7th Annual Team Fox Walk to Cure Parkinson's set for Oct. 13
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital will host the 7th Annual Team Fox Walk to Cure Parkinson’s disease, Saturday, Oct. 13.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the hospital’s main entrance at 2801 Bay Park Drive, Oregon. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided throughout the morning, and gift bags will be given to all participants at the conclusion of the walk.
Janet Clough, of Curtice, started the walk in 2005 in memory of her father, Lester Cowell, who battled Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. Cowell, a WWII veteran and watercolor artist, retired from LOF in 1984 after 41 years as a general foreman in the template department. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995 and passed away in 2004.
|Janet Clough (far right) with her daughter Melissa (Missy) and
mother Marian Cowell at last year’s Team Fox Walk to Cure
Funds raised at the event benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. For more information, visit Clough’s Team Fox page at www.teamfox.org and search for “Janet Clough.”
“I continue to be inspired by my father, who faced the challenges of PD with courage and his endearing sense of humor, by my mother for her unwavering love and care of him, and by Michael J Fox for his optimism and for giving us hope for a cure,” Clough said. “It is our hope that we will reach more people who may benefit from the efforts of the Michael J Fox Foundation as well as those who may discover the benefits of exercise in delaying the effects of this disease.”
The Gibsonburg Fire Department will hold a special benefit Chicken BBQ Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Gibsonburg Fire Station.
Dinners are carry-out only. Half-chicken dinners are $8, and quarter-chicken dinners are $5. All proceeds raised will benefit Harris-Elmore Fire Chief Mike Murray, who is battling prostate cancer; Gibsonburg firefighter Tony Brake, who is recovering from a stroke, and the Nathan Fought Memorial being sponsored by Fremont and Lindsey Fire Department.
Test drives support cancer research
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Baumann Auto Group Chevy will make a $10 donation to the American Cancer Society for every test drive taken Oct. 6.
Dealership locations include Al Baumann Chevy Buick in Fremont, Baumann Auto Center in Port Clinton and Baumann Auto Group Genoa Chevy in Genoa.
“Go Red” Luncheon
Area women are invited to learn more about heart health at the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon Friday, Oct. 26 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Woodlands Dr., Maumee. A health and wellness expo will begin at 11 a.m. and luncheon will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
Statistics show that heart disease claims the life of almost one woman every minute. Those attending the luncheon will hear survivor stories and expert advice on how they can help put an end to this largely preventable disease. During the health and wellness expo, luncheon guests will have the opportunity to participate in health screenings, as well as to learn more about blood pressure, cholesterol, fitness, nutrition and stroke prevention.
The event, which will be emceed by Chrys Peterson of WTOL, will also feature Dr. James Bingle, president of ProMedica Heart and Vascular Institutes. Tickets are $100 per person. Corporate tables are also available.
“Research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women are linked to poor choices, involving diet, exercise and smoking,” said Go Red for Women event chair, Sheila D. Schwartz “This means women can make the right choices to change this statistic.”
Women are encouraged to visit www.GoRedForWomen.org to complete the Heart CheckUp and assess their risks or they can call 1-888-MY-HEART for more information about Go Red.
For more information about the Go Red for Women luncheon or to reserve a seat, call Brenda Kuhr at 419-740-6168 or visit www.heart.org/Toledo.
An American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED certification course will be offered Owens Community College Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Emergency Preparedness building, 30150 Tracy Rd., Walbridge.
The cost is $50, which includes a student workbook and certification card. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required.
Register in person at the Center for Emergency Preparedness or call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2411.
Dispelling blood-donation myths
In doubt about giving blood? Think you’re not a good candidate for blood donation?
People with high blood pressure and diabetes may suspect they are not eligible to give blood. Many cancer survivors also believe they will be deferred because of their previous illness.
“But that’s not always the case,” said Tiffany Hayes, Spokesperson for the Western Lake Erie Blood Services of the American Red Cross. “We’re working to dispel myths and to educate people about who can give blood and when.”
In the United States, about 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood. The most common reason someone might not be able to give on any given day is low hemoglobin. Red Cross officials say that measure of iron in red blood cells can often be improved by eating more iron-rich foods or by talking to one’s doctor about taking iron supplements.
“The good thing is, most deferrals are for short periods of time,” said Hayes “Most of the time, people can monitor and address the cause, and then come back to give blood again.”
Donors with high blood pressure, for instance, can give blood as long as their condition is controlled. And diabetics can give if their blood sugar is controlled with diet, oral medication or with most insulins. Some cancer survivors can also donate. Donors with a history of non-hematologic cancer must be cancer-free for one year, have completed all their treatments, and meet all other eligibility criteria.
“We encourage anyone who is in good general health to consider giving blood,” said Hayes. To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.
Open house set
An open house for the new therapy wing at The Manor at Perrysburg will be held Oct. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The 125-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center is located at 250 Manor Dr.(in the Three Meadows Community) in Perrysburg. Refreshments will be available.
For more information or to schedule a tour, call 419-874-0306.
Mental health conference
Wood County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will offer its fourth one-day mental health conference Friday, Oct. 12 at BGSU’s Levis Commons site.
The topic of this fall’s conference is “The Teen Years: Mental Health Needs and Challenges of Adolescents and Young Adults.” The program is designed for anyone who works with, live with, or has regular contact with those living with mental illness.
The cost of the conference is $40, including lunch. Five CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) will be available to professionals attending. To register or for more information, call 419-352-0626.
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is seeking volunteers for the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
Volunteer ombudsmen help provide advocacy services to residents living in nursing homes. Training sessions are being planned. Volunteers must complete an application process before attending classes.
In 1978, The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program was mandated by the Older Americans Act to serve as a visible advocate for the elderly. Volunteer ombudsmen advocate for resident rights and quality care, and provide education to empower long-term care recipients.
Volunteer Ombudsmen are trained before entering a facility. They receive certification by the State of Ohio following a 14-hour initial training and a Bureau of Criminal Investigation Check. Once certified, volunteers are expected to contribute a minimum of four hours each month at an assigned facility.
Approximately 13,000 individuals reside in long-term care facilities located in the program's 10-county service area, which includes Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood counties.
Healthy Slow Cooker cookbook
The American Heart Association’s new Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook is now available in bookstores and online wherever books are sold.
The 256-page cookbook includes 200 easy-to-follow, heart-healthy recipes. All the dishes featured in the cookbook—including Shrimp Jambalaya, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Cinnamon Quinoa with Peaches—meet the American Heart Association’s dietary recommendations.
“The book also contains helpful information on the benefits of slow cooking, how a slow cooker can help you eat well and also includes the American Heart Association’s nutrition guidelines,” said Allyson France, senior director of the Northwest Ohio Division of the American Heart Association.
For more information on the Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook and other cookbooks from the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org/cookbooks.