ProMedica to sponsor school food drive challenge
As part of an overall campaign to end hunger in our region, ProMedica has announced its 2013 “Come to the Table” School Food Drive Challenge.
To compete, ProMedica is asking area elementary, middle and high schools in area counties including Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties, to plan and implement a seven-day food drive to benefit a hunger relief agency in their community.
The program is designed to increase the awareness of hunger as a significant challenge for families as well as a serious health issue in the region, while making a positive impact on the lives of those who are hungry.
ProMedica will reward the school that collects the most pounds of donated, non-perishable food items with a $1,000 prize.
“We are excited to offer this new challenge that will engage the creativity and energy of our area students and help them make a difference in their own community,” says Stephanie Cihon, corporate director of advocacy and community relations for ProMedica.
For more information on how a school can participate in the food drive challenge, visit www.promedica.org/advocacy or e-mail
to receive your entry materials.
NAMI support groups
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Counties sponsors support groups intended to help people learn from one another’s experiences, share coping strategies and offer mutual encouragement and understanding.
A Family Support meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at NAMI, 428 Croghan St. in Fremont. The meeting is designed to support family, friends, and caregivers of anyone with mental illness. Meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday.
In addition, a Connection Recovery Support Group for people living with mental illness meets weekly on Mondays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Pontifex, 416 W. State St., Fremont.
Support groups are free and open to the community. For more information, contact NAMI at 419-334-8021 or
Heart Walk announces new location
The American Heart Association has announced that the 2013 Heart Walk, set for May 11 at 8 a.m., will be held at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.
The decision to move the event from the University of Toledo’s Glass Bowl Stadium was based on desire to hold the event in a central location that would attract more companies and involve their employees in the Heart Walk.
“Toledo is the fifth-least heart friendly city in the nation,” said Christine Colvin, Heart Walk Director for the American Heart Association, Northwest Ohio Division. “We would like to engage new companies in our wellness initiatives and give them incentives to help make Toledo a healthier place to live.”
Companies, organizations and individuals are encouraged to sign up now to participate. All participating companies will benefit from wellness programs offered year-round at no cost. Call Christine Colvin at 419-740-6172 or visit www.heart.org/toledowalk for more information.
Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig.
Dining with Diabetes classes
Ohio State University Extension, Wood County, is teaming up with Wood County Committee on Aging and Bowling Green State University Dietetics Program to offer a series of “Dining with Diabetes” classes this February and March.
“Never before have we had such a demand for these classes across the state, as Ohio and our country face many challenges with the growing diabetic epidemic,” said Susan Zies, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Dining with Diabetes is a series of three classes designed for people with diabetes who want to eat more healthily, or those preparing meals for a diabetic. The classes will include information on cooking with low or no sugar, diabetic food preparations, a lecture from a registered dietician and cooking demonstrations. Participants will also receive recipe booklets.
Classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 at the Northeast Area Senior Center, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge. A special grocery store tour will be scheduled for March 5 and the final class will be held March 12.
“Participation in the tour is optional, but participants will be required to attend the other three sessions,” Zies said.
The cost to register for the “Dining with Diabetes” program is $20 per participant. For more information or to register, call Sandy Hart at the Northeast Area Senior Center at 419-260-3228. Seating is limited; registration is required.
Know the signs
Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s.
To help individuals and families recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will host “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters,” a free community workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Kingston Residence of Perrysburg, 333 East Boundary St., Perrysburg.
The workshop will cover the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and will explain the difference between normal aging and dementia, as well as tips for maintaining brain health. Early diagnosis gives individuals a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.
Registration is requested. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 to register or for more information.
Courses address mental illness
The Wood County People National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter is again hosting three of its most popular education courses this winter.
All courses are designed for those with chronic mental illness, their families and their caregivers. The free courses are taught by trained volunteers with experience of mental illness in their own families. Each course meets at NAMI Wood County’s offices at 541 West Wooster St. in Bowling Green.
For more information, call NAMI Wood County at 419-352-0626.
• Family-to-Family, a 12-week course for people caring for relatives with a mental illness begins Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The course addresses the profound concerns of close relatives and friends struggling to understand the mental illnesses their loved ones have been diagnosed with. These may include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder.
• NAMI Basics, designed for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness, will begin Feb. 20 at 6:15 p.m. Participants learn strategies for handling challenging behavior and how to work with the school system and mental health providers to get the best treatment.
• Peer-to-Peer, a recovery course for adults living with mental illness, is taught by adults recovering from mental illness themselves. The 10-week class, which begins Feb. 25 at 4 p.m., offers a holistic approach to recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises, and stress-management techniques.
Red, White & You!
To bring attention to the growing number of individuals in our community who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues, the friends of Unison Behavioral Health Group will host an intimate gathering Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Middle Grounds Market (located inside the historical Oliver House in Downtown Toledo).
Throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to sample presidential wines, enjoy carefully-prepared appetizers and bid on silent auction items. Items in the silent auction include: an island getaway to Put-In-Bay, local restaurant and spa certificates and original artwork.
A limited number of tickets are available for $50. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Diane Geisbuhler at 419-936-7557 or
Proceeds will benefit Unison Behavioral Health Group where nearly 6,000 adults, adolescents and children receive care every year.
A benefit for Melissa Brown Domanowski will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. at Pub 51, 5110 Woodville Rd., Northwood.
Domanowski suffered a fractured sternum, as well as an upper back fracture in an auto accident with an uninsured motorist on Jan. 3. Funds raised will help with medical bills. The single mother of two currently does not have health insurance.
The benefit will include a homemade lasagna dinner, served from 4 to 7 p.m., live music by Booyah, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, a bake sale and more.
For more information about the fundraiser, call Teresa at 419-351-6460.
Those who would like to help may also make donations at any GenoaBank to a fund established in Melissa’s name.
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., is currently scheduling cholesterol screening clinics for March.
The clinics are open to Wood County residents 25 years of age or older. Screening dates are March 5, 7 and 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Bowling Green Senior Center and March 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Perrysburg Senior Center.
The screening panel includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, total cholesterol/HDL ratio and a blood glucose level. Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a registered nurse.
The cost is $20 for those 60 and older and $25 for those 25 to 59. Screenings require an appointment and pretest instructions.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-367-4935 on or after Feb. 15.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will host “An Australian Walkabout: A Visit from the Toledo Zoo” for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, along with their friends and family Feb. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The Toledo Zoo staff will lead an interactive presentation about the continent of Australia that will include live animals, snacks and camaraderie.
The event is free. Friends and family are welcome as guests. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900.