MRH, health district team up to promote fall prevention


Mary Rutan Hospital Physical Therapy and Health and Wellness Team and the Logan County Health District are partnering to provide community fall prevention education, including the Matter of Balance classes offered through the Solid Ground Fall Risk Screening and Prevention Program. 

While falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury for people 65 years of age and older, studies show that a combination of behavioral changes can significantly reduce falls among older adults.

“Seniors who have fallen once are nearly three times more likely to fall again,” Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott said in a releae. “Nearly 55 percent of those falls occur inside the home. We can change this by bringing greater attention to the many preventive measures that can be easily adopted to keep our seniors safe and more active.”

Community Health Nurse Nancy Harmon is facilitating the Matter of Balance classes in the Bellefontaine and Indian Lake area. During this free four-week course, participants will learn to:

• View falls and fear of falling as controllable;

• Set realistic goals for increasing activity;

• Make changes to reduce fall risks at home; and

• Increase strength and balance through exercises.

Participants that are identified to be at further risk of a fall after the completion of the program will be encouraged to follow-up with their primary physician and/or take advantage of the Solid Ground Fall Prevention Program available through Mary Rutan Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Center.

While the initial programs are targeted towards Logan County assisted/independent living sites, senior centers and various community churches, the team also will be working in the near future with home health agencies, community groups and the hospital’s emergency and surgical department to identify and help alleviate fall risks.

For more information about the Solid Ground Program and to register for one of the upcoming Matter of Balance sessions, contact the MRH Community Relations Department at 599-7005.




Students raise nearly $600 for suicide prevention organization


Students at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center raised $585.16 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention earlier this month in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month.

As a competition between the main campus program labs, the Cosmetology program raised the most money at $110, while the Diesel program was a close second after raising $107.

English teacher Diana Sperling and the FCCLA chapter, consisting of the Culinary Arts and Early Childhood Education students, hosted a week of activities to remind students a simple act of kindness can change someone’s life.

Throughout the week, students saw positive messages in the hallways and could send positive messages to others in the school. Students could also pick up a phone, computer or notebook decal made by the Printing and Graphic students.

The Multimedia Marketing students played large part in delivering the message of kindness through a powerful video they created that was posted on the school’s TVs and social media channels.

The Printing and Graphic Arts students also partnered with the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Logan and Champaign Counties and Vicario’s Pizza for the annual Design A Pizza Box contest focused on sharing the Coalition’s message for awareness and prevention.

Learn more about the warning signs for suicide and the helper tasks that can save a life on the local Suicide Prevention Coalition’s new Web site, The local crisis hotline is (800) 224-0422.


Lakers host first alumni softball tournament



The inaugural Indian Lake High School Alumni Softball Tournament was a big hit Saturday at Emil Davis Park in Lakeview, with 84 graduates on 16 teams combining to raise $800 for the Indian Lake High School softball program. The Class of 2000 took first place. Organizers have slated the next event for Sept. 17, 2016. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | RICK PITTS)




On the dot


Indian Lake Elementary School hallways and many students were covered in dots this week in recognition of ILES Dot Week and International Dot Day, Sept. 15, during which students learned making their mark on the world begins with something as small as a dot. Students drew self-portraits and made dotted frames to display their work, among other activities. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)


WL-S Class of 1975


The West Liberty-Salem Class of 1975 recently gathered for its 40-year reunion at the West Liberty home of Rick and Judy Harr. Thirtyfour classmates and 12 former educators and their spouses and guests were in attendance, including, from left, seated: Jim Kaufman, Eleanor McGlaughlin, Joan Harr, R.L. Murphy, Bill Barrett, Dennis Spriggs, Judy Conrad, Tim Lyden and John Day; second row: Janet Kauffman Wilkins, Martee Shaffer Dunlap, Tammy Hostetler Harris, Teresa Roosa Brownlee, Rick Dunlavy, Teresa Hoylman Stenger, Shirley Henry Franks, Alicia Wilkins, Max Wilkins and Mike Farley; third row: Cynthia Ropp Maurice, Patrick Maurice, Terri Young Vanest, Jane Huffman Garvin, Karen Pusey Contner, Carol Oelker Byers, Ruby Adams, Galen Harris, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Deborah Eaton Minnich, Cheryl Eastman Miller, John Turner, Becky Young Turner, Patricia Cordery Frazee, Michelle Yoder Link, Sharon Headings Werner and Gene Farley; fourth row: Wes Williams, (two unidentified guests) Emerson Miller, John Corwin, Nancy Michael Skaggs, Terry Esch, Leslie Sour Gertsch, Rick Harr, Scott King, Dennis McIntosh, Matt Warye, Bob McClure and Chris Hostetler.