August Letter

Dear Readers,

Thank you for picking up the August issue of Healthy Living News. With summer winding down and another school year to prepare for, this month can be pretty hectic for parents. Still, we hope you’ll find some time in your busy back-to-school schedule to check out this month’s diverse lineup of locally written articles. You won’t regret the time investment!

Speaking of heading back to school, one of the challenges many working parents of school-age kids face is finding a safe, enriching place for them to go before and after school when Mom and Dad can’t be there. If you find yourself in this situation, the article on page 36 offers some helpful insights on the attributes to look for in a before- and after-school childcare setting.

Also in this issue, you can read about ProMedica Home Health Care’s Maternal and Child Program, which provides care, education and other services to local moms and their babies before, during, and well after delivery (p. 44); the new full-service cardiac catheterization lab opening this August at Mercy St. Anne Hospital (p. 14); local UT physician Dr. Allen Markowicz, whose practice is adopting the groundbreaking MDVIP care model (p. 26); the many benefits to mind and body of participating in a Taoist Tai Chi program (p. 8); and the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ovarian cancer, courtesy of Christine Valentine, MSN, CNP, of The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers (p. 7).

One of the many benefits of providing this great platform is having the ability to give a voice to the various local non-profit organizations that do so much to improve the lives of area residents battling different diseases and disorders. For example, this month I had the pleasure of working with volunteers from the Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio on an ad (p. 4) promoting their 5K Run, Team Fox Walk, and Annual Gala—all of which are coming up this fall. Look for a feature story in next month’s issue spotlighting these exciting events and all the vital services the Foundation provides.

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

Teen safety in crisis situations

What are the possible consequences for a teen who in a crisis situation has no one watching their back? Statistics have clearly indicated not only the occurrence but an increase in accidents, date rapes, and death for teens and young adults due to drug and alcohol mishandling. I’ve been working to encourage parents and educators to address “Teen Safety in Crisis Situations (TSCS)” as an additional effort to keep teens safe.

Understanding ovarian cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, ovarian cancer accounts for approximately 3 percent of all cancers in women and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States. It’s estimated that in 2014, there will be 21,980 new cases of ovarian cancer and 14,270 deaths from the disease in the US. Though both the incidence and mortality rate of this disease have been declining, ovarian cancer continues to have the highest mortality of all cancers of the female reproductive system.