Community Catalyst, How COVID-19 Has Affected Policy and How it Affects You (Webinar)

The Center for Community Solutions, in partnership with Advocates for Ohio’s Future, will host webinars each Friday at 1 p.m. where a series of advocates will discuss what COVID-19 means for policy and what potential policy changes could mean to you. Their inaugural webinar in this series will feature two experts from Community Catalyst, a national consumer health advocacy organization. The first webinar will take place Friday, April 3, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Center for Community Solutions

It’s All About Time – Spring Email Wellness Challenge Invitation

Spring Email Wellness Challenge April 6 – May 18, 2020

Sign up for the Ohio State University Extension, Live Healthy Live Well 6-week Email Wellness Challenge. Two weekly e-mails will be sent directly to you from an OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Professional.

During this six-week challenge you will consider ways that “time” affects your life. You will be encouraged to fill your plate ½ full of vegetables & fruits for two meals each day. For activity, you will aim for 30 minutes of movement at least five times a week. You will focus on strategies to improve sleep. You will also explore ways to enhance your work/life balance and enjoy more “me” time.

You will learn tips and strategies to help you utilize time management tips to reduce stress in your life. By practicing wellness habits over the 6-week challenge, you will begin strengthening positive lifestyle behaviors. During this challenge, you will gain ideas to help you:

  1. Manage Time Constraints
  2. Enjoy Mealtime with Family
  3. Enhance Sleep
  4. Find Time and New Ways to Connect with Family and/or Friends
  5. Fit Creative Time into your Life
  6. Reduce Screen Time
  7. Focus on Work/Life Balance
  8. Eat more Vegetables and Fruits
  9. Add more Movement your Day

What does it cost? Nothing – it is free!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up? Look at this chart and find your county. Go to the link listed beside your county and register.

Allen                  go.osu.edu/aphsp20

Belmont             go.osu.edu/belmontsp20

Butler                 go.osu.edu/butlersp20

Carroll                go.osu.edu/carrollsp20

Champaign         go.osu.edu/champsp20

Clark                  go.osu.edu/clarksp20

Clermont            go.osu.edu/clerhamsp20

Cuyahoga           go.osu.edu/cuyahogasp20

Darke                 go.osu.edu/darkesp20

Fairfield             go.osu.edu/fairfieldsp20

Fayette               go.osu.edu/fayettesp20

Franklin              go.osu.edu/franklinsp20

Fulton                 go.osu.edu/nwosp20

Hamilton            go.osu.edu/clerhamsp20

Hancock             go.osu.edu/aphsp20

Hardin                go.osu.edu/hardinsp20

Hocking             go.osu.edu/hockingsp20

Holmes               go.osu.edu/holmessp20

Licking               go.osu.edu/lickingsp20

Lucas                  go.osu.edu/lucassp20

Mahoning           go.osu.edu/mahoningsp20

Miami                 go.osu.edu/miamisp20

Montgomery      go.osu.edu/montgomerysp20

Morrow              go.osu.edu/morrowsp20

Ottawa               go.osu.edu/ottsandsp20

Perry                   go.osu.edu/perrysp20

Pickaway            go.osu.edu/pickawaysp20

Pike                    go.osu.edu/pikesp20

Putnam               go.osu.edu/aphsp20

Ross                   go.osu.edu/rossspring2020

Sandusky           go.osu.edu/ottsandsp20

Trumbull             go.osu.edu/trumbullsp20

Tuscarawas         go.osu.edu/tuscsp20

Vinton                go.osu.edu/vintonsp20

Warren               go.osu.edu/warrensp20

Washington        go.osu.edu/washingtonsp20

Wayne                go.osu.edu/waynesp20

Wood                 go.osu.edu/woodsp20

If your county isn’t listed, you may register with this link: go.osu.edu/yp4hspring20

Sourced from: Family and Consumer Sciences OSU Extension Pickaway County Ohio State University Extension

Pandemic Spreads into Rural America at Rate Similar to Urban Areas

While a lower percentage of rural residents have acquired COVID-19, the disease is spreading in rural America at about the same rate as urban counties. The most recent data from USAFacts.org shows the number of coronavirus cases in rural (or nonmetropolitan) counties increased by 16% in the last 24-hour period, from March 30 to 31. The nationwide rate of increase was 15% during the same period. Deaths in rural America grew by 40% (from 95 to 133) from March 30 to 31. While the rate of increase was sharp, those deaths still account for only a fraction of the national death toll of 3,506 as of March 31. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Daily Yonder

Marion County Extension Receives Community Engagement Program Award

Marion County Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences received a 2020 Community Engagement Program Award from the Office of Outreach and Engagement. “Heal, Repair, Restore” is a case study and story of land reuse and community empowerment. Here is an excerpt: “Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination against African-American farmers has led to their decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than two percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to healthy food. Marion County possesses no special immunity in this regard.” Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Ohio State University

Infodemic: Half-Truths, Lies, and Critical Information in a Time of Pandemics Webinar

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, so does misinformation — thwarting efforts to control the disease and risking lives. In this webinar, Dr. Claire Wardle, a leading expert on content verification, will outline the global trends around information flows and the coronavirus. What misinformation is spreading? How is accurate information being shared? How are newsrooms, health authorities, platforms and businesses responding? During this unprecedented emergency, are we prepared for the impact of rumors and falsehoods that could have serious consequences? Together, we’ll discuss whether we are prepared during this unprecedented emergency for the impact of rumors and falsehoods that could have serious consequences.

The Webinar is being held Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 2-3 p.m. ET.

Follow this link to RSVP.
Follow this link to join the webinar.

Sourced from: The Aspen Institute

Anchor Institutions and their Role in Healthy Food Systems

Anchor institutions are entities that are important, long-term fixtures in a community and take some responsibility for that community’s successful development. They are usually non-profit organizations – such as universities, hospitals, and school systems – but may consist of large corporations, government centers, military bases, or sports teams. We should care about anchor institutions and their role in health because of the power and responsibility they carry. Anchors control large amounts of community capital and can influence the kind of employment options available, the quality of foods that are offered to students and employees, what medical care benefits are provided, or the reach of public transportation. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Community Commons

OSU Extension Internship Program

OSU Extension is offering a paid internship this summer in some of our urban counties. Through this internship, interns work closely with local OSU Extension educators as they teach classes, work with volunteers and make a difference in the community. Interns will learn how to use their education to make a difference in people’s lives and realize what they are learning in college can have an impact on some of the most pressing issues facing Ohioans.

This year the internship is being offered in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Lucas, Mahoning, Stark, Putnam, Wayne, Columbiana, Portage, Greene, Ross, Fairfield, Washington, and Pike.

If you know of an interested student, please encourage them to complete an application.

Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Learning and Organizational Development

WRTA Service is Trumbull County’s New Development Tool

The arrival of new daily bus service to Warren and other Trumbull County communities isn’t just a boost for passengers looking to get to the grocery store or doctor. It’s finally providing an answer to one of the first questions companies ask when they look at moving into the area. “One of the first things all our economic development agencies tell us that companies look at is transportation. They want to get their people to and from work,” said Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa. “There’s also a health and wellness side. There are so many food deserts, especially in the city of Warren and urban areas. Now, they’ll be able to go to Walmart or Giant Eagle. It’s going to help across the board.” Follow this link to read more.

Sourced from: The Business Journal