Monday, May 24, 2004

Body & Mind


Brunch: Reservation deadline is June 1 for the Gourmet Champagne Brunch and Silent Auction to benefit "7 Days for SIDS." The brunch will be from 1-2 p.m. June 13 at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Minimum donation: $50 for adults, $20 for children 3 to 12. Limited seating. Reservations online at or call Jean-Robert at Pigall's, 721-1345, Ext. 209.

Get fit

Lecture: Age doesn't matter when it comes to being fit. Ann Smith of Alexandria, Va., 76 years young, is a fitness teacher, author and speaker whose latest video is Hey Kids! Get Moving! This Grandma is in Better Shape Than You Are!

She will offer a one-hour exercise stretching class and lecture at 10 a.m. today at the Bayley Place Community Wellness Center, Delhi Township. Free for YMCA members, $10 non-members. Details, 347-5500.

Healthy living

Shades: The American Cancer Society has launched its "Slip! Slop! Slap!" campaign to teach kids and their parents how easy sun protection is. The campaign emphasizes the most important protection steps:

Slip: Slip on protective clothing - tightly woven fabric you can't see through - when out in the sun.

Slop: Slop on sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on exposed skin. Apply 15 to 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply often, especially after swimming, sweating or toweling off.

Slap: Slap on a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face, neck and ears.

It's especially important to protect children from sun damage, experts say. Many skin cancers are linked to sun damage sustained in childhood.


Painless: Here are tips from the Arthritis Foundation for preventing or limiting the impact of arthritis:

• Don't ignore joint pain. Joint damage occurs early in different forms of arthritis.

• Get a specific diagnosis: Each of the more than 100 types of arthritis requires a different treatment.

• Shed excess weight.

• Move often. Regular exercise strengthens muscles around joints, lessens pain and increases range of motion.

• Prevent joint injury by warming up before exercise or activity.

• Modify tasks to prevent repetitive motion injury.

• Manage stress to ease joint pain and fatigue.

• Stop smoking, which will reduce the risk of osteoporosis, complications of arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

Visit for more information.

Shelf help

How-to: The Merck Manual of Health and Aging (Merck; $29.95), edited by Mark H. Beers, offers a comprehensive guide on preventive medicine, nutrition, diagnostic tests, home safety and other health care needs for an aging population. The book also covers legal and ethical issues and living wills.

Contact Peggy O'Farrell by phone, 768-8510; fax, 768-8330, or e-mail,

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