FREE GRAND RE-OPENING: DC Chiropractic (formerly Wellness-One of Warren) will be celebrating its grand re-opening on Wednesday at its new location, 1219 Niles Cortland Road. There will be a mini spa and free food, door prizes and free health checks. Call 330-505-3515 for details.
MENDED HEARTS TO MEET: Mended Hearts Support Group, Chaper 7, a heart support group for heart survivors and their families, will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Azalea Room in St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
"Ask the Doctor and Nurses" will be the theme for the evening. Sitting on the panel will be Dr. Joseph Graziano; Lori DeNiro, director of nursing, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center; Robert Gudyk, nurse manager; and Laura Moore, R.N., from St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. The public is welcome. For information, contact Joe Clark at 330-702-8859.
A free speakers bureau is available to local organizations. For available dates, contact Lee Meadows at 330-793-2531.
MAKING STRIDES: Make Strides to End Breast Cancer Walk will be held Oct. 2 at the Canfield Fairgrounds, 7625 state Route 46, Canfield. The 3.1 mile walk will start at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. and an opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m.
Visit cancer.org/stridesonline to request a team leader kit full of helpful tips on how to build a team for the walk.
For more information, contact Marla Varrati at 888-227-6446, Ext. 2223.
UPDATES ON SERVICES: The First Ohio Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health will present Ernestine Hargett from Ohio Legal Services speaking on "Updates on Obtaining Services for Our Special Kids," from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the D&E Clinic, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.
For more information on this free program, call Rachel at 330-538-0184 or Chrysann at 330-533-4649.
WALK TO DEFEAT ALS: The ALS Association is sponsoring a Youngstown / Warren Walk to Defeat ALS on Oct. 9 at the Eastwood Field.
Registration is free but donation are requested. All entrants receive a free t-shirt and lunch.
Walk check-in is 9 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and is 2.5 miles.
BEATITUDE RECEIVES GRANT: Beatitude House Green Clean has received a $50,000 grant from the national Catholic Campaign for Human Development to assist with the further development of the co-op, including additional training for workers.
Beatitude House Green Clean is an environmentally-friendly commercial and residential cleaning service, utilizing "green" cleaning products and techniques to safeguard both the environment and customer.
Beatitude House Green Clean provides disadvantaged women with the opportunity to lean marketable skills while earning an income. To learn more about the services offered, please call 330-261-1584.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer's Association will be holding their monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:
Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.
Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road N.E., Howland Township.
Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 East Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.
For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association at 330-533-3300 or 1-800-272-3900.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSISTANCE OFFERS SEMINAR: A seminar on legal and financial concerns for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease will be offered by the Alzheimer's Assistance and Referral Network on Thursday at 7 p.m. The presenter will be Robert Rusu, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. The session will be held in the conference room of the Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Road. Handouts will be provided. There is no charge for the session, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or reservations, please contact the Alzheimer's Network at 330-788-9755 or 866-822-2102.
HEALTHY SENIORS FREE VITAMIN PROGRAM: Based on the overwhelming success of its Healthy Kids Free Vitamin Program launched this past spring in area schools, the Hometown Pharmacy chain has created a similar program for area seniors. The company's Healthy Seniors Free Vitamin Program will provide unrestricted access to high-quality vitamin supplements to any adult 62 years of age or older at no charge.
Participants can sign up for the program at any Hometown Pharmacy location. Each participant will receive a program punch card allowing them to obtain a one-month supply of multivitamins every month for the period of one year.
Seniors who enroll in the vitamin program will also be eligible for $5 off the cost of flu shots being offered at all Hometown Pharmacy locations.
The Hometown Pharmacy's Mahoning Valley locations include Brookfield, Boardman/Poland, Columbiana, Cornersburg, Girard and Struthers.
Additional information is available at www.TheHometownPharmacies.com.
ST. E'S CELEBRATES 100 BIRTHDAY: St. Elizabeth Health Center will celebrate its 100th birthday with a public open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1. The hospital is located at 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown.
Visitors will be encouraged to take a self-guided tour that includes the centennial historical display; Healing Art Gallery; portrait galleries of St. E's School of Nursing graduates and HMHP; newly remodeled Belmont Avenue lobby; and now and then photos documenting health care changes.
Refreshments will also be served in the private dining rooms, near the cafeteria on the second floor of the hospital. For more information about Humility of Mary Health Partners and activities related to the centennial, visit HMpartners.org.
DENTISTRY FROM THE HEART: Braydich Dental Inc., of Hubbard, and Dentistry from the Heart, founded in 2001 by Vincent J. Monticciolo, are giving Youngstown/Warren residents 18 and older their choice of a free cleaning, filling, extraction, denture repair or adjustment from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 7. Patients will be treated on a first come, first serve basis.
DFTH is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to thoe who are in need. Every year, individual dentists and practices across the country donate their time and resources to host their own DFTH events.
Drs. Mark and Rudy Braydich, of Braydich Dental Inc., have been providing general dental care to the Youngstown-Warren area for 34 years. They plan to host this event each year.
Food, tents for shelter, restrooms and designated parking area are being provided.
Anyone who would be interested in donating or volunteering can call the office at 330-269-7460.
HELP HOTLINE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Help Hotline Crisis Center Inc. is offering free training classes for people interested in volunteering for the 24-hour hotline.
Classes will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on five consecutive Mondays through Oct. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on one Saturday, Oct. 29.
Volunteers are asked to make a six-month commitment. For more information, call Help Hotline at 330-747-2696.
UNITY DAY OBSERVED: Someplace Safe Inc., Trumbull County's domestic violence agency, will be celebrating its annual Unity Day observance. Unity Day is an opportunity to remember victims of domestic violence and celebrate the survivors.
Unity Day is part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed throughout October all across the United States. It is traditional across the nation for people to gather on the first Monday in October to hold candle lighting ceremonies to remember women who have experienced domestic violence.
Trumbull County's ceremony will be hosted by Someplace Safe Inc. at the First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave., Warren, starting at 11:30 a.m. with formal ceremony starting at 12:15 p.m. Please note the time and location change from previous years.
This year's theme will be "What Can I Do?" The guest speaker will be Caroline Andrews, domestic violence advocate for the Warren Municipal Court.
There will also be a candle lighting ceremony to commemorate those who have lost their lives to domestic violence and to celebrate those who have endured and persevered.
Victims of domestic violence can reach the 24/7 hotline by calling 330-393-3005.
BLUE RIBBON RACE RAISES FUNDS: More than 250 runners hit the streets Saturday for the second annual Blue Ribbon Race to raise awareness of prostate cancer in the Valley. Donations raised from the race exceeded $16,000 and will be used to fund a new educational initiative called Man Up Mahoning Valley. The goal is to create increased understanding about the risk of prostate cancer in the Valley and the importance of yearly testing for all men older than 40.
Prostate cancer is currently one of the most prevalent cancers among males in the United States. The disease affects an increasing number of men in the Mahoning Valley and early detection is vital to its treatment.
Additional information on Man Up Mahoning Valley is available at www.manupmv.com
Results of the Blue Ribbon Race will also be available on the Man Up site.
NAMI FAMILY TO FAMILY SERIES PLANNED: NAMI Mahoning Valley is offering its free Family to Family education series in the Mahoning Valley / Youngstown area.
Trumbull County - 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 27, at Central Christian Church, 2051 Market St., Warren.
Mahoning County - 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 28, at The Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown.
Classes and all materials are free. Class size is limited. Advance registration is required.
Facilitators are Dianna R. Mason and Bob Green. Register by contacting Dianna at 330-540-8583 any time or Bob from 7 to 10 p.m. at 330-980-3539.
NILES HOLDS IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: An immunization clinic will be offered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Niles Health Department, 34 W. State St. Parent or guardian must have child's immunization records. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 330-544-9000, Ext. 163.
The Health Department is offering adult flu shots (by appointment only) from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Niles Senior Citizen Center, 14 E. State St., Niles. Those attending should bring Medicaid/Medicare and/or Anthem Senior Advantage I.D. cards. For all other HMOs the cost will be $20.
IMMUNIZATION CLINICS SCHEDULED: The well-child immunization clinic will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Girard Health Department.
A $10 administrative fee will be charged per child. Dr. James J. Enyeart, medical director, will conduct the examinations. Parents are reminded to bring a copy of the child's immunization record. Also, a parent or guardian must accompany children younger than 18. To schedule an appointment, call the Health Department from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 330-545-6048.
WOMEN'S PROGRAMS: "You Have a Voice in Your Healthcare Decisions" is the title of two Women in Touch programs sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners.
During this presentation, women will learn tools, strategies and resources to make wise healthcare decisions, including preparation prior to hospitalization, informed consent, health records, Internet education, privacy expectations, disclosure of adverse reactions, advance directives and grievance process.
Speakers include Joan Nypaver, regional risk officer, Humility of Mary Health Partners, and Mary Foster, executive director of Hospice of the Valley and palliative medicine program director for Humility of Mary Health Partners.
The programs will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Mr. Anthony's, 7440 South Ave., Boardman; and Oct. 11 at Leo's Ristorante, 7042 E. Market St., Howland.
Cost of $18 per person includes dinner. Continuing education credits are available for social work and dietitian/technicians. For more information or to register, call the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll free 877-700-4647. Registration deadline is one week prior to program date.
OHIO PREMIER HEALTH SOLUTIONS PRESENTS MEDICARE EDUCATION: Ohio Premier Health Solutions will present Medicare education at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday and third Thursday of every month at Ohio Premier Health Solutions, 458 High St., Warren.
Admission is free. For more information, call 330-394-7400.
YOGA AT ST. JOE'S: A seven-session beginning yoga class will be held Mondays, through Oct. 31 at St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren. Class time is 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Certified yoga instructor Dawn Perhacs will teach simple yoga postures and breathing and relaxation techniques. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or blanket and a small pillow to each class. Adults only. Class size is limited.
Cost is $58; $44 for Humility of Mary Health Partners employees. Make checks payable to St. Joseph Health Center and mail, along with name, complete address and daytime phone number to Yoga, Humility of Mary Health Healthline, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., P.O. Box 1790, Youngstown, OH 44501. For more information, call 330-480-3151 or toll free 877-700-4647.
MS SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren. The group will provide information and resources that enhance the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and their families. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be served. For information, call Kevin at 330-306-8399.
NAMI PLANS MEETING: The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mahoning Valley daytime support group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Girard Free Library, corner of North Avenue and Broadway. The NAMI Mahoning Valley evening support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at D&E Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For more information, call Dianna at 330-540-8583.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL TO MEET: The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the D&E Counseling Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For more information, contact Jodi at 330-207-1385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL: Open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. Call 330-652-7542 to register.
St. Joe's at the Mall is now a Silver Sneakers site. Call for more information.
The schedule includes:
Free blood pressure screenings: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Strong Bones, Strong People program, a free, 12-week program for people with osteoporosis, low bone density or at high risk. It offers personalized strength training by a fitness trainer and nutritional education to improve muscle strength and nutrition. Call to register.
Weight management strength-training program for $20 a month. Nutrition classes will be once a month on diet and behavior modification. Call to register. Silver Sneakers available.
Today, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: T'ai Chi Chih classes start. T'ai Chi Chih is not martial arts, but 19 soft-flowing movements with proven health benefits. Attend nine weekly classes for $45. The first class is free. Lucinda Kutsko is the instructor. Call to register at 330-727-4477.
Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m.: A cholesterol-lipid panel will be offered for $10. A 12-hour fast is required. After receiving test results, attend the "Know Your Numbers" class on Oct. 3 for an explanation. Walk-in.
Oct. 4, noon to 1 p.m.: Sepcial program on Medicare - Open enrollment ends soon, so find out what's new in Medicare and what plans are available. Angelo Lucarelli will speak. Cost is $2, and a light lunch will be provided. Call to register.
Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m. to noon: Free carotid and AAA screening for those at risk and who meet criteria. By appointment only. Call 330-652-7542.
Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: AARP Safe Driving Class - This four-hour class will update your driving knowledge. It may get you a discount on your auto insurance. Cost is $12 for AARP member and $14 for non-members. Class size is limited. Call to register.
Oct. 6, noon to 3 p.m.: National Depression Screening Day - There will be a talk by licensed social worker Debbie Kruppa at noon. Cost is $2, and a light lunch will be provided. Call to register. Walk-in screenings also will be available.
NORTHSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: The Insight Group is a support group that serves patients who have had a brain injury and their families. The group meets the last Thursday of the month at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in the Boardroom. Registration is required by calling 330-841-3757.
Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Northside Medical Center will host its 24th annual "Walk to Remember". The walk is dedicated to the approximately 870,000 babies that die each year through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, prematurity, stillbirth or newborn death. The event will be held at Northside's Medical Education and Professional Building in the Politis Auditorium. For more information on the walk, contact the Childbirth Center office at 330-884-2911.
AUTISM MISDIAGNOSIS CREATES TREATMENT DELAY: Each person diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is affected differently. Nationally, 1 in 110 people has an autism diagnosis, regardless of race or ethnicity. Recognizing the signs of autism can be confusing for parents and caregivers, especially in very young children. Research shows that misdiagnosed children are 95 percent more likely to receive a diagnosis of "bad behavior" instead of a diagnosis of autism. Studies also indicate African American and Hispanic children are more likely to receive a misdiagnosis, which can cause critical delays in treatment and care.
This past year, the Rich Center for Autism received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control to address this need. For the past several months, advocates at the Rich Center have been designing and implementing an outreach program aimed at families in the Hispanic and African American communities in the in the Mahoning Valley, including Trumbull and Columbiana Counties. Early intervention programs - from infancy to kindergarten age - produce positive results for children with autism.
Some families may experience barriers to getting an official autism screening for their child, and in most cases, the full screening is not covered by insurance. Signs of autism are many, and children may disply all of them or just a few. Parents should contact their child's doctor if their child:
Avoids eye contact
Prefers to play alone
Does not respond to name
Repeats actions over and over
Repeats words or phrases instead of using normal language
Flaps hands, rocks, walks on toes
To implement this outreach program, a community advisory board was consulted. Board members include Mary Isa Garayua, executive director of Organizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana Inc.; Carol Vitelli, Community Health Center, Humility of Mary; David Turner, First Energy external affairs manager; and Felicia Alexander, director of the Youngstown Office on Minority Health.
To learn more about screening and early intervention visit the Rich Center website at , or call 330-941-1927.
HUBBARD CLASS RAISES FUNDS FOR PASTA FOR PENNIES: Roosevelt Elementary School in Hubbard was one of the top three winners for raising $7,216.47 for Pasta for Pennies presented by Olive Garden and benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
More than 100,000 students at 212 elementary, middle and high schools in northern Ohio collectively raised $300,000 to support cancer research. Students in first through 12th grade participated in this year's program by filling collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change over a three-week period during the school year. The top fundraising class at each participating school received a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant.
To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at 800-955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
KENNEDY FAMILY FUND AWARDS $10,000 GRANT: Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties and the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center has received a $10,000.00 grant from the Kennedy Family Fund of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. The grant will support the outpatient medical rehabilitation services provided by the organizations.
Easters Seals and the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center provide comprehensive medical rehabilitation services as well as offering specialized therapeutic programs for infants, children and adults from as early as one day old to elderly individuals. Whenever possible, Easter Seals and the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center provides services to other nonprofit organizations.
For more information, contact Jodi Harmon, development and PR coordinator at 330-727-8884.