September Letter from the Publisher

Thank you for picking up the September issue of Healthy Living News. As the family image on our cover suggests, it’s time to get ready for the 21st Annual Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure, to be held Sunday, September 28 in downtown Toledo. In fact, this issue marks our 18th consecutive year as a proud sponsor of Race for the Cure, a vital event that brings hope to so many area residents whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. For more details, see the article and schedule of events on page 4.

Sticking with the topic of bringing hope to people fighting cancer, this issue also features articles on ProMedica’s new Lung Clinic, located at Hickman Cancer Center on the campus of ProMedica Flower Hospital, which is designed to shorten the time to treatment for patients diagnosed with or suspected of having lung cancer (p. 15); Mercy’s implementation of the innovative STAR (Survivor Training and Rehabilitation) Program®, which helps cancer survivors take control of their symptoms during and in the aftermath of treatment (p. 28); and the role of palliative care in cancer treatment at The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers (p. 7).

Readers with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones won’t want to miss the article on page 8 about the Parkinson Foundation of Northwest Ohio, an area non-profit organization that works tirelessly to connect members of the Parkinson’s community with critical resources and help improve their quality of life. My father, Robert O’Connell, has battled this debilitating disease for 30 years, and I can’t say enough about all the Foundation has done to benefit him.

Last but not least, HLN is also proud to sponsor the Elizabeth Scott Community’s 6th Annual September Fest. This fun, family-friendly, outdoor event, to be held Saturday, September 13 on the Community’s campus in Maumee, is free and open to the public. See page 12 for details. Nearly 2,000 guests turned out for last year’s September Fest, and they’re hoping to top that number this year. We urge you to come out and bring the whole family with you!

Until next month, stay safe, active, and healthy!

Kick sleepless nights to the curb

Occasional bouts of sleeplessness are a fact of life for most people, but for some, a good night’s sleep seems almost unattainable. They may have difficulty dropping off to sleep every night, or, if they are able to fall asleep, they may wake up at some point (or several points) during the night and find that they are unable to regain their restful state. Chronically tired as a result of their insomnia, these weary souls stumble through the day in a fog. Work suffers, relationships are strained, and the vicious cycle of sleeplessness spins on and on.

Elizabeth Scott to hold 6th Annual September Fest!

For the sixth consecutive year, the Elizabeth Scott Community in Maumee will celebrate fall with its Annual September Fest! The free, family friendly, outdoor event is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, September 13 from noon to 5:00 p.m. on the Elizabeth Scott Community’s campus, 2720 Albon Road, Maumee. Elizabeth Scott, which offers independent and assisted living as well as skilled rehab, is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Nearly 2,000 guests turned out for September Fest last year.