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Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 15:03

Hospital offers valet parking
Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon will offer complimentary valet parking service to patients and visitors at the main entrance to the hospital beginning Monday, Jan. 11.

The valet service will be available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients and visitors can access the professional office building and other areas of the hospital from the main entrance.

The hospital has partnered with Parking Solutions for Healthcare, which offers services at other ProMedica hospitals, to provide valet parking. For more information, visit www.promedica.org.


Health survey under way
Several hundred adults have been randomly selected to participate in an anonymous and confidential survey being conducted by Health Partners of Sandusky County.

The results of the survey will help local agencies identify key health problems and needs of county residents. The final health assessment report will be released in 2010. Past health assessments can be viewed at sanduskycohd.org, clicking on “Health Education,” then “Health Partners.”

 
Small steps go a long way for a happy, healthy New Year
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 14:56

As we head into a new year and a new decade too, the YMCA of Greater Toledo offers these tips – many that you can easily incorporate into your life – for a healthy, happy 2010 and beyond:
1. Schedule your workouts – Each Sunday, sit down and plan your exercise schedule for the week.
2. Ride a bike when possible to work to improve your fitness.
3. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators.
4. Eat only when hungry.
5. Play racquetball to get your heart going and have a good time.
6. Drink a fruit smoothie instead of a milkshake.
7. Walk to a co-worker’s desk rather than using the intercom.
8. Jumping 30 times a day will make your bones stronger, but don’t do it cold. Warm up until you break a light sweat, then jump away.
9. When eating at home, take smaller portions than usual; go back for more if you are still hungry.
10. An interesting new way to make sure you are getting enough exercise to improve your health is to count the steps you take during the day with a pedometer. The target is 10,000.

 
Could “winter blues" be something more serious?
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 14:51

The arrival of the New Year brings with it many things besides just a turn of the

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Commonly perceived as “winter blues,”
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a serious
condition that can cause feelings of depression
throughout a given season.

calendar. A time for reflection, resolutions and looking forward, the New Year represents a clean slate, one many will welcome after a rather tumultuous 2009.

Another image the New Year invokes is that of winter weather, replete with its short days and snowstorms. While the official arrival of winter is 10 days before the turn of the calendar, for many the unofficial start of the coldest season is when the holiday season ends and the new calendar year begins.

Though winter has its afficionados, for many people winter can be a difficult time of year, one characterized by feelings of depression and indifference. For those who find themselves with those feelings each year, the cause could be a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which most commonly begins to occur during late fall, extending into the winter months. In fact, many simply assume the symptoms of SAD are the “winter blues,” a common misconception that could be masking a larger issue. However, understanding and recognizing SAD could be the first step for those looking to have a more enjoyable winter.

What is SAD?

 
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