNB, MS: the relationship between stress and chronic disease.
  • Panel Discussion, q & a

At the event, the winners of the slogan contest was presented. Out of the 114 entries, the first place award with a $250 prize went to Catherine Garrett, a sophomore at Darien High School, for the slogan “Rx: Popping Pills Kills.” Two honorable mention awards of $100 were given to Greenwich High School senior  Emma Barefoot for the slogans “No excuse for RX abuse and Choose to Abuse-You Lose* as well as to Darien High School senior Catherine Arrix for the slogan “The First Pill Could Be Your Last.”

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