Blood donations needed
With Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer behind us, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure continued sufficient supplies.
Those who donate through Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.
“The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over,” said Tiffany Gradel, Communications Manager for the Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. An urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood, Gradel said.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of ID are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Safe in the Shade
The 5th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Melanoma will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd., Oregon. Meet at Shelter #2.
The advance registration fee is $20 per person, which includes a t-shirt. Registration on the day of the event is $25, with no guarantee of a t-shirt. Register online at safeintheshadeohio.com or on the day of the event between 8 and 8:30 a.m.
Free fitness classes
Free fitness classes are being offered every week at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington St., in Genoa.
The classes, which are sponsored by the Health Ministry at St. John’s, are open to members of the church and the community.
The class schedule includes:
• Tuesdays –Stretching & Yoga, 4:30 p.m. (starting Sept. 17)
• Thursdays: Stretching & Yoga, 4:30 p.m. (starting Sept. 19)
• Saturdays: Stretching & Yoga, 8:30 a.m.
• Saturdays: Senior Fitness (stretching a light non-impact aerobics), 9 a.m.
• Saturdays: (high-intensity workout), 8:30 a.m.
Spreading Some Good
AARP is asking Ohioans to Spread Some Good by making donations to help local food pantries.
Through Sept. 17, Ohio Walgreens stores are accepting donations of $1 or more at checkout registers, with all donations going to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. The donations will be used to buy low-salt, low-sugar peanut butter, which will be distributed to pantries throughout the state, based on the donations collected in each community. According to AARP, nearly 9 million Americans age 50 and older are at risk for hunger every day – a staggering 79 percent increase in just 10 years. Older Americans at most risk for hunger are living with a grandchild; living at or below the poverty line ($10,800); widowed, divorced or separated; disabled or unemployed.
“Crawl, Stroll, & Walk”
Heartbeat of Toledo’s second annual “Crawl, Stroll, and Walk for Heartbeat” will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 on the campus of Lourdes University.
Heartbeat is a pregnancy help center with a mission of providing information and support for women facing pregnancies and to help moms, dads, and babies in need.
The two-mile walk is free and open to both individuals and teams wishing to participate. The event will also include music, food, clowns, and face painting. New this year will be awards recognizing teams for their creative efforts in dress and team names as well as awards for team and individuals that raise the most money for Heartbeat.
The goal of this year’s event is to raise $30,000 to aid in opening an office in East Toledo, according to Pat Todak, executive director.
Register by calling Heartbeat at 419-241-9131 or online at www.heartbeatoftoledo.org and selecting the “Give to Heartbeat” page.
Flu clinics announced
The Sandusky County Health Department has announced the dates and locations for its seasonal flu clinics.
Clinics, which are open to county residents, are recommended for people ages 6 months and older. The cost of the vaccine is $25. Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted (cards should be brought to the clinic). Those desiring a vaccine should dress in layers, with short sleeves.
The schedule includes:
Sept. 25: Fairgrounds Flower Building, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sept. 29: Solomon Lutheran Church, 305 W. Main St., Woodville, 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Oct. 28: Sandusky County Health Department, 2000 Countryside Dr., Fremont, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 11: Woodville Fire Department, 321 E. Main St., Woodville, 1-3 p.m.
For more information, call 419-334-6377 or visit alwayschoosehealth.com.
Affordable Care Act discussion
Dr. Michael Pryce, an orthopedic surgeon from Kent, Ohio, will discuss the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at a presentation to be held Sept. 14 at the Oak Harbor Library, 147 W. Main St., Oak Harbor.
Non-credit healthcare courses
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering several non-credit healthcare courses.
• STNA Training – After completing the 75-hour course, students will be prepared to take the state written and competency exam for State-Tested Nursing Aide. The next session begins Oct. 28. Cost: $549, includes course packet
• ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Training – The course is an overview of ICD-9-CM for the professional medical coder. Meets 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 9 through 18 or Oct. 7 through 16 or Nov. 4 through 18. Cost: $299, including textbooks.
• ICD-10-PCS Procedure Coding Training – The course is an overview for the professional medical coder who is familiar with ICD-9-CM Volume 3 Procedure Coding. Meets 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 23 through Oct. 2 or Oct. 21 through 30. Cost: $299, including textbooks.
To register or for more information, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.
OSU Optometry open house
The Ohio State University College of Optometry will hold an annual open house, where prospective students and their families can learn about the profession of optometry, rated recently as one of the best jobs in the nation.
The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held Sept. 14 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the College of Optometry, Fry Hall, 338 W. 10th Ave., Columbus.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni will be available to answer questions about the Doctor of Optometry program. Tours of the facility will be given, including classrooms, labs, examination rooms, and clinics. During information sessions starting at 1:10 p.m. and again at 2:45 p.m., college representatives will conduct sessions on admissions and financial aid, and a panel of alumni will discuss their optometry career paths. Representatives of optometry student organizations will be available to talk about student life in the College and opportunities for leadership and professional development.
For more information, call the admissions office in the College of Optometry 614-292-2647 or visit http://optometry.osu.edu/openHouse.
Walk & Roll-a-Thon
The Spina Bifida Association of Northwest Ohio (SBANWO) invites community members to register for its 4th Annual Walk & Roll-a-Thon, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Ada War Memorial Park in Ada, Ohio. Participants may register online at www.firstgiving.com/SBANWO/walkrollathon.
The event includes a booth at the Ada Harvest & Herb Festival, walking in the festival’s parade at 10 a.m., and Walk & Roll registration at 11 a.m., with the main event kicking off at 1 p.m.
The Walk & Roll-a-Thon celebrates the achievements of those living with Spina Bifida and helps raise awareness about the importance of folic acid in preventing birth defects. Registration for the event is free. Participants who raise $50 or more are eligible for an Official Walk & Roll-a-Thon t-shirt and other awards.