Every pharmacy and grocery store has an aisle full of vitamins and supplements.
But most adults and senior citizens don't know which ones to take, or how much to take of any single one.
To help address that problem, the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health & Wellness, in partnership with Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, will sponsor a free medication workshop Feb. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 153 South McKenna St., in Gretna.
The workshop is geared toward adults and senior citizens who have questions about vitamins and supplements, said health educator Nicole Evans.
“There's a lot of confusion about which supplements are safe,” she said. “We want to clarify those. We also want to address which vitamins might be appropriate for an individual.”
Some of the major talking points for the workshop will be:
• Which over-the-counter vitamins can be helpful, and which vitamins to avoid.
• The recommended daily amount for certain minerals and vitamins, including calcium and vitamin D.
• The role vitamins play in our overall health and wellness.
While the best source of vitamins and minerals is eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, Evans said that's not always an option in today's society.
“Sometimes taking over-the-counter vitamins can be helpful,” she said. “But it seems like the recommendations are always changing. That's where the pharmacy students can clarify dosing.”
While the workshop is geared toward general information for a novice, Evans said the pharmacy students would also be able to help athletes with vitamins that might improve performance.
The workshop is just the first of many to come to Gretna for the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health.
“We want to expand to different communities and there's not a lot of programming for seniors in Gretna,” Evans said. “I'm sure there will be other programs in Gretna in the future.”
There is no fee to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is required. Call 402-339-4334, ext. 209 or email email@example.com by Feb. 19 to register.
Even though its sponsored by the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health, Evans said no one will be turned away.
“It's open to people from Cass and Sarpy counties, but we'll let people from Douglas in, too,” Evans said. “We're not going to check addresses at the door.”