RACHELE KELLER of Warren was named a recipient of one of 38 Youth Survivor College Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. All 38 scholarships were funded and made possible to Ohio youths because of partnerships between the American Cancer Society and companies, grants or foundations throughout Ohio.
Because of a generous donation of $20,000 in memory of John Washinka, who lost his battle to lung cancer, a $1,000 scholarship was started in 2005. Scholarships in memory of Washinka are presented to one student in the Mahoning Valley area each year for 20 years.
Keller of Warren, received the John Washinka Scholarship and will attend Robert Morris University.
This year there were a total of 97 scholarship applications. All scholarships awarded by the Society's volunteer scholarship review committee were based on scholastic performance, community service and leadership.
Due to limited funding and the competitive nature of this program, the American Cancer Society was not able to award scholarships to all young cancer survivors who applied. Special consideration was given to first time applicants.
Scholarship applicants are residents of Ohio, United States citizens, diagnosed with cancer before age 21, younger than the age of 25 at the time of application and plan to attend an accredited university or community college in the United States.
Applications for the 2011-12 scholarship program should be available in the fall of 2010.
For more information about the youth survivor college scholarship program or information about cancer, call the American Cancer Society toll free at 800-227-2345 or visit the website at www.cancer.org/ohiogrants.
WESTERN RESERVE ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH UNDERWRITERS at their May meeting to be held on Wednesday, at Bruno's Restaurant, 1984 Boardman-Poland Road, Poland. Registration will begin at 11:20 a.m. followed by lunch and a WRAHU business meeting to discuss health reform implementation and organizing WRAHU for the next 15 months. The 2-hour CE program, "Medicaid 101: The Basics," presented by OAHU member Lee Nathans from Columbus, will begin at noon and is approved for two CE credits.
There is no cost for members to attend. The cost for non-members is $10 and includes lunch and CE credits. Reservations may be made by calling 330-394-8901 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE YOUNGSTOWN ALUMNAE CHAPTER OF DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY INC., is hosting a "Step in the Name of Love" health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, at Williamson Elementary School, 58 Williamson St., Youngstown. This free adult event will feature, line dancing, health screenings, guest speakers, nutritional tips, along with many prizes and free food.
THE MAHONING COUNTY ONE STOP is hosting a recruiting event for Humility of Mary Health Partners from 9 to 11 a.m. on May 26, at the Mahoning County One Stop, 141 Boardman Canfield Road, Boardman. The immediate hiring needs are for certified STNA's. Both full and part-time positions are available.
For more information, please contact Danita at 330-965-1787 Ext. 7115 or Christine Bok at Ext. 7139.
For more information about the organization, visit its website at www.neohealthforce.org.
MENDED HEARTS, CHAPTER 7, a heart support group for heart survivors and their families will meet May 26 in the Azalea Room at St. Elizabeth's Boardman Health Center at 7 p.m. Guest speaker for the evening will be Mark Koontz, WFMJ meteorologist, speaking on stroke survival. For more information contact Joe Clark, 330-702-8859. A Speakers Bureau is available to local organizations. For available dates, contact Lee Meadows at 330-793-2531.
THE GIRARD HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S well-child immunization clinic will be held 11 am. on May 26, in the city health department, located at 100 W. Main St., in the City Building, Girard. A $5 administrative fee will be charged per child. Dr. James J. Enyeart, medical director, conducts the examinations. Parents are to bring a copy of the child's immunization record, an a parent or guardian must accompany children younger than age 18. Registration is required by calling the department at 330-545-6048, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
THE NILES CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Children's Immunization Clinic will be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Niles City Health Department. For more information, contact the Health Department at 330-544-9000.
ST. JOSEPH HEALTH CENTER, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren, is offering a seven-session beginning yoga class from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays through July 5.
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.
THE Q CLUB FITNESS FACILITY is offering a free workout class every third Saturday morning of each month. Offered are beginner aerobic classes, nine water classes and zumba. For more information, call 330-856-4777.
THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION'S monthly Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 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.
GIRARD CITY BOARD OF HEALTH will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today, in Council Chambers, upstairs of the City Building, 100 W. Main St., Girard.
THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP will hold its first Walk-A-Thon for Mental Illness in Trumbull County, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, at Perkins Park, Warren.
If planning to attend, please RSVP to Pastor Don Spencer by calling 330-553-8060.
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 Wednesday, 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.
THE HOWLAND FIRE AND EMS TRAINING CENTER, 169 Niles Cortland Road N.E., Warren, will hold a Heartsaver First Aid and CPR class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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, contact the Howland Fire Department at 330-856-5022.
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.
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.
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:
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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 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.
GASTROENTEROLOGIST RAJA CHADALAVADA is now seeing patients at Sharon Regional Health System's Hubbard Diagnostic and Specialty Center, 880 W. Liberty St., Hubbard.
Chadalavada specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of digestive diseases, including Crohn's disease/ulcerative colitis, esophageal cancer, gallstones, GERD, GI cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease, pancreatitis, peptic ulcers and more. Chadalavada was instrumental in the recent expansion of Sharon Regional's GI Lab, which is now performing advanced Ph monitoring and esophageal motility testing.
To schedule an appointment with Chadalavada in Hubbard please call 330-534-5400.
THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY'S DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES will hold its first Ohio EMS Awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, at the Ohio Department of Transportation Auditorium, 1980 W. Broad St., Columbus, in conjunction with the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (Ohio ACEP) EMS Star of Life Awards ceremony.
The guest speakers will include, Division of Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Richard Rucker; Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Laura Tiberi; and EMS providers representing various agencies in Ohio.
Throughout EMS Week (May 16-22), state and local planners will hold activities honoring paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, firefighters and police. EMS providers also will educate the public about injury prevention, safety awareness and medical emergencies.
THE FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS (www.FightBlindness.org) will host its second annual Cleveland 5K VisionWalk on Saturday, at Wade Oval on University Circle, Cleveland. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10:30.
The event will raise money for the research that will lead to cures for retinal degenerative diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease, and numerous others.
To participate in the Cleveland VisionWalk, or to learn more about supporting local or national VisionWalk events or the Foundation Fighting Blindness, visit www.VisionWalk.org or call Tim Marabella, events manager at 847-680-0100.