Health & Fitness News & Notes
Akron City Hospital site of ‘Avenue of Lights’
AKRON — The Women’s Auxiliary Board of Akron City Hospital (WABACH) is sponsoring “A Celebration of Lights,” where lights will be placed along Akron City Hospital’s Arch Street to create an “Avenue of Lights.”
Tax-deductible donations can range from $5 (Star Light) to $50 (Spot Light), $100 (Strand of Lights), $250 (Stellar Sponsor), $500 (Polaris Patron) and $1,000 and more for multiple lights (Constellation Benefactor). Each donation can honor or memorialize someone special or recognize a milestone occasion, and the stream of light will grow as additional contributions are received.
The Avenue of Lights Ceremony will take place Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. on Arch Street, immediately followed by a donor reception. Lights will continue to shine through November, December and January.
The names of honorees will be inscribed in the Celebration of Lights Memory Book, which will be displayed in the hospital’s main lobby.
WABACH will use all contributions to benefit Akron City Hospital projects. Donations can be mailed to WABACH “Celebration of Lights,” 2055 Burlington Road, Akron, OH 44313.
For more information, call (330) 375-4829.
— By Kathleen Collins
Disabilities Week taking
place at UA
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron (UA) Office of Accessibility will sponsor a week of educational activities as part of a campus Disabilities Awareness Week Nov. 13-17.
Among the activities will be three events open to the public:
Dancing Wheels, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m., E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. This modern dance company integrates professional stand-up and wheelchair dancers. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Thomas Hall Box Office, by calling (330) 972-7570 or through TicketMaster;
“But You Look So Good,” Nov. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. The free session on working with people who have chronic illnesses will take place in Student Union Room 310 and will be presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; and
“Disability Sensitivity: What Should I Do, What Should I Say?,” Nov. 17 from noon to 1 p.m., Student Union Room 335. This free, hands-on seminar will cover what to do, say and how to react to people with disabilities. It will be presented by United Disability Services, based in downtown Akron.
For more information, call (330) 972-7928 or visit www. uakron.edu/access.
— By Stephanie Kist
American Diabetes Association
launches national initiative
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Diabetes Association (ADA) launched its newest initiative, “I Decide to Fight Diabetes,” as part of American Diabetes Month.
The campaign is a new opportunity to support the mission of ADA to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by it.
The signature item of the campaign will be a new “I Decide” charm that can be worn on a keychain, necklace or bracelet. The charm can be purchased by visiting the Web site www.diabetes.org/idecide or by calling (877) ADA-ID26.
In addition, the campaign encourages people to become champions in the cause against diabetes and demonstrate their commitment to actively promoting healthier lifestyle behaviors that will help them manage and control type 1 diabetes and prevent and control type 2 diabetes in themselves and their loved ones.
In the spring of 2007, a second phase of the campaign will give people the opportunity to personalize the “I Decide” logo and transfer it to a variety of products like coffee mugs and T-shirts.
“As diabetes continues to climb at alarming rates, the number of people affected is astonishing,” said Dr. Larry Deeb, president of medicine and science for the ADA. “So many people share the American Diabetes Association’s passion for finding a cure and improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes. ... I Decide to Fight Diabetes is a rallying cry to stand for something more, to stand for more than the deteriorating health status of our citizens.”
For more information, call (800) 342-2383 or visit www.diabetes.org.
— By Stephanie Kist
The Women’s Auxiliary Board of Akron City Hospital Planning Committee for “A Celebration of Lights” consists of, from left: (standing) Ann Gelvin, Alice Strickler and Kathy Raynor and (seated) Harriet Richman, Donna Hilton and Nancy Parsons. Not pictured is Jan Mastroine.
Photo courtesy of Women’s Auxiliary Board of Akron City Hospital