Monday, February 23, 2009

Elaine Edgar
Dr. Elaine Edgar

Dr. Edgar to speak on “raising bar” toward continuous improvementDr. Elaine Edgar, executive director of the Ohio Partnership for Excellence, will speak about the “Ohio Award for Excellence and Higher Education” Tuesday, February 24, from 1-2 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room B. Learn more about the Baldrige approach and how higher education institutions have used this award process to raise the bar in their quest for continuous improvement.

The Baldrige assessment process is the benchmark for improving organizational performance and achieving predictable, reliable and repeatable results.

Prior to joining the Ohio Partnership for Excellence, Edgar’s career encompassed work in higher education at the Ohio Board of Regents and most recently in secondary education at the Ohio Department of Education. Edgar has been instrumental in establishing working relationships among K-12 education, colleges, universities, businesses and industry. Contact Sunday Zidonis at ext. 5987 if you would like to attend.

This Week pageRead about the Delaware Campus in ThisWeekThis Week Community Newspaper reporter Bonnie Butcher has an article about Columbus State’s progress at the Delaware County campus. You can read it here!

ABS light on?carThe automotive brake class is looking for a few vehicles that have the ABS light on and need brake service (not theService Engine” light). To schedule an appointment for the class to work on your car, please email Dave Hill.



heart artA healthy heart saves the economy?Don Laubenthal

By Don Laubenthal
Columbus State Wellness Committee


Do you want to do your part to boost the economy? Take care of your heart! 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the projected cost in 2009 for heart disease will be over $300 billion in health care, medical treatments and lost productivity. 

With 11 different forms, heart disease remains the nations leading killer for both the men and women. What can be done to cut the cost of this deadly disease?

For the vast majority of the population, the best solution is to reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight gain, smoking, stress, and physical inactivity. The easiest risk factor to tackle is physical inactivity, and reducing this risk factor will help you control most other risk factors.

The Surgeon General suggests that everyone should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days. If you meet the Surgeon General guidelines for physical activity, you are as much as 60 percent less likely to develop heart disease. 

If you exercise more than the Surgeon General recommendations, your risks for heart disease decline even further. 

So let’s all do our part to help the economy and bail our hearts out of trouble by following these five easy steps:

  1. Exercise on a consistent basis.

  2. Have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and if either is high, develop a plan for reduction.

  3. Reach and maintain a healthy weight.

  4. Stop smoking.

  5. Manage your stress.

This plan provides great protection for the heart, and it has the potential to save our health, money, and lives by preventing heart disease.

You can make a difference in children’s livesafterschool communityColumbus State’s ESL Afterschool Communities program is looking for part-time after-school tutors to work with immigrant and refugee children, Monday through Thursdays, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. The pay is $12 per hour. Tutors provide homework help, do some curriculum development, and help with class management and enrichment activities. For more information, email Suzanne Schaefer or call ext. 5713.