An Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude is EVERYTHING As much as some of we (me included) would like to be able to control every aspect of our lives…we can’t! But what we can control is our attitude towards what does happen to us. We all experience and continue to experience “trying” times in our lives. The WHAT in these situations is less important than the HOW.

How we react and move through these particular situations will determine their affect on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Up to 40% of our happiness comes from how we choose to approach our lives. Especially during “trying” times we focus on all of our problems. We then get in the habit of focusing our attention on all the negative
things happening in our lives.

What would happen instead if we switched that focus to all of the good things that happen to us each and everyday? What if we took time daily or weekly to reflect on things we are grateful for in our lives?

Increasing Happiness Gratitude is the forgotten factor in happiness research.

Grateful Individuals
• Report higher levels of positive emotions
• Have greater life satisfaction
• Experience greater vitality
• Are more optimistic
• Are healthier
• Build strong relationships
• Handle adversity better
• Experience lower levels of depression and stress

People who have a strong disposition toward gratitude have the capacity to be empathetic and to take the perspective of others. They are also rated as more generous and more helpful. Grateful individuals place less importance on material goods, are less likely to judge their own and others success in terms of possessions accumulated, and are less envious of others.

Gratitude is Good for Your Health A study done by Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami showed that those individuals who practiced weekly gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. During the study, one group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had upset them. While a third group wrote about events that had affected them, but there was not an emphasis on being positive or negative. The fi rst group who wrote about what they were grateful for also exercised more and had fewer visits to the doctor than those whose focused on daily irritations.

After starting a gratitude journal, people begin to look at people and things differently, seeking out the positive in each situation or interaction. They appreciate the “little things” and don’t take them for granted. A shift in the mindset happens and they notice when they are not as consistent with journaling, they can easily fall back into a mindset focused on all that is lacking.

Examples entries from a gratitude journal:
• I am so grateful for my knowledge of how to live a healthy lifestyle and help others
do the same.
• I am so grateful that I devoted time to my strength training routine today.
• I am so grateful for my family and friends that are in my life.

Ideas for Promoting Gratitude
• Write a thank you note
• Thank someone mentally
• Keep a gratitude journal
• Meditate
• Count your blessings

Jeff Tomaszewski, owner of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, is a certifi ed athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Jeff is also a personal trainer and professional body-builder committed to helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Visit or call 440.835.9090.




IAITAM Launches Local Initiative to Support Local K-9 Officers in the Fight Against Heroin, Calls for Additional Funding and Community Support.

Drug overdoses took the lives of a record 3,050 Ohioans last year; more than one-third of those deaths are attributed the use of fentanyl, a potent yet often-toxic opiate often mixed with heroin. Statistics indicate that across Ohio in 2015, someone died from a drug overdose nearly every two hours and 52 minutes. The Canton, OH based International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) says “enough is enough”.

Once drugs enter a geographic area, usage tends to grow rapidly. That growth paves the way for even more dangerous drugs to devastate lives.  One such drug was recently discovered in Stark County; that drug is Carfentanile, an extremely potent elephant tranquilizer that is deadly to humans. This drug is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, the very same drug that has caused so many fatal overdoses in Stark County and throughout Ohio for the last several years.

As a result, IAITAM is stepping up it’s efforts to fight the epidemic on a local scale. Recently, IAITAM presented a check to Lake Township Officer Donald Worthy for the purchase of a K-9 Officer’s life-saving bullet-proof vest. IAITAM’s efforts will ensure Worthy’s canine – “K-9 Officer Bill” — has the proper safety equipment to lessen the possibility of injury or death in the line of duty during his fight against the deadly epidemic.

IAITAM CEO Dr. Barbara Rembiesa said: “I have always been so impressed with how this community has always pulled together whether it is to support a fallen officer’s family, a community member in need, or to support our local schools. Being able to support Officer Worthy and K-9 Officer Bill’s development and training to assist in the fight on drugs in our community is such an honor for IAITAM.”

For more information about IAITAM’s efforts, go to

To donate, please contact the Hartville, OH police department and ask for Officer Donald Worthy at (330) 877-2500 or contact on Facebook at K-9 for Hartville Police.

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Every 35 days, your skin replaces itself and your body makes new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes YOU.

The report is due in two hours. Or perhaps you’re in the middle of a mid-term exam. Or you’re making sales calls. Suddenly, bam! Around 10:30 a.m. you hit a wall. All you want to do is cawl back into bed.

Hmmm…what did you eat for breakfast?

I hate to say, “I told you so,” so I’ll turn to Mom, who has said it countless times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the meal that’s designed to supply a third of the macro and micro nutrients your body needs to run without a hitch.

So what are you eating each morning to do all these things? A cup of coffee gulped down on the go? A cup of sugary yogurt and a muffin eaten at your desk? Nothing at all?

Your body deserves so much better than that – and so do you!

When you eat a good breakfast, your day goes smoothly. No growling stomachs, low blood sugar shakiness, or wandering attention to keep you from nailing those big goals you’ve made for yourself.

What Breakfast is Right for You?
One of the best—and most fun—ways to find out which foods serve YOU most powerfully is something called the

Breakfast Experiment. For one week, eat a different breakfast each day. Record in a notebook what you ate, how you felt immediately after the meal, and how you felt again two hours later.

  • Day one: Scrambled eggs or tofu
  • Day two: pancakes or waffles
  • Day three: Oatmeal
  • Day four: Boxed breakfast cereal
  • Day five: Muffin and coffee
  • Day six: Fresh fruit
  • Day seven: Pumpkin smoothie

We have become a society in need of instant gratification & reach for the quick pill to make us feel better.  How about reconnecting the mind & body?  Instead of reaching for an anti-acid or analgesic for symptoms such as headaches, gas, bloating, moodiness or brain fog, look at your plate.

Feel free to repeat the experiment for another seven days with different foods each morning. Which breakfasts made you feel energized? Which ones didn’t? After the experiment, try adding in more of the foods that made you feel great!

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L’Oréal USA Announces The 2016 For Women In Science Fellows

U.S. Female Scientists to be Awarded $60,000 Each to Advance their Postdoctoral Research; Visit White House, National Academy of Sciences, New Jersey Public School and L’Oréal Headquarters

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-56-amPRNewswire/ — L’Oréal USA today announced the five recipients of the 2016 For Women in Science Fellowship, which awards $60,000 grants to exemplary female scientists to advance their postdoctoral research. Over the last 13 years, L’Oréal USA’s For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 65 postdoctoral women scientists over $3 million in grants at this critical stage of their career.

From neurology to astrophysics, the five 2016 fellows are being honored for their groundbreaking research across a broad range of  fields: Carolyn “Anela” Choy, a postdoctoral fellow in biological oceanography and marine ecology at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI); Shruti Naiki, a postdoctoral scientist in immunology and stem cell biology at The Rockefeller University; Amy Orsborn, a postdoctoral scientist in neuroscience at New York University; Laura Samson, a postdoctoral fellow in physics at Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA); and Moriel Zelikowsky, a postdoctoral neuroscientist in the Department of Biology & Biological Engineering at California Institute of Technology.

“We are proud to recognize this group of exceptional female scientists for their innovative research and dedication to inspiring the next generation of women in STEM,” said Frédéric Rozé, President and CEO of L’Oréal USA. “By providing support at a pivotal moment in their careers, we hope to empower them to further their work, continue on a path to become future leaders in their fields and perhaps one day join our previous Laureates and win a Nobel Prize.”

Created in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards identifies and supports accomplished female scientists around the world. Specifically, the program recognizes Laureates for their contributions to the advancement of life or physical sciences and encourages more young women to pursue STEM—a field where women remain underrepresented. Through the international program and the nearly 50 national and regional programs, such as the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program, nearly 2,500 female scientists from more than 100 countries have been granted fellowships to pursue promising research projects.

The 2016 fellowship candidates were evaluated based on their intellectual merit, research potential, scientific excellence and their commitment to supporting women and girls in science. The U.S. fellowship program also includes a requirement to ensure recipients are committed to serving as role models for younger generations. Applications were reviewed by experienced scientists in the candidates’ respective fields through a partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which manages the application process.

L’Oréal USA will host an award ceremony for the fellows in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

This year’s awards will recognize and support the following female scientists and their research:

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-13-amAnela Choy is a postdoctoral fellow in biological oceanography and marine ecology at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Choy’s research focuses on how food webs within the ocean work, and how they are impacted by plastic pollution and environmental change. Her work seeks to better understand how all life within the open ocean fits together into a complex network of feeding interactions. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will enable Choy to extend her research tenure at MBARI, specifically to gather samples and to conduct the analyses necessary to explore the chemical fingerprints of plastic in marine food webs of the Pacific Ocean. As a fifth-generation local of Hawai’i, Choy is committed to increasing the participation of ethnically diverse women in academic, stakeholder and resource management positions in Hawai’i and beyond. In college, Choy cofounded and managed the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge program at the University of Hawai’i to support Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented ethnic minorities in ocean and earth sciences. Choy, 33, received her B.A. in Environmental Sciences, M.S. in Oceanography and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawai’i. Raised on O’ahu and the Big Island, Choy now lives in Santa Cruz, Calif., where she enjoys surfing and playing her guitar.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-25-amShruti Naik is a postdoctoral scientist in immunology and stem cell biology at The Rockefeller University. Naik’s research focuses on understanding the role adult stem cells play in inflammation and how they can be used to treat inflammatory disorders of the skin, like psoriasis. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will enable Naik to produce a series of interviews with prominent female scientists in hopes of inspiring the next generation of women in STEM careers. This work will build on Naik’s long-standing commitment to advocacy for gender equality, mentorship and community outreach. At The Rockefeller University, Naik has grown the Women in Science at Rockefeller (WISeR) program from six to over 250 members and has established a weekly breakfast series for trainees to network with prominent female scientists. Naik, 31, received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania and the National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program. Raised in India until she was 12 and then Maryland, Naik now lives in New York City, where she loves seeing performance theatre, including opera, ballet, plays, musicals and improv.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-40-amAmy Orsborn is a postdoctoral scientist in neuroscience at New York University. Orsborn’s research focuses on how the brain learns to tell our bodies to move and approaches to restore function loss due to neurological diseases and disorders. Specifically, her research aims to create new and improved treatments, like state-of-the-art prosthetics, for people with motor disabilities caused by limb loss, stroke or spinal injury. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will enable Orsborn to invest in and maintain new advanced laboratory equipment, including a specialized computer to analyze large-scale data sets generated by this research. Outside of her lab, Orsborn is part of a team developing a new web-based resource aimed to increase diversity at scientific conferences. While currently in development, the STEMM Role Models app seeks to increase the visibility of minorities in science and makes it easier for conference organizers to find outstanding and diverse speakers. Orsborn, 32, received her B.S. in Engineering Physics from Case Western Reserve University and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley. Raised in Illinois, Orsborn now lives in New York City where she bakes any chance she gets, and is cultivating her interest in graphic design and scientific illustration.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-45-amLaura Sampson is a postdoctoral fellow in physics at Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). Sampson’s research focuses on gravitational wave astrophysics. Gravitational waves are a new way of observing the universe predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity and was first observed last year. Sampson develops data analysis algorithms to learn about the physical processes that lead to the systems that produce gravitational waves in the universe. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will allow Sampson to extend her research appointment, as well as work on a music-based outreach program. In addition to research, mentoring has been a strong focus for Sampson, who during her graduate studies co-founded and served as President of a Women in Science & Engineering chapter that organized retreats for female graduate students, monthly lunches with female faculty and postdoctoral researchers, and social networking events. Sampson, 31, received her B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado and her Ph.D. in Physics from Montana State University. Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Sampson now lives in Evanston, Ill., with her dog, Jax.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-51-amMoriel Zelikowsky is a postdoctoral neuroscientist in the Department of Biology & Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Zelikowsky is researching how neurons in the brain encode traumatic emotional experiences. Specifically, this research is aimed at identifying and mapping the neuronal populations that control the effects of stress on subsequent anxiety, fear and social behavior, with the goal of leading to more advanced and targeted treatments for debilitating mental health disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will allow Zelikowsky to bring on a young female research mentee, who will receive training in cutting-edge, genetically-targeted molecular neuroscience technologies necessary for a more comprehensive understanding of the neural circuits that underlie emotional phenomena. Zelikowsky’s commitment to mentoring began in graduate school when she created the group Women in Learning (WIL), which offers a forum where young women in neuroscience can receive mentorship, support and guidance to advance women in STEM. Zelikowsky, 33, received her B.A. in Philosophy (Metaphysics) and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Born, raised and currently living in Los Angeles, Zelikowsky enjoys a very active lifestyle of rock climbing, trail running and backpacking with her chocolate Labrador, Pica.

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Malnutrition Dramatically Impacting Mothers & Infants Across America

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 1,000 Days, a leading nutrition advocacy organization, released a new report today showing that the majority of children in America do not benefit from the nutrition they need for proper brain development and lifelong health.

The report, titled The First 1,000 Days: Nourishing America’s Future, finds that malnutrition is not just a challenge for mothers and babies globally—unhealthy diets, suboptimal infant and toddler feeding practices, and food insecurity have dire consequences for the health and prosperity of families in the United States. The report specifically focuses on the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s second birthday, when the right nutrition has a life-changing impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and succeed.
“The science behind the impact of poor nutrition during the first 1,000 days is clear. This is a time of incredible growth for children’s brains and bodies and they need to be fueled with good nutrition,” said Lucy Sullivan, Executive Director of 1,000 Days. “All children, regardless of where they are born, deserve a strong start in life and the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to ensuring women and children everywhere have the healthiest first 1,000 days, and that includes women and children here in the United States.”

1,000 Days has issued a set of recommendations where greater action and investment can have a transformative impact on the future health and well-being of America’s youngest children. Among other priorities, the organization is calling for:

  • Increased support for healthy pregnancies by ensuring access to high quality preconception and prenatal care, nutrition education and obesity prevention programs;
  • Improved support for mothers to breastfeed by creating breastfeeding-friendly communities, workplaces and healthcare facilities; and
  • Strengthened programs that reach low-income babies, toddlers and their families.

“Nutrient deficiency is robbing children of their potential,” said Hugh Welsh, President and General Counsel of DSM North America, a manufacturer of nutritional and food ingredients. “It is time to focus on nourishing our country’s youngest children—the health and well-being of our nation depends on it.”

Among the findings, the report identifies ten building blocks essential for all children to have the strongest start to life, including:

  • A nutritious diet for expectant moms and moms-to-be
    A healthy baby starts with a healthy mother, however half of American women enter pregnancy either obese or overweight and nearly half gain more weight during pregnancy than is recommended.
  • Nurturing, responsive care and feeding of babies and toddlers  
    Less than half of mothers receive any paid time off to care for their newborn. Paid parental leave can reduce infant mortality and illness, increase the likelihood of timely pediatric care, improve breastfeeding practices, and reduce the likelihood of maternal depression which impacts mothers’ ability to nourish and nurture their children.
  • Consistent access to enough nutritious food for families
    Nearly 1 in 5 children under the age of 6 live in families that struggle to put enough nutritious food on the table. Family food insecurity negatively impacts young children’s development, even when the children themselves have enough to eat. Household food insecurity also makes it harder for mothers to maintain healthy diets and healthy weights.

A full list of the building blocks and a snapshot of how the U.S. is faring is available here:

The full list of recommendations can be found here:

To read and download the full report, visit:


About 1,000 Days  
1,000 Days is the leading non-profit advocacy organization working in the U.S. and around the world to improve nutrition, particularly during the 1,000 day window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday, when the right nutrition has a life-changing impact on a child’s future. 1,000 Days promotes greater action and investment in nutrition in order to build a strong foundation for children, their families and their nations to thrive. To learn more visit

Ohio Offers a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program to Those in Need

Provided by Last Diet Ever in Medina

Countless individuals throughout the Northeast Ohio region struggle with their weight. Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to shed the troublesome pounds that prevent many people from leading healthy, active lifestyles. Diet and exercise can only do so much, which is why some use dangerous methods to achieve the rapid weight loss they desire. To prevent residents throughout northeast Ohio and beyond from doing serious harm in their quest to lose weight, Last Diet Ever began offering a medically supervised weight loss program that has proven to be both safe and effective. Using a combination of a personal counselor with the hCG treatments, this local weight loss center in Medina, Ohio gives participants the tools they need to lose the weight and keep it off without doing any damage in the process and without surgery.

In the four years that Last Diet Ever has been in operation, a number of Northeast Ohio residents have been able to achieve their weight loss goals. This is due in large part to the fact that this Medina-based establishment offers a medically supervised weight loss program that differs greatly from other weight loss centers in the area. Incorporating the work of Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, Last Diet Ever provides a unique method of rapid weight loss—the key element of which is hCG treatments.

For those unfamiliar with hCG, this naturally occurring hormone is produced during pregnancy. In his research, Dr. Simeons found that hCG helps the body to rid itself of fat when used during periods of non-pregnancy. hCG injection therapy is believed to “release fat stores of 2,000 to 4,000 calories per day into the bloodstream which allows participants to stay on a very low calorie diet without experiencing hunger, fatigue, or weakness.” The result is rapid weight loss without the potentially dangerous side-effects of other cleanses, fasts, and extreme diets.

The Last Diet Ever protocol uses hCG treatments in conjunction with calorie restriction to help participants achieve their desired weight loss goals. However, lifestyle counseling is also provided to ensure that participants are still getting the support they need. Since rapid weight loss can cause stress on the body, Last Diet Ever has made it a point to offer medical supervision to all participants. The professional staff at this local weight loss center includes Medical Director Susan Graham, M.D. who oversees the clinic and is very knowledgeable about Dr. Simeons Weight Loss Protocol; Dawn Boyle, CNP, the Nurse Practitioner who approves patients for the protocol; Sandy Del Regno, RN, who administers weekly B12 injections and has done the protocol herself and has kept the weight of for over 3 years; and Paula Weisenberger, Office Manager, who has done the protocol and has kept the weight off for over 6 years.

Residents throughout the northeast portion of Ohio areas can feel confident that this medically supervised weight loss program will not only allow them to achieve safe, rapid weight loss, but help them to keep off the pounds with the consistent support of Last Diet Ever’s staff.

Those who have been unsuccessful at their attempts to achieve rapid weight loss are encouraged to visit Last Diet Ever’s website at This Northeast Ohio weight loss center offers additional information about their medically supervised weight loss program, as well as testimonials from previous participants. Any questions about the hCG treatments and/or other aspects of the protocol are encouraged to give Last Diet Ever a call at 330.721.1422.

Last Diet Ever @ 750 E Washington St, Ste D-4, Medina, Ohio 44256 Ph: 330.721.1422


Sugar addiction, nicotine addiction, laser therapy? What’s the Connection?

By Luciana McCartney

The method, relies on an FDA approved cold low-level laser, that is applied to certain pressure points of the body. Although it is not very well known, the benefits of laser therapy are well documented throughout the world.

Each year, thousands of people make up their minds to lose weight or to quit smoking. It is a goal that is always on their minds. Unfortunately, within a few days, weeks or months, most of their goals have gone up in smoke. Don’t give up hope because help has arrived!

By replacing traditional acupuncture needles with advanced laser technology, cold low-level laser has been successfully helping thousands of people recover from their addiction to nicotine, or to sugar.  This is done by providing a safe, painless, and highly effective solution to the problem which strengthens their resolve. Operating on principals similar to acupuncture, which is an ancient art of healing, cold low-level laser therapy stimulates pressure points that can reduce tension, increase circulation, and enable the body to relax more deeply allowing the person the control needed to succeed.

The average American today is considered to be overweight, but there are no miracle cures to solve this problem. Achieving your ultimate healthy goal takes time and commitment. Many people suffer from sugar addiction, which can be just as hard to break as certain drugs. Laser therapy will not only enhance and stimulate the metabolism, which enables the body to burn calories at an accelerated rate while increasing your sense of energy, but it will allow you to experience minimal withdrawal and cravings as you detox from carbohydrates. Key points are targeted to encourage feelings of relaxation, and to decrease the sense of stress and anxiety.  is is most important for those who consider themselves stress eaters. The use of low-level laser therapy makes it easier for one to stay motivated. With the advantage of laser therapy, combined with proper nutrition and regular daily exercise, you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

For the smoker, points are targeted that control addiction to nicotine, which eliminates the physical connection the brain and body have to this powerful drug. Stress and relaxation points are stimulated to help avoid withdrawal symptoms. The laser helps to re-balance the body without harmful side effects.  e entire procedure is external, noninvasive, and non-thermal. Laser therapy has been successful in the fight against tobacco for the last 20 years. Clients report laser treatments are nothing less than amazing.

Since 2005, AcuLaser has had a significant success rate in helping clients quit smoking and lose weight. AcuLaser combines the ancient practice of acupuncture with the new technology of FDA approved low level laser. LLL provides one of the most advanced forms of therapy used today to help clients rid themselves of nicotine and sugar
addictions. Our clients are amazed by how the relaxing, calming, and pain free treatment provides the final answer to end their vice. We deal with every aspect of change in the most supportive way enabling clients to move on with confidence and to ensure continued success.

Growing my practice has brought me a great deal of satisfaction. I see such positive change happening in my clients’ lives. Beating the odds to fight addictions once and for all is such an accomplishment, and I am proud to be a part of that.

AcuLaser Treatment Center is Located in Broadview Heights.
For an appointment, call Luciana McCartney,
Clinical Director at 440-740-1020.

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The 4th Annual Women of Our Community and ATHENA Awards Dinner

The Medina County Women’s Journal will be hosting The Fourth Annual Women of Our Community and ATHENA Awards Dinner at Williams on the Lake
on October 5, 2016

In its thirteenth year of print, the mission of The Medina County Women’s Journal is to Educate, Energize, and Empower Women Through Knowledge.  ATHENA International and our organization have such a similar mission that it was natural for us to bring the ATHENA Awards to Medina County in 2013 to acknowledge these remarkable women leaders.

The ATHENA International was founded in 1982 and the mission is to support, develop, and honor women leaders, and is reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.”  This quote has inspired our program’s format, as we will be honoring ALL nominated women who are improving the quality of life for others in our community with an award of a “Women of Our Community.” We also present the ATHENA Young Professional to one young emerging leader.  Following the dinner program, one woman will be honored with the ATHENA Leadership Award.


Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.55.50 AMCarrie Beegle FINALIST

Carrie Beegle is a lunch lady and she loves it! She is the food service director for Cloverleaf and Mapleton school districts and has been in school food service for 19 years. Her passion for giving our children healthy, nutritious and great tasting food has received national attention. Carrie was recently asked to be a guest speaker at a Congressional hearing in Washington DC and is a team leader for Congressman Tim Ryan’s “Salad Bars in Ohio Schools” initiative. She also assisted in a webinar series for the Institute of Child Nutrition for the University of Mississippi. Carrie was invited to host a series of lectures at the annual conferences for both the Ohio School Board Association and the Ohio Association for School Business Officials. She is a mentor, consultant and chef trainer for the Ohio Department of Education and the USDA. She consults on nutrition programs and mentors school food service directors, majority women, across the United States. Carrie’s motto is “We Fortify the Future” and believes she makes a difference one child at a time.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.57.52 AM“Sam” Boyer

For most of her 77 years, “Sam” Boyer has worked for local newspapers. In 1959, she began working with the Leader Post, writing a column since 1964. She began volunteering when she moved to Brunswick. In 1965, she served on the Brunswick Sesquicentennial Committee and the Bicentennial committee in 2015. In 1972, she became a member of the Brunswick Jaycees. She was the producer of the local Miss America pageant for 20 years and was Brunswick Woman of the Year in 1972, Citizen of the Year in 2015 (Brunswick Summer Celebration), Brunswick-Medina Business and Professional Women Woman of the Year for 1985-86, and presented the “Friend of Education” award by the Brunswick Education Association. Sam was the first woman Brunswick Chamber of Commerce president in 1979-80 and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2000. She served on the inaugural boards of the Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and Brunswick High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, the board of Leadership Medina County, and is now vice president of the Brunswick Area Historical Society.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.59.04 AMJani Groza FINALIST

As community investment leader of Westfield Insurance, Jani oversees Westfield Insurance Foundation, strategic philanthropy initiatives, and employee volunteerism. Working with a team, they align philanthropy with Westfield’s core values, distributing $3 million primarily supporting safety, disaster recovery, and family stability. Jani spent 15 years in leadership positions at the American Cancer Society and United Way of Medina County. She sought Westfield because of its commitment to corporate citizenship. She enjoys working on projects that involve collaborations and seeks to help those new to roles or the community. Dedicated to mentoring and actively taking strides to lead women within Westfield’s organization and outside, has truly had a profound impacted on Medina County. Jani serves on the boards of Fund for Our Economic Future, Habitat for Humanity of Ohio, and Medina County Police Activities League. She is past president of Leadership Medina County and past board member of Hospice of Medina County, Greater Medina Area Chamber of Commerce, and Medina Lacrosse Association.

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Terri Hradek, director of Cuyahoga Community College’s Brunswick University Center (BUC), has been responsible for BUC’s administrative operations since its opening in January 2011. Terri seeks out the opportunity to mentor her students, as well as encourages community involvement and leadership development in her staff. Hradek serves as the chairperson for the newly merged Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance, sits on the “Business at the Barn Business Showcase” planning committee, and chairs the Community/Business/Schools Committee. She is also a member of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Medina County Economic Development Corporation and its newly formed Workforce Alliance Resource Committee, which plans the annual Made in Medina County and High School Manufacturing Road Shows. She has served on fundraising planning committees for the Medina County Red Cross and Medina County Community Fund. A 2013 graduate of the Mandel Leadership program and 2012 graduate of Leadership Medina County, she has served on the Education Day and Selection Committee for Leadership Medina County.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.01.03 AMJennifer Gill Frisby

Jennifer Gill Frisby is owner of Anytime Fitness Wadsworth, a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer, who actively engages and mentors women in her gym to become their best offering instruction, education, and hope. She is an active member in Wadsworth with a dedicated commitment as President of Wadsworth Lions Club, Past Chairman of Wadsworth High School Alumni Association and current Board Member-at-Large, and a board member of First Christian Church and the FCC Women’s Ministry Team. Jennifer is a member of Chambers of Commerce in Wadsworth, Seville, and Rittman, a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association, and an inductee and board member of Wadsworth High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee. As Past President of Wadsworth Chapter of Working Women Connection, Jennifer supports her local women business leaders with community involvement and leadership. She supports non-profit organizations such as Ormaco, Feeding Medina County, Salvation Army, Medina Creative Housing, and Wadsworth Youth Football/Cheerleading. Jennifer and husband were awarded the 2016 Rosie Award as Entrepreneurs of the Year from Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.01.38 AMLinda Loveless FINALIST

Linda Loveless has been organizing and promoting professional craft shows and events for over 25 years. Starting as a simple PTA fundraiser developed into a successful business, which currently runs An Affair on the Square, Christmas Around the World, Mrs. Claus’ Closet, and the MC Home & Garden Show. Linda has long been involved with local non-profits and willingly takes on leadership roles. She has served on the Medina County Fair Board as Advertising Director, President of the Board for Medina YWCA, Board member and President of Medina City Schools Foundation, and Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Linda served on the Board for Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund for nine years, president for three years. Linda is an active member and one of the founders of 100+ Women Who Care Medina, raising funds for local non-profits and promoting women as philanthropist, and also serves as secretary of the board for Medina County Arts Council. Recently, a founding board member of a new non-profit, First Impression, Inc. provides business appropriate apparel to disadvantaged women for job interviews.

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Wendy Mirrotto is the Founder and Executive Director of Kitten Krazy, Inc. and Quick Fix Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for cats and dogs in Medina. With 18 years of experience in animal rescue, she took her passion for cats and started a humble 20’x 8′ shelter in her garage. In the past five years, she has built two 4,000 square foot facilities in the City of Medina to house the ever-growing Kitten Krazy Cat Shelter and Quick Fix Clinic. Since May 2004, Kitten Krazy has placed over 4,200 fully vetted cats and kittens. Quick Fix opened on July 1, 2011 and has spayed/neutered over 32,200 cats and dogs. Quick Fix has also administered over 36,000 vaccines, 6,914 nail trims, 977 microchips, and 414 Medina County dog licenses, amongst other wellness services. Wendy has held the big vision since the beginning and continues to develop and coordinate all projects and programs. She is always mindful of addressing the growing community need for affordable care for both owned and shelter cats and dogs.

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Rhonda McClelland has been a community leader and volunteer for Brunswick Youth for over a decade. For the past three years, Rhonda has been the Treasurer of the BHS Cheer Parent’s Club. Her commitment to the school and students went past the financials in 2012 when Rhonda created an annual community service project for the cheerleaders to provide hand-made blankets and other items in need to Akron Children’s Hospital. In addition to her volunteer time with the high school, Rhonda is a dedicated volunteer for Brunswick Youth Sports. For the past 11 years, Rhonda has been a dedicated softball coach and has looked out for our youngest female athletes as the Commissioner for the 7 and 8-year-old Girls Softball League. She provides support for over 1,400 Brunswick youth and their families as the BYS League Secretary. Rhonda McClelland’s leadership continues in her profession as a Lead Process Analyst with Progressive Insurance where she has been employed for 17 years.

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Valerie Rapp graduated from BGSU with a BS in Education. Valerie met Rob (husband) while attending BGSU, married and relocated to Medina in 1975. She works at Homestead Insurance Agency in Brunswick. Valerie’s first volunteer work started as a board member for the Medina County YWCA, but expanded her interests in the Medina community after participating in Leadership Medina County in 2003. The class project was the development of the pilot program for Jr. LMC and in 2004 it was adopted permanently by Leadership. She serves as the program’s historian and photographer and supports the mission shaping the future of high school students by promoting teamwork, developing leadership skills, fostering self-confidence and personal growth, and respect for diversity. She encourages emerging leaders to become involved and persuaded others to take a leadership role in the community. In 2012, Valerie served as chairperson of Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce board, and presently serves as an ex-officio, participating on its Business Advocacy committee. In July 2016, she became president of Leadership Medina County’s board of trustees.

ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient

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Presently employed at the Medina County Health Department, Ashley is a team leader, member of the Quality Improvement Council and chair of the joint clerical staff involving nursing, dental and the billing staff. She recently completed Six Sigma LEAN training, which has led to leadership roles within the Health Department as well as becoming Vice President on The Board of Directors for Sister Circle and President and Founder of the youth organization, “So Now What?” Ashley strives to make a difference in the lives of others, especially young women and children. Ashley volunteers for AAUW, Sister 2 Sister Conference and Tech Savvy Conference as a workshop facilitator. She also works with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Medina County and is a Youth Director at Second Baptist Church in Medina. Ashley quickly earns the trust and respect of the girls she mentors. Her guidance and dedication has a lasting impact on both the youth and the community.

YP Award Sponsored by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

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Chelsea Pozderac – Transitional Living Centers, Inc
Jaclyn Von Hoch – Westfield Insurance
Ashley Powell – Medina County Health Dept. / So Now What
Michelle Reese – Day Ketterer, Attorneys-at-Law, LTD
Kelly Harrison – Brunswick City Schools- Willetts Middle School
(Left to Right)

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Westfield Insurance
Brunswick University Center

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Impact Your Life: Starting a Fitness Routine at Any Age has Benefits Beyond Physical

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

Fitness trends come and go, but weight training in particular never seems to come into style. Most people tend to reach the apex of their physical strength during their 20s and 30s and it gradually declines from there. Once our strength starts to go, so do other things. Muscular weakness is indelibly tied to not just our quality of life, but also to our life expectancy.

Two recent studies published in The British Medical Journal revealed that muscular strength is a remarkably strong predictor of mortality, even after adjusting for cardiorespiratory fitness and other health factors. This conclusion was reached after an analysis of more than 30 studies that recorded physical attributes like bench press strength, grip strength, walking speed, chair rising speed, and standing balance. What the researchers found was that poor performance on any of the tests was associated with higher all-cause mortality, anywhere from a 1.67 to a threefold increase in the likelihood of earlier mortality.

Now, here’s the good news: despite the inexorable effects of aging, physical strength is an attribute we can control. As the science is increasingly showing, resistance training can add years to your life, and the earlier you get to it, the better.

Hit the Weights Everyone

As these studies indicate, not all exercise is equal. Resistance training (like lifting weights) in conjunction with high-intensity workouts (like aerobics and running) is key. It’s never too late to start. And, yes, women, that means you, too! “Bulking up” is a myth. It’s arguably more important for women than men to lift weights because of a greater propensity for osteoporosis.

Studies show that older individuals can still experience the benefits of gene shifting even if they’ve never lifted weights. It also results in an increased production of growth hormones and testosterone and lower levels of cholesterol. And it can stave off the effects of neurodegenerative disorders and depression. Weight training also offers innumerable positive effects on our physical, cognitive and emotional well-being. Taken as a whole, exercise has been shown to add between six to seven years to a life span, if not more.

Start Easy

Isometric exercises are
focused on tensing the muscles without movement. These exercises are not focused on increasing motion or flexibility, but rather on increasing muscle size and strength. The following exercises are geared toward preventing muscle loss with aging and promoting a modest increase in strength:

  • Palm Versus Palm – Place your left palm on top of the right palm and attempt to bring the palm up to your chin while resisting with the other palm.
  • Shoulder and Chest Muscles – Arms extended in front of you, palms facing, push palm to palm. Flex your muscles vigorously, but do not hold your breath or overdo it.
  • Knee and Hip – Strengthen the knee by sitting on the floor or on a table with your leg stretched in front of you. Squeeze your thigh muscle to fully straighten the leg while flexing your ankle and lifting your toes up. Hold the contraction for 5 seconds and rest for 3. Repeat up to 10 to 15 times. This approach can be used for any muscle.

Jeff Tomaszewski, owner of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and holds a masters degree in exercise physiology. Jeff is also a personal trainer and professional body-builder committed to helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Visit or call 440.835.9090.

Safety Tips

  1. Be sure to warm up 10 minutes in advance and cool down for 10 minutes after the exercise is performed. 

  2. If your joints hurt, stop the exercise immediately. Soreness in the muscle groups can be expected. 

  3. Maintain good posture during exercise. 

  4. Do not hold your breath and be sure to breathe during exertion while exercising. 

  5. Do not grip weights tightly. 

  6. Movements should be performed in a slow, moderate, and deliberate manner. 

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What Should I Look for When Choosing a Dentist?

Finding the right dentist is sometimes a difficult search and you want a practice that meets your needs. We have provided you with questions to begin the process to find a dentist that will be a long term health care partner.

Top Questions to Ask When Searching for A New Dentist:

  •  Are the hours convenient for your schedule?
  •  Where was the dentist educated and trained?
  •  What’s the dentist’s approach to preventive dentistry?
  •  How often does the dentist go to continuing education programs?
  • What type of anesthesia is the dentist certified to administer to help
    you feel comfortable during any necessary dental treatment?
  • What arrangements are made for handling emergencies after hours?
  • Are all fees and payment plans provided before treatment is scheduled?
  • Does the dentist participate in your dental health plan?
  • Visit the office, is the staff helpful and willing to answer questions?

Blue Heron Dentistry breaks the mold of your typical dental office featuring the most modern and advanced technology, facility and dental techniques in the industry. Home to Dr. Heather L. Maze and a professional, caring team, Blue Heron Dentistry’s name is an inspiration from the areas beloved bird, the Great Blue Heron. A Blue Heron is known for its vision and fits perfectly with Dr. Maze-Rojas’ strong vision to develop lifelong relationships with her patients.

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