Health notes

PFLAG TO MEET: Youngstown Area PFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends and Allies) will have its monthly support meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown, in the parish room behind the church. Youngstown Area PFLAG is a support, education and advocacy group united with LGBT people to move equality forward. Support meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are free and confidential. Parking is available in the church lot off of Wick Avenue. Directions and a map can be found at www.youngstownpflag .org.

OSTOMY SUPPORT: The Youngstown area Ostomy Support Group will meet 6 to 7 p.m. today at St. Elizabeth Boardman, 8401 Market St., Boardman. This is a nonprofit, self-help support group and family and friends are welcome to attend. Guests for this meeting are Dr. Ricchiuti from Urology Associates, and Dr. Huang, a trauma / general surgeon.

For more information, contact Anna Fitzgerald at 330-480-3440 or email Anna–Fitzgerald @mercy.com.

CHECK. CHANGE. CONTROL.: The American Heart Association and Mercy Health are helping tri-county residents take ownership of their cardiovascular health through hypertension management.

On Wednesday, Mercy Health will provide blood pressure screenings for the staff at AVI Foodsystems as a kickoff to a four-month program. The program “Check. Change. Control.” empowers participants to learn about, monitor and manage blood pressure through a combination of resources.

In the tri-county area, on average, 29 percent of adults have hypertension.

The American Heart Association and Mercy Health are looking for other area businesses to change health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs and make Youngstown a better place to live and work through Check. Change. Control. To get involved, contact Tracy Behnke at Tracy.Behnke@Heart.org or 330-318-4463.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: Youth Mental Health First Aid is being offered to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent and transitional-aged youth (ages 12 to 24) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or crisis.

The free training is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the first-floor conference room A at Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority, 4076 Youngstown Road, Warren. Register online at www.eventbrite.com.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for registration. For more information, call 330-675-2765, Ext. 114.

HELP GROUP: Lighthouse, a group for recovering addicts and anyone struggling mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally for any reason, meets 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Warren Revival Center, 4400 W. Market St., Leavittsburg.

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

FIBROMYALGIA GROUP MEET: The Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia support group meeting will be 6:30 p.m. June 17 at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren. For more information, call Judy at 330-872-7206.

SAFE SITTER: Safe Sitter courses equip girls and boys entering grade six or higher with the information and skills all sitters should have.

At St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Safe Sitter courses will take place 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18, July 16 and July 30. The course will take place June 25, July 23 and Aug. 6 at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

The daylong course will be offered on six different occasions throughout the summer through the support of Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley.

Cost for the course is $30 per student. Scholarships are also provided through Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley for children from families who cannot pay. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 330-480-3070.

For information on how to support this or other programs that improve the health of Mahoning Valley residents and ensure access to anyone in need, call Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley at 330-729-1180.

ALZHEIMER’S SEMINAR: A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will be at the Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard, at 9:30 a.m. June 20, to present a seminar on how behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Learn ways to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers and strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. RSVP by calling 1-800-272-3900. The center’s phone number is 330-545-6596.

HEALTHY 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. June 20, at Howland Medical Center, 1932 Niles-Cortland Road NE, Warren.

To register, call 330-480-3070.

For information, call 330-729-1180.

GRIEF RECOVERY GROUPS: Grief Recovery instructional support groups meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home Care Center, next to the funeral home, 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.

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.

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.

ADDICTION THERAPY AVAILABLE: PsyCare Inc., 2980 Belmont Ave., has created a clinical therapy program to treat individuals suffering with substance abuse and drug addiction issues, and their families.

The Substance Abuse Program is offered through the Liberty PsyCare location only, and offers both counseling and medication treatment.

Assessments can be scheduled by calling 330-759-2310.

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 is available by appointment.

HEALTH SCREENINGS: Neighborhood Health Watch provides free health screenings once a month at Niles SCOPE. Call 330-480-2011 for the 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., second and fourth Thursday each month, AltaCare Building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown;

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

Family Support Groups include:

• Daytime Family Support Group — 11 a.m., first Thursday each month, Girard Free 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, 4076 Youngstown Road SE, Suite 201, Warren, monthly meeting calendar:

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

• ASAP Coalition, 9:30 a.m. June 18, TMHA First Floor Conference Room A;

• Board of Directors Meeting, 4:30 p.m. June 18, TMHA First Floor Conference Room A;

• FCFC Council Meeting, 8:30 a.m. June 20, TMHA First Floor Conference Room A;

• Voices of Youth Committee, 1 p.m. June 20, Board Conference Room.

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;

• Mercy Health Day at the Covelli Center — screenings and information, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

• Free bone density screening, 9 a.m. to noon Friday;

• Free blood sugar screenings, 8:30 to 11 am. June 17;

• Talk with the Doc – Dizziness and Concerns — 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. June 19 with Dr. Michael Cratsley. Call to register.

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