March 6, 2017
Resources Available to Treat Problem Gambling
To raise awareness of the warning signs of problem gambling and to promote the availability
of help, Gov. Kasich has declared March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Ohio.
“Problem gambling is a public health issue affecting up to 500,000 Ohioans of all ages, races
and ethnic backgrounds,” Gov. Kasich said in his resolution.“Numerous individuals, professionals and organizations have dedicated their efforts to the education of the public about problem gambling and the availability of the effectiveness of treatment.”
Ohio’s county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Boards, community service agencies and Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) – which includes the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – have joined forces to ensure that quality prevention and treatment services are available for Ohioans with problem gambling behaviors.
Problem gambling behaviors can include:
• Frequently borrowing money to gamble.
• Gambling to escape boredom, pain or loneliness.
• Lying to loved ones about gambling.
• Trying to win back money lost.
• Losing interest in other activities.
• Being irritable about gambling behavior.
• Having unexplained absences for long periods of time.
The website the95percent.org has resources to help individuals and families understand what
responsible gambling looks like, to recognize the signs of high-risk gambling and addiction, and to know how to get help for loved ones.
Responsible gambling includes the following:
• Setting a limit on how much money and time will be spent gambling.
• Paying bills first and spending only what you can afford to lose.
• Knowing that gambling will not solve money concerns.
• Gambling for fun, not to avoid being depressed or upset.
If untreated, gambling addiction can lead to serious consequences, such as health concerns,
the destruction of relationships, bankruptcy,
divorce, domestic violence, depression and even
suicide. Among gamblers, 32 percent attempt suicide in their lifetimes, according to ORG.
For more information about how to help someone dealing with problem gambling, visit the95percent.org or call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at (800) 589-9966.
March 1, 2017
Women’s History Month Events Held Statewide
A variety of events are planned across the state this month in honor of Women’s History Month.
Here are a few:
A program titled “Our Foremothers: Making History Herstory” will be held at 6 p.m. on
Thursday, March 16, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way. The program will highlight lesser-known trailblazing women who have played significant roles in history. The program is free, but advance registration is required.
The Ohio State University will host a celebration of women in the arts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday,
March 8, in the Greeting Hall Meeting Room of the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. The event will
highlight art by women of color and will include networking opportunities with professional
women and students. Admission is free.
The second annual “Insights for Women in Business” event will be held at 11:30 a.m. on
Friday, March 10, at the Montgomery County Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati
St. The featured speaker will be Marie Cosgrove, CEO of balance back, a manufacturer of diagnostic and treatment devices for dizziness, concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
The program is free, but advance registration is required. For registration and more information, email Ann Riegle-Crichton at ARiegle@DaytonMetroLibrary.org.
The fifth annual Women of the World Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at Start High School, 2010 Tremainsville Road. The event will feature remarks by Alicia Smith, director of the Toledo Youth Commission; workshops on internet safety, social media, self-defense, and establishing and maintaining good credit; and the presentation of the Young Women Trailblazing Awards, which recognize individuals
who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls.
February 22, 2017
Tips for Easier Tax Filing
With tax season underway, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) offers the following suggestions to avoid errors and make filing easier:
File electronically. Ohio now offers two ways to file taxes electronically. To learn more about
each option and decide which one is right for
you, go to:
Don’t forget about local taxes. Many cities, villages and school districts require local residents to pay income tax. To learn your local tax obligations, go to:
Make sure your address is correct. If you use a tax preparer to file your return electronically, make sure the preparer has your current address. If you have moved since last year’s filing, your preparer may need to update your mailing address with ODT. Otherwise, your refund may be returned to ODT as “undeliverable.”
Check your math. Math errors slow down the processing of refunds. Also remember that the
federal adjusted gross income listed on your federal tax return must match the federal adjusted
gross income listed on your state tax return(s). To avoid math errors, you may want to consider an electronic filing option such as I-File, which calculates the return for you.
Include all necessary forms and information. Don’t forget to:
• Include W-2s when mailing a return. Also, if applicable, send the schedules used to
calculate your deductions, additions and credits.
• Include your school district number on your return.
• Calculate your Ohio use tax (see page 34 of the 2016 Ohio income tax instructions).
• If you owe tax, send the IT 40 payment voucher and check. Be sure to include the last
four digits of your Social Security number, as well as the tax year, on your check.
• If you’re mailing a paper return, sign and enclose all pages and any schedules, but don’t
staple checks or forms to your return.
February 14, 2017
February is Cancer Awareness Month
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about a third of the most common cancers in the U.S. could be prevented by eating more healthily, being active and staying
lean. That’s an estimated 374,000 cases of cancer in the United States that would never happen.
In the United States, men have nearly a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is closer to one in three. Lifestyle decisions that can help reduce that risk
include quitting tobacco, eating better, exercising regularly, using sun protection and undergoing recommended screenings.
Here are some additional suggestions:
• Keep a healthy weight. Limit foods with added sugars and fats that provide a lot of calories but few nutrients.
• Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables and make at least half your grains whole grains.
• Limit your meat portions. Choose a variety of protein foods, including seafood, poultry, lean meat, legumes, eggs and nuts.
• Limit alcohol. If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one drink daily for women and two for men.
• Consume less sodium. Read food labels to learn exactly how much sodium is in a product.
To learn more about diet and cancer prevention, visit aicr.org or cancer.org.
February 10, 2017
Human Trafficking Awareness Day Drew 500 to Statehouse
Human trafficking survivors shared how they have recovered from their experiences and rebuilt their lives. More than 500 people gathered in the Statehouse Atrium on Feb. 2 for the Eighth
Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
“Every year, we gather together for a day of collective reflection here at the Statehouse. It offers us an opportunity to learn from each other and from those doing the work on the
ground and a really important opportunity to learn from the survivor advocates who
courageously share their stories and wisdom with us,” said Elizabeth Ranade-Janis, Ohio
Anti-Human Trafficking coordinator. “This is a room filled with passionate and politically
diverse advocates and movers and shakers in our state to engage in peaceful and productive
discourse and to stand united on behalf of the most vulnerable people in our state and
in our nation.”
Sometimes called modern-day slavery, human trafficking is a crime in which individuals
are forced to engage in labor and/or sex. Ohioans of all ages and demographics can become
victims, but children and teenagers are especially vulnerable.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal trade in the world, second only to drug
trafficking, said state Rep. Teresa Fedor, who has authored several human trafficking bills and
organizes the Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day each year.
“In Ohio, we’ve identified almost 3,000 children that are at risk every year and 1,000 children that are victimized every year,” she said.
Fedor noted that participation in Human Trafficking Awareness Day has increased each
“What does that mean? That means we have grown in the urgency to fix this, to not accept
what’s going on,” she said. “[We’re] really looking at it through the eyes of humanity and what we stand for.”
Human Trafficking Awareness Day included panel discussions with social workers and legal
and law enforcement professionals. The event featured a keynote address by Elaine Richardson, a literacy studies professor at The Ohio State University who was a human trafficking victim as a young adult. The day closed with another panel discussion in which human trafficking survivors shared how they’ve rebuilt their lives.
Gov. Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force has made available a free 50-minute
training video on its website, humantrafficking. ohio.gov, about how to recognize the signs of
human trafficking. If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, call the National
Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or text “INFO” or “HELP” to 233733.
February 7, 2017
February Is American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States,
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that heart disease often can be prevented when people make healthy choices and better manage their health conditions.
The American Heart Association offers the following advice to prevent heart disease:
Choose healthy foods. Eat foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium, as well as plenty of
fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish (preferably oily fish, at least twice a week), nuts, legumes and seeds. Also try eating some meals without meat. Select lower-fat dairy products and skinless poultry. Limit sugar-sweetened beverages and red meat. If you choose to eat meat, select the leanest cuts available.
Be physically active. Work up to at least 150 minutes o f m o d e r a t e - i n t e n s i t y
aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity (such as jogging or running) every week. In addition, try to do muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week. Aim for activities that work all major muscle groups, including legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.
Learn the warning signs of a heart attack.
These include shortness of breath, nausea,
light-headedness, and/or discomfort in the chest, one or both arms, the neck, jaw or stomach.
For more tips on preventing heart disease, contact the American Heart Association.
February 6, 2017
Statehouse to Host Black History Month Events
Annette Jefferson will portray Rosa Parks during a historical reenactment on Tuesday.
The Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month with historical reenactments and a
children’s art exhibit honoring civil rights legend Rosa Parks.
Historical reenactments will be presented in the Atrium each Tuesday at noon throughout
February. The 45-minute vignettes are presented by We’ve Known Rivers, a group of historical reenactors based in Columbus. The performances will be streamed live on the Ohio Channel at ohiochannel.org.
The following performances are scheduled:
Feb. 7: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks, portrayed by Annette Jefferson
Feb. 14: Poet and Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar, portrayed by Anthony Gibbs
Feb. 21: Professor Henry “Box” Brown, portrayed by Rory Rennick
Feb. 28: George Washington Williams, portrayed by Gibbs
The art exhibit honoring Parks, called “The Power of One,” will be on display in the Map
Room through the end of the month. The exhibit features artwork by students in kindergarten
through third grade on the theme of how they would change the world for the better. The exhibit
is named after Parks because of her historic act of refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus on Dec. 1, 1955. Parks’ act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was one of the pivotal moments of the civil rights movement.
For more information about Statehouse Black History Month events, visit ohiostatehouse.org.
February 1, 2017
Gov. Kasich’s Budget Prioritizes Jobs, Training
On Monday, Gov. Kasich presented his proposed biennial budget for state fiscal years 2018 and 2019, “Building for Ohio’s Next Generation.” Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Dungey stated that, once again, the governor’s budget prioritizes jobs and helping people get the education, training and other services they need to support their families and build their careers. It provides the necessary funding for all of our core programs, as well as Bridges, the new program that will allow us to provide additional supportive services for young people who’ve aged out of foster care.
The governor’s budget also provides the funding we need to continue providing the same high quality service to our internal and external customers. As most of you know, this is just the beginning of the budget process. Members of the House and Senate still must review the governor’s proposals and then approve a final version by June 30. We’ll share more details with you when we have them. In the meantime, anyone interested in reading “Building for Ohio’s Next Generation” can find it at budget.ohio.gov.