Health Matters Events Around Town


Family Safety and Wellness Fair on May 21…. In tandem with the 150 anniversary of University Hospitals (UH), UH St. John Medical Center, Westlake Recreation Center, and Westlake Center for Community Services are partnering to provide the first annual Family Safety and Wellness Fair. It will be held on May 21 at Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd in Westlake, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The event will include biometric screenings by UH St. John Medical Center Nurses and Health Professionals (Cholesterol, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, Bone Density, Balance, and Concussion information) and cancer screenings by Health Professionals. They will be highlighting over 50 vendors, presenting information, education, and demonstrations on health and safety.

In the Recreation Center lot will be a touch-a- truck event with emergency vehicles, city vehicles, ICAC forensics van, disabilities van and many, many more. There is something of interest for all ages! In addition, there will be a bounce house, balloon twisters, face painting, Chomps the Brown’s mascot, Safety Dog, UH Safety Squad, DJ, UH CPR van, Germs, Teddy Bear First Aid,toxicologyeducator, the UH helicopter will land, and much more…

May 21 is also Armed forces Day, so to honor those who keep our communities safe, they will have a ceremony before the fair opens. With the assistance of Congressman James Renacci, a flag was flown over the US Capitol and will be presented to the City of Westlake, from University Hospitals St. John Medical Center, and will be raised and flown at the Westlake Recreation Center on the day of the Safety fair.

Roundtable Health Talk Series…UH SJMC Community Outreach will provide a different type of health talk, a Round Table Health Talk Series. Throughout the year, they have scheduled interactive panel discussions, consisting primarily of UH St. John Medical Center healthcare professionals, presenting many different aspects of a specific health topic and current health concerns.

  • Each Round Table Health Talk will be held at UH St. John Medical Center on the 4th Thursday of the month in Building 2, Auditorium B at 6 p.m.
  • Each Round Table Health Talk will be sponsored by a community extended care facility. A light dinner will be provided.

May 26, 2016 – Would you be able to recognize street drugs? What about the Ohio heroin problem? Presented by a UH St. John Medical Center physician, Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force and an interactive panel of health experts who will speak on addicted minds, drugs, the drug addict, and the current drug problem in NE Ohio. Round Table and dinner sponsored by Orchards of Westlake. Reservations are required: Please call the UH SJMC reservation line at 1-877- 597-6348.

DSC_0188-1Bring It On! Senior Walking and Wellness Challenge…Who has the best Senior Center Around?? The kick-off for the first Senior Challenge of 2016 was on April 29th at University Hospitals St John Medical center. This year, the teams have really grown. There are close to 100 walkers in the program!!

Senior Centers participating in the competition include Team NO MERCY from North Olmsted Senior Center, Team SOLE MATES from Dwyer Senior Center, and Team RIVER ROCKS from Rocky River Senior Center. The participants must be at least 50 years of age.

Participants began the challenge with free screenings and will end this six week walking challenge with free biometric screenings from University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Community Outreach nurses. Screenings include cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference.

Participants received a pedometer to track their steps along with a backpack to carry water bottles.Members had the opportunity to warm-up with a SJMC physical therapy health professional, and together walked around the UH St. John Medical Center campus track. Twice around the campus track is equal to one mile. Different health presentations from SJMC health professionals will be offered throughout the competition.

The program will end on June 10, 2016, with a second biometric evaluation, a luncheon, and an award ceremony. Prizes will be awarded for different categories including most steps taken, decreases in cholesterol, BPs, and many more! Bring it on seniors!

For more information, and information on the fall competition, call your local senior centers!!