Dr. Bill Releford Joins Los Angeles Sentinel and LA Watts Times as Contributing Health Writer

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Diabetes Leader to Address Preventable Disease, Provide Tips for Healthier and More Productive Lives

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I’ve dedicated my life to preventing disease, and to helping people live fully. I am thankful for this opportunity to spread my message.

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Dr. Bill J. Releford, a Los Angeles-based podiatric surgeon and author of the book “Five Colors a Day to Better Health,” has been invited to be a contributing health writer by the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times. Releford’s column, “Health is Wealth,” cuts through myths and excuses to get to the heart of preventable disease, while challenging readers to start taking responsibility for their own health. The column will be published weekly.

“It’s time to start a frank conversation about health,” says Releford, who has won numerous awards for his community outreach and health-care advocacy efforts. “We’ve lost too many of our loved ones to preventable disease, including my own mother. It’s time to stop. Simply put, preventable disease is preventable.”

The founder of the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr. Releford’s personal and professional mission is to educate people – particularly African Americans – about preventing disease and taking steps to live healthier, more productive lives.

“I plan to use this column, this forum, as a wake-up call,” says Releford. “We go to church each Sunday to be saved, then fill our plates at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Remember, real healthcare reform begins in your house and not the White House.”

Want to stay healthy? Keep in touch with Dr. Releford on social media to get his latest tips! You can find him on [Facebook and @BJReleford on Twitter.

About Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M.
Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M., a graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, began his practice in 1990 and established the Diabetic Foot Institute, a facility dedicated exclusively to the reduction of diabetes-related amputations in high-risk populations. Dr. Releford is recognized both domestically and internationally as a leader in the field of diabetic limb preservation and wound care, and recently received prestigious awards from the Association of Black Cardiologists and the Regional Black Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to public health. Dr. Releford uses platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat diabetic neuropathy, foot injuries, and chronic non-healing wounds.

Dr. Releford is an assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University and lectures worldwide about the latest techniques in limb salvage and community-based outreach. He authored the book Five Colors A Day to Better Health, and has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC’s The View, and in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times.

About The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute
The Releford Foot & Ankle Institute’s mission is to effectively decrease the diabetes-related amputation rate in Los Angeles and surrounding communities by providing comprehensive wound care and limb salvage services.

Dr. Releford’s community outreach and health-care advocacy efforts are facilitated through the Diabetic Amputation Prevention Foundation (DAP), a non-profit organization he founded in 2001. Its mission is to educate at-risk populations to better understand diabetes and its complications through community-based programs.

Dr. Releford and the DAP Foundation have been recognized for the success of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. Since its inception in December 2007, the program has screened over 30,000 men for diabetes and hypertension in more than 650 black-owned barbershops in over 42 cities.

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