Be part of the change
As spring rains bring fresh flowers, green grass and warmer weather, the American Red Cross encourages area residents to be a part of change, too.
Spring is about rejuvenation and research studies show that the increase in temperature is a major mood booster. “The need for blood remains constant, especially as the weather becomes warmer,” said Tiffany Gradel, Marketing and Communication Manager, American Red Cross, Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. “A single blood donation can save more than one life, so as the season changes, allow some change within yourself by getting into the habit of donating blood.”
While spring lasts for a few months, donating blood only takes a fraction of that time; the actual donation process only takes about eight to12 minutes. A healthy donor can donate red blood cells every 56 days and platelets can be given every seven days, but no more than 24 times in one year. According to Gradel each day, the Western Lake Erie Region needs to collect about 300 units of blood to meet the need of patients in the hospitals we serve.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate. Positive ID is required at the time of donation.
Bay Park events
A number of events have been scheduled at ProMedica Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon.
Weekly Weight Watchers meetings are held every Tuesday in the hospital’s Michigan Conference Room. Weigh-ins begin at 12:15 p.m. with meetings beginning at 12:30 p.m. These meetings are open to all Weight Watchers members.
• A 5K Walk/Run for Life to benefit Bay Park’s Relay for Life Team will be held Saturday, April 13.
All pre-registered participants will receive a long-sleeve tech shirt. Race day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The one-mile fun run will begin at 8:45 a.m., and the 5K walk/run will begin at 9 a.m. Fruit, sports drinks and goodies will be waiting at the finish line.
• Bay Park’s 8th Annual Women’s Wellness Day will be held Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the hospital’s Garden Level.
Registration will include a continental breakfast, lunch, shopping, health screenings, pampering and information. Every attendee will receive a goodie bag and coupons from local vendors.
For more information or to register, contact Jeannette Rohr at 419-690-8725.
Free community clinic
Cedar Creek Church will operate a free community care medical clinic at its south Toledo campus, located at 2150 S. Byrne Rd.
The free clinic will be open Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. and serve anyone in need of general medical care. The clinic will provide flu shots, dental assessments and referrals, and confidential HIV testing. Women’s health care will be available by appointment. Call 419-482-8127 to make an appointment.
The center will not provide immunizations, which may be obtained at the county health department.
The American Heart Association is urging Americans, “Show Us Your Moves in April.”
The month-long Instagram promotion encourages consumers to submit photos of their favorite fun physical activity – dancing, roller skating, walking with friends, gardening – you name it.
Selected photos will be featured each week on www.heart.org and various American Heart Association social media pages. By sharing pictures of their physical activity on Instagram with the hashtag #mymoves, consumers can help spread the notion that exercise can be fun.
“Statistics show that one in two men, and one in three women are at risk for heart disease, and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor,” said Christine Colvin, Heart Walk director of the American Heart Association, Northwest Ohio Division. “Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity and better still, it’s fun and it’s free.”
For more information on “Show Us Your Moves,” visit www.heart.org/nationalwalkingday to see promotion rules and directions.
To find an American Heart Association Heart Walk in your area and to access healthy living resources including information about getting active and eating healthy, visit www.heartwalk.org.
EyEvent set for May 2
Rachael Scdoris, Iditarod finisher, inspirational endurance athlete and advocate for the visually impaired will be the featured guest speaker at the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio’s EyEvent, which will be held May 2 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
The annual event raises funds to help The Sight Center with its mission of providing services for visually impaired and blind individuals residing in 16 counties of Northwest Ohio. Bob and Kim LaClair, CEO and president of Fifth Third Bank, will serve as honorary chairs for the event.
Scdoris was born with a rare vision disorder that left her with extreme vision loss. Her disability didn’t stop her from reaching her goal of becoming a competitive dog sled racer and her ultimate dream of competing in the Iditarod – the “Super Bowl” of dog sled races. Her determination and outlook have made her an inspiration to countless others.
For more information on attending this event, contact The Sight Center at 419-720-3937 or 1-800-624-8378.
Healthcare Decisions Day
The Advance Care Planning Coalition of Greater Toledo (ACP), along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
Information and tools are available for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws.
These resources are available locally by calling the ACP hotline at 419-725-0523 or through the Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website (www.ohpco.org) and the National Health Care Decisions Day website (www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org).
“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Josie Freeman, president of the ACP Coalition of Greater Toledo. “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”
Night of Empowerment
Baskets of Care, Inc., will sponsor a “Night of Empowerment” for breast cancer patients April 8 at Soto Loft and Signature Spa, 580 Craig Drive, Perrysburg.
The event will include a free night of massages, wig trimming and make-up consultation. “We provide newly diagnosed men and women with the peer support that they need,” said Gail Cooper, executive director of Baskets of Care. “The ‘Night of Empowerment’ does that by bringing survivors together in a relaxed setting.”
Baskets of Care has distributed more than 600 Comfort Care Bags to breast cancer survivors of all stages since March 2011. The bag includes the book, “Just Get Me Through This,” by Deborah Cohen, educational material provided by the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Baskets of Care, brochures featuring area support services, a notebook and pen, recommended questions to ask your doctor, a padfolio with a two-year journey calendar, a heart shaped pillow to protect the breast from seatbelt discomfort and a healing shawl knitted by volunteers.
“I learned through my journey with breast cancer that having peer support from others who shared a similar experience is gratifying,” Cooper said.
Comfort Care Bags are provided free of charge and are gifted through partnerships with medical providers of breast care, surgeons, oncologists and the Breast Care Centers.
For more information about the organization, visit www.basketsofcare.org.
Volunteer gardeners needed
Hospice of Northwest Ohio is looking for individuals or groups who would like to volunteer their time to help maintain the gardens at both its Perrysburg and Toledo Hospice Centers through September.
Groups of any size or any age range are welcome to lend a hand in the many hours of gardening that go into keeping the grounds looking beautiful. Participants do not need to be trained hospice volunteers in order to get involved in the gardening, nor do they need any prior gardening experience.
In the past, groups such as garden clubs, Girl Scouts, businesses, church groups and alumni associations have given their time and energy to pulling weeds, laying mulch, trimming bushes and planting flowers, among other tasks. Many find it to be a rewarding experience and come back year after year.
Groups interested in helping should leave a voicemail for Jane Murphy, Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Gardner, at 419-661-4001, ext. 8715.
Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Perrysburg Center is located at 30000 East River Rd., and the Toledo Center is located at 800 South Detroit Ave.
Guiding Good Choices
Two sessions of “Guiding Good Choices” – a class to help parents navigate the choppy waters of adolescence with their children – will be offered this spring in Rossford and Perrysburg.
The free five-week course will meet at Glenwood Elementary, 8950 Avenue Rd., Rossford Mondays at 6:30 p.m. beginning April 15, and at Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Thursdays beginning April 25.
Offered by the Wood County Educational Service Center, “Guiding Good Choices” is a nationally recognized program that helps parents prepare their kids for the new challenges of middle and high school. The program is open to all parents of children ages 7-14. Childcare and a light supper are provided. Parents may attend all or any of the sessions.
For information, call instructor Greg Bonnell at 419-354-9010, ext. 228. Drop-ins are welcome.
Guiding Good Choices is offered several times each year in various locations around Wood County. It is supported by the federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant. For more information about this and other programs, contact the Wood County Educational Service Center at 419-354-9010.
Dylan to perform
Legendary musician and cultural icon Bob Dylan will perform at the Bowling Green State University Stroh Center Sunday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles-based folk-rock band Dawes will open the show at 7:30 p.m., and Dylan takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at the Stroh Center box office and at ticketmaster.com. General admission tickets are $35 and $45. Student tickets are $25 and available with a student ID at the Stroh Center box office.
Bob Dylan is presented by Bowling Green State University in association with the American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region. Proceeds from the show will benefit the programs and services of the American Red Cross including disaster preparedness, disaster relief and recovery assistance, support for military members and their families, health and safety training, and more.
For more information, visit strohcenter.com or ticketmaster.com.
Paramount approved to provide Medicaid
Paramount Advantage has been approved to serve eligible Medicaid recipients throughout Ohio.
Paramount was offered a statewide provider agreement by the Office of Medical Assistance (formerly the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services) to expand its service area from 18 to 88 counties. To support the expansion, Paramount will open new offices in Cleveland, Columbus and the Cincinnati/Dayton area this year. Paramount’s main office is located at 1901 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.
Paramount Advantage is an Ohio nonprofit health plan that has been in business for 20 years. It currently serves nearly 100,000 eligible Medicaid recipients in northwest Ohio.
For more information about Paramount Health Care, visit http://www.paramounthealthcare.com.
Living with Epilepsy
Epilepsy can happen to anyone at any time. Studies show that epilepsy can develop after an accident, illness, or for no apparent reason at all.
The Epilepsy Center of NW Ohio will provide a free Living with Epilepsy seminar May 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the lower level conference room at The Toledo Clinic, 4235 Secor Rd., Toledo.
This seminar, titled: “Epilepsy & the Law,” and will be presented by Jay Feldstein, attorney, and Dr. Michael Nagel, neurologist. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow the presentation.