APRIL IS NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS MONTH An Akron Beacon Journal Advertising Special Section Your Health Calendar RISK FACTORS FOR TESTICULAR CANCER TASTE OF HEALTH • Having had an undescended testicle • Having had abnormal development of the testicles • Having a personal history of testicular cancer • Having a family history of testicular cancer (especially in a father or brother) • Being white Learn about the importance of breast and prostate screenings while our dietitian teaches you how to prepare the foods you love in a healthier way. The presentations include: How to do a self breast exam The importance of prostate exams Healthier ways to prepare meals POSSIBLE SIGNS OF TESTICULAR CANCER Alternative foods to eat • Swelling or discomfort in the scrotum • A painless lump or swelling in either testicle • A change in how the testicle feels • A dull ache in the lower abdomen or the groin • A sudden build-up of ﬂuid in the scrotum • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum Recipes and ways to safely prepare foods. Participants will be given food, recipes, giveaways, education materials, and prizes. Space is limited and reservations are required. When: Today Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Summa Center at New Seasons, 1493 South Hawkins Avenue, Akron Cost: FREE Call: To make reservations call 1-800-23SUMMA DON’T LIVE WITH JOINT PAIN Health talk for adults, ages 45-65, who have been dealing with joint pain. Gerry Faust, former head football coach, found a worn out joint greatly hampered his life. Ask Coach Faust’s surgeon, Phillip Lewandowski, M.D., questions about joint pain and joint replacement surgery. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. When: Tomorrow Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Where: Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center Conference Room, 3975 Embassy Parkway, Montrose Cost: FREE Call: For more information or to reserve your spot, call 855728-4660 DIABETES CARE: GETTING READY FOR SPRING The outpatient diabetes education and self-management program at Summa Barberton and Wadsworth-Rittman Hospitals focuses on seven self-care behaviors that are essential for improved health status and greater quality of life. Attend the Diabetes Support Group for additional support and continued education. When: Tuesday, April 9 Time: 7 – 8 p.m. Where: Summa Barberton Hospital, 155 Fifth Street NE, Barberton Cost: FREE Call: To make reservations call 1-800-23SUMMA Continued on the next page APRIL IS TESTICULAR CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Information from the National Cancer Institute Testicular cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of one or both testicles. The testicles are two eggshaped glands located inside the scrotum (a sac of loose skin that lies directly below the penis). The testicles are held within the scrotum by the spermatic cord, which also contains the vas deferens and vessels and nerves of the testicles. The testicles are the male sex glands and produce testosterone and sperm. Germ cells within the testicles produce immature sperm that travel through a network of tubules (tiny tubes) and larger tubes into the epididymis (a long coiled tube next to the testicles) where the sperm mature and are stored. Almost all testicular cancers start in the germ cells. The two main types of testicular germ cell tumors are seminomas and nonseminomas. These two types grow and spread differently and are treated differently. Nonseminomas tend to grow and spread more quickly than seminomas. Seminomas are more sensitive to radiation. A testicular tumor that contains both seminoma and nonseminoma cells is treated as a nonseminoma. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men 20 to 35 years old. DETECTING AND DIAGNOSING TESTICULAR CANCER The following tests and procedures may be used: Physical exam and history: An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. The testicles will be examined to check for lumps, swelling or pain. A history of the patient’s health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken. Ultrasound exam: A procedure in which high-energy sound waves (ultrasound) are bounced off internal tissues or organs and make echoes. The echoes form a picture of body tissues called a sonogram. markers are used to detect testicular cancer: • Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) • Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (-hCG) • Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) Tumor marker levels are measured before radical inguinal orchiectomy and biopsy to help diagnose testicular cancer. Radical inguinal orchiectomy and biopsy: A procedure to remove the entire testicle through an incision in the groin. A tissue sample from the testicle is then viewed under a microscope to check for cancer cells. (The surgeon does not cut through the scrotum into the testicle to remove a sample of tissue for biopsy, because if cancer is present, this procedure could cause it to spread into the scrotum and lymph nodes. It’s important to choose a surgeon who has experience with this kind of surgery.) If cancer is found, the cell type (seminoma or nonseminoma) is determined in order to help plan treatment. Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. THE PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS DEPEND ON THE FOLLOWING: • Stage of the cancer (whether it is in or near the testicle or has spread to other places in the body, and blood levels of AFP, -hCG, and LDH) • Type of cancer • Size of the tumor • Number and size of retroperitoneal lymph nodes Testicular cancer can usually be cured but its Serum tumor marker test: A treatment can cause perprocedure in which a sam- manent infertility. Patients who may wish to have ple of blood is examined to measure the amounts of children should consider certain substances released sperm banking before having treatment. Sperm into the blood by organs, tissues or tumor cells in the banking is the process of freezing sperm and storing body. Certain substances it for later use. are linked to speciﬁc types of cancer when found Source: www.cancer.gov in increased levels in the blood. These are called tumor markers. The following three tumor Your Health Calendar Continued from page D1 23RD ANNUAL MATURE SERVICES MATURE WORKERS’ JOB & CAREER FAIR When: Thursday, April 11 Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Akron Fairlawn Hilton, 3180 W. Market Street, Akron Cost: FREE Call: 330 -762-8666, Ext. 160 BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS A unique workshop taught by veteran dads. When: Saturday, April 13 or May 11 Time: 9 a.m. - noon Where: Health & Wellness Center – West Cost: $25 when you use code “WelcomeBaby” or $50 regularly Call: 330-344-6868 Online: akrongeneral.org/welcomebaby BARIATRIC CENTER INFORMATION SESSION Led by Surgeon and Medical Director Walter Chlysta, MD, FACS, sessions give an overview of the different types of weight-loss surgeries offered and the support provided by Akron General’s Bariatric Center. Will also discuss the risks, benefits and possible outcomes of surgery. Post-operative patients will share their experiences. When: Tuesday, April 16 Where: Akron General Medical Center, Conference Center Auditorium Time: 6 - 7 p.m. Cost: FREE Call: 330-344-2462 • Excess amounts of tissue in the airway • • A narrow airway or other physical abnormality of the nose or throat • Other risk factors for developing sleep apnea include being overweight or having family members with a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Like other sleep disorders, people who suffer from sleep apnea often experience daytime sleepiness; however, there are some more serious health issues that are often associated with sleep apnea, including irregular heart rhythms, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing sleep apnea symptoms. DINING WITH DIABETES This cooking school is for individuals with diabetes or those who are interested in learning how to cook for someone with diabetes. Includes cooking demonstrations, taste testing and healthy meal planning presented by certified diabetes educators and a professional chef. When: Wednesday April 17, 24 Where: Akron General Medical Frasche Classroom Time: 6-8 p.m. Cost: $10 for the program Call: 330-344-2462 STOP COUNTING SHEEP Answers and treatment options for common sleep disorders By William J. Novak, MD, Akron General neurologist BEFORE BABY FAIR Tour the New Life Center, visit various information booths, enter a raffle for gifts and enjoy refreshments and free parking at this FREE maternity health fair. Informational seminars begin at 1:15 p.m. in the surgical waiting area. When: Sunday, May 5 Where: Akron General Medical Center Time: 1-3 p.m. Cost: FREE Call: 330-344-2462 SPINAL CORD INJURY SUPPORT GROUP Provides education and support to people with spinal cord injuries and their families. Light refreshments are provided and parking is free. When: Second Monday of each month Where: Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, 405 Tallmadge Road, Cuyahoga Falls Time: 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: FREE Call: 330-436-0966 BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP For survivors and families. When: Last Wednesday of the month Where: Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation, 3625 Marsh Road, Stow Time: 6 - 8 p.m. Cost: FREE Call: 330-346-0060 CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP FOR BRAIN INJURY When: Third Thursday of each month Time: 6 - 8 p.m. Where: Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation, Skeen Room, 405 Tallmadge Road, Cuyahoga Falls Cost: FREE Call: 330-436-0955 FREE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE EDUCATIONAL LECTURE SERIES Learn all the latest about nutrition and fitness from a registered dietitian and a fitness instructor. Topics include eating for energy, time-efficient workouts, how to get rid of body fat and more -- 30 minutes for nutrition topics, 30 minutes for fitness topics. A healthy snack will be served, so please register. Time: 6 -7 p.m. all locations Cost: FREE When/where: Second Tuesday of each month, Health & Wellness Center – West, 4125 Medina Road, Montrose When/where: Third Tuesday of each month, Health & Wellness Center – North, 4300 Allen Road, Stow When/where: Fourth Tuesday of each month, Health & Wellness Center – Green, 1940 Town Park Blvd., Uniontown Call: 330-665-8100 (West), 330-9453100 (North), 330-896-5000 (Green) MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AQUATIC EXERCISE CLASS When: Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Where: Health & Wellness Center – West, 4125 Medina Road, Akron Cost: $60 for 8-week session. Scholarships are available through the MS Society. Call: 330-665-8200 CHOLESTEROL SCREENINGS Akron General Wellness Services provides low-cost cholesterol screenings throughout the community on a regular basis. Schedules with dates, times and locations are available at the front desks of the Health & Wellness Centers – West, North or Green. For the most current screening schedule, please call Maureen Nagy, Wellness Services at 330-665-8148. Sleep is a vital part of life. It’s a restorative process that is critical to the body’s overall well-being. According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 40 million Americans report having some type of sleep disorder; however, less than 20 percent actually seek medical treatment. On average, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Inadequate sleep, over a period of time, is associated with physical and mental health issues, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression. In addition, lack of sleep can lead to difficulty concentrating or remembering facts, daytime sleepiness and a tendency to be on edge or irritated throughout the day. Sleep issues can have several root causes, from neurologic to psychological, to respiratory and behavioral. Some of the most common sleep disorders include insomnia, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. Visit akrongeneral.org/sleep if you’ve been experiencing sleep issues and would like to take a free online sleep quiz. INSOMNIA Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders. Oftentimes, people with insomnia have trouble getting a restful night’s sleep and will complain of inadequate rest or poor sleep quality. Some of the symptoms of insomnia include: • Difﬁculty falling asleep • Waking frequently during the night and having difficulty falling back asleep • Daytime sleepiness due to lack of sleep • Difﬁculty paying attention or concentrating While some patients struggle with insomnia on a long-term basis, others will experience intermittent bouts of insomnia or transient, short-term episodes. There are several factors that can cause insomnia, including stress, anxiety or depression, as well as certain types of medications and drugs, including alcohol and nicotine. There are also physical stressors that can trigger insomnia, including chronic pain, dementia, menopause, chronic lung disease, heart failure and neuropathy. William J. Novak, MD, is a neurologist at Akron General. He is fellowship trained and board certified in sleep medicine. REDUCING INSOMNIA If you suffer from insomnia for more than a few days, you should talk to your healthcare provider about your sleep issues and available treatment options. Also, there are some things you can do at home to reduce insomnia, including: • Maintain a regular schedule • • Establish a nightly, bedtime routine • • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine • • Exercise regularly (several hours before bedtime) • • Take naps, if needed, in the afternoon and for less than 30 minutes • • Keep your bedroom cool, dark and quiet and free from bright lights • RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME As many as one in 10 American adults suffer from restless leg syndrome (RLS). Typically, patients are unable to fall asleep because of unpleasant sensations in one or both legs that range from tingling to crawling, pulling or painful sensations. Some people report feeling similar sensations in their arms, as well. Symptoms of RLS As you can imagine, these sensations make it difficult to remain still and fall asleep. Symptoms often occur when a person sits for a prolonged period of time or lies down, and can include: • The need to move legs in order to get relief • • Worsening of sensations when lying down or trying to fall asleep • • Experiencing the most discomfort late in the day and at night • Your healthcare provider may order some tests or a sleep study to determine if you have RLS. If diagnosed, there are several treatment options available based on your personal health history, age and extent of RLS. Treatment can range from behavioral changes to medications depending on the patient. Treatment options Your doctor may order tests to determine whether you’re suffering from sleep apnea. If diagnosed, there are several treatment options available, including: • Behavioral changes, including losing weight and avoiding alcohol and tobacco • • Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a mask that forces air through the nasal passage during sleep • • A dental device to reposition the lower jaw and tongue • • Surgery to remove blockages or growths in the airway or to correct any abnormalities • TAKE THE STEP TOWARD BETTER SLEEP If you or a family member is experiencing sleep issues or has any of the symptoms discussed here, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about your sleep issues, as treatment may help reduce or eliminate symptoms. Your healthcare provider can refer you to a sleep specialist, such as a neurologist, psychiatrist or pulmonologist, depending on the type and root cause of your sleep disorder. Don’t miss out on another night’s sleep. This information is meant for educational purposes only and should not be considered specific medical advice. SLEEP APNEA Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that affects an estimated 18 million Americans. This sleep disorder is characterized by involuntary breathing pauses, or “apneic events,” during a night’s sleep. With each event, the brain sends a warning signal to resume breathing, which in turn results in the fragmentation of sleep and may cause the person to wake up, cough or gasp, leading to a night of interrupted sleep. Common symptoms associated with sleep apnea include snoring, irregular breathing patterns while asleep, dry mouth, morning headaches and/or daytime sleepiness. Causes of sleep apnea Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep. 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The innovative diagnostic system allows surgeons to accurately assess the success of spinal fusion and eliminate the need for unnecessary exploratory surgery. At the same time, the spine fusion sensor accelerates patients’ return to work after surgery. The Akron BioInvestment funding has enabled Orthodata to attract additional backing from various private sources throughout the country, totaling $1.1 million. In return for the funding, Orthodata has relocated its operations, which includes research, development and commercialization, to Akron. Orthodata is now headquartered in the White Pond Crossing Development, off White Pond Drive. Initially the company will have three or four employees, but plans to expand as needed. “Being a Northeast Ohio native, I am excited to be spearheading the development of our transformational technology in Akron, Ohio,” said Ric Navarro, Orthodata president and CEO. “We have interest and support from leading spine surgeons at the Crystal Clinic and MetroHealth System and look forward to working with the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Our spine fusion sensor, the IntelliRod, will lead to lower costs, less radiation exposure for patients and new postoperative diagnostic data for surgeons.” OrthoData Inc., founded by renowned spine surgeon Rolando M. Puno, M.D., and professors from the University of Louisville, is developing an implantable microelectronic spine fusion sensor. With over 400,000 spinal fusions in the United States in 2010, the number of patients with continuing post-op pain is estimated as high as 30 percent in lumbar fusion cases. 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The net result is more jobs for our citizens.” 5 FOUR TIPS TO HELP YOU REDUCE STRESS AND RELAX ideal for centering and focusing. In addition, meditating in the morning is an excellent way to start the day, allowing you an opportunity to take deep breaths and prepare both your mind and your body for the challenges of the day ahead. Not into meditation? Then simply take a short morning stroll in the park or listen to some relaxing music. With today’s hectic lifestyles, it’s easy to feel stress and anxiety during the day. While everybody goes through stress, continuously being “stressed out” can cause mental and physical ailments. Unhealthy and frequent doses of stress can also increase blood pressure. The good news is that you can take control with simple relaxation strategies for reducing stress and anxiety during the day. Here are a few practical and easy-to-use suggestions. Start your day off right Meditation can be practiced any time of day, but many relaxation experts point to the early morning hours when you first rise as the best time to practice this daily spiritualbody ritual. No matter what kind of meditation you do, the morning is a time when you have a relatively clear mind— Visualize a relaxing you Do you ever feel overwhelmed? For decades sports psychologists have touted the benefits of using visualization to improve performance, but you can do the same for handling stress. Start by thinking of a very specific area that is stressing you out or has the potential to do so. Then imagine it as if it is taken care of in the best possible way, without stress or anxiety. See yourself calm and in control of the situation. Allow yourself to visualize this scene until you are motivated to begin working on that project or household chore without experiencing negative feelings. You just might find your visualizing even helps you get organized. Try an instant relaxation strategy Whether a traffic jam, screaming kids or a meeting with the boss, there are moments when stress has a chokehold on us. Here are some ways to instantly destress at a moment’s notice: • Stop whatever you’re doing and take three deep breaths. • Visualize a time when you felt happy and peaceful. • Focus on a small part of your body, such as the sensation of your big toe against your shoe. • Press your hand against your chest, close your eyes and feel and hear your heartbeat. Keep a consistent sleep schedule Our bodies are like a finetuned Swiss watch, functioning to the rhythms, patterns and cycles of our daily lives. One of the most critical timing patterns is our sleep schedule. The consistency of when we go to sleep and when we awake can affect how well we slumber. For deep, restful sleep, it’s best to wind down with a relaxing activity, such as reading or listening to relaxing music before bed. Most importantly, end and start your day at the same time. While you may be tempted to sleep in on weekends, come Monday, you may find you won’t sleep as well. Source: www.medicalmutual.com 6 but it will get easier as you start to form new habits of managing stress. HELP FOR STRESS EATERS By April Moss, RD, LD When stress hits, we may find ourselves scavenging our kitchens in hopes to find some comfort in our favorite foods. Going to food in a time of stress is natural. Not only are we conditioned from birth that food makes all things well, but our bodies also ramp up production of the hormone cortisol during times of stress, which, studies suggest, increases our appetite. While it may be our natural response, food is not a solution to stress. And with April being Stress Awareness Month, it’s a great time to take inventory on how you manage your stress. If food is your comfort in a time of stress, start by keeping a journal. Write down how you feel emotionally before, during and after you eat. Then, review your journal and evaluate your stress status. Most of the time, we tend to feel guilty after stress eating because we overconsume less nutritious food options like cookies, potato chips and ice cream. There is room in a healthy diet for these items, but when consumed often and in large portion sizes they can contribute to weight gain. Find new ways to relieve stress After you’ve reviewed your journal and assessed your stress level, the next step is to try a new way to relieve the stress. Some healthy ways of managing stress include exercising or physical activity, talking with someone, or even doing a word puzzle or playing a video game. It’s also a good idea to look for outside support. When you’re experiencing stress and find yourself wanting to go to the kitchen, why not call a friend or family member? Or better yet, since you got up to walk to the kitchen, why not just keep going and take a walk outside? Depending upon the cause of your stress, you might even want to reach out to a professional counselor. It may be difficult to avoid going to the kitchen at first, HEALTHY EATING YOGURT AND FRUIT PARFAITS WITH MAPLE GRANOLA Yield 6 servings Prep 10 minutes Cook 55 minutes Make extra brown rice to use in this creamy dish that’s equally good for breakfast and dessert. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup raisins 1/3 cup golden raisins 3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced 2 cups blackberries 2 cups raspberries 2 cups blueberries 2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Place oats in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Combine 1/4 cup maple syrup and butter in small heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour over oats; stir to blend well. Bake 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. Remove pan from oven and add raisins; stir to blend. Return to oven and bake until mixture is golden and crisp, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Cool granola completely in pan. 4. Gently toss strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and remaining 3 tablespoons maple syrup in large bowl. Divide fruit mixture among 6 parfait cups. Sprinkle each parfait with granola, dividing equally. Top each with 1/3 cup of plain yogurt and serve. For more recipes from Relish visit Relish.Ohio.com Keep nutritious foods on hand Of course, no one is perfect all the time. So, what can you do when you find yourself stressed and looking for comfort food? Chances are good, you’ll eat what’s available. The key is to keep nutritious snacks on hand like: • Fresh-cut fruits and vegetables with hummus, nut butter or a low-fat dip • Whole-grain crackers and low-fat cheese • A yogurt parfait with low-fat yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, and low-fat granola • Whole-grain pita chips and fresh salsa • A whole-grain tortilla wrap with pizza sauce (2 tbsp.) and a low-fat string cheese microwaved for 30 to 60 seconds Control your portions To help keep portion sizes moderate, prepare a single serving of your snack. Before you eat, put back any additional food so that second serving isn’t immediately accessible. Better yet, when you first bring groceries home, portion the food into single servings. Then you won’t need to muster the will power to put the rest away during a moment of weakness. Stress is inevitable. How you manage it will determine its impact on your health. 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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics along with ConAgra Foods encourages Americans to give their kitchens a thorough cleaning with tips from the Home Food Safety program’s www.HomeFoodSafety.org. “Spring-cleaning is a great opportunity to give the kitchen a good food safety check and cleaning, especially refrigerators and freezers where raw meat, poultry and seafood are stored,” says Karen Ansel, registered dietitian and Academy spokesperson. She shared simple steps from www.HomeFoodSafety. org to help reduce cross contamination in the kitchen and minimize the risk of food poisoning: Kitchen surfaces “Illness-causing bacteria can survive in many places around the kitchen, not just on hands alone,” Ansel says. “Unless people wash their hands, utensils and surfaces the right way, they could unintentionally spread bacteria to their food and family.” Keep countertops clean by washing them with hot soapy water before and after preparing food. Clean surfaces and utensils with a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Keep kitchen surfaces such as appliances, countertops, cutting boards and utensils clean with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item. Keeping cutting boards and surfaces clean and following proper sponge safety to help prevent cross-contamination. Refrigerator “Everything that comes in contact with food must be kept clean all year long to reduce cross-contamination, including the refrigerator,” Ansel says. “Spring is the perfect time to clean up and set regular cleaning routines.” Check that the refrigerator temperature is set to below 40° F. Download the Refrigerator Safety Checklist and Refrigerator Cleaning Guide for additional information. Keep the refrigerator clean at all times; this is a good time to look for unnoticed spills and remove lingering odors. Wipe up spills and clean surfaces with hot, soapy water and rinse them well. To keep the refrigerator smelling fresh and help eliminate odors, place an opened box of baking soda on a shelf. Avoid using solvent cleaning agents, abrasives, and any cleansers that may impart a chemical taste to food or ice cubes, or cause damage to the interior finish of your refrigerator. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Shelf life “Whether in the pantry or refrigerator, it’s important to make sure food items haven’t spoiled,” Ansel says. “Remember – when in doubt, toss it out!” This is a good time of year to use or throw away foods that are losing their quality or have spoiled, for both refrigerated items and non-refrigerated items in the pantry. For a detailed listing of the shelf life of foods, as well as a kitchen safety quiz, download the free app, “Is My Food Safe?” Make spring the time to begin new food safety habits. Once a week, make it a habit to throw out perishable foods that should no longer be eaten. The Academy of Nutrition emier Lift Chair Deale Ohio’s Pr r PACE MEDICAL and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and ConAgra Foods’ Home Food Safety program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of food poisoning and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own kitchens. More information can be found at www.homefoodsafety.org, www.eatright.org and www. conagrafoods.com. We specialize in custom petite, extra tall and bariatric lift-chairs up to 700-lb. capacity in stock! Scooters starting at only… 799 $ Lift-chairs starting at only… 609 $ We service everything we sell! www.pacemedicalsupply.com 3573 Copley Rd. (Copley Circle) 330-665-1085 • Toll Free: 866-831-5288 Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Tickets on Sale NOW! Saturday, June 15, 2013 at E J THOMAS HALL EXPO 4:00 PM | SHOW 6:00 PM Come for the food and the fun! • Relish magazine cooking pros on stage • Presentations by local celebrities • Samples from local chefs • Product demonstrations Sponge safety • Displays of the latest in cabinetry, appliances, cutlery and more • Great recipes • Fantastic prizes • Giveaways galore FREE PARKING at E J Thomas Hall A wildly entertaining and enormously informative experience! While a sponge is helpful for wiping up kitchen spills and absorbing liquid quickly, it can also absorb harmful foodborne pathogens along the way. Sponges are still a good kitchen tool if you keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind. • Do clean sponges daily. Toss sponges in the dishwasher with a drying cycle, or microwave a damp sponge for one minute to kill 99 percent of bacteria, yeasts and molds. • Do replace sponges frequently. Even if you clean your kitchen sponge daily, remember to replace it frequently. If your sponge starts to smell at any time, toss it out immediately. • Do store in a dry location. It’s important to not only wring out your sponge completely after each use and wash off any loose food or debris, but you should also store it in a dry location. • Don’t wipe up meat juices. Cleaning up spills from ground beef or poultry with a • Sponge can increase your chances of spreading harmful foodborne pathogens. Instead, use a paper towel or disinfectant wipes to clean up meat juices. • Don’t use sponges on countertops. Germs and bacteria can spread from the sponge to your countertop, so use a paper towel or disinfectant wipes to clean counter tops instead. • Don ’t ignore dishcloths. While less porous than spong- es, you should still launder dishcloths frequently as they can also harbor harmful bacteria. Remember to wash dishcloths in hot water and dry them on high heat in the dryer. Akron Beacon Journal subscribers use offer code ABJ20 for 20% off ticket prices. Source: www.HomeFoodSafety.org. Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.com or the E J Thomas box office. O d. ce! ck Ry Pla o r h le Roto Cop t pen APRIL IS CANCER AWARENESS MONTH At Copley Place! Friday, April 12th 2pm – Tuesday, April 16th 7pm – Friday, April 26th 7-10pm – Free-will Offering Music with Christopher Milo of Hugs-N-Bugs. Hugs-N-Bugs is a non-proﬁt organization dedicated solely to help raise awareness, educate and give hope to children battling cancer and their families. This concert is in memory & honor of Shelly, the young girl who inspired this group and recently lost her battle with cancer… Free-will Offering Cancer Awareness Presentation Dr. Richard Hirsh, a retired diagnostic radiologist from Akron is our featured speaker. Dr. Hirsh is the founder of Radiology Mammography International (RMI), a non-proﬁt organization dedicated to supporting the mammography and breast cancer educational needs of developing and under-served regions around the world. We are fortunate to have this highly-respected doctor discuss cancer awareness as well as the importance of diagnostic testing. $5.00 per Person – An American Cancer Society FUNdraiser! Dance to the music of The Good Grief ! Band…50/50 drawing and Relay for Life items available for purchase! All proceeds will beneﬁt the Wadsworth Relay for Life Team ~ Walking for Tomorrow! 528 Rothrock Road, Copley OH 44321 | 330-668-9670 | copley-place.com 8 themselves with their own versatility when it comes to the potential for changing careers. Study supports positive impact of Job Club STRESS AND THE UNEMPLOYED OLDER WORKER OVERCOMING STRESS AND ACHIEVING JOB SUCCESS By Kathleen McLaughlin, marketing and communications manager, Mature Services Inc. Whenever someone publishes a list of the top stressors in life, you are sure to see moving, changing jobs, divorce and death on the list. Loss of a job can quickly bring a person face to face with all of these stressors. On any day in a Mature Services Job Club session the only one we don’t deal with is death, although even that risk is there. Job loss and the older worker While stress is one of the major obstacles facing any job seeker, the loss of confidence can be more damaging than stress. For older workers who suddenly lose a job they have held for many years, being unemployed is unknown territory. These individuals have worked all their lives and are accustomed to taking responsibility for themselves and their families. Adding to this initial stress for some is the realization that the job itself, which once helped to define them, has also faded from the economic landscape. It’s a new marketplace, and jobs that have not gone offshore have been affected by a combination of technology and other pressures. Newer management models have eliminated many mid-level jobs. With sweeping changes in all industries and a shift to a more technologycentered workplace environment, it’s no wonder the average unemployed 60-year-old is overwhelmed and stressed. Granted, this would seem to paint a dismal picture for the unemployed, especially the older worker, but the truth is there are jobs out there – good jobs and good employers who value the strong work ethic and loyalty of mature workers. The trick to connecting good older workers with good employers is helping job seekers deal with the stress of their situation by increasing their confidence. That is where Job Club comes in. About Job Club Job Club is an intense threeweek course designed to help older workers assess their skills, determine what their new job goals will be and provide them with the tools to secure that job. During the first week the major task is to aid participants in discovering how to identify what stressors are holding them back; it might be anger or hurt at losing a job, dismay at how long it is taking to get a new job or frustration with the complexity of job seeking in a digital world. The second week is devoted to moving past those stressors to assess their talents and isolate areas where those talents can be applied to transition them into a new job. By week three they have begun to build a concrete plan, learned how to navigate the Internet, practiced interviewing, rewritten their resume and surprised People who complete our Job Club are very successful in finding work, and we believe it is because the increase in confidence outweighs the negative effects of stress. Although we had plenty of anecdotal evidence, we are working with interns from the University of Akron to quantify that evidence. In the first study, completed in October 2010, the researchers found a clear and measurable improvement in the participant’s level of confidence in a number of areas. This improvement built over the course of the three-week-long sessions so that by the end, despite still dealing with stress, their confidence and optimism level scored the highest. Further reports confirmed these findings. We are now in our third year of the study and are looking forward to the next report. Very little work had been done in this area, and the results of these studies have provided some of the first quantitative proof that programs like Job Club can make a significant difference for the older job seeker. These findings have been presented at conferences and published in national journals. Ultimately, the success of Job Club rests with the individuals themselves, who must apply what they have learned. We believe that the reduced stress and increased confidence that comes from their participation in Job Club is one of the reasons so many of our participants do get jobs. And their letters and phone calls to share news of their new jobs bear this out. About Mature Services Mature Services Inc. is a nonprofit organization that serves older adults through a variety of programs. The Job Club is offered thorough the Employment 7 Training Solutions program and is funded by the Workforce Development Act through a grant from the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services. Job Club is offered free in Summit County to anyone 50 or older regardless of income. For more information, or to register contact Don Zirkle, Training and Placement Supervisor, 330-762-8666, Ext. 174 or register online at http://www. matureservices.org/ets/jobclub. php Mature Services Inc. presents... Mature Workers’ Job & Career Fair 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11 Akron Fairlawn Hilton • 3180 West Market Street, Akron Free parking and admission Unique stressors of older adults Fact: Many older adults find themselves unemployed after 10, 20, 30, even 40 years of loyal service to the same employer. Fact: When the nation’s economy took a nosedive, older adults were disproportionately affected, many losing not only their jobs, but also the savings they counted on for retirement. Fact: Older adults are the largest segment of the unemployed, and they remain unemployed longer. Fact: Adults who are part of the baby boom generation often find themselves taking care of older parents and helping out younger children who have hit hard times. The fastest growing family group in Ohio is that of grandparents taking care of grandchildren.
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