Open house set for East Side Carrera Program
An open house will be held Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the old Franklin Elementary School, 310 Steadman St., for the new Carrera Program being launched in East Toledo by the YWCA of Greater Toledo and the Children’s Aid Society.
The program, developed in 1984 by Dr. Michael Carrera and the Children’s Aid Society, is an adolescent pregnancy prevention program that uses a holistic approach to empower youths. It will work with boys and girls beginning in the fifth grade and follow them through high school and beyond.
Guided by a philosophy that looks at youths as “at promise” instead of “at risk,” the program will provide opportunities for young people to discover interests and develop their talents, while emphasizing education and employment. Dr. Carrera sees the sum of the activities as having a contraceptive effect.
The program will be available at no cost to fifth-graders on the East Side. Funding will be provided by Lucas County Job and Family Services.
For more information, call 419-698-1230.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle
The deadline is approaching for Oregon-area teens looking for those proverbial 15 minutes of fame to get some friends together and shoot a commercial for the Oregon Community and Family Coalition’s Public Service Announcement Contest.
The video must address the issues of substance abuse among youths (marijuana use, underage /binge drinking, prescription drugs abuse or substance abuse in general). The content should be clean and appropriate.
The contest is open to youths in grades 9-12. Entry is restricted to a video team that consisting of one “executive producer,” who must attend school or reside in Oregon and a maximum of four additional credited contributors per video. The commercial can include any number of actors, however, only the five-person video team will be eligible for prizes.
Mailed entries should be submitted on DVD. E-mailed entries should not exceed 5 MB and should be sent as either an .MOV (quick time), .AVI, or .WMV file. Videos should not exceed one minute in length.
Judges will consider visual/auditory impact, creativity and effective presentation of theme. The winning commercial will be professionally reproduced and edited to fit a 30-second commercial slot. The edited commercial will air 150 times on Buckeye CableSystem.
For complete details, rules and entry forms, available for download, visit www.ocfcohio.org.
Fitness classes offered
Mercy Center for Health Promotion at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon is offering a pair of fitness classes to help those who want to get fit in the new year.
“Trouble Zone Tone” is a fun land-based toning class aimed at targeting trouble zones. Dumbbells, Xertubes and fitness balls will be used to help tone the hips, thighs, buttocks, stomach and arms. The classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30-6:15 p.m. through Feb. 18. The cost is $5 for drop-ins.
“Fitwaves” is an intermediate, energizing water workout that works muscles, improves fitness and burns calories. The classes meet Monday through Thursday evenings 6:30-7:30 p.m. The session runs through Feb. 19. The cost is $8 for drop-ins.
Call 419-696-7412 for more information.
ProMedica Health System (PHS) and Northwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants (NWOCC) have announced a partnership that will help provide better access to comprehensive and cost-efficient cardiology care to residents of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
NWOCC will join ProMedica Physician Group, a member of PHS, effective March 1, 2009.
Headquartered in Toledo at 2940 N. McCord Rd., NWOCC also has numerous offices throughout the region, including in Bowling Green, Fremont and Port Clinton. Currently, NWOCC serves 105,000 patients. There will be no change in services provided to NWOCC patients, and operations will remain the same.
Focusing on childhood obesity
The Sandusky County Health Department and a number of community organizations and individuals have joined together to form the SCOOT Force (Sandusky County Overweight/Obesity Task Force) to focus on reducing overweight and obesity in children ages birth-12.
According to the Ohio Department of Health’s BMI measurements of third-graders across Ohio, Sandusky County ranked sixth in the state for both the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 school years, according to Rebecca Holland, director of Health Planning and Education, Sandusky County Health Department.
“While personal responsibility is crucial to address this major public health challenge, community support with strong collaborations are critical for supporting and providing opportunities to promote healthier lifestyles,” she said.
The SCOOT Force has registered Sandusky County to be a WeCan!™ community, to begin to offer consistent information to parents, physicians, educators and others. WeCan!™ was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health.
The group began in August and will post info at www.sanduskycohd.org/Childhood_Obesity.asp. The invitation remains open for interested members to join the coalition. Call the Sandusky County Health Department at 419-334-6377 for more details.