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NFL health forum in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 10:54 am

The NFL Community Huddle is holding a Mind and Body health forum here in Buffalo on Oct. 4th.

The National Football League has teamed up with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute of Medicine to provide a series of town hall style forums to educate, motivate and mobilize communities to address issues such as dementia, depression, financial and relationship stress, drug and alcohol abuse, among others.

The, NFL Community Huddle “Taking a Goal Line Stand for Your Mind & Body” will take place Monday Oct. 4th from 7-9 pm at UB’s north campus at the Center for Tomorrow. It’s at the corner of Maple and Flint Roads in Amherst and is free and open to the public.

Speakers will include: Former U.S. Surgeon General and current Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.; medical journalist and author, Jeanne Blake; former Buffalo Bills linebacker Harry Jacobs; former Buffalo Bills safety, Mark Kelso; wife of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Baltimore Colts tight end, John Mackey, Sylvia Mackey and former NFL quarterback with the Detroit Lions, Eric Hipple.

These NFL Community Huddles are scheduled to be held in every NFL city. Buffalo is the fourth NFL city to host the event.

The goal of the forums is to develop strategies for preventing and reducing the risk of dementia and stigma related to mental disorders. It is also advocating for communities to create a “game plan” for reducing stigma while influencing supportive measures for addressing mental disorders.

All local Buffalo Bills Alumni have been invited to attend and participate in the NFL Community Huddle.

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