“Survivor Oregon” asset-building conference set for Jan. 31
The Oregon Community & Family Coalition (OCFC) will hold “Survivor Oregon,” an Asset Development Mini-Conference, at Fassett Middle School Jan. 31 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Students will receive their Tribal Assignments, participate in a challenge session and experience a Tribal Council. After all activities have been completed, the students will have lunch with their parents and watch a special presentation. All of the activities will focus on Developmental Assets. Developmental Assets are 40 key building blocks that help youth grow up healthy. The more assets youth have, the more likely they are to succeed. The Survivor mini-conference will focus on self-esteem, sense of purpose, positive family communication, peaceful conflict resolution, and personal power.
Here are some of the Challenges:
“Oregon’s Got Talent”- work as a group to create a 30 second commercial to improve self-esteem and sense of purpose.
“Text It!” – the game will focus on student/ adult communication through a game show atmosphere.
“Sumo! Set! Go!” – learn how to identify, regulate, and control your behavior in healthy ways during stressful situations.
“Fear Factor” – do you have what it takes to be brave and have influence over things that happen in you life?
Pre-Registration is required for the mini-conference. Registration ends Jan. 29. There will be no registrations accepted the morning of the conference, so register early. To register call Heather Umbaugh, OCFC Youth/Community Coordinator at 419-720-1708
Parent/caregiver courses offered
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Wood County is presenting a free nine-week course for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an emotional/mental/neurolobiological brain disorder.
Classes will start Feb. 4 and continue every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for nine weeks.
Learning that your child has a disorder such as ADHD, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or other illness can be overwhelming to parents. Hurdles to overcome may include becoming educated on the illness and treatment, coping with social stigma, dealing with insurance companies and raising siblings that are well or may have problems of their own. Handling special education needs, facing juvenile justice issues and coping with periods of crisis and relapse are also concerns.
The Hand to Hand Family Education Program has been developed to address these issues and to help parents cope with unique stresses while preserving their own well-being.
Two trained instructors who themselves have a family member with mental disorders will lead the class. For more information, call 419-352-0626 e-mail
Beat the heat
The weather outside may be frightful, but for Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that operates a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, spring and kitten season are just around the corner.
The group has planned a “Beat the Heat" promotion and will spay female cats during the month of February for the special rate of $20 in an effort to prevent unwanted litters before kitten season. This special rate for female cats is even less than the organization's normal low-cost price and applies to all residents of Lucas County and Wood County (must provide proof of residency) regardless of income level. Cat owners who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the "Beat the Heat" promotion when they call to schedule their appointment. The promotion is based on availability and cat owners will be required to stop into Humane Ohio to pick-up a "Beat the Heat" voucher in advance of their appointment.
Visit www.humaneohio.org or call 419-266-5607 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Memorial Health Care System Physical Medicine Department in Fremont currently has student volunteer positions available on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the Physical Medicine office to greet visitors, along with performing office duties such as filing, answering phones and pulling charts. Available volunteer hours are Tuesday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. with Saturday morning hours to be determined. Those interested should contact Annette Overmyer, director of Volunteer Services at 419-334-6609 or
For more information on programs and services offered by Memorial Health Care System, visit www.memorialhcs.org.
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
COLUMBUS - The March of Dimes Ohio Chapter has released its 2009 Program Service Grants totaling more than $183,000 throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
“January is an ideal month to release grant awards,” notes March of Dimes Program Services Committee chair Beth McBurney-White. “January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. Several of our grant programs focus on strategies to prevent or reduce risks for birth defects, including a focus on consuming folic acid before and during pregnancy.”
The theme of this year’s Birth Defects Prevention Month is managing weight for a healthy pregnancy. Managing weight is never easy and the many changes that come along with pregnancy can make it even more difficult. However, it is important because women who are overweight or obese have higher odds of having complications during pregnancy including hypertension (high blood pressure), preeclampsia and eclampsia or gestational diabetes. Each of these conditions may require medication and treatment and put the health of not only mothers, but their babies at risk.
The increased risks to babies include being obese in childhood, being born prematurely or having certain birth defects, including neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
The best way to reduce these risks is to achieve a healthy weight before becoming pregnant. During pregnancy only 300 additional calories are needed daily to support a baby’s growth. Those calories can be supplied by a simple snack such as one of these:
• A couple of whole wheat crackers with peanut butter, a small glass of low fat milk and a small apple.
• Small yogurt with a handful of granola and a small orange.
• One cheese stick, a handful of walnuts, a few strawberries and a stick of celery with peanut butter.