West Side Health & Fitness News & Notes
Change Bandits can register now
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The 14th annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon presented by 98.1 WKDD will take place Feb. 7-9.
Leading up to the radiothon, Change Bandits “rob” their friends, family and co-workers of spare change, with all proceeds benefitting children in the care of Akron Children’s Hospital, according to hospital officials. Change Bandits kick off the radiothon with a Change Bandit Bash Feb. 6. The radiothon will be broadcast live from the hospital Feb. 7-8 from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Feb. 9 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To get a head start on the Change Bandit program, which officially begins in January, register online at www.akronchildrens.org/change bandit. Kits will be mailed in early January and include complete instructions. Online fundraising also will be offered.
Aids available for people with arthritis
GREATER AKRON — Looking to stuff the stocking of a loved one who has arthritis? Want to give a gift of helpful support? The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region has some holiday gift ideas.
According to foundation officials, arthritis is a painful, debilitating and incurable disease that limits people’s lives, but there are assistive devices, clothing and services available from local and national providers that can help.
Some helpful gifts include a dressing stick, jar opener, zipper and button puller, 24-inch shoe horn, sock aid, grabbers, reachers, a long-handled bath sponge, walkers, canes and grab bars.
According to foundation officials, the Arthritis Foundation also offers land or aquatic exercise programs at more than 225 Northeastern Ohio sites. Many are offered free of charge or at a nominal rate. To locate a class, call the Arthritis Answers helpline at 216-285-2836.
A free list of sources of assistive devices and clothing also is available by calling the helpline.
For more information on the foundation, visit www.arthri tis.org.
Kathleen Collins and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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