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The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will host its first-ever drive-through flu clinic Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the southwest portion of the Lucas County Recreation Center’s parking lot located at 2901 Key St., Maumee.

Clients will be able to stay in their cars while filling out forms and receiving the flu vaccine. The clinic is open to all adults 18 and older. The cost is $20. Medicare, Medicaid and Paramount cannot be billed.

Cholesterol screenings
The Wood County Committee on Aging will hold cholesterol screening clinics Nov. 14 at the Northeast Senior Center in Walbridge and Nov. 19 at the senior center in Pemberville.

Participants must be Wood County residents age 45 or older. The cost is $20 for age 60 and older and $25 for those 45-59.

The screening panel includes total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, total cholesterol/HDL radio and a blood glucose level.

Results will be available immediately and will be discussed with clients by a registered nurse from the Wood County Committee on Aging.

Screenings require an appointment and fasting 12 to 14 hours before the test. Call Social Services at 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 to schedule an appointment.

Supporting kids
Kick off your holiday shopping while supporting children’s programming at Serenity Farm at a special event Nov. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m., Serenity Farm features a team of professionals dedicated to growth and learning opportunities through the use of animal-assisted therapy to improve the quality of lives. The farm is located at 21870 Lemoyne Rd., Luckey.

Visitors can enjoy an afternoon of refreshments, Christmas music and gift selections of soy candles, cookbook gift packages, wreaths and specialty t-shirts.

The farm’s certified therapy dogs and therapeutic riding horses will be on site. For more information, call 419-833-1308 or visit www.serenityfarm.org.

Drug plan information available
Golden Threads of Memorial Hospital in Fremont will present Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Assistance.

Open enrollment for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part D) is Nov. 15 through Dec. 31 with coverage beginning Jan. 1.

If you are currently enrolled in a plan and are satisfied with your coverage then you will automatically stay enrolled for 2009. However, if you are dissatisfied with your current plan or would like to see if another plan would better cover your prescription needs then you may do so during the open enrollment period.

Golden Threads can assist with the research at no cost.

Once the enrollment period ends you will not have the option to change plans or join a plan until November 2009. There are a few special circumstances where a Medicare Beneficiary can enroll outside of the open enrollment period. Those include anyone just becoming eligible for Medicare and Medicare Beneficiaries whose current credible plan is discontinued. If your current credible coverage drops you then you have the option to enroll in a Medicare plan within 63 days without incurring a penalty.

For more information, call the Golden Threads office at 419-334-6613.

Addressing childhood obesity
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department was recently awarded a grant from the Office of Healthy Ohio to help fight childhood obesity in Lucas County.

The $75,000 grant is one of six environmental grants awarded from the Ohio Department of Health.

According to the ODH, nearly 17 percent of Ohio third-graders are obese and another 18 percent are overweight. “This trend must be reversed,” said Dr. David Grossman, health commissioner, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. “Obesity sets the stage for diabetes and heart disease and ultimately, shorter lives.”

The goal of the environmental change grant is to help make improvements to a community’s physical environment to increase activity through developments such as playgrounds and walking paths and increase opportunities for good nutrition through increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Community partners for the project include the Toledo Children’s Hospital, the Aurora Gonzalez Community & Family Resource Center, the East Toledo Family Center, the James C. Caldwell Community Center, Toledo GROWs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio, TMACOG and Get Fit Toledo.

“Fighting obesity will take an ongoing commitment from the community,” Dr. Grossman said. “With the momentum from this grant, we hope to truly make a difference.”

Support sought for group home residents
Advocates for the Mentally Ill is collecting donations for residents of two group homes operated by Volunteers of America in Port Clinton and of the Buckeye Home, in Clyde.

Donations will be distributed based on residents’ needs and abilities and recommendations of group home management. Funds may go toward haircuts, clothing, shoes, gift certificates, movie passes, trips to the Toledo Zoo, etc.

“All donations and spending will be precisely accounted for and will be used only for residents and their benefit,” said Sharon Kusian, advocate.

Checks may be made payable to Fred or Sharon Kusian, Advocate, and mailed to 4368 N. Billman Rd., Curtice, OH 43412.

Advocates for the Mentally Ill is a not-for-profit outreach program designed to increase awareness and understanding of mentally ill members of the community, to provide support, services, cultural and enriching experiences that motivate them to remain active, participate in recreational social events and feel respected as members of their community. The program also encourages benevolence on behalf of those who cannot afford basic needs.


 

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