WHAT: Balanced Family Day at the J

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dec. 6

WHERE: Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Road, Beachwood

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call Gina Lloyd at 216-342-5196

The Mandel Jewish Community Center always has been about health.

It will never be more so than on Dec. 6, when from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Balanced Family Day at the J will offer a medication drop-off space, an “Ask the Doc” table and a plethora of free health screenings to visitors.

Jessica Shutty, community relations specialist with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, which is sponsoring the event, said in an email that visitors are encouraged to bring their “unwanted or expired pills, syringes, creams, inhalers and liquid medication(s)” in order to help keep “our Great Lake great.” Medications not properly disposed of can lead to pollution – and to prescription drugs reaching unwanted hands.

“We remind you to pitch those pills properly,” Shutty said in an email. “Besides the dangers of unintentional poisoning at home, flushing pills down the toilet can be a water quality issue as wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater. It can affect the environment and public health.”

Health screenings will include ones for blood pressure and bone density, while “Ask the Doc” will be staffed by University Hospitals’ Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood. More than a dozen health vendors will join UH at the event, including the Mandel JCC, which will offer a body fat analysis test.

The event is free and open to the public.

Balanced Family is a publication of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company.

For more information about the event, call Gina Lloyd at 216-342-5196.

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