A Kick-Off Party for ProMedica Health System’s scholarship program called “Lunch 101: Food for Thought” will be held Sept. 13 from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Wildwood Athletic Club gym, 2865 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo.Students who are in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade for the 2008-09 school year are eligible to participate in the program and attend the kick-off party. Bring a school ID or report card to get in the door.
“Lunch 101” is ProMedica Health System’s new community health program to help combat obesity and encourage healthier eating habits. Students in grades 10-12 who live in PHS’ service area, which includes 27-counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, will be challenged to develop a nutritionally-balanced school lunch program that focuses on locally grown products. Participants will submit ideas for a chance to win a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 toward their school’s health and science curriculum. The winning entry will become part of a pilot school lunch program that will be introduced at area elementary schools in 2009.
Parents and teachers are welcome to attend as well. For more information, visit www.promedica.org/default.aspx?PageID=1020.
Marrow drive set for Sept. 10
To assist one of its own as well as potentially thousands nationwide, Terra Community College is hosting a donor drive for the National Marrow Donor Program Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. in the atrium of Building B.
Terra student Brandan Biggert of Fremont is a candidate for a bone marrow transplant and family members asked college officials to help. By becoming a partner with the National Marrow Donor Program and hosting the marrow drive, Terra has made it possible for all testing fees to be waived.
Those who participate in the testing will actually be joining a national registry. Of the thousands of patients who need a life-saving transplant, only 30 percent will find a suitable donor within their family.
The steps include completing a registration form with contact information, health history questions and a signed agreement to join the registry, then giving a swab of cheek cells.
For more information about the Terra drive, call Dale Stearns at 419-559-2353. For more information of the National Marrow Donor Program, call 1-800-MARROW-2 or visit www.marrow.org.
Help & hope for caregivers
A Caregivers’ Support Group, a ministry of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elmore, meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the church’s lounge.
The group offers support and encouragement for caregivers, under the guidance of facilitator Amy Simkus, who is a licensed social worker. Special guest speakers will also be invited from time to time, offering their insights into the joys and trials of caring for those we love.
There is no cost to participate. For more information or directions, call the church office at 419-862-3630 or e-mail
DivorceCare, a divorce recovery seminar and support group, meets at Christ United Methodist Church in Oregon each Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m.
The seminar features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Facing my Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” “KidCare” and Forgiveness.”
Childcare is available. In addition, a light dinner will be served between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.
Christ United Methodist is located at the corner of Starr Avenue and Stadium Road. For more information, call Karen at 419-351-2707.
Golden Threads of Memorial Hospital will be sponsoring a free informational Medicare 101 program for new Medicare beneficiaries or those individuals who will be eligible for Medicare benefits in the near future Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Chestnut Café.
Kendra Thompson from the Ohio Department of Insurance will present information on supplemental insurances and how to choose the best plan for one’s needs. A representative from KePRO also will be available to discuss preventative benefits to Medicare beneficiaries.
Registration is required. Lunch will be provided by Golden Threads. Call 419-334-6613.
Break the Silence
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and Pureology will present a Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer Sept. 20 at the University of Toledo Medical Center, 3000 Arlington Ave., Toledo.
Participants will walk along the grounds of the medical center campus. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., there will be a group photo of ovarian cancer survivors. An inspirational opening ceremony featuring a release of doves in memory of those who lost their battles with ovarian cancer will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by the walk/run at 10 a.m.
The “Break the Silence” campaign is a national fundraising event and education program intended to increase awareness and encourage public dialog about the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer.
For more information, call 1-888-OVARIAN or visit www.ovarian.org.
Fitness/rec classes offered at Terra
Terra Community College will offer a variety of non-credit fitness and recreation classes this fall.
The schedule includes:
• Body Works (resistance and weight training) - Noon to 12:30 p.m. or 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 26 sessions beginning Sept. 17. Cost: $50.
•Co-ed Cross-training Total Fitness – 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for 26 sessions beginning Sept. 18. Cost: $60.
• Hatha Yoga – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays for seven sessions beginning Oct. 7. Cost: $50. Classes also offered 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays for six sessions beginning Oct. 8. Cost: $45.
•Pilates – 6:10 to 6:50 p.m. Tuesdays for 10 weeks beginning Oct. 7. Cost: $45.
For more information or to register, call Marsha Thiessen at 419-559-2255.
Dining with Diabetes
Ohio State University Ottawa County Extension will offer a three-part series, “Dining With Diabetes,” in collaboration with Magruder Hospital Sept. 22, 24 and 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the hospital conference center.
Participants will learn how to prepare recipes that are tasty, healthy and easy-to-prepare. A folder of recipes, handouts and supplemental information will be distributed.
The class is open to diabetes patients, their family members and caretakers. The cost to attend is $25 per individual and $30 per couple. Additional support persons may attend for $6. Participants must attend all three classes. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling the Extension office at 419-898-3631.
Free prostate screenings
The Mercy Cancer Centers are sponsoring two free prostate cancer screenings Sept. 23 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Family Care Center located at the corner of Franklin and Bancroft and from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Regency Surgery Center, 2000 Regency Court near Talmadge and Monroe streets.
The screenings are open to men 45 to 75 years old. Register by calling Mercy Healthlink at 419-251-4000.
Health fair set
The Giant Eagle Pharmacy’s “A Healthy Life with Diabetes” program will host a health and wellness fair Oct. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Crossroads Giant Eagle.
The health fair will offer information, health screenings, chair massages, influenza shots, and refreshments.