Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam

Always be cautious about giving out your personal information….

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

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Scammers target Medicare beneficiaries through telemarketing calls, booths at public events, health fairs and door-to-door visits. They offer “free” genetic testing to help recipients avoid diseases or find the right medications.

The scammers claim the testing is covered by Medicare, and therefore is free to the beneficiary. In reality, Medicare only covers genetic testing in limited situations, and only when ordered by the beneficiary’s physician. If a company bills Medicare for genetic testing, and Medicare denies the claim, the beneficiary could be responsible for the entire cost of the test, which can total around $10,000.

In other cases, the scammers are simply trying to obtain Medicare numbers they can use to steal a beneficiary’s medical identity or to fraudulently bill Medicare for services they did not provide. Such fraud can hurt not just Medicare beneficiaries, but all American taxpayers who contribute to Medicare.

To avoid being scammed, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) offers this advice to beneficiaries:

  • Do not accept genetic testing services, including a cheek swab, from someone at a community event, local fair, farmer’s market, parking lot or other large event.
  • Always be cautious about giving out your personal information, including your Medicare number.
  • If you receive a genetic testing kit in the mail, don’t accept it unless it was ordered by your physician. Refuse the delivery or return it to the sender and keep a record of the sender’s name and the date you returned the item.
  • Always review your Medicare Summary Notice or explanation of benefits. The terms “gene analysis” or “molecular pathology” may indicate questionable genetic testing.

If you received a cheek swab or screening that was not ordered by a trusted provider or have concerns about billing errors or possible fraud, contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). The SMP program, funded by ACL, helps Medicare beneficiaries protect themselves from fraud, errors and abuse, and detect and report problems if and when they occur. To find your local SMP, visit or call 1-877-808-2468.

Administration for Community Living

Governor DeWine Announces  H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

“We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” DeWine said…

Governor DeWine Announces 
H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. 

“We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” Governor DeWine said during a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. “My H2Ohio plan is a dedicated, holistic water quality strategy with long-lasting solutions to address the causes of Ohio’s water problems, not just the symptoms.”

Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan is an investment in targeted solutions to help reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms through increased implementation of agricultural best practices and the creation of wetlands; improve wastewater infrastructure; replace failing home septic systems; and prevent lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools. The Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in the plan in July, and since then, H2Ohio experts have been developing strategies for long-term, cost-effective, and permanent water quality solutions.

H2Ohio Targeted Practices

Reducing Agricultural Phosphorus Runoff to Prevent Algal Blooms

The H2Ohio plan will invest substantially to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff from commercial fertilizer and manure to prevent harmful algal blooms.

Algal blooms in Ohio’s lakes, rivers, and streams can threaten drinking water and impact the health of people and animals. Although studies have shown that phosphorus runoff from farms is the primary reason for algal blooms in Lake Erie, Ohio has not previously placed a significant focus on addressing this problem.

“Ohio has supported many programs to help farmers reduce nutrient loss over the years, but the state hasn’t done nearly enough, nor have previous plans focused enough, on reducing phosphorus runoff from agriculture,” said Governor DeWine. “That changes now.”

As a result of intensive scientific and economic studies, H2Ohio identified the 10 most effective and cost-efficient practices that have been proven to reduce agricultural phosphorus runoff. Through a certification process, H2Ohio will provide economic incentives to farmers who develop a nutrient management plan that includes a combination of the best practices listed below:

H2Ohio Targeted Practices

The H2Ohio phosphorus reduction plan will focus first on reducing runoff into the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie and will eventually be offered to other parts of the state in the future. Farmers in the Maumee River Watershed will be able to enroll in H2Ohio programs for funding incentives in time for spring 2020 planting.

“For now, we will not mandate the use of these best practices because we believe our strategy will lead to significant changes within our current laws,” said Governor DeWine. “By helping farmers implement these practices today, H2Ohio will ultimately save them money, increase their profits, and reduce their phosphorus runoff in the future. Although a decrease in Lake Erie algal blooms will take time, we must invest now if we want clean water for future generations.”

Maumee Watershed

As part of the H2Ohio plan, counties in the Maumee River Watershed will each have a localized phosphorus target to help ensure accountability. Individualized nutrient management plans will also be developed for participating farms to identify which H2Ohio best practices will reduce the most phosphorus runoff at each location.

Soil and Water Conservation District Offices in each county will lead local efforts to help farmers enroll in the H2Ohio program and to help them implement the H2Ohio best practices.

The overall progress of the H2Ohio phosphorus reduction plan will be regularly assessed and aggregate data will be publicly available. 

The plan was developed with input from a broad coalition of agriculture, education, research, conservation, and environmental partners. H2Ohio will be led by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Lake Erie Commission with support from the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative, Ohio Farm Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others.

Several of the country’s largest agribusiness operations, including Land O’Lakes, Nutrien, and The Andersons, have voiced support for the plan and have agreed to promote H2Ohio to their customers to help increase the number of acres enrolled in best practices.

An Ohio Wetland

Creating Wetlands

In addition to reducing phosphorus runoff, wetlands also offer additional environmental benefits by absorbing pollutants, slowing down the movement of water, offering a natural filtering process, and preventing the further movement of contaminated matter.

H2Ohio will develop new wetlands in strategic, targeted areas throughout the Maumee River Watershed and elsewhere to reduce phosphorus runoff and to reduce nitrogen, store carbons, manage flooding, and offer recreation opportunities. 

H2Ohio’s new wetlands will be monitored and managed but will be primarily self-sustaining once established. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will announce details of new wetlands projects in the coming weeks.

Protecting Ohio's Water

Ensuring Safe, Clean Water

H2Ohio will address water and sewer needs in Ohio, including failing home septic systems in disadvantaged communities and possible lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools.

“Ohio’s communities rely on clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to protect public health, provide for a high quality of life, and enable economic vitality,” said Governor DeWine. “It is wrong that Ohio children are potentially being exposed to lead in drinking water because of antiquated piping and fixtures in daycare centers or they can’t play outside because their backyards are covered in sewage from failing septic systems. H2Ohio is going to help.”

Under the direction of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, H2Ohio will fund infrastructure projects in disadvantaged communities to help ensure they have safe drinking water and quality sewer infrastructure. 

H2Ohio will also help replace hundreds of failing home sewage treatment systems in low-income households to prevent the release of raw sewage onto property or into waterways.

Additionally, through a combination of state and federal funds, H2Ohio will assess lead exposure in daycare centers and schools in high-risk areas of Ohio and will help replace lead pipes and fixtures.

The Ohio EPA will announce details of new projects in the coming weeks.

For more information on the overall H2Ohio water quality plan, visit

Chowline: How to handle diabetes during the holidays

Go for a walk after eating a holiday meal, or clear the table after the meal. This will get you active and prevent mindless munching……

I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and am not sure how to manage my disease as I go through the holiday season. Do you have any tips on what steps I can take to navigate through the holidays while keeping my diabetes in check?

Holidays can present special challenges for those who live with diabetes, particularly as people look for ways to either avoid temptation or make better choices while they navigate all the indulgences of the season, said Jenny Lobb, a family and consumer sciences educator for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Whether it’s dealing with busy schedules, extra stress, family gatherings, or holiday eating, the holiday season brings many extra gatherings, social events, and shopping, which leave us with even less time for healthy lifestyle habits such as exercise, she said. 

“Towards the end of the year, many people really do celebrate a holiday ‘season,’ with multiple holidays occurring from October to January, many of which have a heavy focus on foods that are often high in sugar, sodium, fat, and calories,” Lobb said. “Since research shows that weight gained during the holidays doesn’t usually come off later in the year, it’s important to focus on ‘weight maintenance’ through quality diets and physical activity during the holidays.”  

“This not only helps our waistlines, but also helps us manage other health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.”

With that in mind, Lobb and other CFAES food and nutrition experts offer the following tips to help you enjoy the holidays while managing your diabetes:

  • Cut stress and stay active. Stress causes our bodies to stay in a constant state of “fight or flight.” In response, our bodies release hormones that affect the way our bodies release and use glucose. This can cause blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels to remain high and be more difficult to manage. One way to deal with that is through physical activity, which helps reduce stress and helps our bodies control blood glucose. Go for a walk after eating a holiday meal, or clear the table after the meal. This will get you active and prevent mindless munching.
  • Plan ahead. Stick to your healthy meal plan, plan menus in advance, and take diabetes-friendly foods to gatherings.
  • When eating a holiday meal, try to consume only the amount of carbohydrates that you’d normally consume, and don’t skip meals or snacks earlier in the day to “save” carbs for later. This will make your blood glucose more difficult to control.
  • Keep desserts in check. Share a dessert, make desserts that you’ve modified to be healthy, or politely decline dessert when you know you’ve reached your limit.
  • Watch your meal portion sizes.

Lastly, if you want even more information on how to manage diabetes during the holidays, OSU Extension offers a Take Charge of Your Diabetes During the Holidays class, where you’ll learn how to prepare holiday favorites that are both nutritious and delicious; participate in live cooking demonstrations; sample healthy versions of holiday favorites; and take home recipes to try at your holiday celebrations.  

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line writer Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or


NAMI Offering Education Series

The first series will be on November 20 and will focus on “Holiday Blues,” …..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wood County is a leading self-help organization offering free events, educational classes, support groups, and other programs that address mental health for the Wood County community.

NAMI will be offering various sessions in the following months on our “Education Series.” This is a program designed to better inform those who have or know someone affected by mental illness. They will be held on the third Wednesday in November, January, March, May and July at the Wood County Library 6-8pm. The first series will be on November 20 and will focus on “Holiday Blues,” where we will learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder and the stress that can come with the holidays.  Register at or call 419-352-0626.

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Prepare Your Family for Winter Weather

One of the key dangers when severe weather strikes is the potential loss of heat, power and communication services…..

(Family Features) While the impact of winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans are affected in some capacity each year as temperatures drop, from freezing rain to severe blizzards. One of the key dangers when severe weather strikes is the potential loss of heat, power and communication services. Making a portable generator part of your family’s emergency plan can help keep your loved ones safe and warm in the event of an unexpected power outage.

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While they can provide reliable back-up energy for portable heaters, help prevent food spoilage and allow for access to radio or television for news and weather updates, portable generators must be used properly to avoid carbon monoxide risks. Newer generator models that comply with the American National Standards Institute/Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA) G300 Standard include carbon monoxide sensors and shutdown features to help protect your family from dangerous carbon monoxide buildup and poisoning, which can cause extreme illness and even death.

Before severe weather hits, PGMA recommends educating yourself on safe use and keeping these portable generator safety precautions in mind to help ensure your family is ready for whatever winter may bring:

  • Read the operator’s manual first and follow the manufacturer’s recommended precautions and procedures, as well as instructions on safe operation and potential hazards.
  • Remember you cannot smell, see or taste carbon monoxide, so proper use of portable generators is crucial.
  • To avoid dangerous carbon monoxide accumulation, always “Take It Outside.” This means you should never run a portable generator indoors in areas such as garages, basements, crawl spaces, breezeways, sheds or other partially enclosed spaces.
  • Always place portable generators downwind and point engine exhaust away from occupied spaces.
  • Only use portable generators outside and never place a portable generator near windows, doors or vents, as carbon monoxide gas can accumulate and potentially be drawn indoors.
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness and fainting.
  • If you feel sick, dizzy or weak while using a portable generator, get to fresh air immediately and call 911 for emergency medical attention.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms inside your home.

Learn more about safely operating a portable generator during winter weather at and

Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

Updates and notices for projects that may affect your commute….

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area. The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract. Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

REMINDER: The District office will be closed, Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. 

McComb – Stormwater Separation Project *PROJECT COMPETE*

Stormwater separation work north and south of Main Street between High and Center Streets in McComb is now complete.  Project investment: $152,000.

Millbury – Sewer Lining *PROJECT COMPETE*
Sewer lining work in the Village of Millbury is now complete.  Project investment: $840,000.

Northwood: East Broadway Waterline Repair *CLOSURE STARTS MONDAY*
Effective Monday, November 11, through Friday, November 22, East Broadway Street, from Wales Road to Andrus Road will be closed for waterline repair.  Detour: Wales Road; Tracy Road; Andrus Road.  Additionally, on Friday, November 22 through December, lane restrictions are possible on East Broadway Street, from Wales Road to Andrus Road for waterline repair. Local access will be maintained.  Project complete:  January 2020.  Project investment: $500,000. 

Northwood – Tracy Road Waterline Repair
Upcoming closure for Tracy Road, between Andrus and Wales Roads for waterline repair will be announced.   

Rossford – Vernis Street Sewer Replacement Project
Through November, lane restrictions are possible on Vernis Street for restoration.  Project complete: November.  Project investment: $115,000.

Rossford – Eagle Point Sewer Replacement
Through April 2020, construction crews and lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Eagle Point west of Colony Road for sewer replacement. Project complete: April 2020. Project investment: $1.2million.

Rossford – Deimling Road Water & Sewer Line Installation

Through December, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Deimling Road, from Simmons to Lime City Roads, for water and sewer line installation near the Amazon construction site. Project complete: January 2020. Project investment: $502,000.


Troy Township – Pemberville Road Waterline Installation
Through November, lane restrictions are possible on Pemberville Road, from US 23 to SR 582 for waterline installation at the NSG facility. Project complete: November. Project investment: $760,000.

Weston – Meter/Meter Pit Relocation
Through November, short-term water service shut-offs and pressure fluctuations are possible in various locations throughout the Village of Weston for meter pit relocation:  Project complete: November.  Project investment: $303,000

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through November, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in Rossford and Perrysburg Township. Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information:

5 Tips for Working Outside in the Cold

Working in extremely low temperatures makes you vulnerable to hypothermia……

(Logical Position) Winter is showing up early this year. Temperatures are dropping fast, and snow and ice will be here before you know it. If you work outside for a living, you have already felt the effects. Working in cold temperatures and having to deal with the effect it has on everything makes the job that much more difficult. Cold makes machines take longer to start and warm up, causes visibility issues, and just makes life miserable. The extra layers of clothing make it difficult to walk onto the job, let alone pick up a tool and use it correctly. If you have to work outside every day or are doing some projects on your property, follow these tips for working outside in the cold to stay warm.

Layer Your Clothes

Put on layer after layer of clothes to keep warm. Put down a base of long underwear and keep layering until you think you have enough. Keeping the heart warm is most important. Your heart distributes warm blood throughout your entire body, so if it’s protected and warm, it will keep your fingers and toes warm too. Wear several long sleeve shirts under a heavy coat to protect yourself against windchill and biting cold.


Watch Out for Ice

Ice is a major hazard for those working outside. It covers everything and makes the job harder to do. If your job is moving parts around the job site with a forklift, ice will make the terrain slick and dangerous. Some tools and equipment must remain outdoors, and because of that they get covered in ice and snow—this causes them to not perform well. Keep de-icing equipment with you, so you can clear any ice when necessary.


Protect Your Head

A hat may not be as essential as a jacket, but it still provides invaluable warmth. Your body heat primarily escapes through the top of your head, which is why it’s especially important to keep your head warm. Wearing a knit cap or hood under a hard hat will keep you very warm. In extremely cold climates, wear a face mask as well.


Stay Dry

If you start to sweat or happen to get wet while working in the cold, dry yourself off immediately. If you’re working on a job site, bring extra clothes to change into just in case. Wet clothes will hamper your body’s ability to regulate its temperature, and you will get colder as time moves on. As your body temperature drops, the chances of you getting hypothermia increase.


Avoid Alcohol

Everyone feels all warm and toasty inside after sipping on some wine or whiskey, but it doesn’t actually warm you up. Drinking alcohol and working in the cold has the opposite effect; it’s detrimental to your body. Alcohol widens the blood vessels and they fill with warm blood, making you feel flushed and warm. The best thing to drink to stay hydrated and warm are drinks like water, hot cocoa, and sports drinks.

4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being

From reducing loneliness to keeping people more active, the perks of pet ownership can be felt both physically and emotionally……

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

From reducing loneliness to keeping people more active, the perks of pet ownership can be felt both physically and emotionally, and are nearly impossible to quantify. Plus, adopting a pet can be a feel-good experience, because you’re not only getting a new best friend, you’re helping an animal in need find a loving forever home.

Consider some of these ways adopting a pet can improve overall well-being. For more information on the benefits of pet adoption, visit

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Pets Increase Physical Activity
Adopting a pet offers owners a chance to improve daily exercise habits. From taking walks and playing in the yard to having a new partner for hikes and visits to the park, dog owners have numerous opportunities to be active with their four-legged friends. Cats also need playtime each day, providing cat owners with a designated time to get active while bonding with their pets.

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Pets Reduce Feelings of Isolation
Pets have the ability to make people feel less alone. Whether coming home from a long day or taking a stroll around the neighborhood, having a wagging tail around can make everything better. The mood-boosting effect of pets is the driving idea behind a campaign from the Mobil Delvac™ and PEDIGREE® brands called Mutts4Trucks, which aims to make a positive impact on the mental and physical well-being of professional truck drivers while helping pets in need. According to research from DePaul University, nearly one-third of professional truck drivers said being alone and away from their families is a significant issue affecting their mental health. To help reduce those feelings of loneliness, the campaign is pairing drivers with shelter dogs in need of homes.

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Pets Encourage Relationship Building
Pets require walks, trips to the vet and grooming, which can get their parents out and into new settings and environments. When out and about, pets can provide a comforting presence for their owners and serve as conversation starters, helping to put their owners at ease and encourage socialization. Pets also provide opportunities to meet, mingle and make friends with neighbors while at the park, on walks or running errands.

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Pets Help with Stress Reduction
Almost anyone who’s ever sat on the couch with a furry friend knows pets can bring a calming presence. Having a dog in the house can also help people feel safer and more secure in their surroundings. From comforting snuggles to a friendly tail wag, pets have an uncanny ability to help ease their owners’ minds and reduce stress.


Tips to Improve Wellness and Prevent Stroke

“Healthy habits can protect and improve brain function and lower your stroke risk,”

(Family Features) Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure.

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Strokes don’t discriminate, according to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke. They can happen to anyone, at any age. About 1 in 4 people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. However, up to 80% of first strokes may be prevented.

“Healthy habits can protect and improve brain function and lower your stroke risk,” said Dr. Lee Schwamm, MD, American Stroke Association volunteer chairman and executive vice chairman, department of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In recognition of World Stroke Day on Oct. 29, the American Stroke Association offers these five tips to help reduce your risk of stroke and maintain mental sharpness as you age:

  • Keep blood pressure in mind and under control. High blood pressure is the No. 1 controllable risk factor for stroke. Work with your doctor to manage your blood pressure and get it into a healthy range (under 120 over 80).
  • Eat colorful fruits and veggies. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure over time, which may help reduce your stroke risk. Some fruits and vegetables, such as mangos, avocados and blueberries, are especially rich in vitamins and minerals that improve brain function and heart health.
  • Rest up. Getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night can improve brain function both today and long-term. A soothing bedtime routine and avoiding screen time before bed can increase the quality of sleep you’re able to get. Sleep-related breathing issues may also increase stroke risk, so seek treatment right away if you suspect sleep apnea or similar problems.
  • Meditate. Emerging science shows practicing mindfulness and being aware of your breathing may reduce blood pressure. A quick way to be mindful anytime is to pause, notice your breath and observe details in your surroundings.
  • Take a hike. Getting active activates brain cells, encouraging them to grow and connect more efficiently. Aerobic exercise, like going for a walk, also gives your arteries a workout and makes your brain more resilient to reductions in blood flow that can cause strokes. To maximize health benefits, the American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (or a combination) and two days per week of moderate- to high-intensity muscle strengthening activity.

“These simple suggestions are great for everyone to follow, even if you don’t think you’re likely to have a stroke,” Schwamm said. “While many adults don’t think they are at risk for stroke or reduced brain function, the reality is that nearly half of all adults in America have high blood pressure, and untreated high blood pressure is one of the most common causes of stroke and also causes up to 60% of dementia.”

For more information and tips for preventing stroke, visit

American Heart Association

BVHS Weekend Column: Burning, Tingling or Numbness in Your Feet

November is Diabetes Awareness Month….

Burning, Tingling or Numbness in Your Feet Could Signal a Serious Diabetes Complication by Thomas F. Vail, DPM, Podiatrist at the Step Alive Foot and Ankle Center

Dr. Thomas Vail


November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) slogan this year is, “Don’t Lose Your Nerve to Diabetes.” More than 30 million Americans are living with diabetes, and peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage in the feet, is one of the most common—and most serious—complications of the disease. Nerve damage causes burning, tingling, heaviness or numbness in the feet and affects up to 70 percent of all diabetic patients.

Neuropathy can be a rather scary aspect of diabetes because patients may not be able to feel pain. If you can’t feel an injury or sore, it could lead to a serious infection.

People with diabetes have a harder time healing from infections, and even a minor sore or blister could ultimately lead to amputation. It’s important to try to prevent nerve damage before it happens, and to take extra precautions if you do experience symptoms.

The following tips are recommended to help prevent peripheral neuropathy:

  • Carefully manage your blood sugar in conjunction with your diabetes care team. Well-regulated blood sugar may help protect your nerves from damage.
  • Increase your physical activity. Exercise can help keep your weight down and improve circulation. Try walking for 15–30 minutes daily.
  • See a podiatrist regularly. A podiatrist is a physician, surgeon and specialist with advanced training in the foot and ankle. Your podiatrist is a critical member of your diabetes care team and can help you prevent diabetic nerve damage.

If you do experience diabetic nerve damage, foot care becomes even more critical. It starts at home with daily checks on your feet. Check your feet for any injuries and for changes to the skin, hair, or even temperature of the skin. If you can’t see your feet well, try propping up a mirror, or ask friends or family for help.

I recommend patients with peripheral neuropathy never go barefoot because of the risk of injuries. People with peripheral neuropathy should see a podiatrist regularly to help catch any changes in their foot health early.

Regular foot care, both at home and in your podiatrist’s office, is essential to avoid serious complications from diabetes. If you have diabetes, and especially if you have experienced symptoms of nerve damage, it’s critical to make foot health a priority.



P/T Route Driver South/North Baltimore

Part-time (25 hour per week) position based at our North Baltimore site.

Position Posting

Route Driver South/North Baltimore

Part-time (25 hour per week) position based at our North Baltimore site. Examples of duties include: Packaging, prep and delivery of home-delivered and congregate meals, and maintaining cleanliness of vehicle and facility. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds consistently. Requires lifting, bending, stooping, reaching and standing for extended periods of time, and carrying hot pans/trays of food. 

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a proven record of working harmoniously with older adults as well as colleagues, be eligible for bonding and insurable under agency policy, possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with proof of auto coverage (state minimum), must have a minimum of 5 years driving experience and a demonstrated ability to operate large vehicles (CDL not required).  Successful candidate must successfully complete BMV and BCII background checks.

Applications available at WCCOA, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio.  Downloadable format available at   Completed applications can be directed to the Manager of Human Resources.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

The Wood County Committee on Aging, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer