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YMCA offering program to improve heart health
        The YMCA is offering a program designed to help improve heart health and prevent heart attacks and prevent strokes.
        The eight-week program meets weekly for discussions on topics related to high blood pressure, including nutrition, exercise and other factors that may contribute to hypertension.
        Proper use of a blood pressure monitor will be demonstrated, and participants will have their blood pressure checked each week.
        The program, which is open to the community, is offered at the Eastern Community YMCA, 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon, on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m.
        To enroll or for more information, email, call 419-725-7844 or visit
A Knight for Tricia
        A Knight for Tricia, an event to raise funds for a local woman battling breast cancer, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4-9 p.m. at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center, 1460 Woodville Rd., Millbury.
        Nine years ago, Tricia battled breast cancer, which has since returned. She is a single mom of four sons, a friend to many, a military mom and an advocate for safety in the community.
        The fundraiser will include a chicken paprikash dinner, kids’ crafts, a bounce house, a 50/50 drawing, a basket raffle, a silent raffle and a bake sale. A cash bar will also be available.
        RSVP to Kristen Disbrow at 419-764-2450 or Mary Wiezbenski at 419-836-8766.
Mobile mammogram van to visit area locations
        Mercy Health’s mobile mammography unit has several visits scheduled throughout the region.
        The unit, customized for patient convenience, delivers mammograms to women age 40 and older. It is equipped with the newest 3D technology and offers patients the option of self-compression, meaning the patient will have the ability to control the compression once they are in position.
        Scheduled stops include:
        • Tuesday, Nov. 14 – Mercy Health - St. Luke’s Campus, 5757 Monclova Rd., Maumee.
        • Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Mercy Health - Shoreland Family Practice, 2755 Shoreland Ave., Toledo.
        • Thursday, Nov. 16 – Community Cares Clinic, 2150 S. Byrne Rd., Toledo.
        • Wednesday, Nov. 22 – Mercy Health - Perrysburg Primary Care, 1103 Village Square, Perrysburg.
        • Wednesday, Nov. 29 – Mercy Health - Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Blvd., Perrysburg.
        • Thursday, Nov. 30 – Mayores Senior Center, 2 Aurora L. Gonzales Drive, Toledo.
        Certified radiologists read all mammograms, and because a second look can mean a second chance, all screenings are double-checked with a computer-aided detection system that detects more breast cancer than mammography alone. The patient and her physician receive a copy of the results.
        Please note, while mammogram screenings may be covered by insurance, for best coverage, patients should verify if Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital is an in-network provider with their insurance carriers. Financial need-based assistance programs are available for those who are uninsured or underinsured (have high deductibles). Call 1-800-929-6626 for more information.
        Screenings at the Mercy Health Mobile Mammography unit are by appointment only - call 833-MAMM- VAN to schedule.
        To view the full list of dates and locations, visit
Give blood, celebrate 20th anniversary of “Elf”
        For many, watching the classic holiday movie “Elf” has been a heartwarming tradition for 20 years. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film and create holiday cheer, all who come to give Nov. 10-30 will receive an exclusive pair of “Elf” and American Red Cross socks, while supplies last. For more details, visit
        Donations are critical to the blood supply as the holiday season draws near – a time when blood donations often decline. This November, the Red Cross is encouraging people to add a new tradition as the holiday season begins – spread cheer with a blood or platelet donation. Donors of all blood types are urged to give, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets.
        Book a blood or platelet donation appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
        Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
        • American Red Cross Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway – Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
        • Curtice: Nov. 22, 12-5 p.m., Jerusalem Township Fire Department, 9501 Jerusalem Rd.
        • Oak Harbor: Nov. 20, 1-6 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran, 122 W. Ottawa.
        • Fremont: Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., East Side Presbyterian Church, 1020 Kentucky St.
        • Woodville: Nov. 24, 12-5 p.m., Woodville Township Fire Department, 321 E. Main St.
        • Bowling Green: Nov. 14, 15, 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Bowling Green State University, Olscamp Hall; Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Courthouse Complex, 1 Courthouse Square.
Managing diabetes during the holidays
        ‘Tis the season for holiday gatherings with friends and family, and oftentimes these events can center around food.
        For the millions of Americans who have diabetes, this can be challenging to navigate. But enjoying spending time with loved ones and managing blood sugar levels shouldn’t have to be exclusive.
        Kathleen Dungan, MD, and Kathleen Wyne, MD, with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, offer the following tips to manage diabetes during the holiday season:
        • Stick to a schedule – Eat as close to your regular times as possible. Plan in advance if there’s a change in your schedule in case you need to pack a snack.
        • Everything in moderation – Don’t miss out on pumpkin pie. If you know you’re going to want dessert, try to limit your carbohydrate intake (such as potatoes or bread) during the meal. Avoid sugary beverages and alcohol.
        • Stay active – Physical activity is important in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Get everyone involved and take a walk with your family after dinner.
        • Be a smart cook –  Instead of salt, use fresh herbs or lemon juice. You can also follow the diabetes plate method (
ProMedica appoints new board members
        ProMedica announced the appointment of three members to its board of trustees, bringing the total number of board members to 15.
        The new board members are Michael (Mike) Bauer, James Bingle, M.D., and Darrell Campbell, Jr., M.D., who will all serve as at-large members.
        Bauer serves as chief executive officer at Libbey Inc. He joined Libbey in 2019 from Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., where he spent 21 years, serving most recently as president of The Master Lock Company. Additionally, he has held various accounting and finance leadership roles at other companies, including Moen, Nook Industries, and Avery Dennison.
        Dr. Bingle is a board-certified cardiologist with ProMedica Physicians Cardiology, where he has practiced for 37 years. He is semi-retired, seeing new patients part-time and volunteering at Compassion Health Center. He held multiple positions within the medical staff at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Additionally, he served as the initial president of the ProMedica Heart and Vascular Institute from 2011-2016.
        Dr. Campbell currently serves as professor of surgery, emeritus, Department of Surgery at Michigan Medicine and associate director at Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative. Previously, he held the positions of chief medical officer and chief of staff at University of Michigan Health System.
        “We are pleased to welcome additional board members from various backgrounds,” said ProMedica Board Chairman Bob LaClair. “The respective knowledge and experience they bring in areas like business, finance, community, medicine and health system operations will be highly valued on the board. We look forward to their collaboration, leadership and guidance as ProMedica continues to focus its efforts on being the leading regional health system.”
        For more information about ProMedica, visit
Bon Secours Mercy Health Recognized
        Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) has once again received two national recognitions for its commitment to empowering the careers of women leaders and creating a place where employees love to work and clinicians love to practice.
        BSMH was recognized by Seramount, a strategic professional services and research firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, as one of the Top 10 Companies for Executive Women and one of the 100 Best Companies.
        This is the second consecutive year, BSMH has been recognized as a Top Company for Executive Women.
        Mercy Health – Toledo is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, and locally serves 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. BSMH health system spans five states and includes 48 hospitals and 60,000 employees.
        2023 Top Companies for Executive Women
        “We’re proud to be recognized as a Top 10 Company for Executive Women by Seramount,” said Nicole Martel, vice president, benefits, well-being & associate health for BSMH. “Our ministry remains committed to providing benefits and services such as our paid parental leave, comprehensive education benefits and Be Well program that support and empower women, and all employees across our organization to continue to grow and prosper – in their careers and as individuals.”
        This is the most definitive list of top workplaces for women advancing through the corporate ranks. It celebrates companies that champion women’s achievements, with a focus on succession planning, profit-and-loss roles, gender-pay parity, support, and flexibility programs.
        The top 10 companies are as follows (in alphabetical order): AbbVie, Bon Secours Mercy Health, Bristol Myers Squibb, General Mills, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson, Lexmark International, L’Oréal USA, State Farm and Zoetis Inc.
        2023 100 Best Companies
        “We are honored to be named to the 100 Best Companies list for 2023 by Seramount,” said Joe Gage, chief human resource officer for BSMH. “This recognition reflects our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace for all employees and offering benefits and programs that encourage personal and professional growth.”
        This year’s list of Best Companies for working parents are recognized for providing inclusive benefits for families, including paid parental leave and increased mental health benefits for employees.


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