Health briefs: Magruder Hospital offering free colorectal health screen kits

Press Staff Writer

        In observance of National Colorectal Awareness Month, Magruder Hospital is offering free take-home colorectal health screening kits, available Monday through Friday in March between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the lobby of the hospital, located at 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
        Screenings are being offered to increase awareness and early detection of disease.
        The take-home kits are a basic screen for blood in the stool, which could be a sign of several colorectal health issues. A colonoscopy, which is an outpatient screening procedure, is more widely accepted as the screening that is most effective for early detection of colorectal polyps and cancer.
        For more information on the colorectal health screening kits, call Rachel Fall, Magruder Director of Community Outreach & Physician Recruitment, at 419-732-4061.
Benefit for the Barn
        Serenity Farm Equestrian Center is hosting its annual fundraiser, Benefit for the Barn, on Saturday, April 18 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.
        This year’s event will feature a live auction, silent auction, and gift card jackpot. All proceeds raised will directly support Serenity Farm’s equine assisted therapy and learning programs.
        “With incredible support from our generous sponsors and donors, Serenity Farm Equestrian Center is celebrating 19 years of services for the Wood and surrounding counties of Northwest Ohio,” said Amanda Cajka, executive director of Serenity Farm Equestrian Center  “It is only with this ongoing community support, hands on involvement and fundraising efforts that the farm has continued to produce unique, successful programming for children, veterans, and area families.”
        Tickets, which include dinner, dessert, and a cash bar, can be purchased at
Monthly health lecture
        Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, located at 10542 Fremont Pike, will host Dr. Olabisi Abokede Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation on “Nutrition and Aging.” A complimentary lunch will be served following the presentation.
        RSVP is requested at 419-874-1931.
        The program is part of the ongoing St. Luke’s Family Medicine Lecture Series.
Urologist to speak
        On Thursday, March 26, urologist Dr. Brad Buck will present a free men’s health seminar, “Signs, Symptoms & Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction and Male Stress Urinary Incontinence,” in the Magruder Hospital Conference Center, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton. Light refreshments will be served.
        Check-in at the event will be at 5:30 p.m., and the seminar will begin at 6 p.m. To register, call 1-866-869-7951.
“Matter of Balance”
        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is offering a “Matter of Balance” course at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green, Tuesdays March 31 to May 19 from 1-3 p.m.
        The eight-week evidence-based course costs $15 and includes a manual for training purposes and a certificate upon completion of the classes.
        Sponsored by Aetna Better Health of Ohio, the course will benefit those who have a fear of falling and/or may be becoming physically weak. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.
        To register, contact the WCCOA Programs Department by calling 419-353-5661 or email
        For info on WCCOA programs and services, visit
12-step program
        If you are suffering through the chemical addiction of a family member, you are not alone. Nar-Anon is for family members and friends of active or recovering drug addicts.
        The group meets:
        • Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 1st Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Broadway, Maumee. Call Candy at 419-290-3827 for info.
        • Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Harvest Lane Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Lane, Toledo. Call Linda at 419-392-2420 for info.
        • Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., Mercy St. Anne’s, 3404 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, 3rd Floor Conference Room #3. · Call Karen at 248-408-1853 for info.
        Attendees will hear others who are going through similar problems talk about how they cope and find recovery.
Tai Chi classes
        The Taoist Tai Chi Society will offer beginner glasses starting Wednesday, April 1 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Walbridge Municipal Building, 705 N. Main St.
        Classes consist of slow movements that use gentle turns and stretches to improve balance, flexibility, circulation, and strength. 
        For more info, call 419-537-0131 or visit
        The Taoist Tai Chi Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to improving health and well-being. 
Latta bill would reduce barriers to non-opioid pain management alternatives
        This month, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) introduced H.R. 5833, legislation working to increase accessibility to non-opioid treatment for those suffering from chronic pain.
        People who are suffering from chronic pain often turn to opioids to alleviate their discomfort, which in some cases, has led to a rise of misuse and abuse. Opioid alternatives, including certain medical devices and procedures, can provide relief without the risk of addiction. However, treatments like spinal cord stimulation require psychological evaluations before they can be utilized, and it can take patients several months before they are able to schedule an appointment. H.R. 5833 would allow these evaluations to be conducted using telehealth.
        “Due to the lack of medical services in rural areas, it can be difficult for people with chronic pain to travel long distances to access non-opioid therapies,” said Latta. “This is especially true for treatments like spinal cord stimulation (SCS), which require a patient to get a psychological evaluation prior to receiving treatment. This extra step can further delay pain relief for patients living in remote areas with limited access to mental health services. H.R. 5833 improves access to SCS, an FDA approved non-opioid pain relief therapy, by expanding the use of telehealth for a psychological evaluation. Utilizing telehealth will make it easier and quicker for people to receive the care they need, regardless of where they live.”
        “On behalf of our 188 volunteers for the U.S. Pain Foundation living with pain in Ohio and the 50 million Americans living with daily chronic pain, we applaud Congressman Latta’s leadership on increasing patient access to pain management services via telehealth in rural and underserved communities,” said Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy for the U.S. Pain Foundation. “Patients with debilitating pain conditions often struggle to travel to necessary medical appointments, which can be a huge barrier to getting the help they desperately need.”


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