TOPSoccer is for kids ages 4 to 19 in wheelchairs, with assistive devices, or who just need the game slowed down. The planned season for 2010 is 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Sunday from Aug. 1 to Sept. 26 at Cortland Elementary School. The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt.
Sign up will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8, at Bazetta Township Hall, state Route 5. Call Diane Weiner at 330-638-4124 for more information.
THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION will be holding their monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:
Today: 10 a.m. at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngs-town.
May 11: 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road N.E., Howland Township.
May 19: 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.
For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association at 330-533-3300 or 800-272-3900.
THE DISTRICT THREE, OHIO NURSES ASSOCIATION will hold its annual "Nurses Make a Difference" banquet and Continuing Eucation Offering on Friday, at the D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek, 123 McKinley, Youngstown. Guest speaker will be Mary Jean Schumann, Chief Programs Officer of the American Nurses Association. Her topic will be "Contemporary Issues in Nursing."
Registration for this meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 and the speaker at 7:45 p.m. For more information and costs, call the District Three, ONA office at 330-799-4199.
THE HILLSIDE STROKE SUPPORT GROUP will meet 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday in the boardroom. all stroke survivors and their families are welcome to attend. For more information, call Sue at 330-841-3744.
D&E COUNSELING CENTER, Prevention Partners Plus and the Coalition for Capable & Healthy Youth, will sponsor a community forum titled "The Triple Threat of Teen Depression, Suicide and Addiction" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, at Austintown Fitch High School Media Center.
Funded by a grant from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, the forum will feature a panel of community leaders discussing important information regarding teens and the issues of depression, suicide and addiction. Refreshments will be served following the panel discussion.
For more information about the meeting, call 330-743-6671.
Nearly 529 senior citizens in Trumbull and Mahoning counties seek psychiatric attention each year at the only Geropsychiatric Unit in the area, at FORUM?HEALTH TRUMBULL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.
TMH is hosting an open house for nursing home medical directors and administrators from 4 to 6 p.m. today. The open house includes tours of the 16-bed unit, program information and an educational lecture with John A. Kasper Jr., M.D. Department of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at Summa Health Systems. For more information, call Chris Ruggieri at 330-240-4838.
"EMPOWERING YOU" THE WOMAN VETERAN, is being sponsored by the Cleveland VA and Community Guest for the entire female veteran community. This free workshop will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 15, at the Mahoning County Veterans Service, 345 Oakhill Ave., Youngstown.
Pre-registration is due by May 10 by contacting Connie Schaffer, 330-740-9200 ext. 1562, or WRTA at 1-800-877-9782.
THE ST. ELIZABETH HEALTH CENTER BREAST CARE ADVISORY BOARD will host its ninth annual Women's Health Night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on May 19,at the Breast Care Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown. This is a free health screening and mammogram for women age 40 and older who are uninsured or under-insured and who do not have a history of breast cancer.
The screening will include a health history assessment, blood pressure screening, breast exam and a free mammogram. A limited number of appointments are available. Registration is required by calling Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or 877-700-4647. Registration deadline is May 13.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS MAHONING CHAPTER is offering the following courses. To register, call 330-726-6063 or go to www.mahonig.redcross.org.
Adult CPR training nearly every Wednesday evening this month at the training center at 8392 Tod Ave., Boardman.
"Be Red Cross Ready" means you learn to recognize heart attack signs and symptoms as well as how to administer emergency care and treatment. Open to the public as well as professional rescuers, this class will be offered Wednesdays, May 5, 12 and 26 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The $35 course fee includes hands-on skills, a participant manual for each student to keep, and Red Cross certification. These classes are open to everyone, age 14 or older.
This is the first time a local church group has hosted this wonderful and informative presentation. Attendance fee for the entire event, including the Red Cross program is $3. Each participant will also receive a personal booklet to take home.
The presentation offers plain-talk information about early signs and symptoms of a heart attack and other life-threatening emergencies, the value of early recognition, and how to care for someone until help arrives.
There is no testing, hands-on skills or certification. Participants will view a DVD, listen to a speaker, and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Area residents interested in pursing a career in health care are invited to attend a HEALTH CARE CAREER WORKSHOP from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 13 at Boardman Park - Lariccia Family Community Center, 375 Boardman-Poland Road in Boardman.
Registration for the free workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. Individuals must pre-register by calling Danita Logan at 330-965-1787 x 7115.
The workshop offers information on health information technology, medical billing and coding, pharmacy technician, electronic medical records, emergency medical tech and many other career paths. Participants will talk to health care employers, educators and career pathway representatives. Financial aid services information will also be available on-site. In addition, individuals may participate in various healthcare demonstrations that will be located at each educator's table so that they may gain a better understanding of various professions.
Northeast Ohio HealthForce is presenting the event in partnership with the Trumbull Mahoning and Columbiana County One Stops.
Northeast Ohio HealthForce (NEO HealthForce) is a cooperative of area health care providers, educators and workforce development experts, focused on actions that address workforce shortages in the health care industry. For more information about the organization, visit its website at www.neohealthforce.org.
THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL is offer the following public emergency care courses. To pre-register, call 330-747-8657. All courses will be held at the Northern Ohio chapter (Ohio One Building in downtown Youngstown), 25 E. Boardman, Youngstown.
CPR/AED cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator course, 8 a.m. to noon May 12. Fee: $32.
Standard first aid, 1 to 4 p.m. May 12. Fee: $32.
Bloodborne/airborne pathogens course, 4 to 6 p.m. May 12. Fee: $32.
AHA - ACLS advanced cardiac life support recertification, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14. Fee: $50.
Healthcare provider basic life support, initial or refresher, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Fee: $50 Initial / $32 Refresher.
THE HOWLAND FIRE AND EMS TRAINING CENTER, 169 Niles Cortland Road N.E., Warren, will hold a healthcare provider course from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 15, and a Heartsaver First Aid and CPR class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 22.
The healthcare provider class will provide training on CPR for adult, child and infant as well as the use of an AED. The class is open to those individuals that are in the healthcare profession or those entering into healthcare. The cost for the class is $50 for a new certification and $35 for anyone that is recertifying.
The first aid and CPR class will train individuals in CPR for adult, child and infant. It will also include first aid training and the use of an AED. The cost is $85 for first aid and CPR training. CPR training only is $50 for new certifications and $35 for recertification.
Anyone interested in attending either class, contact the Howland Fire Department at 330-856-5022. Deadline for class registration is May 7 for the healthcare provider class and May 14 for the CPR and first aid classes.
The Niles Wellness Center and the Global Health & Fitness Center are the host locations for a WELLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM providing free presentations about changing lifestyles. Seating is limited. Programs are held 10:30 a.m. Thursdays and 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Niles Wellness Center, and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Global Health & Fitness Center. For reservations, call 330-506-3488.
A fitness conditioning program is being offered at the Niles Wellness Center at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 330-349-9355 for more information.
THE STEPPING OUT MINORITY DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM is a free program that includes line dancing, salsa, aerobics and other activities, as well as diabetes prevention; healthy eating and cooking classes; and regular health screenings for cholesterol, body fat, weight and blood pressure. There are weekly prize drawings for regular participation.
For more information, call the McGuffey Center, 330-744-4377; OCCHA, 330-781-1808; or United Methodist Community Center, 330-743-5149, Ext. 226.
REHAB EXPRESS is an educational program for potential rehab patients and their families about what they should know about going to any skilled nursing center for rehabilitation. It explains how the referral process to a skilled nursing center works, what paperwork is needed, and how Medicare and other insurance can cover the cost of care. Questions to ask when touring are provided and the types of therapies generally available are explained.
Day and evening programs are offered every month at the four Shepherd of the Valley communities. Morning programs start at 10 and are held the first Tuesday of the month at Shepherd of the Valley-Howland (4100 North River Road, Warren) and the third Thursday of the month at Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman (7148 West Blvd., Boardman). Evening programs start at 6 and are held the second Wednesday of the month at Shepherd of the Valley-Niles (1500 McKinley Ave., Niles) and the fourth Monday of the month at Shepherd of the Valley-Poland (301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland).
For more information or a brochure on the Rehab Express program, contact Lynn Miller at 330-530-4038, Ext. 2057, or via e-mail at lmiller@ShepherdoftheValley.com.
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave., Warren. This group is for those with or those who know someone with a mental illness. For more information, call the church at 330-392-6276.
AN ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION AQUATIC PROGRAM is being offered from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Q Club pool, 8094 E. Market St., Howland. Cost is $3. The program will be led by an Arthritis Foundation certified instructor.
PANIC RELIEF INC., a nonprofit educational organization, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, visit panicreliefinc.com or call the office at 732-940-9658.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday next to the inside entrance of Sears at Eastwood Mall, Niles. The schedule includes:
TRUMBULL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
THE ALZHEIMER ASSISTANCE AND REFERRAL NETWORK hosts free neighborhood support groups for caregivers to share with and learn from others going through the same experience. Trumbull County Support Group events for April are:
Today, 6 p.m., Girard library, 105 E. Prospect, Girard
Wednesday, 7 p.m., St Paul Church, 2860 E. Market St., Warren
For more information, call 330-788-9755 or 866-822-2102. Alzheimer's Assistance and Referral Network, 4214 Market St., Youngstown, 44512.
NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL'S Center for Orthopedic Excellence has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Northside the Disease-Specific Care Certification for total joint replacement of both the hip and knee.
As of today, fewer than 100 hospitals in the nation have total hip and knee certification, and only six hospitals in Ohio, including Northside, which is the first in northeastern Ohio.
To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years.
St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph Surgical Weight Loss Center is taking a step forward in raising awareness of obesity by presenting the area's first WALK FROM OBESITY on May 15 at Boardman Park.
The Walk from Obesity was established to raise awareness of the obesity epidemic and to support initiatives focusing on prevention, education, research, treatment and advocacy. In cities all across America, those affected by obesity will join forces and walk to raise money for research, education, prevention and treatment of the life-threatening disease of obesity.
The cost to participate in the walk and show your support for all those affected by obesity is $25. Registration is free for children 12 and younger. To register for the 2010 Walk from Obesity, please visit HMpartners.org and click on the Walk from Obesity link.
Funds raised through this event will support the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition in their efforts to increase research funding for obesity, improve awareness of the negative stigma associated with obesity and provide educational resources for all those affected by this disease.
May is national SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. The American Cancer Society encourages people to be "sun safe" when they are outside during the upcoming spring and summer months.
As part of the month's activities, a free skin cancer screening will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 11, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital's Ireland Cancer Center, 1353 E. Market St., across from Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
Doctors Robert Brodell, Stephen Helms, Indira Krishnarao, Arvind Padubidri and Peter Sarkos will provide the exams.
Cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for about half of all cancers.
Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap is a catch phrase that the Society uses to remind people how to protect themselves from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. People should slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around the eyes from UV light.
A maximum of 200 appointments for the screening will be scheduled on a first-come, first serve basis. Individuals must call to schedule an appointment. No walk-ins are permitted. Reservations may be made by calling the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll free at 877-700-4647.
For more information about how to be sun-safe, call the American Cancer Society toll free at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
The event will focus on four areas. First, attendees will be able to sample the latest appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and desserts from area restaurant chefs and cooks as well as local bakeries. Second, vendors will have a variety of the latest fashions and jewelry on display for participants to view and purchase. And last, the message of breast cancer awareness through mammograms, clinical breast cancer exams and breast self exams will be highlighted.
Volunteers are needed to help solicit food and merchant vendors, with set-up and clean up, with decorating the auditorium and with various tasks at the event.
Also, in April 2009, the American Cancer Society launched a major brand revitalization effort focused on helping people better connect with the organization and understand all it has to offer to defeat cancer.
"The Official Sponsor of Birthdays" campaign was introduced to the public so people could imagine a world with more birthdays. The ongoing campaign highlights all of the ways the society saves lives by helping people stay well; by helping people get well; by finding cures; and by fighting back.
All local cake decorators and bakeries who attend will challenge each other to an awareness inspired cake competition for public display.
The categories of the cake competition will be Most Creative, Best Presentation, Tastiest and Best Awareness Message. Area bakers will make a cake of their choice prior to the event and bring it with them. All cakes will be judged by celebrity judges and the participants who attend.
Sheet cake samples of the creations will be available. The cakes will be auctioned at the conclusion of the evening with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.
In addition, there will be a candlelight ceremony in honor of and in memory of breast cancer survivors and those who lost the battle. The candles are similar to a luminary and will be available at the event for $5 each.
Live music and a Chinese auction are also planned.
Cost for the event is $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Special rates are available for groups and parties of eight or more. Seating is limited, therefore reservations are strongly encouraged.
To volunteer or for more information contact La Dawn Whitman at the American Cancer Society toll free at 888-227-6446, Ext. 2204 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.