The Akron Area YMCAs will be taking part in a national initiative to improve the health and wellness of families known as Healthy Kids Day on Saturday.
The event that has been going on for more than 20 years is free and open to children of all ages as well as families.
“Activities will be geared toward keeping the whole family moving and learning,” said director of marketing communications of the Akron Area YMCAs, Doreen Vanchoff. “It’s a fun day we hope will get the whole family playing together, encourage making healthy choices and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This day is a sample of what goes on all the time at our branches.”
All area YMCAs will participate except Nordonia Hills and East Akron. Camp Y-Noah also is not included.
Activities will vary from branch to branch and include the Presidential Youth Fitness Challenge, kids dance and flag football, coordination and memory practice, kids strength and conditioning, and team building.
“The Y is addressing critical gaps in kids’ health and education,” Vanchoff said.
Visitors may tour facilities, speak to wellness directors and get information about programs that are regularly offered.
Those who sign up for a YMCA membership on Healthy Kids Day will receive 50 percent off the initial startup fee.
More information and schedules are online at akronymca.org/hkd.
Cord blood donation
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, the Cleveland Cord Blood Center is urging expectant mothers to donate umbilical cord blood.
Cord blood, which is normally disposed of after birth, can be used as a potentially life-saving treatment for those with leukemia or lymphoma.
The donation can be arranged in advance. It does not affect labor or delivery and is safe for mothers and babies, officials said.
After the donation, the cord blood will be listed on the national Be the Match Registry where it is made available to those needing a transplant.
More information is online at www.clevelandcordblood.org, bethematch.org/cord or call 1-866-922-DON8.
Legislation recently introduced in the Ohio General Assembly offers a solution to improve access to dental care in what are judged as under-served areas of Ohio.
Rep. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, introduced House Bill 463. Sen. Joe Uecker, R-Loveland, introduced similar legislation, Senate Bill 327.
The bills propose:
• Doubling the capacity of the Ohio Dentist Student Loan Repayment Program.
• Expanding the role of current dental team members including hygienists and expanded function dental auxiliaries.
• Providing an incentive for participation in dental residency programs.
• Creating a study committee on Medicaid reimbursement rates for dental services to analyze the current program and making recommendations to improve it.
• Providing no-interest loans for dental equipment.
• Allowing four dental hygienists to work under the supervision of one dentist to allow for a higher patient capacity.
• Establishing a temporary professional license for volunteer dental providers who are properly licensed in another jurisdiction.
Katie Nix can be reached at 330-996-3216 or email@example.com.