LIFE MATTERS OPENS NEW OFFICE: Many people are generally unhappy with their current circumstances. Some are lacking a sense of purpose or sense of self. Others are "spinning their wheels" trapped in the past and unsure of the future. But, despite your current situation, you have what it takes to move forward and create the life you deserve.
Life Matters, a local consulting firm, offers the support and guidance that you need. Life Matters helps individuals and couples make positive changes through goal-setting, improving self confidence, building better relationships, stress management and resolution of work and family issues.
Life Matters: Personal Growth and Development Consulting has just opened their new office at 888 Harrington at the corner of Boardman Canfield road in Boardman and is now taking new clients. Life Matters can be reached at 330-781-0030, LifeMattersNow@yahoo.com, or visit them on the web at www.LifeMattersNow.com.
MENDED HEARTS MEETS: Mended Hearts, Chapter 7, a heart support group for heart survivors and their families will meet at St. Michael's Church Hall, North Broad Street (state Route 46) in Canfield on April 27 at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Dr. Thomas D'Amato, cardiovascular surgeon. The public is invited. For more information, contact Joe Clark, 330-702-8859. A speakers bureau is also available to local organizations. For available dates, contact Lee Meadows, 330-793-2531.
HMHP CANCER CENTERS DISCUSS SKIN CANCER: The Humility of Mary Health Partners Cancer Centers will sponsor a free program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at St. Joe's at the Mall (Eastwood Mall, Niles) to educate participants about preventing sun damage that can lead to skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.
Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a Derma Scan. A Derma Scan is a simple device that uses ultraviolet light to show sun damage invisible to the naked human eye and indicate where the individual has any sun damage and the condition of the individual's skin.
To make an appointment, call 330-652-7542.
CELEBRATE SPRING HEALTH DAY: Join Healthy Treasures as they celebrate their spring health day on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Newton Falls. Free lectures will be held next door at the Brew Basket Cafe, Newton Falls, and food samples and giveaways will be at Healthy Treasures. Speakers include Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. who will speak on Naturopathic Thyroid Care, Synthia Suzelis will speak on Fibromyalgia, and Dr. Gail Pavliga, PhD and Blake Suzelis will speak on Strengthening Marital Relationships. Free. To RSVP, please call 330-872-1119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details available at www.healthytreasures.com.
MS SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the second 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 MS and empower those with MS and their families to be strong. For information, call Kevin at 330-306-8399.
CHRISTIAN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: Christian Cancer Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month, 1228 Niles Vienna Road. There will be fellowship, food and faith-based support. For registration and more information, call Jean at 330-856-1634 and leave a message.
FLU CLINIC HELD: A flu clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily at Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave., Warren. Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted. All others are $20 each. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222.
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 email@example.com.
BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: A new breast cancer support group for women 50 and younger is starting. E-mail Diane at DP627@aol.com for more information.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT: The Community Mental Health Support Group meets 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave., Warren; and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. 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.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road N.E. For more information, call Beverly at 330-856-4286.
FREE WORKOUT: The Q Club Fitness Facility offers a free workout the third Saturday morning of each month. Offered are cardio classes, zumba and water classes. For more information, call 330-856-4777.
NORTHSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
April 28, 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.
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.
The schedule includes:
Pneumonia vaccines available by appointment. Cost is $48 for pneumonia vaccination. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. Call 330-652-7542 for appointment.
Free blood pressure screenings 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Weight management strength training program for $20 a month. Nutrition classes will be once a month on diet and behavior modification. Call 330-652-7542 to register.
Registration for Strong Bones, Strong People program. 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. The exercise room is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Call to register at 330-652-7542.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon: Free adult hearing screening by appointment only with Dorian Miller, audiologist from SJHC.
Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.: Free peripheral vascular disease screening. A nurse will measure blood flow to the legs by doing an ankle brachial index. By appointment only. Call 330-652-7542.
Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.: Free notary public services, free living wills and durable power of attorney for healthcare. Completed this day with help from palliative care staff.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Skin cancer awareness. Check out how your face looks in the derma scan box. The Derma Scan Box uses ultraviolet light to show sun damage invisible to the naked human eye. Information will also be available that day on upcoming skin cancer screenings in May.
May 2 through 2, 11 a.m. to noon: Easy yoga class. Every Monday. Taught by Dawn Perhacs. Cost is $20 for four class or $6 each.
May 3, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Slim Down weight management program starts and runs for six weeks. Taught by dietitians. Cost $40. Call 330-480-3151 to register. Deadline is April 29.
May 4, 8:30 a.m. to noon: Free carotid or AAA screening for those at risk. By appointment only. Call 330-652-7542.
May 4, noon to 1 p.m.: Pain Medications: Good, Bad and Ugly. Mary Giardina, NP from the pain management clinic, will be the speaker. Call to register. 330-652-7542 - Light lunch, $2.
May 5, 6 to 7 p.m.: Surgical weight loss - Are you a candidate? What will it be like? How can you afford it? Join us for this informative program presented by the staff & doctors of HM Surgical Weight Loss department. Call to register:?330-652-7542.
HILLSIDE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
Stroke Education for caregivers and survivors meets from 6:30 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in the nursing unit. For more information, contact 330-841-3891.
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.
ST. JOSEPH HEALTH CENTER RE-VERIFIED LEVEL III: St. Joseph Health Center has been re-verified as a Level III trauma center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
As a member of Humility of Mary Health Partners, St. Joseph is part of a care network that also includes the regions only Level I trauma center, St. Elizabeth Health Center. Working cooperatively, the two trauma centers enable severely injured patients to get the treatment they need without leaving the Mahoning Valley.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds (depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
For more information about confirming blood drive information, donating blood or making an appointment, call 800-448-3543 or visit givelife.org. For more information about donating platelets, call 800-356-3339.
Bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when donating.
Wednesday, 1 to 6 p.m., St. William Catholic Church, 5411 Mahoning Ave., Warren. Double Reds available.
Thursday, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive, Newton Falls. Double Reds available.
April 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Church, 3020 Reeves Road, Warren.
April 30, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Austintown Donor Center. Appointments preferred.