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MENTAL WELLNESS ART FUNDRAISER: Mental Health is Vital has partnered with The Ryan Giambattista HELMS Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for its annual art fundraiser.

This year’s event will be a hybrid event with a public viewing followed by an online art auction and raffle. The public art viewing will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Alta’s newest location, the Mahoning Valley Campus of Care, 1960 E. County Line Road, Building 6 (the former Youngstown Developmental Center), Youngstown. Visitors are asked to wear a mask and have their temperatures taken at the door.

The virtual auction for the art and sale of tickets for the baskets will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and close 9 p.m. March 7. Links to the online auction will be made available online and across all social media closer to the auction.

All proceeds will go to support the work of the HELMS Foundation, an organization that uses art therapy to promote healing, expression and learning through art mediums.

For more information on Mental Health is Vital, visit mhisvital.com.

OAFP’S FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR: The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is calling for nominations for the 2021 Family Physician of the Year. This award recognizes an Ohio family physician who has exhibited extraordinary, beyond-the-call-of-duty merit, and encourages OAFP members and medical students to pursue the ideals of family medicine, and convey these ideals to the public.

To be nominated, the family physician must have 10 years post-residency (or equivalent) experience; be a current member of the OAFP for a meaningful period of time; and be currently a practicing physician.

Nominations can be made by any current OAFP member, a regional chapter, a family medicine residency program, departments of family medicine, or a community individual. Nominations are due by March 5.

Complete the online nomination form or send a letter of recommendation to OAFP Awards Workgroup, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, 4075 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214-3296; fax 614-267-9191 or email lheberling@ohioafp.org.

To check if a physician is a member of the OAFP, contact Lauren Heberling at lheberling@ohioafp.org or call 800-742-7327.

TOWN HALL TO ADDRESS HEALTH EQUITY: The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a virtual statewide town hall March 3, assembling some of the nation’s top experts in the field of health equity and Alzheimer’s disease to discuss some of the latest research involving underserved communities.

Statistics point to African-Americans and Latinos being disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia, which is why the Alzheimer’s Association is charting a course to strive for health equity in the delivery of service and research.

Dr. Carl V. Hill, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, and Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, president of the Gerontological Society of America, will host the event.

The Dr. James S. Jackson Seminar on Health Equity and Alzheimer’s Disease, which will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will have speakers from The Ohio State University, the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

To register for the Dr. James S. Jackson Seminar on Health Equity and Alzheimer’s Disease, visit alz.org/jackson-seminar.

TCMHRB MEETINGS: The February calendar for the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, 4076 Youngstown Road SE, Suite 201, Warren, includes these online meetings:

• Budget and Finance Meeting, 4:30 p.m. today;

• FCFC Executive Board Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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, 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday;

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

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

“Senior Scams and What to Look For,” 12:30 p.m. today with Don Hyde of the Senior Advisory Board; Register. Lunch $2.

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