Health notes

HEALTH EATING: Healthy Eating for You, a free program sponsored by Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and led by a registered dietitian, will address portion size, reading and understanding nutrition labels, and learning to eat mindfully.

This program takes place 2 to 4 p.m. today at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, 8401 Market St. To register, call 330-480-3070.

For information on how to support this program or other causes that seek to improve the health of Mahoning Valley residents, call Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley at 330-729-1180.

FIBROMYALGIA GROUP TO MEET: Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet 6:30 p.m. March 18 at the Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave., Warren.

For more information, call Judy at 330-872-7206.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: The McKinley Memorial Library and the City of Niles Parks Department will host a Health and Wellness Fair 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 at the Niles Wellness Center, 213 Sharkey Drive, Niles.

The fair will be promoted as part of this year’s One Book One Community, the annual countywide library event, which is featuring the book “Shoeless Joe” by W. P. Kinsella.

The Parks Department will be providing exercise classes and pickleball instruction. The library and parks are partnering with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers — who will provide bounce house activities for children — and The Ohio State University Extension, which will provide healthy snack demos throughout the course of the event. There will also be raffle drawings and gift baskets, educational materials and giveaways.

The fair is free.

AKRON CHILDREN’S AWARDED: Akron Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was awarded The Beacon Gold Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Akron Children’s is the only PICU in the state of Ohio and one of 13 nationally to achieve gold recognition. The designation is effective for three years. Previously, the hospital earned silver status.

Recipients of a Gold-level Beacon Award demonstrate staff-driven excellence in sustained unit performance and improved patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks.

FREE SCREENING KITS: In recognition of March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Trumbull Regional Medical Center is offering free colorectal cancer screening kits.

Kits can be picked up 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays in the Radiation Oncology office at Trumbull Regional in the Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Suite 101.

The kit is called a fecal immunochemical test. The screening is performed in the privacy of one’s home. The sample will be mailed in the envelope included with the kit. Results will be mailed to the respective individual and their primary care physician, if the physician is provided.

Kits available through March 29. For more information, call 330-884-1064.

GRIEFSHARE: Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE, will offer GriefShare sessions 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through June 2.

GriefShare is a Christ-centered grief support group for those who have lost a loved one to death. Each session is self-contained, but weekly attendance encouraged.

For information, call HUM church, 330-856-3463. Registration available at www.griefshare.org

GRIEF RECOVERY GROUPS: Grief Recovery Instructional Support Groups meets 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home Care Center, next to the funeral home, at 709 N. Main St., Hubbard.

Groups are led by Philip Roland and open to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

For information, contact Bill or Candee at the funeral home, 330-534-1952.

WALK AND TALK: Members of Kent State Trumbull’s Student Nurses Association recently launched the Walk and Talk with a Nurse program at Niles Wellness Center.

From 9 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of every month, students will join members of the Wellness Center to participate in a variety of physical activities. During activities, members are encouraged to talk and ask questions about health and activity.

HELP GROUP: Lighthouse, a group for recovering addicts and anyone struggling mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally for any reason, meets 1 p.m. Mondays at Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4400 W. Market St., Leavittsburg.

For information, call Jackie at 330-898-4295.

ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help families take steps to help someone overcome addiction. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.

For information, visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.

CIRCLE OF HOPE: Circle of Hope, a support group for those with mental health diagnosis, meets 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren.

For information, call 330-502-8103.

PARKINSON’S PROGRAM: Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital fitness program, for people with Parkinson’s disease, meets 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Fridays at the hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland.

For information or to register, call 330-841-3893 or visit www.vcprograms.net.

WELLNESS CLINICS: Shepherd of the Valley is offering wellness clinics at each of its Trumbuill County locations. A nurse will check blood pressure and blood glucose levels 10 to 11 a.m. the second Wednesday each month at 1500 McKinley Ave., Niles, and the fourth Wednesday at 4100 North River Road, Howland.

For information, call 330-530-4041 or email mhoskins@shepherdofthevalley.com.

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 available by appointment.

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

NAMI SUPPORT GROUPS: NAMI Mahoning Valley offers support and education to those dealing with serious mental illness.

Support groups are:

• Evening Connections — 6 p.m. first and third Monday each month, Homes for Kids Building, 165 E.Park Ave., Niles;

• Evening Connections — 6 p.m. second and fourth Thursday each month, AltaCare Building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown;

• Daytime Connections — 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday,Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

Family Support Groups include:

• Daytime Family Support Group — 11 a.m. first Thursday each month, Girard Library,105 Prospect St., Girard;

• Evening Family Support Group — 7 p.m. second Tuesday each month, Alta Care Building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.

TCMHRB MEETINGS: Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board monthly meeting calendar includes:

• Suicide Prevention Coalition, 3 p.m. today, Board Conference Room;

• NAMI Mahoning Valley Steering Committee, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Board Conference Room;

• Board of Directors Meeting, 4:30 p.m. March 19, TMHA First Floor Conference Room A.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL, Eastwood Mall, Niles. Hours 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 330-652-7542

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

• Strong Bones Program — Free 12-week program of personalized strength training for those with osteoporosis or low-bone density;

• Monthly exercise classes — Cardio Jam group exercise, SilverSneakers Cardio, Silver Sneakers Classic, Easy Yoga and Chair Yoga, an exercise class for people with Parkinson’s, Zumba, Zumba Gold, SilverSneaker Balance class and Drums and Muscles workout class;

• Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care — 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday;

• Special program on stress testing — 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call to register. Lunch for fee;

• Free blood sugar screenings — 8:30 to 11 a.m. March 18. Eight-hour fast required;

• Talk with a Doc — 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. March 20, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with Dr. Calvin Warner speaking;

• Health at Home special program — 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. March 21. Includes reference guide. Call to register. Light lunch for fee.