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Lecture to address how nutrition affects cardiovascular disease

Author and physician Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. will visit The University of Toledo to discuss how nutrition affects cardiovascular disease.

His lecture, “The Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease: Fact or Fiction,” will take place Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1000A on UT’s Health Science Campus.



Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association.

“Toledo is a great place for Dr. Esselstyn to come and educate the community about heart disease prevention through nutrition,” said Sophie Tuthill, a second-year UT medical student and one of the program organizers.

Esselstyn, a former general surgeon who directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, was featured in the Netflix documentary “Forks Over Knives.” He is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (2007).

His research supports a plant-based diet to prevent and reverse cardiovascular disease. The diet includes fruits, vegetables, tubers and starchy vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

book_preventThe diet prohibits all meat, fish, dairy and oils — foods that damage the inner lining of the artery, according to Esselstyn’s research.

Esselstyn said his patients “rejoice” at learning the impact of nutrition on their cardiovascular health. “They become empowered to halt their disease,” he said.

“It’s important for citizens to take an active stance in their health,” Tuthill said. “If you change your lifestyle and diet, you can reverse your illness.”

Esselstyn emphasized the importance of medical students learning how poor nutrition leads to heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes.

“I really applaud UT for offering this lecture,” he said.

The free, public lecture is sponsored by the following UT student organizations: Student Health and Wellness Organization, Community Health for the Underserved, Internal Medicine Club and Surgery Club.

Women’s golf team to sport red in February to help fight heart disease

The University of Toledo women’s golf program will wear a red golf shirt on one day of each of its tournaments during the month of February to help raise awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women.

Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth became involved in the fight against heart disease in women following a near-death experience last summer. She served as a guest speaker at the American Heart Association’s Go Red event in Toledo in November and has helped spread the word since.

wear red golf T“I was so honored to be asked to speak at the Go Red event as a local survivor for the fight against heart disease,” Hollingsworth said. “Since then, my life has changed. I cannot tell you how many people have approached me. I have been overwhelmed with the concern I have received, from people that I know to complete strangers.

“I see this as a personal cause, too, because I want women to know what the signs are,” she said. “In my case, I had 15 seconds and I called 911. If I hadn’t called 911 that day, I’m not sure I would be here today. Eighty percent of cardiovascular disease is reversible, but we have to take care of ourselves as women.”

In addition to the Go Red event, Hollingsworth was featured locally by WTOL’s morning news and appeared in a special segment for the evening news to discuss getting in better shape. She talked about how losing 73 pounds over the last 18 months probably saved her life in July when the heart episode happened. Hollingsworth’s story also appeared on BCSN’s Rocket Roundup and nationally in Golfweek magazine.

The Rockets have decided as a team to support the fight against heart disease in women.

“Our players decided unanimously that they would like this to be a cause that we try to educate people about,” Hollingsworth said. “We are going to give out information to other teams at our tournaments about National Heart Month to let them know more about heart disease.”

In addition to that show of support on the links, the Rockets want to make sure that people know that the National Wear Red Day — Go Red for Women is Friday, Feb. 5.

“We want to see everyone wearing red on February 5,” Hollingsworth said. “Anyone who is interested can wear the same red shirt we wear on the golf course. We would like to sell as many as possible so we can make a considerable donation to two great causes.”

Contact Hollingsworth at nicole.hollingsworth@utoledo.edu if you would
like to purchase a golf shirt for $40. Add $10 for shipping costs. You also can send a check as well as your shirt size (either men’s or women’s) to:

Nicole Hollingsworth
The University of Toledo Women’s Golf
2801 W. Bancroft St. — MS 302
Toledo, OH 43606

The Rockets will make donations from the shirt sales to the American Heart Association of Northwest Ohio and The University of Toledo Medical Center Cardiovascular Research.

UT to host community electronics recycling drive Feb. 6

The time to dispose of your old, broken or unwanted electronics is now.

The University of Toledo’s Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design (SEED) Initiative will kick off Recyclemania, an eight-week recycling competition that draws participants from colleges across the United States and Canada, with a community electronics recycling drive.

Electronic Recycling DriveThe fourth annual electronics recycling drive will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Parking Area 25, which is located near Rocket Hall right off Secor Road.

Community members are invited to drop off laptops, computers, printers, speakers, cameras, cell phones, VCRs and more. Any data-bearing devices will be wiped.

Televisions, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and CRT monitors will not be accepted, as they have to undergo a different recycling process.

“Recycling electronics instead of sending them to the landfill has environmental, social and economic benefits, including conserving rare minerals currently mined unsustainably, often through poor working conditions,” said Neil Tabor, sustainability specialist for the UT SEED Initiative.

The initiative is pairing up with Affinity Information Management (AIMecycling), an R-2 Certified recycler located in Toledo, to handle items.

“Choosing to recycle through a local company returns money to the Toledo economy and saves on extra pickup fees for bulkier items,” Tabor said.

Last year, the University took ninth place in the electronics recycling category of Recyclemania, thanks in part to the success of the 2015 community electronics recycling drive.

For more information about the recycling drive, contact Tabor at SEED@utoledo.edu or 419.530.1042.

UT pharmacy students to host Cleveland conference in March

The University of Toledo chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association is encouraging pharmacy students and faculty to sign up for the 2016 regional conference that will take place Friday through Sunday, March 11-13, at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland.

Early bird discounts are available for those who register through Sunday, Feb. 7.

web snpha regionalsThis year the 90-member UT chapter is hosting the conference that will draw pharmacy students and pharmacists from across the country.

“We want to revive passion for pharmacy,” Ami Mehta, a second-year pharmacy student at UT and association member, said. “Our mission is to serve the underserved.”

UT student leaders titled the conference “ROCK YOURx WORLD!”

“The weekend event is a good way to network, meet potential employers, and grow personally and professionally,” Akeem Bale, president of the local chapter and third-year pharmacy student at UT, said. “We have organized a clinicals competition and a talent show to celebrate our diversity. Plus, we will hold several innovative continuing education workshops, such as financial literacy and the dangers of drug abuse.”

To register for the conference, click here.

Pianist to play Mozart, Beethoven at Feb. 7 recital

Dr. José López, associate professor and coordinator of keyboard studies for Florida International University in Miami, will give a master class and a recital as part of The University of Toledo’s Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series.

The master class will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, and the recital will be Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. Both events are free.



The recital program will include Mozart’s Motet from “Thamos, King in Egypt,” Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata, “November” by Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn, and a collection of works by Charles Valentin Alkan.

In addition to his work at Florida International University, López is the president of the university’s South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society. He also is the founder and co-director of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s Living Artist Concert Series.

López holds master and doctoral degrees from the University of Miami School of Music. He performs throughout the United States and internationally with chamber groups, orchestras and as a solo pianist.

As founder of the Dalbergi Trio, he is passionate about restoring unique and unusual pieces from romantic and classical composers.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music, at michael.boyd.@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

Master planning team shares analysis findings at forum

The University of Toledo’s master planning team today began to share findings of the initial analysis of campus facilities and amenities.

The brown-bag forum was the first of three scheduled sessions where the master planning team will share the results of its focus groups, interviews, community forums and building and facility evaluations. The process is looking at each of UT’s campuses to fully understand the resources and land use available for classroom and laboratory instruction, residential life and recreational activities.

“We have never done a campus master plan since combining [Main Campus] with the Health Science Campus, so this is a very important initiative,” said Jason Toth, UT associate vice president for facilities and construction.

Throughout fall semester, the planning team examined building conditions, utilization of classroom spaces and teaching laboratories, and the educational adequacy of campus facilities. Those factors will provide the decision-making criteria informing SmithGroupJJR’s recommendations for the master plan regarding the University’s multiple campuses.

Through their analysis, the planners noted a clear division in the layout of Main Campus facilities. Academic facilities are located mostly north of the Ottawa River, while residential facilities are south of the river, with few outliers in either group. They also noted a change in the character of campus moving from older areas along Bancroft Street toward the newest parts along Dorr Street. Moving around Main Campus is easy by bike with many paths, racks, and a shared bike system, but Douglas Road and the rail line are barriers for pedestrians and bikes.

Some older buildings on Main Campus are in need of investment, such as University Hall, but analysis of Health Science Campus showed that most buildings are in good condition and require continued regular maintenance. Parking is in demand for patients, visitors, students and employees, while there is confusion for patient/visitor parking.

The master planning team is still assessing the use of Scott Park Campus along with major change drivers that impact the facilities on all of the University’s campuses.

The team is coordinating its planning with the strategic enrollment planning study to anticipate future demand for academic spaces, residential beds, dining facilities and recreation spaces. Also important to the process, the team is assessing the potential impact of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ affiliation with ProMedica.

Following the presentation, the planners asked for feedback and encouraged questions about the analysis to date from those in attendance, fielding inquiries about consideration of alternative energy, future plans for vacant University-owned property, pedestrian rights of way and historic preservation.

“This is about having many voices heard,” Toth said. He added, “We want to hear what you have to say.”

The forum was attended by approximately 25 people representing students, faculty, staff, collective bargaining units, alumni and University neighbors.

The next session will be Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium on Main Campus.

An additional session has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1200 on Health Science Campus.

The community can continue to offer feedback and suggestions through utoledomasterplan.org.

Later in the year, the group will present potential master plan scenarios.

UT Laps for Diabetes to support local youth

This weekend, join the Lambda Sigma National Honor Society at The University of Toledo to have some fun in the pool while raising money for a good cause.

The second annual UT Laps for Diabetes will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Aquatic area of the Student Recreation Center

Aquatic area of the Student Recreation Center

All funds raised will be donated to Camp Ho Mita Koda, the oldest summer camp in the nation for children with diabetes that is sponsored by the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland.

On Saturday, there will be events throughout the day; these will include a diving contest, water basketball knockout, relay races, a biggest splash competition and more. Winners will receive small prizes.

On Sunday, four large awards will be given out for the most combined laps swam by an organization, organization with the most participants, most money raised by an individual, and most laps swam by an individual.

Those who sign up can reserve a lane for half an hour to swim laps, or sign up as a non-swimmer and show up whenever they want to take advantage of the activities as well as the pool’s water slide, low dives, platform, sauna, hot tub and more. Lambda Sigma is asking that those who sign up donate at least $10, but more is appreciated.

To sign up, click here. Registration also will be available the day of the event.

For more information on the event or how to volunteer or sponsor, contact Kathryn Flanagan or Abriana Holzworth at utlaps4diabetes@gmail.com or 419.504.3816.

Classic films to be shown at UT

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present two classic films shown as they were intended — on 16 mm film.

On Friday, Feb. 5, “Breathless,” a 1960 film directed by Jean Luc Goddard and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and Daniel Boulanger, will be shown.

Breathless movie poster“Breathless” features a small-time thief who steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with an American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

On Friday, April 1, “Stagecoach,” a 1939 film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor and Andy Devine, will be screened.

“Stagecoach” features a group of nine people traveling on a stagecoach who find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Center for Performing Arts Room 1039. Tickets can be purchased here for “Breathless” and here for “Stagecoach.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for military, senior, students, children and UT faculty, staff and alumni. Price includes popcorn and a soft drink.

Criminal justice, social work, legal specialties career/internship fair Feb. 4

The University of Toledo Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Paralegal Studies is hosting a career and internship fair Thursday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

Representatives from more than 80 agencies will be available to meet with students interested in law enforcement, corrections, social work, probation and legal specialties.

Students of all majors are encouraged to attend and meet potential employers, including the FBI, police departments throughout the state, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Marshall & Melhorn LLC, and the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center.

“Students should dress professionally and bring a resumé,” Dr. Wendi Goodlin-Fahncke, assistant professor of criminal justice, said. “Even if you’re not looking for a job or internship, this is a great opportunity to network for the future.”

Dokken added to Rock the Arena lineup for March 19

Dokken has been added to the Rock the Arena festival lineup for the show in Savage Arena Saturday, March 19.

The Grammy-nominated band is best known for songs “Burning Like a Flame,” “In My Dreams” and “Alone Again.” Dokken will replace L.A. Guns.



“Due to circumstances beyond our control, L.A. Guns will not be performing on March 19. However, we are thrilled to have Dokken in the lineup,” said UT Associate Athletic Director Tony Zaworski. “We can’t really say Dokken is ‘stepping in for L.A. Guns’ because with over 10 million albums sold, they are on a different level. Having Dokken on the bill adds value for the fans.

“We appreciate how great Don Dokken has been, even agreeing to play an earlier slot than normal to accommodate other bands’ travel schedules, which were already set,” Zaworski added.

Bret Michaels will headline Rock the Arena. Michaels is best known as the front man for Poison, as well as for his “Rock of Love” reality show and victory on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

The all-day music fest also will include Ratt, Warrant, Winger, Lita Ford, Firehouse and Trixter.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with the music beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $35.50 and can be purchased at UTRockets.com, by calling 419.530.4653 or at the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

Limited UT student tickets are available with UT ID for $29 (limit four) at the UT Ticket Office located in Savage Arena.

For further information on Rock the Arena or other upcoming Savage Live events, visit UTRockets.com.