Heart disease is the #1 birth defect in the nation, affecting children at a rate of nearly 1 in 100 births. Each year more than 300 distinguished members of the community and medical field gather at Jordan’s Family Foundation’s Healthy Starts, Happy Hearts Charity Wine and Beer Tasting. The event raises awareness and funding for the research into the causes and treatment of congenital heart diseases.
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Caring for a family member or friend with memory impairment can be stressful and challenging. Fairhill Partners, in partnership with Stanford University, is enrolling participants in a workshop and research study to determine the effectiveness of the new Building Better Caregivers workshop. One of the free workshops will take place at the Cleveland Heights Senior Center on Tuesdays, 1–3:30 p.m., April 7 through May 12.
The early lake-effect snow and frigid temperatures did not temper the enthusiasm of Bert and Marjorie Moyar of Cleveland Heights. The couple opened their home to over 30 guests on Nov. 19 to support one of their favorite local scientists, Vincent Tuohy of Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute. Tuohy and his research team, who seek to cure breast cancer through prevention, discussed the development of a vaccine that should be ready for human trials by the end of 2015.
“What do you want to share?” “How are you handling your stress?” “Good luck in school!” “Do you need help with anything?” “You okay today? You’re looking a little low key.” “Seriously, do you need help with anything?” Perhaps these are not questions expected from a Common Pleas judge. But Cleveland Heights resident David Matia is not an ordinary judge, and Drug Court is not an ordinary court.
Drug Court, where defendants undergo treatment for addiction rather than go to prison, was first established in Cleveland Municipal Court in 1997. In 2008 it was expanded countywide through Common Pleas Court.
Matia became interested in the drug court concept after 10 years on the bench. Experience had shown him that addiction was a disease and that prison did not address the true driver of much criminal behavior: drug dependency. "There is nothing fulfilling about sending people to jail who have drug-dependency issues,” Matia has said. “We can serve society much better through treatment.”
A workshop titled Release Your Inner Superwoman will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Forest Hill Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. Facilitated by three area experts, the workshop is designed to help participants optimize health of mind, body and environment, to develop their strengths and achieve their goals.
The workshop will be led by Cleveland Heights residents Judith Eugene of Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki, and Jeannine Gury of Freshwater Coaching; and Lyndhurst resident Christina Hidek of Streamlined Living. Eugene will discuss achieving strength and balance through simple stress-relief techniques. Gury's presentation will concentrate on internal thought work, unleashing and enabling one's life. Hidek will highlight alignment of one's external environment with the internal self.
Cleveland Heights resident Steven Houser, M.D., became the new president of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) on Sept. 20.
Otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons—diagnose and treat disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.
Director of Rhinology, Sinus and Allergy for The MetroHealth System, Houser will lead a national group of approximately 1,700 ear, nose and throat doctors, with 2,300 members overall.
Houser will be president of the AAOA for one year, during which he’ll help the academy respond to allergy issues, such as insurance coverage and government validation of allergy treatment. He will also provide leadership to the AAOA in its mission of supporting its membership “through education, research and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.”
Beth Wachter and Judie Amsel will speak about “The Challenges of Growing Older” at Beth El – The Heights Synagogue, after services on Saturday, Nov. 1. The Lunch and Learn event is open and free to all.
Wachter, who has a bachelor’s degree in gerontology from Miami College and a master’s in social work from Smith College, will address challenges of aging, including the issues of cognitive decline and dementia; safety concerns and the risk of falls; caregiver issues and resources; the importance of social engagement and mental stimulation; the need for physical activity and exercise; and the necessity of good nutrition.
While adults experience grief as a prolonged, deep sadness that incorporates shock, disbelief, anger and acceptance (rarely in any orderly pattern), children experience grief in “bearable bits.” A child will seem to bounce from intensity to levity. Somehow, thankfully, children are self-propelled to keep being kids, even in the face of painful realities.
Experts suggest following a child’s lead in terms of how deeply to talk about loss. The adult’s job is to listen more, talk less. If your child needs concrete answers, it is sometimes helpful to use a medical term to clarify the uniqueness of the situation and to reassure that other loved ones (and your child) are healthy and safe.
What if we turned off our televisions, computers, smart phones, hand-help electronic devices and video games (except for necessary work) for seven straight days? Perhaps the following: better sleep, increased brain activity, live conversations, walks taken, gardens tended, homes repaired, books read, games played, creativity and exploration, and meaningful connections between families and friends.
Cleveland Heights High School will host the Dick Mann Memorial Fun Run, a two-mile road race/walk, on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. The race honors the late Dick Mann, track coaching legend, and will benefit University Hospitals Iris S. & Bert Wolstein’s Kids Kicking Cancer Foundation. Awards will be given for the top male and female finisher in each age group.
The Heights High track invitational, the 31st annual Weingart Relays, will take place after the memorial run.
The race will start behind Heights High, on Washington Boulevard, and will end at the Heights High track. The course will cover two miles of Cleveland Heights streets, and will pass through Cain Park.
Over the past several years, Cleveland Heights has become measurably more bicycle-friendly according to the League of American Bicyclists, which recognized the city as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community in autumn 2013, up from an honorable mention grade in 2010.
In the future, the City of Cleveland Heights plans to continue improving infrastructure for bicyclists. The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) will encourage bicycling with group rides and other programs, while the city, the schools and HBC will educate Heights residents of all ages on bicycling and its benefits as a healthy and environmentally-friendly activity.
Dr. Mimi Guarneri, a national pioneer in integrative medicine, will be the guest speaker at a William Birkett Williams public lecture at Fairmount Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. She will speak on the topic "Treating the Whole Person: Body, Mind and Spirit."
The lecture, part of Fairmount’s ongoing William Birkett Williams Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.
A cardiologist, Guarneri is the founder and past medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego and the president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Integrative medicine addresses the lifestyle and emotional and spiritual needs of patients, as well as their physical needs.
Warren Grossman, a well-known author and speaker who lives in Shaker Heights, will present a talk titled "Healing is Natural" at the upcoming Heights Holistic Fair.
The fair, the third in a series this year, will be held Oct. 12 and 13 at the Open Office Community Space, located in the former Coventry School building at 2843 Washington Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
Grossman, author of To Be Healed by the Earth and Earth/Heart, will discuss tools found in nature for healthier, happier living. He will also lead an interactive workshop, "Strong, Pain-Free Feet," sharing methods for relieving foot pain and building a strong foundation to support the body.
Join the 4th annual CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Walk on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Wade Oval, University Circle. Here are some reasons to participate:
- Besides accidents, cancer is the leading cause of death in children, more than all other childhood diseases combined.
- Drug companies invest next to nothing on research into children’s cancers. They see no profit in it. While the pharmaceutical industry provides up to 60 percent of the research and development for adult cancer, it provides virtually none for children’s cancer. Most treatments for childhood cancers are modified from adult versions.
- Despite this disparity in the private sector, the National Cancer Institute spends less than 4 percent of its budget on children’s cancer, and, given the current climate in Washington, its budget is being cut even further.
- The incidence of pediatric cancer has increased by about 30 percent over the last several years. It is unclear why.
- Cure rates have increased dramatically, rising from 30 percent to 78 percent in the last three decades. Yet 74 percent of childhood cancer survivors suffer from chronic illnesses, and 40 percent from life-threatening illnesses.
At age 70, Stephen Robbins is on fire.
A celebrated author of organizational behavior and management, retired San Diego State University professor, 2005 inductee into the Masters Hall of Fame and a Cleveland Heights resident for five years, Robbins is not one to rest on the laurels of past achievements. Many years ago, Robbins set out to become what he calls “the world's fastest Medicare recipient.”
At this year’s National Senior Games, hosted in Cleveland, Robbins won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter sprint events. He finished the 100-meter sprint in 13.09 seconds and the 200-meter in 27.33 seconds.
North Coast Health Ministry (NCHM), a faith-based charitable health center in Lakewood, now offers its services to low-income, uninsured residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights.
Previously, NCHM services were available only to individuals who resided in any of the 17 zip codes in northwestern Cuyahoga and eastern Lorain counties. In May, NCHM eliminated zip code restrictions from its patient eligibility guidelines, enabling it to serve all of northeast Ohio.
“Our mission has always been about increasing access to health care for the underserved,” said Lee Elmore, NCHM executive director. “The elimination of zip code restrictions will allow us to better meet our community’s changing gaps in need as the health-care environment evolves.”
A free Mobile Health Fair offering health screenings and education will be held Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, in Cleveland Heights.
Free screenings will include measurements of blood pressure; height, weight, and body mass index; vision, including glaucoma, random dot E, near visual and distance acuity; basic hearing; oral screenings for dental issues; and glucose testing.
Building on the success of the first Heights Holistic Fair held in February, a second, expanded fair will be held on April 13 and 14. The fair will take place in the heart of the Coventry neighborhood, and will offer a wider range of information and activities for all ages. It will also serve as a platform to generate donations to Friends of Heights Libraries.
According to event organizer Judith Eugene of Cleveland Heights, products, services and information on holistic health and sustainable living will be offered. Experts will be on hand both days to provide information on a variety of topics.
The first Holistic Fair to be hosted in Cleveland Heights will be held Feb. 23 and 24 at The Unity Center of the Heights, 2653 South Taylor Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Visitors will have the chance to experience products and services from vendors offering aromatherapy, alternative healing products, raw food, yoga, Reiki, natural pet care, organic clothing, crystals and jewelry.
Americans held their collective breath awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. The answer came back on June 28: the historic reform of our healthcare system was upheld as the law of the land.
Passed by Congress in 2010 amid much sound and fury, the ACA affects almost all Americans. Whether you consider healthcare reform a piñata or Pandora’s box, it is important to understand the provisions and benefits contained in the law and how it will affect you and the people you care about.
The Heights Bicycle Coalition hosted a morning coffee and snack tent on Bike to Work Day, May 18, at the top of Edgehill Road. Over 65 cyclists stopped for coffee, pastry and fruit.
The intersection of Edgehill and Overlook roads is the busiest intersection for cyclists in Northeast Ohio. Many of the cyclist who had time to stop were going to ther jobs at CWRU, University Hospitals, The Cleveland Clinic or downtown. The project was co-sponsored by Phoenix Coffee and FutureHeights.
Although the Law of Similars may sound like something mathematical, it's actually the underlying philosophy of homeopathy, a type of wellness care that uses natural substances to stimulate the body’s immune system. The idea behind the Law of Similars is that a material that causes certain symptoms in a healthy person can, in extremely small doses, cure those same symptoms in an ill person. In other words, the thing that’s making someone sick can also help make that person better.
Area residents interested in exploring homeopathy can now visit Heights Family Health, located in The Heights Medical Center Building in the Cedar Fairmount district. Established by University Heights resident Patti Carlyle in November 2011, the practice addresses a wide range of conditions.
In a new TV series to air on public television in February, host and narrator Dr. Richard Jackson examines the impact the built environment has on key public health indicators. The film highlights the growing recognition that decisions about land use, community design, and transportation planning have a direct effect on physical and mental health, including the rate of obesity, the incidence of chronic diseases, such as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and pedestrian injury and fatality.
According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. In 2008, about 19.6 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 were obese.
To combat that trend, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) awarded ten grants to PTAs across the nation—including the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Council of PTAs—to implement wellness initiatives.
Childhood and teenage obesity is on the rise throughout the nation. Developing healthy lifestyles is an initiative of both the national Parent Teacher Association and First Lady Michelle Obama. In an effort to support that initiative, Leading Ladies Inc., the empowerment club at Cleveland Heights High School will collaborate with the local PTA to bring the 4th annual Healthy Lifestyles Wellness Challenge to the community.
Here is a little-known fact: Judson Park, a residential retirement facility, offers a fitness program open to the public.
Currently, 125 community members, ranging in age from 50 to over 80, participate during the week. Classes include water aerobics, power walking and arthritis exercise in the pool, strength training, pilates, yoga, and a balance clinic on land. No contract is required. There is an enrollment fee of $60, and members pay $55/month for unlimited access to classes, the pool and exercise room.
Ohio law recognizes two types of advance directives a person can use to express their health care wishes in the event they are involved in an accident, fall into a coma, or are otherwise unable to make their own decisions. These are the health care power of attorney and the living will. The two documents are different, but both are important to have, especially if you are in a committed unmarried relationship or have religious concerns about medical procedures.
Interested in knowing more about bicycle commuting? The Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition's quarterly meeting on July 20 at 7 p.m. at Dennison Park (corner of Monticello Boulevard and S. Belvoir Blvd.) will feature presentations by three experienced bike commuters. The riders will talk about how they commute to work by bike – their processes, equipment and routes.
Commuting by bicycle is growing in popularity as more and more people recognize it as a healthy and an environmentally sound way to get to work. Experienced bicycle commuters enjoy combining their travel time with a workout. They say it is a great way to transition to and from work, arriving at work ready to settle in and having time after work to de-stress before arriving home.
Most bike commuters combine bike commuting with public transportation and/or a car.
Three local bicycle commuters give their stories below. They will also give short presentations and answer questions at the July 20 Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition quarterly meeting. (see sidebar below)
Its name comes from the Spanish for "little fly." It is so agile it can fly through a rain shower without getting wet! Only the female sucks human blood.
Local farms deliver: Community supported agriculture gains in popularity as Geauga Family Farms brings locally grown food to the Heights area
The Cleveland area is experiencing a local food revolution. More and more opportunities are cropping up for residents to purchase healthy foods grown by local farmers and producers, and consumers are learning more about the bounty of this region.
The popularity of cycling is soaring as more and more people recognize the benefits of bicycling for recreation and commuting. According to the Northeast Ohio Coordinating Agency, the number of bicyclists in Cuyahoga County increased by around 50 percent between 2006 and 2010.
Recognizing this trend, Cleveland Heights City Council proclaimed May “Bike Month." This proclamation highlights a key strength the city can build on. According to various government studies, Cleveland Heights has the busiest bicycle routes in the region. It also ranks high both locally and nationally, in bicycle usage for commuting.
The Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition will host its quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 21, at Jimmy O’Neill's Tavern, 2195 Lee Road. Doug Bahniuk, voted one of Cleveland's Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine (Jan, 2011), will discuss long distance bike touring and his work to raise funds for Parkinson’s research. CHBC board members will also talk about progress in local bicycle advocacy.
It's time once again to reflect on your goals for the New Year. If getting fit and healthy is on your list for 2011, then it's time to join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training (TNT) program.
A new neighborhood-quality metric is commanding the attention of home buyers, according to such influential publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and–The Heights Observer.
The news is that home buyers are paying more attention than ever to walkability. Fewer and fewer people in the market for a house want large lots in remote places, where little is going on. Several factors make walkable neighborhoods more attractive, including a desire to avoid traffic congestion, an aversion to having to drive everywhere, and rising oil prices. Walkable neighborhoods also tend to have vibrant street life and a friendly character.
Last October it was announced that Cleveland Clinic would be closing the Level II trauma center at Huron Hospital, and trauma cases would be moved to a new facility at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. This announcement came as a shock to many East Cleveland residents who view the trauma center as an important part of their community and its health and safety. The closing of the trauma center will have an effect on many other suburbs, including Cleveland Heights and University Heights.
Robert Carson, martial arts instructor at the Cleveland Heights Community Center and director of NEON Health Services, was promoted to master level, fifth degree black belt at the 2010 World Kuk Sool Association Tournament and Master Demonstration in Houston, Texas.
Seven of Carson’s students also attended and earned first degree black belts: Tony Calabro and daughter Sydney; David Pritts and daughter Ava and son Will Pritts; Caroline Koepke; and Nate Wilson. Carson and his students all live in Cleveland Heights.
No doubt you’ve heard statements like these: "Kids don’t get enough exercise" and "Teenagers spend most of their free time on the couch or on the computer while eating junk food." Unfortunately, they are all too true! Childhood and teen obesity is on the rise across the nation. Developing healthy lifestyles has become a major initiative of the national Parent Teacher Association and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Some people do it just to get off the couch and improve their health. Some people do it because their life has been touched by a blood cancer and want to make a difference. And some people do it for the camaraderie and the fun of being with others. For whatever reason, when you join Team in Training it gets us all closer to a world without cancer.
Sad to see the summer farmer's market season coming to an end? Can’t get enough of those delicious fresh vegetables? The Geauga Family Farms Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is expanding its program to include the winter season. Enliven holiday meals with certified organic goodness, laugh at Northeast Ohio’s winter as you enjoy local produce, or just get your fix of the good stuff as long as possible (next summer season is only 35 weeks away).
“Where does it go?” Citizens of Northeast Ohio can now get the answer to this popular–yet seldom asked–question.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is opening its doors to the general public at its “Where Does It Go?” open house on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Guests are invited to take a walking tour of the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant, where all Cleveland Heights water goes for processing. The tour will include an overview of the extensive process required to clean water, how garbage and waste are managed, and how public health and the environment are protected in the process.
Emotional support is available for those who lost family members in the Haitian or Chilean earthquakes at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.
“Losing a loved one in a natural disaster such as these devastating earthquakes can shatter one’s sense of well-being,” said Diane Snyder Cowan, bereavement center director.” Seeking individual counseling or a support group can help.”
The second annual Miracles Happen 5K Run/Walk is set for Sunday, May 23 through the scenic streets of Cleveland Heights.
The event will benefit the Diana Hyland Miracle Fund, whose mission is to advance research for recurrent breast cancer -- focusing on new theories, trials and treatments aimed at managing the cancer and extending lives.
The Miracle Fund was created in memory of Diana Hyland of Shaker Heights who sadly lost her battle with the devastating disease of metastatic breast cancer on Oct. 27, 2008.
With the introduction of a new Health Starts Here initiative, a multifaceted program including education, support tools and store events that support healthy eating, Whole Foods Market is now deepening its commitment to healthy eating. To kick off the initiative and unveil the Cedar Center store’s newly constructed Health Starts Here reference hub, health partner Rip Esselstyn (author, The Engine 2 Diet) will visit University Heights in May for a series of community events.
The "Engine 2 Challenge" Public Program and Reception, on Monday, May 3, 7 to 9 p.m., takes place at John Carroll University's Dolan Center for Science and Technology, and is an engaging and inspiring presentation by the author and Texas firefighter, whose 28-day lifestyle plan can help with weight loss, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of disease.
CH-UH students proudly help with preparations for MedWorks event
Too many Northeast Ohio residents have to do without health care because they lack insurance. So when students in the A.V.I.D. program at Cleveland Heights High School were asked to volunteer their time to help with the preparations for the upcoming MedWorks event to be held at the Cleveland Free Clinic, they happily volunteered.
“Dad, who is this,” I asked pointing to a recent photo. “That’s you,” my father answered. “Who am I,” I asked. “You’re my daughter.” After what seemed like an eternity, my father looked at me with sheer sadness and pain. “I don’t know your name.” I took his hand. “It’s OK, Pop.”
You and your mate don’t have to be separated by land or sea to feel like you’re in a long distance relationship. Sometimes even living in the same house can feel miles apart. Different work shifts, busy schedules and fatigue can separate you. When this happens, a simple technique called "romance telepathy" can go a long way to keep you and your mate feeling connected.
My first exposure to romance telepathy was serendipitous. My mom had died in 1995 and I was cleaning out her attic. I opened an old shoebox to discover over 100 letters my dad had written to her during World War II. In one of the letters, he suggested romance telepathy as a way to stay connected to her. Here is an excerpt from that letter:
"What can I do to protect myself from Alzheimer's?" is a tricky question to answer, since there is no “magic bullet” to prevent people from developing this devastating disease that affects approximately 4.5 million people in the U.S.
The standard response, based on current research, is: eat a healthy diet — lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low amounts of saturated fat — control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, exercise your body and brain, and cultivate a close network of friends and acquaintances.
A recent study comparing the long term effects of social, physical and cognitive activity in mice showed that cognitive activity was the best protector against developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the future.
The inaugural Miracles Happen 5K Run/Walk on May 31 drew 400 participants who enjoyed the scenic route through Cleveland Heights from Beaumont School to Nighttown.
The event raised more than $55,000 to benefit the Diana Hyland Miracle Fund, whose mission is to advance research for recurrent breast cancer -- focusing on new theories, trials and treatments aimed at managing the cancer and extending lives. The goal of the Fund is to raise $1 million to partially establish an Endowed Chair in Metastatic Breast Cancer Research at University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center under the direction of Dr. Paula Silverman.
He is organizing many of the area's world-class physicians, dentists and optometrists to provide the uninsured and the underinsured with access to free health care on May 2 and 3 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
Join us for an Open House on Oct. 23, 2008 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Please come see what sets Homewood Residence Rockefeller Gardens apart from the competition. You will have the opportunity to meet the staff, visit with our residents, ask questions, and tour our beautiful community.
Complimentary refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Karlene or Angela at 216-321-6331.