Health briefs -- “Benefit for the Barn” planned for Serenity Farm July 13

Tammy Walro

        The 7th Annual Benefit for the Barn at Serenity Farm Equestrian Center will be held Saturday, July 13 from 6-9 p.m. at Walbridge VFW Post 9963, 109 N. Main St.
        Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, which includes grazing stations and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Visit or call the Serenity Farm office at 419-833-1308 for tickets and info. Limited seating will be available at the door.
        The evening will also include live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffles, grab `n go purchases and more.
        Proceeds raised from the event will support programming at Serenity Farm, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity located at 21870 Lemoyne Rd., Luckey. Now serving the community for 18 years, Serenity is looking to expand to fill the need and remove the wait list for families wanting services.
CarFit clinic planned
        Safe Communities of Wood County, will present a free CarFit Clinic for mature drivers Tuesday, July 16 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Center for Emergency Preparedness at Owens Community College, 30150 Tracy Rd., Walbridge. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
        Trained technicians and an occupational therapist will be on hand to help senior drivers find their ideal vehicle “fit” for maximum comfort and safety.
        The clinic will include checks for:
        • Seat belt fit and positioning;
        • Steering wheel tilt;
        • Position to airbag and head restraint;
        • Chest-to-steering wheel distance;
        • Line of sight and position to gas and brake pedals;
        • Mirror adjustments and blind spots;
        • Ignition key and operation of vehicle controls.
        The road safety awareness event will also include educational classes, door prizes and giveaways, vendors and more. Free lunch will be available. Family members are encouraged to attend.
        Space is limited. RSVP by July 8 by contacting Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator, at 419-372-9353 or
        Visit for more details.
Farmers market coupons available for WIC families
        Families who participate in the Women, Infants and Children program through Wood County Health Department are eligible to receive $20 in coupons to shop for produce at local farmers markets.
        This is the third year for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program offered by Wood County WIC.
        Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and children 6 months or older who are participating in WIC are eligible to receive the one-time, $20 benefit to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from authorized farmers until Oct. 31. Coupons will be given to WIC participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
        WIC participation improves the length of pregnancy and birth weight, improves the diets of women and children and reduces late fetal deaths.
        WIC children are better immunized, have better vocabulary and are more likely to have a regular source of health care. Children ages 2-4 who participate in WIC are also less likely to be obese.
        WIC staff will be at the downtown farmers market in Bowling Green on Aug. 14 to share program information. Recipe ideas using fresh produce are available at Wood County WIC, located at 639 S. Dunbridge Rd., Bowling Green.
        To learn more about becoming an authorized FMNP farmer or about the program, call Wood County WIC at 419-354-9661.
Senior center is cooling station
        The Oregon Senior Center, 4350 Navarre Ave., is a cooling station, offering a place to get out of the heat and cool down when the temperatures soar.
        Doors are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and special hours by request.
        Screenings offered
        The center also offers medical screenings. Blood pressure checks will be offered by the Lucas County Health Department on Tuesdays, July 16 and 30 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A Mobility Check, provided by Heartland Rehab Services, will be offered July 24 from 11 a.m.-noon.
        A Grief Support Group will meet at the center on Thursday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. Group participants explore the grieving process, misperceptions, triggers, guilt, healing and more. Everyone is welcome. The group is led by Bob Baugher, with Faith United Methodist Church; Mary Wood, with Calvin United Church of Christ and Julie Beitelschees, with St. Paul Episcopal Church.
        Call the center at 419-698-7078 for more details.
Mud Fun for children birth-3
        Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities Early Intervention is offering a family fun event for families of children ages 0-3 years old.
        MUD FUN will take place on Tuesday, July 16, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lakeview Park Shelter House in Port Clinton. Families will partake in a variety of activities playing in mud.
        RSVP for this fun event by Friday, July 12 by calling 567-262-3139.
        Early Intervention offers developmental services to families of children 0-3 in Ottawa County.
Magruder Hospital events
        Magruder Hospital will host the monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group on Monday, July 8 at 9 a.m. in the Conference Center, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
        Meeting on the second Monday of each month, the group provides helpful tips, education, encouragement and resources to family, friends and caregivers of anyone dealing with dementia and memory loss.
Monthly health screening
        Magruder Hospital will offer their monthly screening July 11 starting at 9 a.m. in the lab. Screenings are held monthly on the second Thursday.
        The test is a venipuncture/blood draw rather than a finger stick, and will include a Basic Metabolic Panel (glucose, BUN/Creatinine, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, CO2, etc.) and a lipid profile (total cholesterol/LDL/HDL/triglycerides), as well as a blood pressure check. The cost is $16.
        Appointments may be made by calling 419-734-3131, ext. 3420.
        For more information about support groups, events and screenings, visit and click on the events calendar.
Perrysburg Commons monthly health lecture
        Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center will host a lecture presented by St. Luke’s Family Medicine on Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m.
        The topic of this month’s lecture is “Heat & Summer Precautions,” presented by Dr. Manny Jean-Louis.
        Monthly lectures are held the fourth Wednesday. A complimentary lunch will be served following the presentation. RSVP requested at 419-874-1931.


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