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Crosby kids mark perfect attendance PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:49 PM

The following Crosby Elementary students had perfect attendance for the full school year 2013-14:
Delyah Meyer, Bryson Spurlock, Landen Anderson, Carson Biggs, Gracelynn Durkin, Anna Jackson, Emiley Roudebush, Maggie Seiter, Vernon Meyer, Alexander Wesling, Cameron Wong, Andrew Bauer, Dominic Frondorf, Madison Hall, David Compton, Jessica Guifoyle, Morgan Mundy, Jacob Roa, Nicholas Wong, Luke King, Emily Wesling, Noah Ludwick, Jon Roberts.
The following Crosby Elementary students had perfect attendance for the second semester of school year 2013-14:
Karlee Bosse, Kolby Bosse, Evan Kessler, Delyah Meyer, Jaden Murphy, Cash Noyes, Bryson Spurlock, Zebadiya Warrington, Berlin Wilhelm, Landen Anderson, Delaney Benedict, Carson Biggs, Gracelynn Durkin, Anna Jackson, Ian Rossman, Emiley Roudebush, Maggie Seiter, Kara Sterwerf, AJ Willis, Casey Dillman, Jocelynn Lacey, Vernon Meyer, Conner Pierce.
Also: Wyatt Warrington, Alexander Wesling, Cameron Wong, Andy Bauer, Camantha Carbonell, Dominic Frondorf, Madison Hall, Alyssa Riedman, Alyssa Roark, Kassidy Seger, Lane Busby, David Compton, Blake Eyer, Jessica Guilfoyle, Morgan Mundy, Benjamin Peaslee, Jacob Roa, Alexander Wong, Nicholas Wong, Jayden Young, Jacob Arrasmith, Joseph Garza, Luke King, Owen Walpole, Emily Wesling, Trevor Benton, Jaylin Greenham, Jacob Guilfoyle, Olvia Helm, Noah Ludwick, Jon Roberts.

 
Motivation, creativity key ingredients in health programs PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:44 PM

Motivation, creativity and just plain fun all important ingredients in Dearborn County Hospital’s employee health programs

There are 1,250 miles between Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Key West, Fla.  It would take approximately 52 eight-hour days, or 416 hours at 3 mph, to walk that distance.

A number of employees of Dearborn County Hospital took the time to “walk” those many miles earlier this year. No, they did not literally hike to Florida’s southernmost point, they just counted the hours they spent walking and/or exercising as part of the hospital’s WOW Key West Challenge for employees. For example, ten minutes of tennis or jogging would equal one mile.

Working on Wellness (WOW) is a health/exercise, diet/weight management and employee morale/mental health program that DCH has offered since 2013. In the past 18 months, there have been long-term and one-day competitions, ongoing programs and special employee recognitions.

Challenges and motivational topics originate with the DCH Wellness Advisory Committee which is comprised of hospital personnel from various departments and areas. Committee Chairperson Jackie Ohlmansiek, Human Resources Benefits Specialist, is joined by Melissa Bischoff, Registered Dietitian; Ed Brush, Physical Therapy Director; Kevin Burns, Pharmacy Director; Camille Eiler, DCH Physician Partners Practice Administrator; Sandy Hoff, Administrative Director-Laboratory; Caryn Hornberger, Marketing Director; Dave Kemper, Senior Accountant; Dr. Nancy Kennedy, Internist; Tish Owens, Fiscal Services Director; Patty Richards, Nutrition Services Director and Registered Dietitian; and Claudia Richardt, Vice President of Human Resources, Marketing & Community Relations.

“Working on Wellness at the hospital has helped employees make lifestyle changes that have improved their health and lessened their stress load,” Mrs. Bischoff stated. “I have really enjoyed seeing the employees succeed with their weight loss goals.”

To date, the Key West Challenge, which ended in June, was the most extensive contest the DCH Wellness Advisory Committee organized.

Numerous teams of four employees kept track of how many miles they walked or how many minutes they exercised over a three-month period.

Teams came up with unique or funny names.  The winning team, calling themselves the Sugar Shakers, was from DCH Nutrition Services and consisted of Melissa Charlton, Chef; Katie Corbett, Cook; Jennifer Hartman, Dietetic Technician; and Charlene “Char” Stroop, Food Service Assistant.  Each of the four received a canvas shopping bag containing a colorful beach towel. Ms. Charlton also won a Fitbit Flex wristband monitor in a random drawing.

Various additional competitions were initiated last year. The first was the DCH Stairwell for Health, which ran from April through July 2013. Participants kept track of how many steps they climbed both at work and elsewhere.

Biggest Loser #1 in August 2013 was DCH’s first major contest.  It was won by Scott Johnson, Patient Transporter, who lost 56 pounds.  He was presented a Google 10-inch Android Tablet donated by the Phillips Supply Company of Cincinnati.  Other competitions and their winners are:
*The Big Apple Challenge/The Golden Girls—Jennifer Hartman, Kathy Mattingly and Mary Wilson—received “I Love NY” tote bags and coffee mugs, some smaller items and a free year of use of the DCH Fitness Center.
*The Holiday Challenge-Avoid the Holiday Hangover/Caryn Hornberger and Heather Powell each were given Scentsy warmers.
*The Biggest Loser #2/Vicky Keller won a Fitbit Flex wristband monitor.
*Hula Hoop contest/A trophy was presented to winner Nathan Deaton.

At the same time, there are ongoing programs which are open to all employees.  Some are for calorie counting and/or exercise while others are for motivation and inspiration. These ongoing programs are:

*“DCH Has Heart” articles in DCH Highlights, the hospital’s monthly newsletter, about employees who receive special recognition from their patients or co-workers;

*Inspiration Tree in the DCH Chapel.
*Keep it Simple/KIS weight loss, based upon the USDA’s new My Plate guidelines.
*Mix It Up Mondays exercise, which includes yoga and Zumba.
*10 to Go weight loss.

Word games and trivia questions about the year’s topics of discussion.

“The Wellness Advisory Committee added another endeavor in 2014 by increasing awareness and education of a specific disease,” Mrs. Bischoff explained. “We chose 2014 to be ‘Diabetes Awareness Year’ and created a separate committee. Mr. Brush, Dr. Kennedy, Mrs. Ohlmansiek and Mrs. Richards and I have been joined by hospital staff Jennifer Beer, Diabetes Nurse Educator and Clinical Instructor and Certified Diabetes Educator; Shawn Crandell, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator; Laura Pruitt, Physical Therapist Assistant; and Paula Rossell, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. One of the ways we educate staff is through Q&As or riddles posted on the hospital’s daily Intranet newsletter, The DCH Buzz.  Anyone who knows the correct answer can apply the winning points to the current health competition.”

So how much weight has been lost?  Mrs. Bischoff estimates 624 pounds over the past 18 months by motivated, health conscious people at DCH.

“There are other reasons, not always mentioned, for having healthier employees.  Better health means fewer chances for certain illnesses to develop, or requiring a shorter recovery time if one does become sick or injured,” Mrs. Bischoff concluded.  “Plus, our employees can set good examples for the hospital’s patients and visitors.  We always hope that DCH’s physicians and staff will demonstrate that good health is important to everyone both inside and outside of the hospital.”

DCH’s next challenge will be announced in the fall.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:49 PM
 
Garden club spruces up places throughout township and city PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:05 PM

Members of Shaker Farms Garden Club have been busy this spring cleaning up and planting at their civic projects.

President Mary Lou Smith and Gail Chuck went on a road trip to Shooting Star Nursery in Georgetown, Ky., to purchase five native staghorn sumac trees to plant at Interstate 74 and Dry Fork Road.

The area was staked off and Mary Lou and her husband, Gary, planted them the next day, adding Posy Power to the soil.

They will add a lot of color and eye appeal as they get older and form a clump colony. Diane Packard added cannas to the main plantings at I-74 after Melissa Jacobs trimmed the knock out roses, which were extensively damaged this past winter.

Smith and Chuck planted bubblegum petunias and yellow lantana at I-74 too. They added new knock out roses to the new stone planter. The ones planted last fall failed to survive the harsh winter.

Cannas and tall Inca marigolds also were planted for color and eye appeal, and then the bed was mulched.

Trish Kluener planted the flagpole area at the Othneil Looker Home on Marvin Road with white vinca, red salvia, and blue ageratum.

Meanwhile, Gail Chuck added annual herbs to the herb garden and some additional plants to the new sun garden and the shade garden too.

Mary Lou Smith, Peggy Roudebush and Dianne Jackson planted masses of annuals at the Harrison Township Civic Center on New Haven Road after amending the soil with posy power and topsoil.

Beth Harnist, Christy Connelly, Jeannie Wise, Mary Jo Hammant and Shirlee Morgan spent time at the Passmore Cabin in Crosby Township, weeding and adding new herbs.

Dianne Jackson has been taking care of the two urns at the Harrison Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library this year, filling them with intertwined shrimp plants, gerbera daisies and sweet potato vines.

Debbie McCane and Karen Weingartner cleaned up the Village Park beds and added milkweek plants to attract monarch butterflies.

 
Whitewater Valley Elementary kids learn how to survive disasters PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:21 PM

Third grade-students at Whitewater Valley Elementary learned the connection between pillowcases and disaster preparedness when American Red Cross presenters visit their classrooms Monday, June2.

Students participated in the Red Cross Pillowcase Project, a nationwide effort sponsored by the Walt Disney Company to educate elementary school youth about how to prepare for and survive natural disasters.

Students received specially designed pillowcases to decorate and to stock with items to create their own personal disaster kits.

“Youth are encouraged to share with family and friends what they learn about protective actions and the importance of preparing for a disaster. The colorful pillowcases and the student workbooks will help them do that,” said Tammy Simendinger, lead Red Cross presenter and a Whitewater Valley mom.

Students specifically studied on to prepare and survive   tornadoes, she said.

“This topic is especially pertinent because the presentation was on the anniversary of the deadly tornadoes that hit Harrison,” said Simendinger.

Even though the students were not born then, they have heard stories about the devastation the tornado wrecked upon Harrison, she said.

“Our aim is to empower students with knowledge and skills they can use to survive even a destructive force,” said Simendinger.

In addition to tornado safety topics, students learned how to tend to their mental health through a technique called Breathing with Color. The technique teaches students how to calm themselves in any distressing situation, not just disasters.

A limited number of pillowcases remain for the pilot project.  Schools, scout groups, summer camps and agencies serving youth kids third through fifth grade that are interested in bringing the Pillowcase Project to their site should call the Red Cross at 579-3000.

 
Southwest TAG team takes awards three years running PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:20 PM

This is the third consecutive year that Southwest TAG students have received awards in ABC, an education program through which children are introduced to architecture.

Winners in the master craftsperson category: Sky High Park by Vinny Fiorino, Caroline McElroy, Josh Kathman, and Emma Roush from Whitewater Valley Elementary.

Harrison Elementary student winners in the Master Urban Planner category: Rooftop Park by Anna Tumlin, Will Janszen, and Sophia Fanelli; The Wilderness Park of Cincinnati by Mickayla Kowalski, Nate Readnower, and Ryan Lewis; Clear Water Park by Samantha Farfsing, Thomas Waters, and Myles Readnower; and Park on Walnut Street by Eve King, Kaitlyn Hart, and Krissy Kowalski.
Since 1996, about 1,300 children have been involved in the program from Greater Cincinnati.

Thirty-six schools were involved this year,. UC DAAP students and area architects were mentors. The winning models will be displayed downtown into the summer.

Students were challenged to design activities, architectural, and site features of the “four covers” over Fort Washington Way between Elm and Main streets.

They incorporated sustainability and “green” concepts while building to scale. Models were built out of recycled and found materials.

This is the third consecutive year Southwest TAG students have received awards.

Winners in the master craftsperson: Sky High Park by Vinny Fiorino, Caroline McElroy, Josh Kathman, and Emma Roush from Whitewater Valley Elementary.

Winners in the Master Urban Planner category: Rooftop Park by Anna Tumlin, Will Janszen, and Sophia Fanelli; The Wilderness Park of Cincinnati by Mickayla Kowalski, Nate Readnower, and Ryan Lewis; Clear Water Park by Samantha Farfsing, Thomas Waters, and Myles Readnower; and Park on Walnut Street by Eve King, Kaitlyn Hart, and Krissy Kowalski. All of these students are from Harrison Elementary.

The Southwest TAG program is directed by Bev Haas, gifted intervention specialist.

 
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