Looking good
CANFIELD -- The American Cancer Society will have 18 Look Good Feel Better programs this year in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties this year. The free program is for women undergoing cancer treatment.
Women get makeup, wigs, turbans and other products, special makeup and tips about their nails. Products worth about $200 are provided, along with information about using them.
Enrollment is limited. For dates, teimes and locations, contact the local American Cancer Society at (330) 533-0546.
Humor helps
YOUNGSTOWN -- Humility of Mary Health Partners' Women in Touch program will feature "Finding and Using Humor for a Healthy Life" at locations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
The program begins at 5 p.m. April 6 at The Victorian Ballroom in Brittany Place Plaza in Niles and April 13 at Mr. Anthony's in Boardman. Ben Melnykovich, a registered nurse and nursing educator, will discuss a variety of topics including humor and stress.
The program is open to the public. The cost is $15 and includes dinner.
Seating is limited and registration is required. Continuing education credits are available for nurses, social workers and dieticians/technicians.
Registration deadline is one week prior to program date. Checks should be made payable to Humility of Mary Health Partners. Mail check, along with your name, address, daytime phone, date of birth and the program you will be attending to: Women in Touch, Community Health Education, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44501. For more information call toll free (877) 700-HMHP (4647).
Tobacco program
YOUNGSTOWN - Clearing the Air, a program to empower blacks in tobacco control, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Oakhill Renaissance Place, 345 Oak Hill Ave.
The program is free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are available to nurses and social workers. For more information or to register for the program, call (888) ACS-OHIO (227-6446).
Diagnostic kits
YOUNGSTOWN -- In recognition of March's Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Humility of Mary Health Partners is offering free fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kits. An FOBT is a simple chemical test that can detect hidden blood in the stool, which is a symptom of colorectal cancer. You can perform this test in the privacy of your home.
Beginning at age 50, all adults should have a yearly FOBT. If you have a family history of colon or rectal cancer or other risk factors, talk to your physician about the need to begin screening at an earlier age. If detected early, colorectal cancer is 90 percent curable.
To receive your free FOBT kit, call the Humility of Mary Healthline (877) 700-HMHP (4647). All kits should be returned in the pre-addressed envelope by June 1.
Tiny tappers
Still looking for ways to entertain stir-crazy kids on a cold winter day? Three options, from Parenting magazine:
Turn bare feet into tap shoes by taping quarters to the balls and heels of your child's feet. (Yours too!) Then play dancing music and let loose on the floor.
Tie a string or rope through the handle of a laundry basket and turn it into a wagon. Then let your toddler shuttle stuffed animals around the room.
See how high your child can jump, how fast he can roll across the floor, how many hops he can do on one foot and how far he can leap. Record his accomplishments with a timer, measuring tape, pencil and paper.