“Go Red” movement celebrates 10 years
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is celebrating 10 years and as part of the celebration, the organization is asking all Northwest Ohio women to Go Red on Friday, Feb. 1.
For 10 years, the AHA has been encouraging women to fight heart disease. The AHA estimates that 627,000 women’s lives have been saved through the effort, but the fight is far from over.
“Women, it’s time to stand together in the fight for our lives. Because heart disease is our number-one killer affecting more women than men. Because it’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Because women we love are dying and many more are impacted every day,” said Allyson France, senior director of the American Heart Association, Northwest Ohio Division. “But the strength of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends fighting side by side is more powerful than any killer. For 10 years we have fought and saved the lives of thousands of women. We have proudly worn red, shared our stories of survival and begun to understand the truth about women’s hearts and how heart disease can be prevented.
“In the past, we have proudly worn red. But this February, let’s do more than that. Let’s make sure that every landmark, every main street, every organization and home in America goes red. Let’s turn America red to shine a spotlight on heart disease in women. Together, we can end heart disease,” she said.
Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org or call 419-740-6180 to find out more about Wear Red Day and Go Red For Women.
Heartbeat of Toledo, a pregnancy support center, is looking for volunteers to serve at either its East Toledo West Sylvania offices.
A new volunteer training is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Heartbeat’s office, 4041 W. Sylvania Ave., Suite LL4. The office is located directly across from Westfield Franklin Park.
“We have greatly expanded our hours and services and need additional volunteers to help us accomplish our mission to help women facing unplanned pregnancies and families in need,” said Pat Todak, Heartbeat executive director.
Heartbeat provides information, free pregnancy testing, free ultrasounds, options counseling and assistance to women who are or may be pregnant. The agency also offers prenatal and parenting classes where moms and moms-to-be can earn baby items while learning how to become better parents. Heartbeat offers abstinence education programs for community and school groups.
Volunteer training consists of a two-hour orientation followed by supervised training with a current Heartbeat volunteer.
For more information or to register for volunteer training, call Heartbeat at 419-241-9131. A volunteer application is also available on their website, www.heartbeatoftoledo.org.
The lack of snow the past two winters has created a heavy demand for sledding when the snow does fly. Sledding hills at Pearson Park can be crowded at times. Metroparks Rangers offer the following tips for safe sledding:
• Check the lane for clearance before sledding;
• Climb the sledding hills on the side ramps only;
• Immediately clear the landing area after a sled ride;
• Watch and avoid other sleds approaching;
• Never sled on the sides of the hills or ramps;
Updates on winter weather recreation conditions are posted at MetroparksToledo.com.
For the ninth consecutive year, the Ohio Department of Aging is partnering with the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) to present the OAGE Practitioner of the Year Award.
The award recognizes individuals and organizations that either have improved services to older adults through research and evaluation or have developed noteworthy partnerships with institutions of higher learning (e.g., universities, community colleges, technical schools) for the betterment of Ohio's elders.
Examples of initiatives eligible for the Practitioner of the Year Award include student intern and mentorship programs; intergenerational programs that benefit students and older adults; partnerships with institutions of higher learning to improve or expand services; research that results in improved practices or new services; and partnerships aimed at expanding the health and long-term care labor forces.
Nominations will be accepted via the OAGE website through Feb. 8. The 2012 recipient of the OAGE Practitioner of the Year Award was Denise Niese, executive director of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.
For more information, contact Marc Molea at 614-752-9167 or