Health notes

VACCINES THIS WEEK: Vaccines will be distributed to older Ohioans, starting with those 80 and older. Each week after that, the minimum age for vaccinations will drop five years until all Ohioans age 65 and over have access.

A vaccine provider search will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov, allowing Ohioans to search by county, ZIP code and category to find a provider in their area to administer the vaccine.

The schedule for the coming weeks is:

• The week of Jan. 25, Ohioans 75 and older, and residents with severe congenital or developmental disorders;

• The week of Feb. 1, Ohioans 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools;

• The week of Feb. 8, Ohioans 65 and older.

Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is the local Area Agency on Aging servicing Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. While the Area Agencies on Aging do not give shots, staff will help answer questions on the safety of the vaccine, how to get to a provider and how to connect to any other community resources available. Call Direction Home at 330-505-2300 or 1-800-686-7367.

RADON ACTION MONTH: January is National Radon Action Month. The EPA reports that 60 percent of counties in Ohio have the highest potential for elevated radon levels above the recommended level. Nationally, 1 in 15 homes test positive for dangerous levels of radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas nicknamed the “silent killer” because the only way to detect radon in a home or workplace is to test. Breathing air over an extended period of time in a space with high levels of radon can cause lung cancer.

For more information about National Radon Action Month, go to the following websites:

• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-information;

• Center for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/radon/index.html;

• World Health Organization (WHO):www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/radon-and-health;

• Ohio Radon Resources and State Radon Program Information: www.swat-radon.com/radon-mitigation/ohio.

Learn more at www.swat-radon.com/.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: St. Joe’s at Eastwood Mall’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, next to JCPenney and Kay Jewelers. All classes are open to anyone with a St. Joe’s at the Mall membership. Screenings and programs are open to the public. All classes are by registration only due to social-distancing guidelines. Call 330-652-7542 to register. For a limited time, some of the classes will be on St. Joe’s at the Mall Facebook Live page.

St. Joe’s at the Mall is a SilverSneakers, Silver and Fit, and Renew Active site. For more information, call 330-652-7542.

• Cardio Jam group exercise, 8:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays;

• New Cardio Jam 2 with Terri Dean, 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays;

• SilverSneakers cardio class, 10 a.m. Mondays and 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays;

• SilverSneakers Classic, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays;

• Easy yoga class, 11:15 a.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays (cost involved);

• Chair yoga, 9:30 a.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays;

• Parkinson’s and movement disorder exercise class, 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays;

• Zumba, 8:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ($3 per class for non-SilverSneakers members);

• Beginning balance class, 11 a.m. Tuesdays;

• Advance balance class, 11:15 a.m. and noon Thursdays;

• Free blood pressure screenings, 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday;

• Free nutritional assessment with a dietitian on Fridays by appointment only;

• Strong People gym membership monthly fees $24 by appointment initially with exercise physiologist;

• Talk With A Doc Program, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, with doctor to be announced. “Getting your Blood Pressure Under Control.” Call to register;

• Mercy Health Mobile Mammography bus will be in the parking lot next to Target’s entrance, 8 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Also available is 3-D mammography. It is covered by most health plans. Call to schedule a visit;

• Nutritional Boot Camp, 1 p.m. Friday. Four-week weight loss class taught by Nancy Lambert, registered dietitian. Deadline to register is Wednesday;

• Fall prevention class, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Taught by nurse managers from Mercy Health Emergency departments. Call to register. Lunch available for $2;

• Special lab express, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27, TSH-thyroid or PSA-prostate for $10 each, or HgA1c-diabetes for $15. Walk in;

• Free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care, 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28. Walk in;

• Free peripheral vascular disease screening, 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28. By appointment only. Call for appointment.

ADDICTION HELP: Addiction help is available through Coleman Access Center, 552 N. Park Ave., Warren. For information, call 330-392-1100 or 211.

For information about program sponsor, Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, visit www.trumbullmhrb.org or call 330-675-2765.


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