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Consumer Reports: Snack smart with lower-fat options of favorite treats
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 12 October 2009 09:35

YONKERS ¬– Snackaholics don’t have to give up their favorite treats to maintain a healthy weight. Satisfying, lower-fat versions of foods like chips, cheese and even ice cream are readily available at grocery stores. Consumer Reports found 12 lower-fat options from traditionally high-fat categories that are tasty enough to try.

Consumer Reports targeted lower-fat foods found in supermarkets in popular categories. Food staffers taste-tested dozens of snacks and the best-tasting products made the list.

“It’s easier than ever to snack smart with some of the more healthful snacks available at grocery stores,” said Jamie Hirsh, associate editor, Consumer Reports Health. “We wanted to include popular categories, and focus on new and interesting products that looked appealing, either because of the ingredients, flavor or personal experience.”

Health Briefs
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 12 October 2009 09:32

Red Cross welcomes 16-year-olds as blood donors
The local American Red Cross is launching a campaign to encourage 16-year-old high school students to start a lifelong habit of donating blood.

As of Oct. 6, in Ohio, 16-year-old residents are able to donate blood with written parental/guardian consent.

“Many of our committed donors began donating blood while they were in high school. As our donor base continues to age, it is important to educate a group of young donors about the importance of a safe and stable blood supply,” said Kathy Smith, director of donor services for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services.

If you are 16 years of age and would like to donate blood, log on to to find out more information. Before donating, 16-year-olds must review a few materials and have a parent or guardian sign a written consent form, which must be brought to the blood drive or donor center.

Joyful Connections wrapping up Purple Light Nights campaign
Joyful Connections wishes to thank the citizens of Ottawa County for their support this fall with their first Purple Light Nights™ campaign.

County residents are urged to take a few minutes this October to affix a purple light to their residence in an effort to join together and strongly promote the message that “Domestic Violence has NO PLACE in our community!”

For the past few months, residents of Ottawa County have been encouraged to purchase a purple light bulb, available at Joyful Connections (8200 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor) or Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center (Sutton Center #900, Port Clinton), and display the lights on their porches or front windows through Oct. 31.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is recognized as the symbolic color of domestic violence.

Residents who still have not had a chance to purchase the bulbs can still do so at the Apple Festival in Oak Harbor on Oct. 10 and 11. The cost of the bulbs is $3 or two for $5.

Proceeds will benefit Joyful Connections, which is a supervised visitation and exchange site for families in Ottawa County. Additional supplemental funding provided by the Ottawa County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

For more information about Purple Light Nights and how this movement got started, please visit the PLN Web site at:

Wood Co. sets flu clinics
The Wood County Health District continues seasonal flu clinics at the following dates and locations:
• Oct. 15, 4-6 p.m., Wood County Health Department.
• Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, Pemberville – American Legion Hall, 405 E. Front St.
• Oct. 19, 1-3 p.m., Wood County Health Department.
• Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Walbridge- Mainstreet Church, 705 N. Main St.
• Oct 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Wood County Health Department
• Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-noon, Northwood Municipal Building, 8000 Wales Rd.

The cost of the vaccine is $20 for those 3 and older and $10 for those 3 and younger. Payment methods include cash, checks, Medicare and Medicaid. No debit or credit cards will be accepted. Shot records and Medicare/Medicaid cards should be brought to the clinic. All forms of Medicaid will cover the vaccine for children.

For more information, call 419-352-8402.

Light the Night Walk
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Annual Light the Night® Walk, designed to raise money and awareness for blood cancers, will be held Oct. 17 at Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo.

Participants in the event will walk a one-mile route while carrying colored balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Check-in will be held at 5:30 p.m. A Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. and the walk will commence at 7:30 p.m.

The LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

For more information, or to learn how to form a team, visit

Psychic/Health Fair
A Psychic/Health Fair and Bake Sale will be held Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Good Will Spiritualist Church, 300 E. Breckman St., Walbridge.

For more information, call 419-259-9765.

Flu/pneumonia shot appointments
The Ottawa County Health Department is now scheduling seasonal flu and pneumonia shot appointments.

Flu shots are $20, and pneumonia vaccines are $35. The health department will bill Medicare and Medicaid for individuals who bring current cards to their appointment.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends those who are at high risk of having serious flu complications, or those who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications should receive the flu vaccine. Those at high risk include children ages 6 months through 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions and people living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for adults 65 or older, anyone 2 through 64 years with certain chronic medical conditions and any adult 19 through 64 years who is a smoker or has asthma.

To schedule a seasonal flu or pneumonia appointment call 1-800-788-8803 toll-free in Ottawa County or 419-734-6800. More information about the flu is available at

Bay Park named “Fit Friendly” by American Heart Assn.
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 12 October 2009 09:31

Bay Park Community Hospital (BPCH) has been named “Fit Friendly” by the American Heart Association (AHA).

The hospital received a gold-level recognition, which goes to companies that implement a recommended number of activities that encourage physical fitness, nutrition and a healthy workplace culture. To qualify, companies must have programs and services that have been in place for at least a month.

“We are thrilled to receive the ‘Fit-Friendly’ distinction from the American Heart Association,” said William M. Mueller, president, BPCH. “When we are healthy, we are happier and better able to care for our patients and families. It is very encouraging that our employees have embraced our initiatives.”

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