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Cleveland Clinic Ohio State Promoting a Healthy Ohio

November 5, 2012

Cleveland Clinic and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are educating Ohioans to become more proactive in their healthcare decisions and overall wellness goals. The two institutions are collaborating throughout the month of November on various programs surrounding nutrition; exercise and physical activity; stress reduction, mindfulness and spiritual growth; social connectedness; health maintenance; and family health and medical history.

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich has issued a proclamation making November “Personal Healthcare Month” in Ohio. Two international leaders in personalized healthcare are leading the campaign to engage and empower Ohioans to take charge of their individual health and wellness.

“As a primary care physician, it is my job to keep patients as healthy as possible. Many diseases can be prevented by having regular check-ups, recommended screening tests and making healthy choices,” said Kathryn Teng, MD, Director of Center for Personalized Health at Cleveland Clinic. “Personal Healthcare Month celebrates the things you can do to achieve and maintain your health like talking to your family about your family health history, eating a few more vegetables and scheduling that well-check you’ve been putting off.”

The goal of Personal Healthcare Month is to highlight the importance of seeking and understanding individual genetic and non-genetic risks, which enable patients to make informed healthcare decisions about disease prevention and treatment options. Ohioans also will be encouraged to take advantage of time with relatives during Thanksgiving to ask about family health and medical history. Knowledge of individual family medical history impacts the safety and effectiveness of prescribed medications, affects behavioral and environmental risk, and also can help determine the risk for multiple diseases.

In celebration of Personal Healthcare Month in Ohio, Cleveland Clinic and its Center for Personalized Healthcare will host several events in November, including a health talk by celebrity chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit restaurant in Tremont. Whalen was recently featured in an episode of “Fat Chef,” which chronicled his weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle transformation. His family health history was a significant motivator for this change. The Health Talk with Chef Whalen will take place on Thursday, November 8, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Independence High School, 6001 Archwood Road, Independence. Reservations can be made by calling 216.444.3641.

The Center for Personalized Healthcare will also provide tools to gather information on family medical health history and have a table presence at several of its hospitals and family health centers. For more information, please visit

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