November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Akron Area YMCA is encouraging the community to learn the risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes to take preventive steps to potentially reduce the chances of developing the disease.
Currently, one in three Summit, Medina and Portage County residents have prediabetes — a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only a small percent of those with prediabetes know they have it. With awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.
According to an estimate from the Ohio Department of Health, 69,087 cases of adult type 2 diabetes were reported in the Akron Area YMCA’s service area of Summit, Portage and Medina counties. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also estimated there were 85 annual deaths related to diabetes for these counties.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital will host successful Northeast Ohio-area chefs in free healthy cooking demonstrations, using fresh ingredients purchased at Countryside Farmer's Market, on Nov. 7, 14 and 21.
Presented in conjunction with Countryside Conservancy, the demonstrations will show the public how to create delicious, healthy meals using locally-grown ingredients from Northeast Ohio farms. Each demonstration will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Summa Western Reserve Hospital auditorium. All guests will receive a recipe card for the evening's selection and a reusable grocery bag.
The healthy cooking demonstrations will showcase the talents of Terra Milo, Kind Health, on Nov. 7; Justin Ofandisky, Dante Boccuzzi Akron, on Nov. 14; and Larkin Rogers, Conservancy for Cuyahoga National Park, on Nov. 21.
Akron-Summit County Public Library will present "Controlling Diabetes: What Really Works" on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until noon at Main Library in downtown Akron.
Living with diabetes can be a challenge for families with one or more members facing this disease. This program will provide simple, realistic approaches to healthier living with diabetes.
The Ohio Osteopathic Association recently inducted Summa Western Reserve Hospital's Ron Russ, D.O., FACOFP, Vice President of Graduate Medical Education, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, into the OOA Mentor Hall of Fame, along with 17 other physician inductees.
"I'm humbled by this recognition," said Dr. Russ. "As medical professionals, it's imperative that we impart our wisdom to our younger counterparts, allowing them to learn from our experience and advance the medical discipline in their own rights. That's what the OOA mentoring awards are all about, and I'm honored to be a part of this valuable program."
Customers at Farm Girls Pub & Grub, in downtown Alliance, get much more than a tasty meal. Owner Abbe Turner can tell them which local farm grew the vegetables, what breed of animal provided the pork and beef, and most importantly, where it comes from (hint: everything comes from Northeast Ohio, with some items as close as 25 miles to the restaurant).
"The average carrot travels 1,700 miles to get to your plate and that's ridiculous," said Turner, emphasizing part of the true cost of otherwise healthy food.
Running a family farm, creamery and restaurant, along with a recent foray into winemaking, does little to deter Turner's enthusiasm and energy for the local food system. She looks at herself as an artisan, and somewhat of a throwback to simpler times.
Local youth are not only growing healthy food for neighborhoods, but they're offering up the fruits of their labor in a weekly farmer's market.
Let's Grow Akron's Harvest of Hope community garden program includes a weekly market every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, at the corner of South Main Street and West Miller Street.
Up for sale are vegetables, herbs and flowers, according to the nonprofit. All proceeds will be distributed to the youth participants of the program at the end of the summer, according to the organization's Facebook page.
Summer camp is a great time for young people to make new friends, gain independence, learn new things and have a whole lot of fun. And there is nothing quite like the local YMCA Camp.
Some exciting things planned for campers this summer include horseback riding, shooting a bow and arrow, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, archery, bb guns, swimming, and learning about nature.
“And along with the fun activities, we teach kids core values, such as responsibility, caring, honesty and respect. We focus on that. It gives a deeper understanding of what it means to grow in character, not just skills,” Taylor Ellis, Girls Village Director, said.
You often pass by garage sales as you drive around your neighborhood, but do you have time to stop by and check?
"I always spot garage sales when driving." Ashley Freshwater, an Akron native said. "The problem is that I don't have time to stop since I have somewhere I need to go, if I heard of a sale beforehand I would have scheduled time to check"
This is often the case when it comes to having a garage sale, you will get used to seeing cars drive by than having cars stop by. What is often forgotten is that there comes serious preparation beforehand that must be done, as well as a few important factors to remember during the sale.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library, in partnership with the Center for Community Health Improvement at the Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (ABIA), presents a free program designed to motivate residents to lead healthy lives on May 11, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 60 S. High St. in downtown Akron.
Program topics include improving health and wellness by quitting the tobacco habit, fitting more physical movement into the daily routine, and choosing to eat realistically-sized meals.
Dr. Cynthia Capers of ABIA will provide information about the "Live Healthy Summit County" initiative.
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