Get your pink on! | Race for the Cure returns to Toledo September 25

On the morning of Sunday, September 25, the corner of Monroe and Summit in downtown Toledo will be awash in pink as thousands of people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer take part in the 23rd Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure. A similar scene will play out one day earlier, Saturday, September 24, in Findlay, Ohio on the campus of Blanchard Valley Hospital.

Add some color to your child’s plate!

Everyone should taste the rainbow…of fruits and vegetables, that is! Not only are most produce items low in calories and contain natural sugars, but they also provide vital nutrients for your child’s body and reduce the risk of childhood obesity and many chronic diseases. Join Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares as we celebrate Childhood Obesity Prevention Month for the month of September and add some color to your child’s plate!

The September “Big Three”

We are at that time of year when summer is winding down and school is back in session. It is a good time to cover the back-to-school “Big Three”: backpacks, concussions, and fall prevention.

Eating Well | Seniors and malnutrition risk

September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older as well as to provide inspiration and practical ideas for adults ages 50 and over to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial well-being. What better time to devote this column to the topic of senior malnutrition?

Cupping! | Michael Phelps’ secret weapon?

One of the more captivating moments of the Olympics was watching swimmer Michael Phelps win his 28th gold medal with what appeared to be red blotches all over his upper arms and chest muscles. Some of the announcers were speculating about them when the answer came quickly: Mr Phelps had undergone a cupping procedure just prior to his swim. This was reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston who were photographed at events with cup marks on their backs a few years ago. Ms. Paltrow later explained to Oprah, “It feels amazing, and it’s very relaxing.”

Don't get stuck in your comfort zone

When you’ve been running the same course at the same pace for a long period, the route and scenery become boring and you might feel as though you’re on “auto pilot” during your run. Most runners experience these same feelings at one time or another during their training. Challenging yourself daily with your running program will help minimize your “comfort-zone” tendencies. Here’s how:

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