“Information, Inspiration and conversations. Welcome to HealthLinks podcast, where we sit down with health care professionals and survivors to bring you stories of hope and education. I’m your host – Torry Seward.”
With the new year comes a new voice to the Healthlinks team. Torry Seward, who hails from Savannah, Georgia, picks up the podcast mic, eager to team up with the local community to get the word out about healthy living.
“The whole HealthLinks team eagerly awaits the change of pace and true intrigue Torry will bring to season 2 of the HealthLinks Podcast,” said Publisher Cullen Murray-Kemp.
Seward follows host James Crawford, who launched the HealthLinks podcast in the middle of COVID’s first round in April 2020. Crawford created 43 episodes, with topics that spanned from practical health tips to the poignant, painful paths of addiction.
Seward brings a wealth of television and radio experience to the HealthLinks team. She is no stranger to grit and good luck.
It was grit that propelled this Georgia Southern University graduate to apply for a secretary position with Cumulus Media in Savannah to get her toe into the business; it was good luck that revered radio personality Don Scott walked by and confirmed that Seward in a secretary role was “not a good fit.”
Scott, who passed from complications with COVID in October, mentored Seward and made sure she was at the right place at the right time to learn everything possible about radio production.
“All of us had a lot of fun along the way,” Seward said.
In addition to practical experience, Seward brings her optimistic passion for health, wellness – especially mental wellness – and accessibility to everyone.
“I grew up in a small county outside of Savannah,” Seward said. “I had a beautiful childhood, running around in the backwoods; I picked grapes off vines and played outside all day. Not everybody had that experience. It’s not easy for everyone to eat fresh food or get to a doctor or pay for medication. But there are small steps that everyone can take to stay healthy.”
Seward’s podcast is filled with local experts and local voices sharing those small steps.
She and her husband, John, have lived in Charleston long enough – seven years – to have their favorite restaurants. Seward offers a shout out to Sunflower Café, which she says has the “best beignets.”
The Sewards also love to walk their 13-year-old rescue dog, Kodah, around town and on good hiking trails.
HealthLinks podcast airs twice a month. Each show runs for approximately 20 minutes – 20 minutes that Seward hopes will inspire people to learn more, move more and remain curious about what is going on with their body.
“It is so important to notice your body,” Seward said. “That is one of the most powerful messages the local health professionals are already sharing in the podcast. It’s an important one – pay attention to little changes.”
Questions, tips and feedback about the podcast are always welcome; they can be emailed to: [email protected].
By Lisa Breslin