Great American Smokeout
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
This year, we’re celebrating quitters and their supporters with a series of fun charactersdesigned for social sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We’ve also got lots ofother resources and information to help you quit for good.
Have a question about how to quit smoking? Want to know how lawmakers can help in the fight against tobacco use? Sharecare & the American Cancer Society team up to host a Great American Smokeout Twitter Chat. On Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Thurs. Nov 21, ask your question on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #quitforgood. Go online Thurs, Nov 21, 11 am to 4 pm EST to see the answers roll in from the American Cancer Society and other experts!
Get tips on how to kick your smoking habit during the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 21st from 1-2pm ET during Everyday Health’s #HealthTalk: http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthtalk/great-american-smokeout.aspx
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.
The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment of smoking cessation. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. View sources.
ISOH/IMPACT Assists Midwest Tornado Victims
This area’s community is helping to do it all! From supporting mission teams and sending supplies to assist with the relief effort in the Philippines, to providing for needs of local families who are struggling in a tough economy, to gathering supplies for those affected by Sunday’s deadly tornadoes, this community continues to help ISOH/IMPACT respond to the needs of others. Thank you!
Through your ongoing support, ISOH/IMPACT’s assessment team departed this morning from Detroit Metro for a 10-day trip to the Philippines and another shipment of food relief is being staged for shipment. We are also mobilizing the Bucket Brigade to provide assistance to those whose lives were shattered by Sunday’s storms. But, supplies at our Distribution Center are running low. You can help by making a donation to ISOH/IMPACT’s disaster relief fund, donating bank or fuel gift cards, or donating much-needed supplies for the Bucket Brigade including canned & non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, personal care items, baby care products, first aid supplies, over-the-counter medications, and pet supplies.
ISOH/IMPACT also accepts other relief items such as paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, manual can openers, disposable tableware, laundry detergent and fabric softener, all sizes of resealable bags, trash bags, new tents, tarps, duffle bags, brooms, mops, rakes, work gloves, shop vacs and generators. Visit www.isohimpact.org for all the details.
*Please, no glass containers, bottled water, clothing, or used +/or expired product.
Donations can be dropped off at ISOH/IMPACT’s Distribution Center located at 905 Farnsworth Rd. in Waterville, OH, Fifth Third Field, Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons and any Toledo area TiremanAuto Service Center. For large scale or in kind corporate and manufacturing donations, please contact the ISOH/IMPACT offices to schedule the delivery. Cash and credit card donations can be made online at www.isohimpact.org or sent directly to the ISOH/IMPACT offices at 25182 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
City of Toledo to begin fall leaf
collection November 4
Time to dust off those rakes and leaf blowers. The City of Toledo will begin
the 2013 leaf collection program on November 4th in west Toledo neighborhoods
with a 43613 zip code.
While green and white signs will be posted in advance of collection in each
neighborhood, residents are encouraged to begin bringing leaves to the street
now for collection by city crews.
Leaves should be raked to the edge of the pavement on uncurbed streets and
just over the curb on curbed streets. Residents are asked not to place leaves on
any boulevard or cul-de-sac islands.
Only leaves will be collected. General yard waste including brush, sticks or
bags of leaves or grass clippings will not be picked up and if mixed in with
loose leaves can cause damage to city equipment resulting in delays in service.
Updates to the leaf collection schedule will be posted regularly at
www.toledo.oh.gov. Citizens can also follow the city on Twitter or Facebook for
updates. New this year, they may additionally sign up for Toledo Alerts, a text
message program that will notify residents of leaf collection and other city
services once they have registered online.
Follow on Twitter: @City_of_Toledo. Like on Facebook:www.facebook.com/cityoftoledo.
Sign up for Toledo Alerts at
STEADY U Ohio initiative marks Winter Safety Awareness Week
with tips to prevent falls in wintry conditions
Don’t let winter send you slipping and tripping
Many parts of Ohio have already gotten a sneak peek at winter this year with early snow accumulations, cold temperatures and icy conditions. November 17-23 is Winter Safety Awareness Week in Ohio. One of the biggest risks from wintry weather is falling, particularly among older adults. Icy conditions make it harder to stay on your feet, and the cold may cause us to limit our activity, which can lead to loss of strength and balance.
To help you prevent falls this winter, STEADY U Ohio, the state’s new falls prevention initiative, offers these tips:
- Bundle up to stay warm but make sure you can see in all directions and move easily and freely.
- Wear sturdy shoes or boots with treads, even if you’re just going out to get the newspaper. (Submitted by Cindy Hintz, via Facebook)
- Do some light stretching before you venture out; it will make you physically more able to prevent a fall.
- Carry a small bag of salt, sand or kitty litter in your pocket or purse to sprinkle in front of you for traction on icy paths.
- Avoid walking on surfaces that may be icy if you can. If you can’t, slow down, shorten your stride, walk with feet pointed out slightly and knees gently bent to improve traction and balance.
- Snow can hide curbs and uneven surfaces. If you can’t see where your foot will land, find another way.
- Replace worn rubber tips on canes, walkers and crutches. Ask a mobility equipment dealer about winter canes or cleats you can add to existing equipment.
- Dry off shoes, canes, crutches and walkers as soon as you get indoors. Wet shoes on dry surfaces are just as dangerous as dry shoes on wet surfaces.
- If you are going out alone, carry a cell phone; know who you will call if you fall, and make sure that person knows what to do if you call.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, which can affect your balance as well as how your body responds to medication.
- Ask your doctor or physical therapist about indoor exercises that can help you maintain strength and balance when you can’t venture out.
- Wear sunglasses to reduce glare from the sun and snow and ensure that you can see where you are walking.
- Carry a cleaning cloth and stop immediately to clean your glasses if they fog up going from outdoors to indoors.
- Ask your post office, newspaper and garbage collector about service options that might make it safer for you when conditions are bad.
- When in doubt, don’t risk it. Ask for help if you don’t feel safe doing something.
About STEADY U Ohio – Falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus. STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging, and supported by Ohio government and state business partners to strengthen existing falls prevention activities, identify opportunities for new initiatives and coordinate a statewide educational campaign to bring falls prevention to the forefront of planning for individuals, families, health care providers, business and community leaders and all Ohioans. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.
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