Recently, Holzer received the "Maternity Best Practice Award" for the "Ban the Bag" pledge at the Ohio Lactation Consultant's Annual Breastfest Conference. During this event, 64 Ohio Hospitals were recognized for their efforts to discontinue the distribution of free formula giveaway bags that undermine breastfeeding support for our mothers and babies. This action places the facilities one step closer to a Baby-Friendly environment. Shown pictured are representatives of the 64 hospitals receiving this award. This is the second year that this recognition has been held through a partnership between Ohio First Steps program, Ohio Lactation Consultants Association and Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance.
Holzer Center for Cancer Care is sponsoring a Cancer Survivor Support Group meeting on Thursday, April 13 at 12noon in the French 500 Room at Holzer Gallipolis Medical Center. This month’s feature speaker will be Melvin Biars from Floral Fashions. Biars will provide a session on floral arranging, along with a door prize.
The Cancer Support Group is designed to help individuals, who either have cancer or are cancer survivors, and their loved ones understand cancer, manage treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need. The group will continue to meet monthly and will have guest speakers to discuss topics of interest for those in attendance.
For more information, or to RSVP, call (740) 446-5351.
The Gallia County CVB is hosting the Passport Challenge again this year with a new twist, TWO Challenges! The Challenges offered will be the City and County Challenge. The City Challenge explores Downtown Gallipolis, while the County Challenge invites participants to travel all over our awesome County! Thanks to our community’s attractions, business owners and chamber members who have agreed to be Challenge locations we are able to host this event for our community and visitors alike!
The Challenges are a really simple set-up! Participants either pick up their passport brochures at the GCCVB or they download them at our website, www.visitgallia.com. Each brochure has 10 locations at which they take a selfie or have their brochure stamped. Participants have from May 1st to September 5th to have their brochures stamped and selfies taken. Once completed they bring it to the GCCVB (a stop for both challenges) where they will get a bag with fun items!
Like last year we would like to open up the contents of the bags to the community. Any organization or business is encouraged to donate items, gift cards, coupons, flyers, etc. to be placed in the bags. At this time, we have over 200 students from Gallia elementary schools who will be participating with their classes in the City Passport Challenge throughout May! This program is FREE and open to ANYONE who would like to participate. We would also like to encourage you to participate, these challenges are family friendly and a great team building opportunity!
American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Gallia County on Friday, June 2 at Gallipolis City Park. The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, the event celebrates people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change.
During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event. Relay For Life brings the community embracing their collective power to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer.
“Every step taken demonstrates courage and strength,” said Jenni Lewis, Team Ambassador for the Gallia County Relay For Life. “Together, we are bigger than cancer, and funds raised by local teams help the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer and the hopes of finding a cure.”
Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.
Teams and individuals can learn more and sign up for the Relay For Life event by visiting RelayForLife.org or call Karrie Davison at 740-446-5901.