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The American Red Cross is in desperate need of eligible blood and platelet donors in helping resupply their shelves after severe winter weather caused a cancellation of nearly 300 blood drives across 27 states.

The organization said more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations have been left uncollected since Dec. 1.

A regular donor, Jim Taylor who’s son, Aaron, was born with a rare liver condition, and received 115 transfusions in the short two months of his life, said he knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion.

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor in a press release. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.”

Through Feb. 28, donors in the central Ohio area can enter to win $2,000 in Kroger gift cards through the upcoming blood donation opportunities are scheduled throughout Franklin County.

Canal Winchester

  • 1/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Revolution Realty Blood Drive, 25 E. Waterloo Street
  • 1/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., BrockStrong Foundation at Shade On The Canal, 300 Washington Street

Columbus

  • 1/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/20/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Germain Automotive Company, 4300 Morse Crossing
  • 1/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU College of Nursing, 1585 Neil Avenue
  • 1/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road
  • 1/20/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hilliard Horizon Elementary School, 6000 Renner Rd
  • 1/21/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, 40 E. Dominion
  • 1/23/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Physics Research Building, 191 West Woodruff Avenue
  • 1/23/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., OSU RPAC, 337 Annie & John Glenn Ave
  • 1/23/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nestor Hall, 550 East Spring Street
  • 1/24/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/25/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 1/25/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/26/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Parks Hall, 500 West 12th
  • 1/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University College of Dentistry, 305 West 12th Avenue
  • 1/26/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble – South Campus Gateway, 1598 N. High St.
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., OSU Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), 855 Woody Hayes Dr.
  • 1/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Taylor Tower, 55 W Lane Ave
  • 1/27/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., OSU Wilce Student Health Center, 1875 Milliken Road
  • 1/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 1/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 18th Ave Library, 175 W. 18th Ave
  • 1/28/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/29/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Christ the King-Columbus, 2777 E. Livingston Ave
  • 1/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/30/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., OSU Park-Stradley, 120 W. 11th Ave
  • 1/31/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Derby Hall, 1010 Derby Hall, 154 North Oval Mall
  • 1/31/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road
  • 1/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/1/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road
  • 2/1/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU College of Public Health, 1841 Neil Ave.
  • 2/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/1/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Canfield Hall, 236 West 11th Avenue
  • 2/1/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., IBEW-Local 683, 947 Goodale Ave.
  • 2/2/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Siegel Center, 6001 East Broad Street
  • 2/2/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/2/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Road
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/3/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/3/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Pfahl Hall, Pfahl Hall, 280 W Woodruff Ave
  • 2/4/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/4/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 186 N 17th Ave
  • 2/5/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Congregation Tifereth Israel, 1354 E. Broad Street
  • 2/6/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Ave.
  • 2/6/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., 18TH AVE LIBRARY, 175 W. 18th Ave, Science and Engineering Library
  • 2/6/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/6/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Peter Church, St. Peter’s Church, 6899 Smoky Row Road
  • 2/7/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Scott Laboratory, 201 W. 19th Ave., Scott Laboratory
  • 2/7/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/8/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 452 West 10th Avenue
  • 2/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 452 West 10th Avenue
  • 2/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/9/2017: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m., iHeartMedia, 2323 W. Fifth Avenue
  • 2/9/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., OSU Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue
  • 2/9/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/9/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/10/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/10/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Research Administration Building, 1960 Kenny Road
  • 2/10/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Department of English, Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave
  • 2/10/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/10/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad Street
  • 2/11/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/11/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Easton Gateway/Dick’s Sporting Goods, 4304 Easton Gateway Drive
  • 2/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shamrock Club, 60 W Castle
  • 2/13/2017: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Doctors Hospital, 5100 West Broad Street
  • 2/13/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., OSU ROTC-Converse Hall, 2121 Tuttle Park Drive, 153 Converse Hall
  • 2/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., OSU Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Dr.
  • 2/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Doctors Hospital, 5100 West Broad Street
  • 2/13/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/14/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nestor Hall, 550 East Spring Street
  • 2/14/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Stillman Hall
  • 2/14/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/14/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, 1125 College
  • 2/15/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/15/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Evans Scholars House, 121 E. 16th Ave.

Dublin

  • 1/23/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St.
  • 1/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., CheckSmart, 6805 Bobcat Way, Room 212
  • 1/28/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Discover Christian Church, 2900 Martin Rd
  • 1/30/2017: 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dublin Baptist Church, 7195 Coffman Rd.

Gahanna

  • 1/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/23/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/24/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/25/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/31/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/1/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/4/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St Matthew the Apostle Church, 795 Havens Corners Rd.
  • 2/5/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., New Life Church, 3690 N. Stygler Road
  • 2/6/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/7/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/8/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/9/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/12/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Stonybrook United Methodist Church, 485 Cherrybottom Road
  • 2/13/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/14/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

Grove City

  • 2/1/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Grove City Kingston Center Community Drive, 3226 Kingston Avenue
  • 2/15/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mount Carmel Grove City, 5300 North Meadows Drive

Groveport

  • 2/13/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Mary’s Church Groveport, 5684 Groveport Road

Hilliard

  • 1/27/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hilliard Public Library, 4772 Cemetery Road
  • 2/3/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Brendan Church, 4475 Dublin Road
  • 2/8/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School, 4681 Leap Rd.

New Albany

  • 1/31/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., New Albany Surgical Hospital Foundation, 7277 Smiths Mill Road
  • 2/6/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., New Albany Methodist Church, 20 Third St.

Reynoldsburg

  • 2/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main Street

Upper Arlington

  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Rd.

Westerville

  • 2/2/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Campus Center, 100 West Home Street
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westerville Community UCC, 770 County Line Rd.
  • 2/4/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State Street
  • 2/9/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wilder Elementary, 6375 Goldfinch Dr.

Worthington

  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 600 High Street
  • 1/28/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Old Worthington Library, 820 High Street
  • 2/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Worthington Education Association, 200 East Wilson Bridge Road
  • 2/13/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 High Street
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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1F2t7Vg91U/?igshid=9icqe17xmslg

H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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Truth or Trend: “His” vs “Her” portions

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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It’s not uncommon to scroll through Instagram and see beautiful plates of food labeled “his” and “hers.” Typically the “his” plate is larger in all portions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

But, this depiction of portioning is inaccurate and can be damaging to the way women satisfy their hunger.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmBjeBnB5jb/

Gender does not determine the quantity of food people “should” eat. From a science perspective, there are so many variables that affect metabolic rates that are not specific to sex, such as amount of muscle mass, fat mass, location of these deposits, physical activity, and more. 

For example, a very active, self-identified woman with high lean body mass can have significantly higher maintenance caloric needs compared to a more sedentary male identifying person. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxnh7yaFftA/

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you that gender determines the amount you deserve to eat. Listen to your body and your hunger cues. Fuel your body for what you need!

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