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ABCs of Safe Sleep Campaign

As part of the agency’s priority to reduce infant mortality, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) today announced the launch of a statewide awareness campaign to help reduce the number of Ohio babies who die in unsafe sleep environments. Three Ohio babies die in unsafe sleep environments each week, with 819 infant deaths from 2007-2011.

The goal of the infant safe sleep campaign is to educate mothers, fathers and grandparents in high-rate infant mortality areas of Ohio on the importance of putting their babies to sleep using the ABCs of safe sleep: Alone. On Their Back. In a Crib.

“Reducing infant deaths is a top priority of the state health agency and many of our partners,” said ODH interim director, Lance Himes. “Our comprehensive outreach efforts are designed to educate parents and other caregivers on simple steps they can take to save precious lives.”

Sleep-related infant deaths occur suddenly and unexpectedly in a sleep environment. They include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation in sleep environments and undetermined causes. Sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of death between one month and one year of age. All infants in unsafe sleep environments such as those sharing an adult bed are at risk. Providing a clear consistent message encouraging all families to always place their babies to sleep alone, on their back in a safe environment is an important step in reducing infant mortality in Ohio.

Parents and caregivers can reduce the risk of these sudden, unexpected deaths by following the ABCs of safe sleep: Alone, on her Back and in a Crib.

For more information visit to learn why of the ABCs of infant safe sleep are safest for baby.

Events of note in the Toledo area

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins has issued a proclamation naming April as Compassion Month in the City of Toledo.  This declaration is part of the City’s effort to be a participant in the Campaign for Compassionate Cities. 

There are a number of events planned during the month of April as part of Compassion Month, including:

  • Friday morning, April 25 – Signing Ceremony at Government Center with Press Conference and Reception
  • Friday, April  25 noon to 8 PM – Compassion Networking Convention at Seagate Convention Center – compassion providers, arts and music
  • Community Service Days throughout April, culminating April 25 – 27
  • Sunday, 27 April, 4 – 7 PM, 13th Annual MultiFaith Banquet – Heroes of Compassion; Franciscan Center, Lourdes University

More information on Toledo’s branding as a Compassionate City can be found at the website:


Celebrate Louie the African elephant’s 11th birthday on Sunday, Apr. 27, at the Toledo Zoo’s Tembo Trail. This pachyderm party is loaded with surprises!

At 11 a.m., Louie gets fun enrichment gifts that staff and volunteers have spent weeks creating.

At 1:30 p.m., he gets a tasty cake, weighing in at 40 pounds or more, which the Zoo’s Catering Department prepared for him. The recipe includes cornmeal, fruits, vegetables and more of his favorite treats, including lots of peanut butter. Yum!

Louie’s birthday party is free with regular Zoo admission. Learn more at


The electronics faculty of Monroe County Community College’s Applied Science and Engineering Technology Division will host a Full Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Expo on April 22 from 5-9 p.m. on MCCC’s Main Campus in Monroe.

The expo is free and open to the public and will be will be held near MCCC’s electric vehicle charging stations, which are located in the parking lot in front of the La-Z-Boy Center.

It will showcase numerous fully electric, plug-in hybrid electric and gas-powered hybrid vehicles. Among those showcased will be a Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Lincoln MKZ, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius, as well as MCCC’s own electric vehicle.


PHSRehearsal_WestSideStory#1Perrysburg High School is getting ready to rumble with its latest musical production – West Side Story, with performances set for May 1-4.   There will be four performances at the Perrysburg High School Auditorium (13385 Roachton Road, Perrysburg OH 43551):

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1, 2 and 3 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

Tickets go on sale starting April 23. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $12 and available through the Perrysburg High School box office open Monday through Thursday, 7-8 p.m. PHS students may purchase tickets for 1/2 price for opening night only by showing their ID at the box office.