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In honor of Father’s Day, the Social Security Administration offers results of the most popular baby names in Ohio for 2009.

Earlier in May, the federal government’s top official for baby names, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced the nation’s most popular baby names.

How does Ohio compare to the rest of the country? Seems we fall right in line with popular thinking. Jacob and Isabella topped the list both nationally and in the Buckeye State as well.

Visit www.socialsecurity.gov to see the top baby names for 2009. The top five boys and girls names for 2009 in Ohio were Jacob, Noah, Ethan, Logan and William for boys. For girls, the top names were Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Ava and Madison.

In addition to each state’s top 100 baby names, Social Security’s website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys and girls names for 2009 and a list of the top 100 names for twins born in 2009. The website also offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.

To read about this year’s winner for biggest jump in popularity, how The First Family and “Twilight” affect baby names, and whether or not Elvis still lives, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/baby-names2009-pr.htm .

 

On average, men don’t live as long as women, and are more likely to die of heart disease, cancer, stroke and AIDS.

Yet men are much less likely than women to see their doctors -- some are simply afraid of what their doctor might find.

Father’s Day is a good time for dads to take stock of their health, said Dr. Aaron Michelfelder, a Loyola University Health System family doctor.

“The earlier we diagnose such conditions as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer, the more successfully we can treat them,” Michelfelder said.

Michelfelder urges his patients to come in at least once a year. While there has been debate over the benefits of an annual physical exam, a yearly visit at a minimum provides an opportunity to conduct appropriate screening tests, Michelfelder said.

There also has been debate over various screening tests. Recommendations vary on such exams as PSA screening for prostate cancer. Michelfelder advises the following screening tests for his patients, based on guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other expert bodies:

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Zoo program aids school readiness for preschoolers

The PNC Foundation and The Toledo Zoo recently announced a “Learn through Play program with the local Head Start centers designed to support school readiness through nature and animal appreciation.

The three-year program will use play to help underserved Toledo children develop math and reading skills for kindergarten, as well as their cognitive and social skills, critical to early success in the classroom.

A $300,000 grant for the program was made possible by the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group. The initiative is part of a $3 million investment in early childhood education PNC is introducing over the next few weeks throughout Michigan and northwest Ohio.

The program signifies the first major investment the PNC Foundation has made in the Toledo area through its signature philanthropic initiative, “Grow Up Great,” a 10-year, $100 million bilingual initiative to improve early childhood education.

“Research has shown that children who are ready for kindergarten are far more likely to experience greater educational achievements, strive toward higher vocational aspirations and contribute to society later in life,” said regional president Brian Bucher, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation. “The investment in the Toledo Zoo’s Learn through Play program will help establish a needed foundation in science for local children.”

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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