May Health Briefs

Press Staff Writer

YMCA to offer Brain Savers program
        The Eastern Community YMCA will present “Brain Savers,” the evidence-based Brain+Body Total Fitness program for healthy aging.
        The 12-week session will begin the week of May 13 and meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the Y, located at 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
        The one-hour sessions are designed to help participants maintain their enjoyment of independent living while improving overall physical and mental wellbeing.
        The program fee is $25 with a Y membership. To enroll or obtain more information, call 419-725-7844, email or visit
Positively Pink: ‘Navigating Menopause’
        Wood County Hospital’s Positively Pink Women’s Health Series will present, “Navigating Menopause: From Beginning to End,” Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the meeting rooms at the hospital, located at 950 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green.
        The program will begin with social time at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Kerry Pearson, from Bowling Green Clinic, will discuss menopause and perimenopause symptoms, hormone replacement therapies and more.
        The ongoing Positively Pink Series covers a range of topics important to women in the community. Events typically begin with social time with a few vendors offering pertinent health information on popular women’s health topics, blood pressure screening and snacks. Each event includes an expert speaker that presents a topic to improve women’s health or offer solutions to common health issues women face.
        Registration for this event is free but required and can be completed at –Community Wellness or by calling Wellness Services at 419-354-8887.
Mobile mammogram van
        Mercy Health’s mobile mammography unit has visits scheduled throughout the region in May.
        Customized for patient convenience, the unit delivers mammograms to women age 40 and older. It is equipped with 3D technology and offers patients the option of self-compression, meaning she will have the ability to control the compression once she is in position.
        Scheduled stops include:
        • May 20 – Mercy Health – Perrysburg Primary Care, 1103 Village Square.
        • May 24 – Mercy Health – St. Luke’s Campus, 4747 Monclova Rd., Maumee.
        • May 29 Mercy Health – Sylvania Medical Center, 3100 King Rd., Sylvania.
        • May 30 – Oak Street Health, Northside Primary Care Clinic, 553 Manhattan Boulevard, Toledo.
        To view the full list of dates and locations, visit
        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 carrier. Financial assistance programs are available for patients who are uninsured or underinsured (have high deductibles. Call 1-800-929-6626 for more information.
        Mobile mammogram screenings are by appointment only. Call 833-MAMM- VAN to schedule.
        Certified radiologists read all mammograms and because a second look can mean a second chance, all mammograms 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.
Magruder programs set
        A Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Magruder Hospital Conference Center, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
        This month, on May 14, the group will watch a video with Dr. Aaron Boster about spasticity, walking and fatigue. For more information, call 419-607-6021.
        Cancer Information Session
        A Cancer Information Session will be held Wednesday, May 22 from 1-2 p.m. in the Magruder Conference Center.
        The topic will be “Now What?…Cancer Survivorship.” The group is free and open to anyone impacted by cancer, including patients, caregivers and family members. Attendees do not have to be a patient of Magruder Oncology to participate. This will be the last session until the Fall.
        Refreshments will be served. RSVP, if possible, to Taffy Armstrong at 419-734-3131, ext. 3729 or
Yoga by the Boat
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will present a unique and rejuvenating event series, “Yoga by the Boat,” hosted in collaboration with Parting Clouds Yoga in Maumee.
        The sessions will be held Saturdays, May 18, June 8 and June 29 from 9-10 a.m. at NMGL, 1701 Front St., Toledo, outdoors with the tranquil backdrop of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker.
        The cost is $15 per class.
        Classes, led Parting Clouds Yoga instructors, will offer a harmonious blend of yoga poses and mindful breathing techniques. Participation is open to individuals of all ages and skill levels. Attendees should bring their own yoga mats.
        “We're excited to collaborate with Parting Clouds Yoga to host a series of classes in our gorgeous environment,” said Ashley Streichert, NMGL marketing and communications manager. “It's a great way to combine health and wellness with the rich history of the Great Lakes.”
        Following the sessions, attendees are invited to explore the Museum exhibits and board the Schoonmaker and Museum Tug Ohio at a discounted rate of $2 off admission per person.
        Additionally, after the May 18 session, a meet-and-greet will be held inside the Museum, where light snacks and coffee will be available.
        Find out more and register at
May ‘Ask the Expert’ to focus on mental health
        In a continued effort to highlight the importance of mental health awareness, Mercy Health is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for this month’s “Ask the Expert” virtual health series.
        Marriah Kornowa, executive director of NAMI Greater Toledo will share wellness and recovery information and resources during the Thursday, May 16 session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. via Zoom. To join, participants can call 646-931-3860 or zoom meeting ID: 975 5220 8436. There is no need to pre-register.
        Since 1983, NAMI of Greater Toledo has been supporting families and individuals impacted by mental health. This year, NAMI is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month with the “Take the Moment” campaign, which encourages fostering open dialogues and cultivating empathy and understanding. This campaign also champions the importance of destigmatizing mental health by normalizing the practice of taking moments to prioritize mental health care without guilt or shame. Visit for more information.
        “Ask the Expert” is the result of Mercy Health’s efforts to address factors that influence the health and wellbeing of the community with a focused effort to build the overall health of area residents in the ZIP codes surrounding central city Toledo.
        The series will continue Thursday, June 20, when Mercy Health psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, will present “Staying on Track with Health Goals.”


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