LifeLine Screenings for stroke and osteoporosis will be offered Jan. 23, 2009 at the Jerusalem Township Community Hall.
Screenings are painless and accurate. They help identify potential health problems such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.
Register for a Wellness Package with Heart Rhythm for $149. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
To schedule an appointment or obtain more information, visit www.lifelinescreening.com or call call 1-877-237-1287. Pre-registration is required.
Spread the joy
With the holidays here, family and friends come together to share family traditions and the joy of the season. As you gather together and exchange gifts with loved ones, the American Red Cross asks eligible individuals to remember to share the gift of life with those in need this holiday season by giving blood.
“It’s important that people take the time to donate blood this holiday season to help ensure a stable blood supply,” said Kathy Smith, director of donor services of the Red Cross Western Lake Erie Region Blood Services. “Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. We rely on generous blood donors to help those in need.”
All those who are eligible to donate both blood and platelets are urged to do so as soon as possible. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and provide a valid photo ID upon donation.
For information on blood drives, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givebloodtoday.org
In August 2007, four of the five members of the Lutman family were seriously injured in a head-on crash while traveling from Oak Harbor to the Henry County Fair. The 16-year-old driver of the other vehicle was killed in the accident.
Ron Lutman, the family’s father, suffered the most extensive injuries. Despite good progress in his recovery – he is now using a cane to get around - doctors have projected that he may not be able to return to his job as a diesel mechanic.
His wife, Amy, has put off his medical care to care for the rest of her family. Now that Ron is more mobile and the couple’s daughters are in school, Amy needs testing to determine the source of severe back pain and numbness in her hip.
The Lutmans have been relying on community and family support to help pay for medical bills and daily living expenses. There has been no insurance settlement.
The congregation of the Oak Harbor United Methodist Church is asking for the community’s support in the form of prayers and encouragement, tax-deductible financial contributions or other ways to help the Lutman family.
Donations may be sent to Oak Harbor United Methodist Church, 360 E. Ottawa St., Oak Harbor, OH 43449. Include the Lutman’s name on the memo portion of the check.
Call the church at 419-898-8481 for more information.
Just for the health of it…
During National Handwashing Awareness Week, Dec. 7-13, encourage your family, friends, classmates and co-workers to stay healthy by practicing effective handwashing techniques.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.
When washing hands with soap and water:
• Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
• Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
• Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to a friend!
• Rinse hands well under running water.
• Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
• Apply product to the palm of one hand.
• Rub hands together.
• Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.
No butts about it…
The Young Adult Quit (YAQ) research study is offering young adults 18 to 30 access to free materials designed to help them stop smoking.
Participants can earn $20 and be eligible for two weeks of free nicotine patches for participating. Visit www.yaqstudy.org for more information and to enroll. The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute and is being conducted by Klein Buendel, Inc.