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Columbus Dispatch: OhioHealth Program Uses Social Media to Dispel Misconceptions

In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever to fall victim to online misinformation. With the average internet user now spending over two hours a day on social media, it’s not surprising that many turn to these platforms for most of their news, including health information.

Jackie Russell, program development coordinator at the OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center and co-founder of OhioHealth Delay the Disease, is doing her part to address this issue. By using social media to bring trustworthy health information to a wider audience, she’s helping OhioHealth increase its network and provide reliable research to people everywhere.

OhioHealth Delay the Disease is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by focusing on strength training and correcting disease-specific physical challenges. Russell, who manages the program’s Facebook page, uses the social media channel to offer wellness information and nutritional support.

“Professionals in the office don’t have nearly enough time during a 15-minute appointment to address every concern,” Russell told the Dispatch.

Though she wasn’t a Facebook fan at first, Russell finds it useful for posting tips or hours and locations of Delay the Disease exercise classes. She even includes inspirational messages and memes, creating a relaxed environment for sharing health information.

Efforts like these are just some of the many ways OhioHealth is working to strengthen its online presence and create a stronger relationship within the community and beyond.

Click here to learn more about Delay the Disease and its impact at OhioHealth.

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