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Kick Butts in 2010!
Written by Gerald F. Joseph, Jr, MD   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 14:29
President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

At the beginning of a new year, many Americans try to get healthy and kick bad habits. If you smoke, quitting should be at the top of your list.

Cigarette smoking kills about 178,000 women each year in the US. Smoking shaves an average of 14.5 years off the lives of female smokers, yet nearly one in six women 18 and older still light up. 

Each puff of cigarette smoke exposes users to 2,500 chemicals and cancer-causing agents, including nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide. Smoking causes 87% of lung cancer deaths and increases the risk of developing cervical and other cancers. Smokers are more likely to experience heart attack, stroke, emphysema, bronchitis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, and infertility than nonsmokers are. 

Pregnant women who smoke put their babies at a higher risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, poor lung function, asthma, and bronchitis. The harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke are also passed through breast milk to babies.

 
Mercy Weight Loss program offers one-on-one support
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 14:28

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Again?

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Those who are serious about wanting to lose weight and get healthy in 2010 can get started toward their goals at the Mercy Weight Management Center.

In partnership with Health Management Resources (HMR®), a national provider of medically supervised weight management programs, Mercy offers state-of-the-art weight loss treatment focusing on intensive lifestyle education, personalized attention and follow-up with an emphasis on long-term weight maintenance.

“We offer a variety of weight loss options appropriate for anyone wanting to lose 10 to 200 or more pounds,” said Amy Watkins, program director of the Mercy Weight Management Center.

The program, overseen by a staff of physicians, nurses and health educators, includes in-clinic and at-home diet options that produce an average weight loss of 30 to 60 pounds, Watkins said. Because physical activity and movement are key components of weight loss and weight maintenance, program participants are offered free access to the Mercy Fitness facilities.

 
Gifts that matter
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:27

This holiday season, when economic conditions are tough and people really want their gifts to matter, the Sandusky River Chapter of the American Red Cross is kicking off a new holiday campaign to inspire people to make a gift that can save the day for those in need.

Through the online catalog at www.redcross.org/gifts, people can make a donation that can provide food and shelter for a disaster victim for a day; a military comfort kit with a robe, phone card and other supplies for a wounded warrior; or a month of basic necessities for a family in another country who lost everything in a disaster.

“We know these are difficult times for many families and businesses in our area, but the Red Cross has seen that when Americans are in need, America always responds,” said John Bailey, executive director. “The holiday season is traditionally a time of hope and generosity and this campaign gives us all a chance to make a difference in someone’s life.”

 
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