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“Accessorize, Economize and Socialize” at Greene Community Health Foundation’s 3rd annual Fashion Swap ‘N Shop, October 22nd

(XENIA, OH)—The Greene Community Health Foundation’s 3rd annual Fashion Swap ‘N Shop is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Schindler Banquet Center in Xenia.

The Fashion Swap ‘N Shop is just that…a chance for women to come together to “swap” clothing and “shop” with a variety of businesses, just in time for the holidays. Clothing swaps are becoming more and more popular as Americans from every tax bracket are cutting back how much they spend on clothing in local retail shops. And with the focus on living “greener”, it’s a great way to recycle unwanted fashion items from outfits to accessories, such as jewelry, purses and shoes.

Women are invited to bring up to 5 gently-used, upscale and consignment-worthy clothing items of all sizes, including scarves, shoes, hats and jewelry to swap with other women. The event, featuring a luncheon, fashion show and raffle, also boasts over 30 different women’s home-based businesses including Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Soul Purpose, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Gem City Fung Shui, Tomboy Tools, Scentsy, Willow House, PartyLite, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Silpada, Beau & Pearl, and many more. Goody bags filled with various items will be provided to each guest, courtesy of Key Bank. Jim Bucher of WDTN-TV will be the guest emcee for the event.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Clinic Cupboard housed at the Greene County Combined Health District in Xenia. This cupboard contains basic over-the-counter medical supplies, baby necessities and personal products for GCCHD clients in need throughout Greene County. All remaining clothing from the swap will be donated to Community Action Partnership of Greene County.

Reservations will be accepted by phone and email until Friday, October 21 at 4pm and are $30.00 per person or $25.00 per person if reserving 4 or more women together. The event is sponsored by Hagler Orthodontics, The Greene, WDTN-TV, Mini University, Inc., Beavercreek Pediatric Dentistry, Key Bank, MVP Video Creations, IHS Pharmacy & Wellness, Evergreen Children’s Center, Tiffany Jewelers and Lori’s Loft Upscale Consignment Boutique. For more information or to make your reservation, please contact Laurie Fox at 937-374-5669 or email her at The brochure is also available on the website,

Lords in London Launch San Jose Articles

By Lord David Alton

(C-FAM, London) When Lord Nicholas Windsor became a Catholic, he renounced his claim to the throne and embraced the Church’s teaching on the right to life of the unborn. This week in a Committee Room of Parliament, he supported a groundbreaking defense of that right, stating “I see the San Jose Articles as an attempt to draw a line and fight back against the strong drift towards conjuring a fully-fledged right to abortion from out of the provisions of international human rights law.”

More than 30 senior politicians, diplomats, lawyers, scholars and public figures from around the world have signed the San Jose Articles, a document that defends the unborn child and refutes the subversive international campaign that falsely claims that abortion is a human right.

The importance of the Articles was recently underlined when the UN Special Rapporteur on Health, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Secretary General all wrongly stated that a right to abortion exists. It is precisely this approach which has led to the gendercide that has taken the lives of over 100 million girls – aborted because of their sex.

The San Jose Articles, named for the city where they were drafted in Costa Rica in March 2011, were launched this month at the United Nations. Further launches have taken place in legislatures around the world – with Jim Dobbin MP and Fiona Bruce MP, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the All Party Pro Life Group, joining me at Westminster.

The San Jose Articles begin by proclaiming the scientific fact that human life begins at conception and further explains that no UN treaty mentions abortion or defines reproductive health as including abortion. On the contrary, a number of human rights treaties recognize the humanity of unborn children and the rights and duties of governments to protect them as members of the human family.

Over two-thirds of UN member-states have laws recognizing that unborn children deserve protection. Only 56 countries permit abortion for any reason, and only 22 of these are without restriction.

Some UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and wealthy countries are waging a campaign to bully and manipulate nations – from Nicaragua to Kenya; from Columbia to Ireland – into changing their laws on abortion. In this effort they misquote treaties and, more deplorably, use aid as a form of blackmail. Developing countries are told they will lose help for the poor if they fail to conform. Protecting the unborn can lead to retaliation and retribution. Sweden, for instance, withdrew all assistance to Nicaragua after it failed to pass a liberal abortion law. To justify this shocking intrusion, Sweden said abortion “is super important to us”.

Some countries are undoubtedly succumbing to the bullying and bogus assertions. The High Court of Colombia changed its country’s abortion laws based on false claims.

While no international right to abortion exists, the “right to life” is set out in Article 3 of The Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which had its genesis in the horrors of the Second World War. The San Jose Articles re-assert the admirable impulses that gave birth to the 1948 Declaration and recognize that the greatest of all rights is the right to life.

I ended my remarks at the Westminster launch with a true story.

In 1954 Joanne Schieble, a young unmarried student, discovered she was pregnant. Her father would not let her marry the child’s father. Although she could have had an abortion, it was illegal and dangerous. Instead, she arranged to have the baby adopted.

Paul and Clara Jobs adopted the baby boy and named him Steven.

Not every child will have a life as remarkable as Steve Jobs. But with every abortion we have little idea of who we are so casually losing. As the San Jose Articles remind us, every life is precious.

This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-FAM (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute ( This article appears with permission.

5 Foods that Can Trigger a Stroke

In a recent article, Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses causes and preventions of strokes, which are increasing among women.

Dr. Mercola metions five foods that can trigger a stroke. They are …

1. Red meat from animals raised on factory farms. He regards cattle and other sources of red that are raised naturally (not confined or feed antibiotics) and grass feed are heallthy and safe.

2. Salt is another stroke causing food. But, as Mercola points out their are two types of salt sold by grocers. One is processed salt (table salt)and the other is non-refined salt. He mentions Himalayan salt as a type of healthy salt.

3. Any smoked or processed meat is liable contribute to a stoke as well as other problems like cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and increased risk of diabetes.

4. Drinking one can of diet soda can increase the risk of a stroke by 48 percent. This is a bit of an eye opener.

5. Consuming any type of food with transfats increases the risk of both a stroke and heart disease. The type stroke increasing among women is called “ischemic stroke.” This is caused by plaque build-up arteries thus restricting blood flow to the brain. Transfat are one of the primary culprits for plaque. Foods contains significant levels of transfats include “crackers, chips, most store-bought baked goods, and any fried foods.”

Another factor related stroke is vitamin D deficiency. According to Dr. Mercola, this deficiency cis often the result of not being exposed to enough sunlight. I think he is trying to say women need to visit the beach more often than they do to the tanning salon.

At any rate, you can read Dr. Mercola’s article by visiting his website at

Greene Health Foundation, Buckminn’s Harley-Davidson & Xenia H.O.G. Team Up For The 20th Rusty’s Ride Raffle

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The fundraising raffle to win the 2010 Harley-Davidson XL1200X48 Sportster, purchased and donated by Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson’s own David Coterel Jr., will come to an end on Saturday, September 10th at the 20th annual Rusty’s Ride charity motorcycle ride in Xenia.

There’s still time to get tickets! They will be available for purchase until September 10th at both Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson and the Greene County Combined Health District (GCCHD) located at 360 Wilson Drive in Xenia during regular business hours. Tickets are just $5.00 each and you do not need to be present to win. Tickets are also available for the Rusty’s Ride Harley-Davidson Quilt, handmade by the Ladies of Harley to be raffled off at the event. Tickets for the quilt are just $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00 and can be purchased at both Buckminn’s and GCCHD.

Rusty’s Ride, presented by the Xenia H.O.G. Chapter #2703, supports the Greene Community Health Foundation’s ‘Holiday Project’ which provides Christmas gifts to children of families in need in Greene County. The ride will begin and end at Buckminn’s on Saturday, September 10th with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and the last bike out at 12:30 p.m. The cost for the ride is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Free Rusty’s Ride bandanas will be given to the first 200 registered riders. Lots of great music, door prizes and a hog will be featured after the ride beginning at 2 p.m. New to the event this year is the opportunity to have a professional photo taken of you with your bike for just a $5 donation. All makes of motorcycles are welcome!

It is the mission of the Greene Community Health Foundation to improve the health and wellness of Greene County residents. By raising funds and participating in community outreach opportunities, the Foundation can touch the lives of those that need assistance or services. The Foundation serves as a valuable resource to Greene County residents and continues to touch the lives of many children and adults. With generous support from the community, the Foundation can continue to make a difference every day. It was conceived as a way to address client needs that could not be covered by grant money or Greene County Combined Health District funds. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $600,000 in cash, and more than one million in gift-in-kind contributions. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated caring for those in need.

For complete details and raffle rules and regulations, please visit If you have questions or need further information, please call 937-374-5658.

International Youth Coalition Members Challenge United Nations Approach to Youth Sexuality

By Lauren Funk

NEW YORK (C-FAM) Members of the International Youth Coalition are voicing their disapproval of the rights-based approach to youth issues and the promotion of sexual license presented at the recent United Nations High Level Meeting on Youth.

“Just as we have laws prohibiting youth from using drugs, it would seem that we also have a responsibility to protect youth from engaging in sexual license, ” reflected IYc member Savanna Buckner. Buckner made her comments after attending a discussion hosted by UNFPA, which asserted that youth have the right to sexual education and to make their own autonomous decisions regarding their sexuality without consent of their parents.

“As a young person, it is extremely disturbing to witness …certain UN forces working to isolate youth from their families and particularly their parents. For its education policies to be just, the UN must accept that focusing on the family as the fundamental unit of society and on parents as primary educators is not outdated and does not overlook the individuality of each person,” Buckner told the Friday Fax.

Buckner also commented on the rejection of abstinence by the proponents of sexuality education. “By assuming abstinence is impractical, these organizations discourage youth from practicing self-restraint and effectively make contraceptives the only ‘choice.’”

Antoine Kazzi, a member of the IYc from Australia, challenged the prevalent misrepresentation of sexual and reproductive health matters as universal human rights. “Sovereign nations are being misled into thinking they have to recognize and protect sexual and reproductive health ‘rights’ in their territories… [and] that these ‘rights’ are already recognized as universal human rights; and organs of the UN are being used to perpetuate this lie,” Kazzi said.

Kazzi noted the conflict these sexual ‘rights’ have with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “These ‘rights’ encompass the right to have an induced abortion, which is the deliberate ending of a child’s life. The ending of this vulnerable life offends the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… [including] the right to life.”

Maria Lizaur, another IYc member, recounted her frustration after presenting the merits of abstinence and family values programs in reducing HIV infections and unplanned pregnancies at one of the conference’s panel discussions. “Instead of [the panelists] encouraging dialogue about what is in fact good for the youth, and about what it is that the youth wants, we [who presented this information] were simply dismissed as “too young” to understand. It is tremendously sad that there were individuals and organizations at the conference who refused to listen to the voice of young individuals seeking to share ideas that expressed pro-life and pro-family solutions.”

Though voicing frustration with those at the United Nations Youth Meeting who supported autonomous freedom of sexual engagement for young people, the IYc members are hopeful that, through true dialogue, their peers and elders alike will heed their calls for support of the family and increased personal responsibility on the part of youth in matters of sexuality.

More observations by the members of the International Youth Coalition can be found at their blog, IYc Vox.

“Lauren Funk writes for C-FAM. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-FAM (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute ( This article appears with permission.

The Problem of Sleep Deprivation

By Daniel Downs

Sleep is one of those human behaviors most necessary to human health. Sure, eating nutritious food, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding being killed are among the top three health practices. Sleep follows them is a strong fourth place.

There are many reasons people do not get enough sleep. A few that come to mind are worry, watching violent or other emotion heightening programs, eating too spicy or salty food before going to bed, conjugal relations while in bed, etc. Oh, yes, another is noise making people in one’s own home or people in the neighborhood.

Whatever the cause of sleep deprivation, the long-term problem arising from not getting enough sleep includes poor workmanship, sickness, and even death. All of which may contribute to the unemployment rate, increased costs of government, and family dysfunction.

There are several reasons why too little sleep too often over too long a period will result in ill health or death. When we are awake and active, our brains are consuming the largest share of our body’s available energy. But, when we are asleep, our body (muscular system, organs, and brain are consuming less energy, which allows more energy to be available for cellular reproduction and repair. That is why we all feel so much better after a good night’s sleep. Another reason is with an inefficiently operating cellular system cellular break down, genetic mutations, replication errors, or immune system dysfunction are more likely, which lead to ill health and even death.

It is one thing for people to choose not to get enough sleep, but it is wrong to intentionally prevent others from sleeping, except in the case of some perceived emergency or the like. History shows many examples of public officials and civilians alike seeking to harm dissenters or others by through sleep deprivation.

The regimes of Stalin and Lennon used this torture tactic in order to break-down dissenters in Siberian prison camps. The goal was to force dissenters into revealing the names of comrades, their addresses, and their plans as well as brainwashing them into accepting the regime.

Military officers captured by the North Vietnamese were often prevented from sleeping in the attempt to force them into confessions beyond name, rank and serial number. The mind and will of some officers did break and they did tell their captors what they knew about U.S. military operations and plans.

Domestically, Jews were often harassed in the middle of the night by disgruntled non-Jews while Americans were embracing Nazism and other forms of fascism during the 1930s and 1940s. The same was true of emancipated Negroes both during and after the eras of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. After 911, American Muslims most likely experienced the same thing.

Today, news reports indicate that sleep deprivation is epidemic in America. No doubt some of the problem is the American lifestyle; other contributing factors include the demands of children, worry over finances, and the like. Yet, there still are some Americans intent on keeping neighbors and even members of their own households from sleeping in the attempt to harm them. Not out of a sense of self-defense or possible fear of harm, but because of some jealousy, prejudice, cultural or other difference, or simply because of they simply dislike the other. Where it occurs, justice demands its end.

Pro-Life Governor Signs Late-Term Abortion Ban to Save Lives

(Columbus, OH) – On July 20, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed H.B. 78, the Late-Term Abortion Ban. This new law, supported by Ohio Right to Life, is the most important piece of pro-life legislation that Ohio has passed in years and is part of an overall national strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade. The legislation was advocated for by its sponsors Rep. Joe Uecker (R -Loveland), Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Cuyahoga Falls) and Senator Peggy Lehner (R- Kettering).

“In order to protect life, it takes compassionate leadership from our elected officials. By signing this critical pro-life legislation, Governor Kasich demonstrated to all Ohioans that the health and welfare of mothers and their unborn children are of paramount importance to the state of Ohio,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director for Ohio Right to Life. “According to the Department of Health, an abortion took place in Ohio last year when the baby was 35 weeks old. From now on, these babies and their mothers will be protected,” said Gonidakis.

This legislation bans post-viability abortions except when the pregnant woman’s life is in danger. Up to this point in Ohio, a woman could legally have an abortion up to and through her ninth month of pregnancy. With today’s signature by Governor Kasich, babies who can live outside of their mother’s womb will no longer be subject to death by abortion.

The bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives earlier this year with an astounding 65 to 33 bi-partisan vote. Last week, through the leadership of pro-life Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond), Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) and Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro),the bill passed the Senate by an overwhelming bipartisan vote.

Youth and Their Well-Being(?) – U.N. Agenda

By Tyler Ament

The draft outcome document for the High-Level Meeting on Youth proves troubling for those who want to maintain the unity and mutual understanding of families.

In the draft, governments and Heads of State:

“Reaffirm the World Programme of Action for Youth, including its fifteen interrelated priority areas, and call upon Member States to continue its implementation…”

Now, if one wishes to implement the WPAY, one can simply take a look at the implementation guide drafted by the UN Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs. This is where the trouble starts.

It is a good thing to desire the well-being of youth, but that also means it is a horribly wrong thing to use such language to break apart the foundation of youth development that is the family.

On the topic of health, pg. 54 of the implementation guide speaks of “how governments can promote the sexual and reproductive health of young men and women” and cites two steps:

1. Eliminate any policies that prevent young people under 18 or unmarried youth from using reproductive health services, including requirements for parental consent.

2. Support youth-based organizations that disseminate info on sexual and reproductive health.

Translation, keep parents out of their kids’ health decisions by leveraging the government, and replace a family discussion with info from the local “services” provider who has a direct financial and ideological interest in keeping parents out of the discussion.

Where did well-being go? Western society knows what happens when kids only have one parent to raise them, what will happen if we encourage it to be none?

This article was originally posted on the international law blog Turtle Bay and Beyond on July 23, 2011

Greene County Healthy Lifestyles Coalition To Hold 8th Annual Family Fitness Challenge

(Xenia, OH) The Greene County Healthy Lifestyles Coalition is hosting its 8th Annual Family Fitness Challenge on Thursday, July 21st at Shawnee Park in Xenia 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public. Families and groups are encouraged to attend.

The Fitness Challenge is designed to motivate youth and families to adopt healthier lifestyles—specifically in the areas of fitness and nutrition. Participants can visit fitness stations (including an inflatable bounce house) and health information booths, complete a fitness passport and receive a free prize (while supplies last). Healthy snacks will be available.

Partners for the Challenge include the Greene County Combined Health District; the Xenia YMCA and OSU Extension, Greene County.

For more information, call Shauna VanWinkle at 937-374-5661.

Annual “Pull for the Kids” Truck & Tractor Pull scheduled for June 25 at the Greene County Fairgrounds

(XENIA, OH) The Greene County Combined Health District (GCCHD) is holding its annual “Pull for the Kids” Truck and Tractor Pull on Saturday, June 25th at the Greene County Fairgrounds. This event is a fundraiser for the Greene Community Health Foundation. The philanthropic arm of GCCHD, the Greene Community Health Foundation raises and manages gifts on behalf of the Health District. The generosity of our donors allows GCCHD to continue the commitment to offer quality healthcare to Greene County residents in need regardless of their ability to pay.

An antique tractor pull will begin at 10 a.m., a kiddie tractor pull at 3 p.m., and the big modified tractors and trucks begin at 5 p.m. For those interested in entering a truck or tractor, entry fees range from $1 to $20, depending on the entry. Cash prizes will be awarded for the winners in each division. General admission is only $5.00 per adult and children ages 10 and younger are free. Lots of family fun, food and drinks are on tap for all ages.

This event is sponsored in part by the Old Timers Club, Greene County FFA Alumni, Barker’s Towing, Greene County Dailies, Farm Bureau of Greene County and NAPA Auto Parts. For more information, please contact Carol Sue Knox, Development Assistant at 937-374-5658 or by email at

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