SST REGION 5 PRESENTS SUPPORT AND INFORMATION GROUP: SST Region 5 presents Parents of Students with Disabilities Support and Information Group from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown.
HILLSIDE STROKE SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: Hillside Stroke Support Group will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the boardroom. All stroke survivors and their family members are welcome. For more information, call Cindy at 330-841-3891.
AT HOME WITH SHEPHERD ACHIEVES EXCELLENT RATE: At Home With Shepherd was recently notified that is has achieved an excellent hospital readmission rate that is more than two times lower than the state average. Hospital readmission rates are one of the quality criteria for healthcare providers and At Home With Shepherd's hospitalization rate is a low 12 percent. This compares very favorably against a national average of 27 percent and the statewide average of 29 percent.
To learn more, contact Kris Siciliano, At Home With Shepherd director, at 330-530-4041 or KSiciliano@Shepherdofthe-Valley.com.
HMHP OFFERS SLIMDOWN PROGRAM: Humility of Mary Health Partners registered dietitians will offer another SlimDown program in early May SlimDown is a six-week adult weight management program taught by registered dietitians who are certified in weight management.
Classes are held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 1 to June 5 at St. Joe's at the Mall, Eastwood Mall (behind Sears); Wednesdays, May 2 to June 6 at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown and Thursdays, May 3 to June 7 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
Cost is $40 for new participants and $20 for repeat participants. Dietitians teach lifestyle changes in food, activities and behaviors.
To register for either program, call Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll free 877-700-4647.
BETTER LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS PROGRAM OFFERED BY TMH AND ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: Trumbull Memorial Hospital and the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio, are co-sponsoring Better Living with Arthritis, a free community seminar to raise awareness, to educate and to improve the lives of those with arthritis. The event will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, at the Magnuson Grand Hotel (the former Avalon Inn), 9519 E. Market St., Warren.
The program will provide the latest news about arthritis and treatment options. Presentations include new advances in knee replacement surgery; updates in rheumatoid arthritis; shoulder arthritis and total shoulder replacement; "Spinal arthritis: Less surgery is more;" what's new at TMH; and "Take Control - We Can Help." The seminar also features exhibits, an AF exercise program demonstration, educational information and door prizes. Lunch will be provided.
Pre-registration is required for this free program. Register online at warrenvalleyforum.kintera.org or call 800-245-2275, Ext. 6438, by Friday.
VALLEY COUNSELING TO HOST ANNUAL BANQUET: Valley Counseling Services, along with Valley Community Mental Health Foundation, will host its fifth annual Hall of Fame banquet on Wednesday at Ciminero's Banquet Center in Niles. This event honors those who work with special needs students. An award also is given to a student who is exceeding in the classroom despite their special needs.
Nominations are currently being accepted for a Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, Educational Assistant of the Year and Special Student. Nomination forms can be obtained on the VCS website, www.vcsinc.org. All nominees will be recognized at the Banquet on Wednesday when the award winners will be announced.
Dr. Cynthia Anderson, president of Youngstown State University, will be the featured speaker at the event, and Bob Hannon of the United Way will be the master of ceremonies. To purchase tickets, sponsor the event, or inquire about nomination forms, contact Jody Klase, director of development at 330-394-6244, Ext. 1161.
OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group, sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the HM Home Care office, 979 Tibbetts-Wick Road, Girard.
The group provides information and encouragement to individuals who have or will have ostomies.
The meeting is free and open to ostomy patients, families and friends. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information, call 330-480-3440.
The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group meets once a month at alternating locations in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
HUMAN HEARTS DISPLAYED FOR HEART DAY: A display of human hearts will be among the informative and educational exhibits showcased during Woman's Heart Day, a free health and wellness extravaganza provided by Humility of Mary Health Partners.
Provided as a service to the community, Woman's Heart Day is slated for 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, at the Covelli Centre. This annual event features free health screenings, fitness demonstrations, educational presentations on a variety of women's health issues, cooking demonstrations, refreshments and giveaways.
The display of human hearts will be included as part of Dr. Carmen Julius' presentation, "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Heart of the Matter."
Julius will deliver his hour-long address at 8:30 a.m. Other speakers on the day's agenda are Lauren Manusakis, who will discuss the benefits of organic foods at 7:45 a.m.; Jill Fabian, who will discuss women and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at 9:45 a.m.; Dr. Darrell Grace, who will discuss hypertension at 10:30 a.m.; and Jesse McClain, who will discuss women and stroke at 11:15 a.m.
Free health screenings offered this year include bone density, lipid panel (cholesterol) and glucose testing, arterial disease assessments, blood pressure readings, vision screenings, body fat measurements and health age assessments.
Registration is required and appointments for lipid panel testing are limited.
For information or to register, call the HMHP Healthline at 330-480-3151 or 877-700-4647.
NILES HOLDS IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: An immunization clinic will be offered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday and May 16, at the Niles Health Department, 34 W. State St. A parent or guardian must have the child's immunization records. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 330-544-9000, Ext. 163.
IMMUNIZATION CLINICS OFFERED: Warren City Health Department is offering a children's immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. May 7 and 21, at the Warren City Health Department, 418 Main Ave. S.W., Warren.
There is a $10 administration fee or Medicaid is accepted. No appointment is necessary. A parent must accompany the child and have the child's current shot record. For more information, call 330-841-2596.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer's Association will be holding its monthly caregiver support groups on the following dates:
Today at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
May 8 at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road N.E., Howland Township.
May 16 at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.
FLU CLINIC TO BE HELD: A flu clinic will be held 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.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL: St. Joe's at the Mall is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. To make an appointment, call 330-652-7542 unless otherwise noted.
St. Joe's at the Mall is now a Silver Sneakers site. Call or stop in for more information.
PNEUMONIA VACCINES - Available by appointment on various days. Cost is $48 for pneumonia vaccines. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS - Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
STRONG BONES-STRONG PEOPLE PROGRAM - This is a free, 12-week program of personalized strength training and nutritional education for those who have osteoporosis, low bone density or are at risk to improve muscle strength and nutrition.
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT THROUGH STRENGTH TRAINING - Join for $20 a month. Nutrition classes are held once a month on diet and behavior modification. Registration is required.
SLIM DOWN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting today - This six-week course is taught by dietitians. Cost is $40. Call 330-480-3151 to register.
EASY YOGA CLASS - 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, through May 21 - Taught by Dawn Perhacs, classes are $20 for four or $6 each.
FIT AND FUN - 8:30 to 9:15 and 10 to 10:15 a.m. various days throughout May. This is a weekly group exercise class with a personal fitness trainer.
T'AI CHI CHIH CLASSES START - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today. T'ai Chi Chih is not martial arts, but 19 soft-flowing movements with proven health benefits. Attend nine weekly classes for $45. An advance class is also available. Lucinda Kutsko is the instructor. Call to register at 330-727-4477.
SLIM DOWN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM STARTS - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today - This is a six-week court taught by dieticians. Cost is $40. Call 330-480-3151 to register.
FREE CAROTID ARTERIES OR ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANERUYSM SCREENING - 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday. For those at risk and who meet criteria. By appointment only.
FREE NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES AND FREE LIVING WILLS AND DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTHCARE - 9 a.m. to noon May 9. Completed this day with help from palliative care staff.
FALLING PREVENTION CLASS - noon to 1:30 p.m. May 9. Prevent yourself or a loved one from a fall by attending this class. Free balance testing by a physical therapist. Beginning Tai Chi Chih instruction also is available. Call to register.
CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and May 9 - Prepares parents for a shared birth experience. Those attending will receive information about pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant care and parenting, as well as learn childbirth techniques and infant CPR instruction. The cost of the two classes is $50. Medicaid, Caresource or Unison can be billed directly for registration fees. Bring insurance cards to the class. To register for Northside Medical Center classes, call 330-884-2912.
OUR LIVING WITH STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday - Our Living with Stroke support group meets at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in the Boardroom on the first Thursday of every month. All stroke survivors and their families are welcome to attend. For more information, call 330-841-3891.
THE MAHONING VALLEY SPINAL CORD INJURY SUPPORT GROUP - held at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, will not meet the month of May. Those with questions should call Todd Murdock at 330-544-1411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANCER CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 8 - The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Northside Medical Center Regional Referral Building Radiation Oncology Department. All caregivers are welcome. Call Joyce at 330-652-0071 for more information.
BREASTFEEDING CLASS: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 8 - This class provides parents with up-to-date information to help them make the best, informed choice when it comes to breastfeeding a new baby. This class meets the second Tuesday of every month. The fee is $10 but free if enrolled in childbirth class. To register for Northside Medical Center classes, call 330-884-2912.