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University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center partners with Hiram College for seven-month Healthy Hiram Outreach Series

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Free monthly campus wellness events are open to the community

GEAUGA COUNTYUniversity Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center and Hiram College are collaborating to present the Healthy Hiram Outreach Series, a program of monthly presentations, activities and health screenings aimed at enhancing the wellness of the college’s students and the community-at-large.

The initiative’s events have been developed based on Oxford Health Alliance's “3FOUR50:” Three risk factors – tobacco use, poor diet and lack of physical activity – contribute to four chronic diseases – heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, lung disease and some cancers – which in turn cause more than 50 percent of deaths, many of which are preventable.

The Healthy Hiram series features clinicians from UH Geauga Medical Center and the Hiram College Student Health Center. “UH Geauga Medical Center brings tremendous expertise and credibility to our program,” says Thomas V. Chema, President, Hiram College. “Together we can ingrain healthy habits in our students so they will be healthier and take those habits into their communities after they graduate.”

The free monthly events will take place at various locations at Hiram College and are open to all. “Our goal is to be highly interactive, and there will be a question-and-answer period after each presentation,” says Julie Bogdan, LPN, Community Outreach Nurse Educator, UH Geauga Medical Center. All Healthy Hiram outreach dates are Wednesdays and events begin at 7 p.m. except where noted. Locations and presenters not specified are to be determined:

Tuesday, October 22: “Total Fitness: 10 Steps to a Healthier You!”
Q&A with Timothy R. Neely, DO, family medicine physician
Location: Kennedy Center main lounge
Presentation followed by interactive sessions:

  • Wii Fit
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Concussion education
  • Fat and sugar content displays
  • “Drink This, Not That”
  • Preventive screenings: Height, weight and body mass index; blood pressure; cholesterol and blood glucose; hearing

November 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: “Rate Your Plate”
Jane Valvoda, RD, UH Geauga Medical Center dietitian
Location: Dining hall ($6 meal charge for non-students)

November 13: “Healthy Cooking”
Greg McClain, Chef, UH Geauga Medical Center

December 11: “Finding Your Life Balance”
Presentation followed by screening: Depression & stress

January 22: “Sinus Conditions and Treatment”
Timothy R. Neely, DO
Presentation followed by screening: Sino-nasal outcome test

February 19: “Protecting Your Skin”

March 19: “Sleepless in Hiram – Sleep Health”

April 9: “Backed Up, Running & Rumbling – Gastrointestinal Health”

The events will include giveaways and complimentary healthy snacks. “We are thrilled to be working with the physicians, nurses and Community Outreach team at UH Geauga Medical Center,” says Marjie Billock, RN, BSN, CEN, Coordinator of the Healthy Hiram Outreach Series at Hiram College. “Our goal is to comprehensively educate our students and the public on lifestyle choices and what they can do today to positively impact their lives in the future.”

The Healthy Hiram series is one of many partnerships UH Geauga Medical Center’s Community Outreach Department participates in and supports. “We’re very lucky to have this wonderful health care resource close to home with professionals willing to come to where the people are,” says Asha Goodner, APRN, CNP, Director of Student Health Services, Hiram College. “The hospital and the college are united in the mission of improving the psychological and physical health of the entire community.”

Both institutions are focusing on making the program an annual initiative. “We are pleased to partner with Hiram College to support healthy lifestyles on campus and in the Portage, Geauga and Trumbull County region,” says M. Steven Jones, President, UH Geauga Medical Center. “Healthy Hiram is an ongoing idea that encourages participants to be an active part of their own well-being.”

To learn more about the schedule of Healthy Hiram outreach presentations and screenings, visit the college’s event blog at www.hiram.edu, contact the Hiram College Student Health Center at 330-569-5418 or call the UH Geauga Medical Center Community Outreach Department at 440-285-7757. Hiram College is located at 11715 Garfield Road in the village of Hiram in Portage County.

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