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Group handing out Naloxone at music events gets boost

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A central Ohio non-profit organization fighting the opioid epidemic is getting a boost of support this holiday season.

The organization, This Must Be the Place, travels to music festivals around the country, handing out free naloxone and offering education to those in attendance.

Columbus native William Perry co-founded the organization in January of 2022 with his wife Ingela. His story is one he says is all too common.

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Columbus approves $4M to complete treatment center

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Columbus City Council approved more than $4 million Monday to complete the construction of the new Franklin County Crisis Care Center.

The new facility will allow the Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) to increase its continuum of care.

ADAMH representatives said once it’s complete, the new center will have the resources necessary to meet the needs of those experiencing mental health or substance use issues in Franklin County.

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Columbus Blue Jackets unite with fans in heartfelt Hockey Fights Cancer night

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As the Columbus Blue Jackets prepare for their highly anticipated annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night, presented by OhioHealth, fans are preparing for the poignant event set to take place on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Nationwide Arena.

Established in 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, Hockey Fights Cancer unites the hockey community in a collective effort to support cancer patients and their families. The Columbus Blue Jackets, since their inception in 2000, have been fervently dedicated to this initiative, making a significant impact on the fight against pediatric cancer.

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Experts say exercise can lead to the prevention of lung cancer

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November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In this country, lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths.

Researchers say that targeted exercise could help lower inflamation linked to cancer development. Ohio State University experts use recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine to explain what you could be doing right now to lower your risk immediately.

“And those are basically two to three weight training sessions a week. And then also five days a week of 30 minutes or more of cardio-type exercise. That would be walking, biking, any cardiovascular type,” said Marisa Bittoni, Ohio State University.

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Columbus Buddy Walk raises money for local Down Syndrome Association

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The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) welcomed the start of Down Syndrome Awareness Month (October) with a celebration on Sunday.

Promoting acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome, their Columbus Buddy Walk event was hosted at Fortress Obetz in south Columbus.

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A fun Columbus event with a serious message

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A Columbus organization hosted a Family Fun Fall Festival Sunday, bringing together the community in an effort to stop the violence.

The event, held at Champion Middle School in the King-Lincoln Bronzeville section in east Columbus, was packed with things to do, including bouncy houses, raffles, and trick-or-treating.

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Jack O’Lantern World supports breast cancer awareness in Columbus

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A spooktacular event is happening at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Thousands of hand-carved pumpkins will be on display for an immersive walk at night. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be on display at the fairgrounds on Friday.

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‘Magical’ wagon rides at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital continues to create a magical place for patients and their families.

If you visit the hospital, you will notice a fleet of butterflies on wheels. It’s called the ‘Butterfly Wagon Program.’

Nichole Ferris, with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, says the core mission of the hospital is distraction. Ferris says these blue butterfly wagons are just one of many distractions that help ease young patients as they enter the hospital.

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Glute-focused gym Peach Haus opens in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Central Ohioans with a passion for powerful glutes have a new home in Columbus.

Dubbed one of the first glute-focused gyms in Ohio, Peach Haus is the latest business to open on North Fourth Street in Italian Village. Its owner Molly Lyons hopes the studio — where there are “no ifs, just good butts” — will attract fitness fanatics and foes alike looking to gain glute muscles.

“We jokingly say, ‘If we’re opening a booty gym, we have to have a sense of humor,’” Lyons said.

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New toolkit for Ohio employers focuses on workplace mental health

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Three organizations in Ohio are joining forces to address the growing mental health crisis by teaching employers how to address their employee’s needs.

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Cardinal Health partnered to create the Employer Mental Health Toolkit.

According to the toolkit, employees struggling with anxiety or depression can lead to five missed days of work and 15 lost days of productivity per quarter.

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