Southern Maine Medical Center and its physicians and caregivers are offering a series of community forums on various health topics.

The first, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, is titled, “Do Supplements Really Improve Health?”
diabetes educator Merle Westbrook of SMMC PrimeCare Internal Medicine will discuss the effectiveness and safety of common supplements such as Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, and multivitamins.

Here are the others:

— “Children and Technology: Keeping Kids Safe in the Cyber World,” 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Dr. Joan Pelletier of SMMC PrimeCare Pediatrics will talk about Internet safety, cyberbullying and effects on the body and brain of an increasingly technological world.

— “The Diabetic Foot,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Dr. Gregory Taggart of SMMC PrimeCare Orthopedics will talk about how to prevent and care for foot and ankle complications in patients with diabetes.

— “How Care has Changed at SMMC’s New Center for Breast Care,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Breast Cancer Surgeon Catherine Share of SMMC PrimeCare Surgery will team up with Patient Navigator Helene Langley to discuss the latest breast cancer treatment.

All presentations take place at SMMC’s main campus and include light refreshments. Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7272. Seats are limited and although they will take registrations up to the day of the event, SMMC recommends calling early.