Guest Column: Dr. Missy, Feelings Helper

This Week’s Topic: I want it now! Instant gratification and kids……

I want it now! Instant gratification and kids


“Daddy, I want an Oompa Loompa now!” is the phrase one of the children shouted in the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Instant gratification screams, “I want it and I want it now!”


“Instant gratification” is a term used to describe a situation, condition, or circumstance in which a person does not want to wait for desired results. “I must have it immediately.”


The Marshmallow Experiment is a famous test conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University. In the 1960s a group of four-year old children were tested by being given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait a few minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and found that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined via surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. This study has been replicated by David Walsh and can be viewed on YouTube.
The following children experienced the instant gratification trap.


Michael demanded a candy bar at the grocery store. “Mommy, I want it right now!” He stuffed the item into his pocket while his mom wasn’t looking.


Sheena demanded a pair of expensive designer jeans. “I want it now! I must have it!” Her mother gave in and bought the jeans. Unfortunately, the water bill didn’t get paid.


Jose, an honor student wanted good grades in chemistry without studying. “I deserve it and I want it!” He cheated on an exam and got caught.


Kia, a 14-year-old teenager, drove her parent’s car into the swimming pool. She didn’t want to wait for her driver’s license.


Faulty beliefs about immediate gratification:

I must have it now.

I can’t wait any longer.

I deserve it this very minute.

I have to do it.

I have to buy it now.

Everybody else has it and I want it.

I must act on my impulses.

It’s okay to hurt others if I get what I want.


Emotions can fuel faulty beliefs. Help your child to write a list of the emotions he/she feels when they want something and believe they must have it now. Discuss the benefits of patience, impulse control, and the consequences of instant gratification.


Learning to wait and manage temptation and instant gratification is a part of human development. Toddlers begin to learn they cannot have everything they want immediately when parents set limits. Children learn that the cookie comes after dinner. Teenagers learn that homework comes before cell phones.


Read the following statements to your adolescents and invite them to agree or disagree.

I know the definition of instant gratification.

I have heard the phrase “immediate gratification” and delayed gratification.

I understand the difference between a need and a want.

I buy items on impulse.

I make hasty decisions to get what I want.

I can wait for something that I want.

I think about the consequences of my actions.

I nag my parents/guardians until I get what I want.

I shoplift to get what I want.

I manipulate others to get what I want.

I try to manage my desires.

I delay immediate gratification.

I use self-control.

I have a plan to manage my impulses.


Parenting involves understanding and discussing instant gratification with your children. Helping them to accept, process, and work through the feelings of frustration is essential.


Dr. Missy, Ph.D., is a feelings helper, child therapist, consultant, educator, and self-syndicated columnist. She provides therapeutic services at Affirmations, Columbus, Ohio. Contact her at




Briar Hill Health Campus received recognition for their customer satisfaction scores in Staff Attitude, Quality of Nursing Care, Food Quality, Activity Programming and Appearance/Cleanliness.

North Baltimore (October, 2015) – Briar Hill Health Campus received the Diamond Award for their commitment to customer service excellence at The Trilogy Health Services 2015 Fall Meeting, which was held October 7-8 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

The Award was based on feedback provided by residents and their families through Trilogy Health Services’ bi-annual Customer Satisfaction Survey. Responses to this survey are invaluable, and are used to identify opportunities for our campus to address in the coming goal period. Briar Hill Health Campus received recognition for their customer satisfaction scores in Staff Attitude, Quality of Nursing Care, Food Quality, Activity Programming and Appearance/Cleanliness.

We make it our mission at Briar Hill Health Campus to continually exceed the expectations of our customers, and consider our scores on the Customer Satisfaction Survey to be indicative of the quality of services we provide. This year we are proud to announce our overall score of 9.78!

“We are excited and pleased to receive such great recognition,” said Ashley Brough, Executive Director.  “We value the fact that our customers have given us their stamp of approval.  Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our residents and their families every day by delivering the best care possible. I feel very fortunate to lead such a wonderful team of healthcare professionals.”

We are also pleased to announce that 100% of the respondents to Briar Hill’s Customer Satisfaction Survey stated that they would recommend Briar Hill Health Campus to family and friends. This affirmation of Briar Hill’s high quality of services speaks to the positive impact our health campus has had on our residents and their families.

Companywide, over 7,900 surveys were mailed to family members and other responsible parties.  Nearly 54 percent of the surveys were returned.  Results compared to the campus’ past performance as well as to the performance of other Trilogy campuses.

Briar Hill Health Campus is a Trilogy Health Services community.  We offer a full range of personalized senior living services including short term rehab, skilled nursing, long term care, assisted living, outpatient therapy, and adult day care. Our services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor, and enhance the lives of our residents through compassion and commitment to exceeding customer expectations. For more information or to learn more about our services, please call us at 419-257-2421or visit our web site at

Briar Hill President's Award 2015 photo
Executive vice president Leigh Ann Barney

Colleen Rader our director of health services she’s in the middle and then Le

Chowline: The difference between flu, foodborne illness

Many people believe they’ve been untouched by foodborne illness, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million Americans, or 1 in 6, become ill due to food poisoning every year……..

I didn’t think I had ever had food poisoning until I read recently that many people mistake it for the flu. How can you tell the difference?

This isn’t surprising. Many people believe they’ve been untouched by foodborne illness, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million Americans, or 1 in 6, become ill due to food poisoning every year. What’s more, 128,000 become sick enough to be hospitalized, and 3,000 die.

Still, there’s a reason the most common type of foodborne illness, norovirus, is typically called the “stomach flu.” Norovirus actually isn’t a flu bug at all — it’s an entirely different type of virus that can be spread through contaminated food, water and surfaces as well as person-to-person contact.

Norovirus attacks the gastrointestinal tract, while influenza is a respiratory illness. The most common symptoms of norovirus are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and cramping or stomach pain, with some people also experiencing low-grade fever, chills, fatigue, headache and body ache similar to the flu. Compare that list with the symptoms of influenza and you’ll see quite a bit of overlap: With the flu, you’ll normally experience fever or feverish chills, a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue, and some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.

The flu and foodborne illness also have other similarities. Most people experience only mild illness (although it may not seem so at the time), and get better on their own. People most at risk from both types of viruses include people who are 65 and older, people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, pregnant women, and young children.

In addition, both viruses can be spread person to person, and both are more common in late fall, winter and early spring.

  • Norovirus can spread quickly. According to the CDC, you can get it by:
  • Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus.
  • Touching surfaces or objects with norovirus on them and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth.
  • Having direct contact with a person who is infected.

To reduce your risk:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water carefully for 20 seconds or more before rinsing, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before eating or preparing food. Currently available alcohol-based hand sanitizers have not been proven to be very effective against the human norovirus. Use hand sanitizers only when hand-washing facilities are not available.
  • Carefully rinse fruits and vegetables, and cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly.
  • If you’re sick, don’t prepare food for others while you have symptoms and for at least two days afterwards.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces and laundry thoroughly.

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Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1043, or

WCCOA to Host Fundraiser Dinner at Pemberville Sr. Center

Spaghetti Supper to Benefit W.S.O.S. Volunteer Driver Program……

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.’s Pemberville Area Senior Center to Hold Spaghetti Supper to Benefit W.S.O.S. Volunteer Driver Program

Pemberville, OH (October 13, 2015) – Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.’s (WCCOA) Pemberville Area Senior Center (located inside Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 220 Cedar St. in Pemberville, OH) will host a Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction on Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the W.S.O.S. Volunteer Driver Program, a new program designed to help those taking dialysis treatments to receive assistance with getting to appointments.

This event is a joint effort between WCCOA’s Pemberville Area Senior Center and WCCOA’s Wayne Area Senior Center.

Cost is a freewill donation. Piano music will be provided by Doris Pylant.

Reservations can be made at either the Pemberville Area Senior Center (419-287-4109) or the Wayne Area Senior Center (419-288-2896), but are not required.

Donations are encouraged, even for those not attending the event. Donations can be made out to: W.S.O.S. Community Action Commission.

For more information, contact the Pemberville Area Senior Center.

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or

Guest Columnist–Dr. Missy, Feelings Helper

This week’s topic: Screaming parents often produce screaming kids

Screaming Parents Often Produce Screaming Kids

Like water to a sponge, children absorb what they see parents do and what they hear parents say. Do you scream? It is a slow buildup or a speedy explosion? Some children react by screaming back or tuning out; while others experience fear and react with passive apprehension.

Screaming sets off a physiological reaction in both parents and children. As the brain releases the stress hormone called cortisol, the body goes into fight, flight, or freeze mode. Cognitive brain shuts down and emotional brain takes over. The intensity increases as the screaming becomes louder and louder and louder.

Know your buttons and triggers. We all have triggers but just owning your buttons does not mean you do not have to make changes. Are you set off by backtalk, power struggles, a smarty attitude, defiance?

Children are like little lumps of clay and experience the environment through seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting. As the potter shapes the clay into a statue, a parent shapes the child into an individual. Parents influence how their children think, feels, act, react and behavior is learned by observing others. Children do not learn well when disciplined by a screaming adult.

Parents, if you want calm kids then you need to cultivate calmness. Learning to manage your own emotional actions and reactions is vital. Why do you scream? Perhaps, your parents screamed and their parents screamed and their parents screamed. No matter how overwhelmed, irritated, annoyed, or angry you are, the simple fact is that you are still responsible for your words and behaviors. While it is okay to feel mad, it is not okay to scream at your children.

Take a ‘Parent Pause’ to prevent screaming. Stop and take several deep breaths. Go into the bathroom and splash cold water on your face. Run around the house. Plop an ice cube in your mouth. Take a ‘Parent Timeout’ and set yourself in a chair until you calm down. YOU can break the screaming habit. Take your adult temper tantrum temperature and find ways to chill before you discipline.

Parents or partners who scream at each other are teaching children to scream at siblings or peers. Children learn about relationships from living with their families. Learning how to tame your tongue will improve your relationships. Think about the following questions: Do I allow my feelings to control me? Do I blame my children for my loss of control? Do I believe change is a choice? How will my life be different after I learn to discipline with composure?

Family communication takes effort. Communication is like a pizza, made up of an assortment of ingredients and toppings; listening, understanding, clarifying, thinking, responding, reading facial expressions and body language, interacting with questions, statements, opinions, ideas, seeking information and giving answers, expressing emotion. Since the beginning, humankind has sought ways to communicate and interact. We communicate by way of language; a system composed of words and meanings; a vocabulary of sounds; and nonverbal body expressions. Our voices contain tone and pitch which also convey meaning. Learning to manage emotions is a key piece of interpersonal communication and conflict resolution.

Hal Runkel, author of the book, ScreamFree Parenting: Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool, states “Kids are going to act out the anxiety that exists within their family system…if you want to feel calm in your family, that calm starts with you.” Read articles about screaming, shouting, and yelling at the website

Take the parent challenge. Can you go a week without screaming at your child? Can you go a day without yelling? Try it and see what happens. Screaming families may benefit by attending family counseling services. Both parents and children can learn to communicate with calmness. Commit to change. Your family is worth it. Until next time, stay calm and parent on!

Dr. Missy, Ph.D., is a feelings helper, child therapist, consultant, educator, and self-syndicated columnist. She provides therapeutic services at Affirmations, Columbus, Ohio. Contact her at



Free “Million Hearts” Program offered

Ohio State University Extension, Wood County to hold “Reducing Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease” Cooking School

If you are at risk of cardiovascular disease or have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease come learn how to reduce your risk of the disease by keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol within healthier limits and reducing your stress level.

Susan Zies, Extension Educator with Ohio State University Extension in Wood County, will offer a series of cooking classes for people with cardiovascular disease or those at risk of the disease and their family members or caretakers.

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Million Hearts®: Improving Cardiovascular Health Across Ohio is a series of three classes meeting on Wednesdays, October 21, 28, and November 4, 2015 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Wood County Extension office located at 639 S. Dunbridge Road in Bowling Green.

Susan Zies along with Bowling Green State University Dietetic students will discuss how to lower sodium, use herbs and spices, reduce saturated and trans-fats and ways to reduce or cope with stress. Class participants will get recipe booklets, watch cooking demonstrations, and taste foods made with less fat, sugar, and salt. Participants will taste main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.

Classes are open to people with Cardiovascular Disease or at risk of Cardiovascular Disease, their family members or caretakers.

There is no fee to attend the class. Pre-registration is required to attend the class.

To register please call 419-354-9050. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 who sign up.

Guest Column: Dr. Missy, Feelings Helper

Dr. Missy talks about today’s topic: Adolescents and Embarrassment

Adolescents and Embarrassment

Parents, please invite your kids to read this article about how to cope with embarrassment and then discuss it together.


Let’s talk about embarrassment. The emotion of embarrassment is uncomfortable. You can feel your face blush with redness. Ears ring and your pulse rate increases. You feel brainless. Beads of sweat may form on your forehead and under your armpits. Your head hangs and your eyes stare at the ground. Others are not laughing with you, they’re laughing at you.


Individuals react in different ways. Some people laugh at themselves and the situation. Others may react with anger and insult the person who embarrassed them or throw glaring looks of vengeance. You may desire to run away from the situation and cry because you feel hurt or clam up and pout. You may use profanity and stomp off in frustration. Others may escalate the situation until someone throws the first punch.


The person who embarrassed you may have been a family member, a friend, a peer, a classmate, teacher, or a stranger. Their motives could have come from malice, humor, or other intentions. Wow! They tuned into an area of sensitivity and poured salt into your trigger wounds. Some teasing, however, is good-natured and is common among friends and peers.


Being embarrassed in front of a group of people can be an overwhelming experience. Some moments we find laughable or funny at a later date and some moments are so painful, we store them away in our memories forever. However, we can learn coping skills for embarrassing situations.


It is a reality that embarrassing incidents will happen. Make a plan to manage your emotions before you experience embarrassing situations. We’ve all felt embarrassment and we can live through it.


Talk with adults and ask how they manage embarrassing moments. Interview your school counselor and ask her or him about coping skills and self-management tools to express and process emotions that are connected to situations of embarrassment. Ask peers about their most embarrassing moments.


Make a list of all the emotions you experience when you feel embarrassed. Often times our emotions are a combination of various feelings; hurt, rejection, anger, fear, and sadness. Feelings are temporary and feeling embarrassed does pass. Describe an incident when you expressed and processed the emotion of embarrassment. List your options when you are in an embarrassing situation.


Our feelings are housed inside our brain in an area called the Limbic System. Emotions give us energy and passion to live our lives. Human beings need emotions, but part of maturing is learning to manage the feeling of embarrassment.


Being embarrassed is temporary. Everyone gets embarrassed at times. Use your brain instead of your fists when you feel disrespected. Anger is a powerful emotion and motivates us to protect ourselves and others from danger and harm. However, we need to learn to manage anger. Describe an embarrassing experience where you were able to manage your anger.


You can learn to manage embarrassment without hurting yourself or others. Talk with a trusted adult about it. Talk to your parents about counseling services if needed.


Douglas Engelbart wrote “The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.” Learning to manage embarrassment is a life lesson.

This article is not addressing the embarrassment and humiliation from consistent incidents that involve bullying behaviors. Children and teens need to seek adult intervention immediately when bullied by others.


Dr. Missy, Ph.D., is a feelings helper, child therapist, consultant, educator, and self-syndicated columnist. She provides therapeutic services at Affirmations, Columbus, Ohio. Contact her at


Wood County Health District to Hold Flu Shot Clinic October 9th

Flu season is here!

Bowling Green, OH – Flu season is here and the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.  The Wood County Health District is holding a walk-in flu shot clinic on October 9 from 12-4 pm.  Wood County Health District is located at 1840 E Gypsy Lane Rd in Bowling Green.  Since it is a walk-in clinic, no appointment is necessary.  Quadrivalent vaccines, which protect against 4 strains of the flu, are only $25 for the flu shot and $30 for the flu mist for self-pay patients. Many insurances are accepted and can be billed if the flu shot is covered. High-dose trivalent vaccines are available for those 65 years and older, which can be billed through Medicare.  If you cannot make it to the walk-in clinic, you can call 419-354-9049 to set up an appointment to get your flu shot on another date.


Flu season typically begins in October or November and peaks in January or February.  It takes about two weeks after getting the flu shot for the body to build up the antibodies for protection, so now is the perfect time to get your flu shot!


Flu shots are recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older.  Some people may be more susceptible to the flu and should make sure to get a flu shot, including people with certain medical conditions such as: asthma, lung disease, and diabetes, pregnant women, those who are 65 years or older, or those who live with or care for others who are at high risk of contracting influenza.
Certain people should consult their healthcare provider before obtaining the vaccine, including: those who are allergic to eggs, have had a severe reaction to a previous influenza vaccination, are younger than 6 months, have a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome or are currently ill with fever.



If you have any questions about the flu clinic, you can call the Wood County Health District at 419-354-9049.


The Wood County Health District provides numerous services to the community, including medical services for uninsured and underinsured men, women and children. The mission of Wood County Health District is to take the initiative to facilitate opportunities for Wood County residents to lead healthy lives. The Health District is located at 1840 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. in Bowling Green. Normal office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with late hours and satellite clinics are available. The Wood County Board of Health meetings are generally held on the second Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Wood County Health District and are open to the public.

Wood County Hospital to Sponsor Program on Distracted Driving

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Wood County Hospital from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Bowling Green, Oct. 2, 2015 — Parents and their teen drivers are invited to attend an interactive program on Distracted Driving on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Wood County Hospital from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Program attendees will be able to experience the effects of Distracted Driving through the use of a simulator. A panel of presenters including Paul Dobson, Wood County Prosecutor; Sandy Weichman, Coordinator of Safe Communities, and Lt. Brad Biller from the Bowling Green Police Department will provide sobering statistics and heartfelt stories of the costs of Distracted Driving.

They will also offer simple steps that drivers can use to help themselves and others around them be safer drivers.

To register for the program, call 419-354-8887.

Guest Columnist: Dr. Missy, Feelings Helper

This week’s Topic: Pushover parent or pushy parent? Parents often have different parenting styles and therefore they need to communicate and cooperate on discipline……..

Pushover parent or pushy parent?


When it comes to how you interact and discipline your kids, are you more like a doormat or Mack truck? Do you rollover your children or do they rollover you?


Researchers have identified four basic parenting styles based on disciplinary strategies, warmth and nurturance, communication styles, and expectations of maturity and control. What is your parenting style?


Authoritarian Parenting is the first type. Children are expected to follow strict rules without an explanation of why and parents may reply, “Because I’m the parent and I said so!” These parents tend to be perceived as overly controlling and punishing. Authoritarian parenting style generally leads to children who are obedient but passive, but they appear lower in happiness, social competence and self-esteem. A strong-willed child will rebel and push back.


Authoritative (similar word but different meaning) is second. Parents establish rules and guidelines but the parents are willing to listen to children and explain causes and consequences for behavior. Kids learn clear standards and how to solve problems. This style tends to result in children who are happy, capable and successful. Children learn they can express their opinions even if the parents have different views. These parents tend to be more nurturing and forgiving and are willing to negotiate and compromise on some issues.


Permissive Parenting tends to be seen as indulgent and they rarely discipline their kids. This type of parenting is nurturing but parents want to seen as more of a friend. This parenting style often results in children who rank lower in happiness and self-regulation. These children may have problems with authority figures at school and in the community.


Uninvolved Parenting, the fourth type, meets the child’s basic needs but they are generally detached from their kid’s life experiences. These children tend to lack self-regulation, have low self-esteem and are less competent than their peers. In some cases, these parents may neglect the needs of their kids. These children feel unloved and rejected.
Why does the Authoritative Parenting style have advantages over other the types? Children believe in fairness and will listen and comply when they perceive fairness. Children learn to communicate, connect actions to consequences, and learn from mistakes. They learn to manage their emotions and self-regulate.


Parents often have different parenting styles and therefore they need to communicate and cooperate on discipline. If the mother is overly strict and the father is overly permissive, the mom may be viewed at the “bad guy” while the dad is viewed as the “good guy.” If both parents are overly demanding, a child may become a perfectionist and develop unrealistic expectations or just give up on academics and school activities.


Of course, there are other factors involved in parenting like a child’s temperament and personality, culture, social influences, and physical and mental health issues. Blended families have an effect on disciplinary styles. Individual parents and partners bring their own unique ways of doing things into their families.


Answer the following questions: Do you get into power struggles with your children? If so, then someone wins and someone loses. Are you the queen of bossiness? Are you the king of yelling? How do you react when your kids misbehave? What are your goals of parenting? Do you calmly communicate? Are you consistent with discipline? Do you discipline by spanking or screaming? Do you often lose your cool?


Parents possess both strengths and weaknesses. Learning how to be a more effective parent is beneficial to the entire family. Yes, change is scary but it is necessary.


Parents and partners may benefit by attending family counseling services. Blaming and shaming each other is not the solution. Seek out an experienced and supportive therapist.


Dr. Missy, Ph.D., is a feelings helper, child therapist, consultant, educator, and self-syndicated columnist. She provides therapeutic services at Affirmations, Columbus, Ohio. Contact her at



Wood County Hospital Announces New Walking Program

Dr. Espinoza encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. No special gear is required, just a pair of comfortable shoes…….

Announces New “JUSTWALK™” A Walk With a Doc Program

“Take a step toward better health,” says Nicholas Espinoza, DO


Bowling Green, Sept. 22, 2015 –– Wood County Hospital will host its’ first “JustWalk™” Walk With a Doc walking program on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Family Practice physician Nicholas Espinoza, DO, who will answer questions during the walk. The Walk will take place around the Wood County Hospital campus.

Monthly Walks with a Doctor on the Wood County Hospital Campus
Monthly Walks with a Doctor on the Wood County Hospital Campus

Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country,” said Dr. Espinoza “I’m very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people.”


Dr. Espinoza encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. No special gear is required, just a pair of comfortable shoes. Walk alone, with friends, a partner or family members, or with a group.This is a free program and pre-registration is preferred but not required. To register, call 419-354-8887 or visit The program will continue monthly through October 2016.

2015 Wood County Community Health Status Assessment Release Set

Wood County Health Partners are pleased to present the 2015 Wood County Community Health Status Assessment

2015 Wood County Community Health Status Assessment Release Set for September 15

 Bowling Green, OH – The members of the Wood County Health Partners are pleased to present the 2015 Wood County Community Health Status Assessment on Tuesday September 15, 2015 in the meeting rooms of the Wood County Hospital. Registration and a continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 am to 9 am, with a review of the new data occurring from 9 am to 10:30 am.

“This meeting will provide us a chance to reflect on a broad range of Wood County health trends that have occurred since the last assessment was conducted in 2012. It will also prompt discussions on where the county has moved in positive directions in health and where we still have room for improvement,” said Ben Batey, Wood County Health Commissioner.

From the beginning, community leaders were actively engaged in the planning process and helped define the content, scope, and sequence of the study. Data was collected through health surveys mailed to a random sample of Wood County adult residents. A random sample of students were selected and surveyed in Wood County schools. The goal was to identify key strengths, weaknesses, and health concerns for residents of Wood County.

The draft report was posted for review and public comment. Feedback from the public was used to clarify and validate the key findings of the assessment. The final report is now ready for the release.

This comprehensive Community Health Assessment is the result of a strong commitment by dedicated community partners working together to improve the health and quality of life of Wood County residents. The health assessment gives us a snapshot of our community as well as a comparison to the state of Ohio and our nation. The 2015 Wood County Community Health Status Assessment was made possible through funding from Wood County Hospital and by Wood County Health District through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.