Health notes

LIFELINE SCREENINGS: Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St., Warren, is sponsoring Life Line Screening health screenings Wednesday at the church.

Residents living in and around the Warren area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening. Roby Lee’s Restaurant and Catering will host the community event.

Consultants work with participants to create a package that is right for them based on age and risk factors. For more information, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.

MERCY HEALTH – YOUNGSTOWN: Mercy Health Youngstown is hosting a variety of health education sessions to help people improve overall health, access screenings and eat healthier during May. The following upcoming events are free and open to the public throughout the Mahoning Valley:

• Health at Home workshops, based on the book “Health at Home: Your Complete Guide to Symptoms, Solutions & Self Care.” The sessions are at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital 11 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

This book provides step-by-step instructions for handling more than 200 common health problems, including self-care, prevention, and determining when it’s time to seek immediate medical care. An instructor will walk participants through each section of the book, highlighting specific health concerns. Call 330-480-3070 to register.

• A series of five volunteer classes to prepare people for working at Mercy Health facilities. These classes are scheduled for five Fridays, starting Friday and ending June 16. Class times are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be in Salem, 2388 Southeast Blvd. For more information on volunteering, contact Rita at 330-480-3375.

• Diabetes Self-Management Education classes today through Thursday at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital and May 23 through 25 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. The class runs 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education sessions will help patients learn how to improve their health by taking charge of their diabetes. A doctor referral is needed to enroll. Most insurances cover the cost of the classes. Call 330-480-2665 to help get a referral from a physician and to schedule for these classes.

• Hispanic Health program will offer A1C, cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and blood pressure screenings at various locations in May.

Screenings are scheduled 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Warren Scope, 220 W. Market St., Warren. Call 330-399-8846 for information; and 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. May 23 at Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, 131 W. Boardman St., Youngstown. Call 330-744-2161, ext. 212. These sessions also include BMI, body fat, weight, waist management and nutrition classes. A session also will be 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 24 at the Salvation Army, 1501 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown. Call 330-746-8403. This includes nutrition classes only. A final session will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 25 at Casa Ramirez Restaurante, 1578 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Call 330-792-9920.

To learn more about Mercy Health’s Hispanic Health program, contact Mirta Pacheco Arrowsmith, coordinator, at 330-480-3428.

• A free program at St. Joseph Warren Hospital, 667 Eastland Ave. 12:30 to 2 p.m. May 23 will teach participants how to take charge of their well-being by taking charge of what they eat. Led by a registered dietitian, the session features information and discussion about “Eating Mindfulness.” The session is free, including free parking. To register, call 330-480-3070.

• Mercy Health Youngstown is hosting its annual “Celebration of Life” cancer survivor picnic 1 to 3:30 p.m. June 4 at the Creekside Golf Dome Banquet Center, 1300 N. State St., Girard. The event is open to cancer survivors and a guest. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 330-480-3183. Registration deadline is May 24.

GREAT STRIDES FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS: TheNorthern Ohio Chapter of the CF Foundation will host the 18th Annual Mahoning/Trumbull County Great Strides Walk on Sunday. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m.

Walkers in Trumbull and Mahoning counties will join 250,000 other people fighting CF through their participation in Great Strides walks being held at 450 sites across the country in May, which is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

For more information on how to help support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, call the Northern Ohio Chapter at 216-901-2873 or visit

AWARENESS VOLUNTEERS: Solace of the Valley is looking for volunteers to help spread awareness of addiction through educating the public. This is a nonprofit group that works with families dealing with addiction.

There is also a Healing Hearts Group that meets 6 p.m. every Monday at Grace Church, for anyone who has lost someone to an overdose.

The first Trumbull County Smart Recovery Group is held 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at Howland Glen Elementary School. This is an alternative to the 12-step programs available. It is a Self Management and Recovery Training that focuses on four points of strategies to help with coping skills in recovery. For more information, contact Linda Spies at 330-307-8182, or Karrie Clark at 330-770-1750,

ADDICTION HELP: For anyone wanting help with addiction, the Coleman Access Center, 552 N. Park Ave., Warren, assesses clients and refers them to the appropriate program. For information, call 330-392-1100 or 211.

For information about program sponsor Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, visit or call 330-675-2765.

GRIEF SUPPORT: Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road, is offering a GriefShare support group 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays for any individual who has lost a loved one. Contact the church office at 330-856-3463 for information.

HILLSIDE OFFERS PARKINSON’S PROGRAM: Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital offers a fitness program for people with Parkinson’s disease 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Fridays in Hillside’s board room, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland. For information or to register, call 330-841-3893 or visit

PROGRAM OFFERED FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES: An eight-step program based on the Beatitudes is open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser Ashtabula Road, Bloomfield, to anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit or issue. For information, call 330-599-2402.

HEALTH SCREENINGS: Neighborhood Health Watch provides free health screenings once a month at Niles SCOPE. Call 330-480-2011 for a schedule.

MENTAL HEALTH CALENDAR: Mental Health and Recovery Board May 2017 calendar

• ASAP Opiate Task Force meet 9:30 a.m. today, TMHA First Floor Conference Room A

• Board of Directors Meeting, 4:30 p.m. today, TMHA First Floor Conference Room A

• Memorial Day — Office Closed

WELLNESS CLINICS: Shepherd of the Valley is offering wellness clinics at each of its Trumbull and Mahoning County locations. Each site will host one clinic every month. At Home with Shepherd, the home health branch of Shepherd of the Valley, will provide a nurse to check blood pressure and blood glucose levels. The free clinics are 10 to 11 a.m.

• Boardman, 7148 West Blvd., private dining area — first Wednesday of each month.

• Niles, 1500 McKinley Ave., community center — second Wednesday of the month.

• Poland, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, private dining area — third Wednesday of the month

• Howland, 4100 North River Road, private dining area — fourth Wednesday of the month.

For information, call Matt Hoskins from At Home with Shepherd at 330-530-4041 or

MVI HOSPICE CARE: Bereavement support groups are free to anyone who has lost a loved one, including a pet. Contact Lisa Altman, licensed social worker, at 330-759-9487 for information.

Sessions are 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church of Warren Fellowship Hall, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren; 1 to 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Boardman Park Georgeanna Parker Administration Building, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP: A mental health support group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month. For information, call the Mahoning Valley Hope Center at 330-369-3010. Transportation can be arranged.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY CLASS PLANNED: A class using Celebrate Recovery materials is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4000 W. Market St., Leavittsburg. Call 330-898-4295 for information.

QUIT SMOKING FOR FREE DIAPERS: The Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program at the Trumbull County Combined Health District offers pregnant women a free smoking cessation program and an opportunity to receive free diapers for up to one year after delivery. For information, call 330-675-2590, Extension 3.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT VACCINATIONS: The Trumbull County Combined Health District offers vaccinations to children and adults. For information, call 330-675-2590, Ext. 3. Adult TB testing is available by appointment.

NAMI Mahoning Valley offers support groups for people and families dealing with mental illness.

• Girard Family Support, 11 a.m. the first Thursday of every month, Girard Library, 105 E. Prospect St., Girard.

• Austintown Family Support Group, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, Alta Care building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.

NAMI Connection, a support group for people with a mental health diagnosis meets at the following places and times:

• Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

• Second and fourth Monday of every month, 6 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave., Warren.

• Second and fourth Thursday of the month, 6 p.m., Alta Care Building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.

For more information, visit, call 330-727-9268 or e-mail

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: The site next to Sears in the Eastwood Mall is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, call 330-652-7542, unless otherwise noted.

• Free blood pressure screenings, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

• Flu shots and pneumonia vaccines available. Call for details.

• Strong Hearts-Strong Bones — Fitness center with 40 strength and cardio machines. All members receive an initial free fitness evaluation and personalized workout plan with the exercise physiologist. Weight management through strength training is available.

• St. Joe’s at the Mall is a SilverSneakers site and a Silver and Fit site. Those with the Medicare Part C plan may be eligible.

• Monthly Exercise Classes — Free low-impact aerobic group exercise, 8:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New SilverSneakers Cardio class 10 a.m. Monday and Friday. Free SilverSneakers class, 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; easy yoga class, 11 a.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Thursday; free chair yoga class, 1 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. Wednesday and Friday; exercise class for people with Parkinson’s, 11 a.m. Monday and Friday; Zumba Gold classes at 8:15 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday (free for SilverSneakers); balance / movement exercise, 11 a.m. Thursdays; SilverSneaker stability class, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays; and new Buns and Guns exercise class 10 a.m. Wednesdays (free to SilverSneakers).

• Talk with the Doc Program is noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The program is “Shingles: What to know.” Doctor to be announced. Call to register. Lunch is available for a small fee.

• Special Lab Express, 9 to 11 a.m. May 24. Get a general health panel (14 different labs) and/or a complete blood count for $10 each. An eight-hour fast required for the general health panel. No appointment is needed.

• Free peripheral vascular disease screening, 1 to 4 p.m. May 25. A nurse will measure blood flow to the legs by doing an ankle brachial index. By appointment only.

• Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care, 1 to 4 p.m. May 25. Completed this day with help from palliative care staff.

• Free adult hearing screening, 1 to 3 p.m. May 25, with St. Joseph Warren Hospital audiologist. This is by appointment only.

VALLEYCARE HEALTH SYSTEM OF OHIO — ValleyCare Health System of Ohio’s programs and support groups are offered at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland, and Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren.

• The Brain Injury Family Intervention and Insight Support Group is a survivor and family education / intervention program that serves brain injury patients, their caregivers and families. The group meets the third Thursday every month (except July and August) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the board room at Hillside. For meeting topic information or to register, call 330-841-3893.

• The Mahoning Valley Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets the second Monday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Occupational / Center One Gym at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information or to register, call 330-841-3709.

• The Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital Stroke Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the board room at Hillside. Stroke survivors, their family members and friends are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, call 330-841-3891.

• Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital offers Delay the Disease, an evidence-based fitness program designed for people with Parkinson’s disease. This program is designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms associated with the disease. Classes are held every Friday 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the board room at Hillside. For more information or to register for a class, call 330-841-3893.

• The Alzheimer’s Association support group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. in Conference Room F on the ground floor of Trumbull Memorial Hospital. These support group meetings are free and open to all caregivers and family members of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Registration is appreciated, but not required. For more information or to register, call 800-272-3900.

• The Birthplace at Trumbull Memorial Hospital provides Lamaze-in-a-Day and Breastfeeding Basics education classes. All classes are held at Trumbull Memorial and a complimentary tour of the Birthplace is included with Lamaze-in-a-Day class. For more information on class schedules or to register, call 330- 841-9880.

• The Birthplace at Trumbull Memorial Hospital also provides a Latch-On Breastfeeding Support Group, which meets every Wednesday 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Birthplace family waiting room (on 3 North). This support group is provided free of charge and is run by a board-certified lactation consultant. Registration is appreciated, but not required. For more information or to register, call 330-841-9913.

• Trumbull Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education provides an Outpatient Group Class, which is held over four days. Times are 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at Trumbull Memorial. Evening classes are offered quarterly Monday through Thursday, and individual sessions are offered Monday through Friday. There is a fee for the classes, and a doctor’s referral and registration are required. For more information or to register, call 330-841-9689.