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African American Wellness Walk

  • June 5, 2010
  • Registration 8:00 a.m.
  • Warm-up 8:30 a.m.
  • Start 9:00 a.m.
  • Location - Island  Metro Park, Dayton, Ohio
  • To register - Onsite Registration ONLY! 

For additional information contact Dionne Simmons at (937) 775-8249; email at dionne.henderson@

2010 County Health Rankings are here!

For the first time ever, you can compare the overall health of your county, with the health of other counties in your state, as well as compare the factors that contribute to health, such as obesity rates, the quality of health care, or high school graduation rates.  See for yourself.  Check out Off Site Icon

Smart Money Choices

Smart Money Choices is a free financial-planning conference for all Ohioans presented by Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce, and supported by a variety of statewide and regional partners. The conferences are part of the Treasury’s commitment to provide Ohioans with the knowledge they need to make more informed personal finance decisions.  The event includes an opening session, panel discussion, two breakout sessions taught by financial planning experts, and a closing session. This conference can be attended in the morning or afternoon, and the Treasury also offers it as a full-day seminar.  Courses that will be offered during the day are Budgeting, Credit & Debt Management, Consumer Fraud, Estate Planning, Insurance, Investments, Kids & Money, Programs to Help Ohioans, Retirement Planning and Social Security

Friday, July 23rd (Through State of Ohio)
Hope Hotel and Conference Center (Registration opens June 21, 2010)
WPAFB, To register for this date or for more information call (800) 228-1102 or visit Off Site Icon.

Saturday, July 24th (Through Regional Office)
9 am – 12:15 pm (Register the day of the event at 8:30 am)
Cafeteria of the Montgomery County Job Center
1133 Edwin C Moses Blvd, Suite 371
Dayton, OH 45417

Call for Wellness Committees!

Does your church, business, or school have a “wellness” committee or something similar? These are committees that have a focus on the health and well-being of the members of their organization. Wellness Matters is very interested in learning about wellness efforts in the community, specifically about “wellness” or health committees in churches, businesses, schools, or other organizations. Wellness Matters – A Coalition Building a Healthy Dayton is a group of individuals representing a number of health and human service organizations in the Miami Valley who are interested in supporting wellness in all of its dimensions. These dimensions include not only physical wellness, but also the emotional, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational, social, and financial domains. The mission of Wellness Matters is to support social, cultural, and public and private actions aimed at increasing wellness in our communities. If you would like to tell us about a wellness committee, get more information about Wellness Matters, and/or be placed on the Wellness Matters mailing list, please contact Carla Clasen,, (937) 258-5543.

Natural Living Classes, at Cox Arboretum

Taught by Donna Walls, RN, Master Herbalist and Certified Aromatherapist.

  • Healing Gardens Lunch and Learn
    • July 9th at 11:30 am
    • Growing, harvesting and using healing plants
  • Herbal Health and Healing workshop
    • Sunday, July 11th   1:00pm to 5:00pm
    • Nursing contact hours available 
  • Green Living series- all classes at 6:30 pm
    • June 29th - How to Start “Green Living”
    • July 13th - Natural Skin and Hair Care
    • August 17th - Natural Relaxation
    • September 14th - Natural Healing
  • Women’s Wellness
    • August 27th 
    • Green Parenting and Aromatherapy
  • Herbal Holidays
    • November 9th at 11:30 am
    • Lunch and Learn

For more information and registration call (937) 434-9005 or contact Yvonne Dunphe at

Dayton Peace Museum: Peace-it-Together Summer Peace Camp

For children 4 – 11 years old, sponsored by the Dayton International Peace Museum, this camp will run Monday-Friday, July 12-16th.  Cost is $30 per child with a discount for families with multiple enrollments.  Activities will include lessons in basic Conflict Management skills, with related Crafts, Cooperative Games, Music and Drama.  Snacks are provided.  Learn more or register Off Site Icon

United Against Violence of Greater Dayton

(Sponsored by Samaritan Behavioral Health)

Check out this great resource of Montgomery County Agencies & Services that are partners of the “United Against Violence of Greater Dayton”.  This directory is updated regularly.  Go to the website Off Site Icon, click on the “United Against Violence” tab and you will see the option to view the Directory.  If you would like a hard-copy or have difficulty finding it online please contact Michelle Dilts ((937) 567-3493 or at Samaritan Behavioral Health.

National Cancer Survivor Day

The Cancer Education Department of Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County will host this event at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument St. Dayton, OH 45402, on Sunday, June 6, 2010, from 4 – 7 PM.   This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Rosalee Bradley at (937) 496-3225 or by email at

Youth Ops

Are you looking for t-shirts for your next event?  You might consider checking out Youth Ops, a Program sponsored by United Health Solutions.  This program provides real-world entrepreneurial experience and leadership skills that empower youth from under-resourced communities to excel in education, lead in their communities, and succeed professionally.  For more information and to find out what they can offer call (937) 220-6600 ext 6617.

FREE Brochures, etc… the ABCs of SAFE SLEEP

The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton has provided us with several FREE Brochures on the “ABCs of SAFE SLEEP”.  These will be available on a first come first serve basis, so please call our office if you are interested in picking some up (Michelle (937) 227-9454 or ).

Thoughts on Childbirth and Depression

Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth, affecting one out of seven mothers.  And yet it is one of the most poorly recognized and treated complications of childbirth.  Why is that?  Culture expects childbirth and motherhood to be a happy time; all the pictures show smiling mothers and babies.  So when a mother isn’t smiling inside, she has broken with cultural expectations, feels ashamed, and can’t talk about it. 
The Miami Valley Regional Postpartum Depression Network called Many Shades of Blue assists mothers suffering from postpartum depression.  We have a brochure given to mothers as they go home from the hospital, a telephone support line, education and training opportunities, and a referral list of providers who treat perinatal mood disorders.  However, there aren’t enough providers to meet the need (especially when insurance coverage is lacking).  This is where churches can help.  If your church is interested in helping women in their community who are struggling with postpartum depression, please contact Debbie Ruxer at (937) 307-7740, or email  The Task Force can provide education and training to volunteers who would be willing to help women to get through a difficult time.

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