Fun Events Highlight National Nutrition Month in March

By Karen Baker, RD, LD /The Village at Marymount

“Go Further with Food” is this year’s theme to celebrate National Nutrition Month in March.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has celebrated National Nutrition Month as monthly observance by nutritionists for the past 38 years. The goal of the annual observance, per the AND is, “to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition and position AND members as the authorities in nutrition.”

This year’s theme encourages consumers to understand that positive food choices can make a big difference in one’s overall health and energy levels. Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast promotes energy and allows you to be fully alert and engaged in daily activities. No matter what your health concerns, a Registered Dietitian can help guide you in making smart food selections to promote optimal health and well-being while considering one’s lifestyle, traditions, health needs, and personal preferences.

In addition to the National Nutrition Month celebration in March, the second Wednesday in March is recognized as Registered Dietitian Day. Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who are committed to promoting and improving health and well-being through proper nutrition. The day recognizes the dedication and commitment that RDs have toward advancing the nutritional status of people worldwide and in their communities.

The Village at Marymount, a Catholic-based superior quality-rated comprehensive health care campus featuring assisted living, short- and long-term rehab, skilled nursing, memory care, and palliative care, employs two full-time RDs – myself as clinical nutrition manager, and Georgia Zambataro, RD, LD. The department also includes Nada Citovic, a dietetic technician.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, The Village at Marymount’s RDs challenge you to “Go Further with Food!” by starting every day with a healthy breakfast — and promoting a healthier lifestyle for yourself in 2018.


Bill Lemanowicz, Director of Environmental Services, and Mary Liotta.

Mary Liotta Wins First Franciscan Spirit Award of 2018

Mary Liotta’s attention to detail did not go unnoticed by her co-workers at The Village at Marymount. Liotta, who is a member of the Environmental Services’ housekeeping team, saw her work ethic pay off when she was selected as the January 2018 winner of the Franciscan Spirit Award.

“Mary has taken on some added responsibility to make sure residents get their laundry done on time – and see that all of their clothing is returned to them,” said Dan Storey, Villa St. Joseph administrator. “She’s been very thorough.”

Liotta, who is a member of The Village at Marymount’s HOPE Customer Satisfaction team, was surprised when she saw a gathering of administrators outside the laundry room looking to present her with the award.

“I can’t say enough about everyone here,” Liotta said. “They’ve all been great. I can’t ask for a better place and I really enjoy myself here.”

Because of Liotta’s involvement and concern with residents’ laundry, and her good work ethic, she was selected to be the lead housekeeper, said Bill Lemanowicz, Director of Environmental Services.

“Mary works with staff and helps me with scheduling,” Lemanowicz said. “She’s done a great job and is very deserving of the award.”

Liotta is now eligible to be selected as The Village at Marymount’s 2018 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, which will be presented in December.


During Flu Season, Help Us To Protect Residents

Influenza activity continues to increase sharply this month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Village at Marymount is taking all necessary precautions to protect the spread of the flu to our residents. Visitors who have the flu, or flu-like symptoms, are encouraged to wear a mask when visiting, or refrain from visiting until the condition improves. Masks, tissues, and hand sanitizer are available at the Villa St. Joseph receptionist’s desk.

“As many of you have seen on the news this year’s flu season is pretty bad,” said Sue Nall, The Village at Marymount’s Executive Director. “We are just getting into the peak of the flu season and we have about 10 more weeks of the flu season remaining. It’s important that any visitors who have flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting loved ones until they no longer have the flu.”

The CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for weeks. In addition, in the context of widespread influenza activity, CDC is reminding clinicians and the public about the importance of antiviral medications for treatment of influenza in people who are severely ill and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications.


Trinity High School staff members celebrate during the 2017 gala.

Save The Date! Ninth Celebration of Life Gala Set For September 14, 2018

The Village at Marymount will host its ninth Celebration of Life Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N in Independence.

“We are so pleased to be returning to the Embassy for this year’s gala,” said Sue Nall, The Village at Marymount’s executive director. “Our guests seem to enjoy this venue and we’re looking forward to another fun event.”

The gala again will feature exciting vacation destinations and unique experiences as part of the live auction. The silent auction highlights items from Cleveland’s sports, dining, travel, and entertainment scenes.

More details regarding sponsorships, tickets, donations, and advertising opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks, Nall said.


Sister Barb Ennis looks at the classic vehicles at the 2017 car show.

Take 2! Second Annual Matriarch Muscle Machine Mania Car Show July 28

The Village at Marymount will host its second annual Matriarch Muscle Machine Mania Car Show on Saturday, July 28, 2018. This judged show begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m. The Village at Marymount is located at 5200 Marymount Village Drive in Garfield Heights.

Exhibitor’s registration is $5 in advance or $10 on the day of the show. Preregistered exhibitors will receive a custom designed T-shirt, and the first 80 registrants will receive a custom designed dashboard plate.

First-, second-, and third-place trophies will be awarded in the following categories, plus trophies for Best of Show and Reserved:

  • Antique car/truck 1935 and earlier
  • Classic car/truck 1969 and earlier
  • Classic muscle 1969 and earlier
  • Modern car/truck 1970 and later
  • Modern muscle 1970 and later
  • Hot rod
  • Imported

“Our inaugural Matriarch Muscle Machine Mania Car Show was an amazing success with about 140 exhibitors displaying their classic vehicles in our parking lot,” said Liz Pencak, The Village at Marymount’s Director of Marketing & Clinical Liaison. “In addition to these spectacular cars and trucks, we will have a 50/50 raffle, music, and Chinese raffle baskets.”

For more information, or to register as an exhibitor, call Pencak at 216-332-1396.


The Village at Marymount Schedules Speakers Series 2018

Back by popular demand, The Village at Marymount announces its Speakers Series 2018 schedule of topics.

“Knowledege is power,” said Liz Pencak, The Village at Marymount’s Director of Marketing & Clinical Liaison. “We cordially invite everyone to attend our Dinner and Education Speakers Series. Each evening will begin with a lovely sit-down dinner, followed by an inspirational and educational program. The evening concludes with a question-and-answer session.”

Pencak said six speakers will present on a variety of topics during the next year. Speakers and topics include:

When the Diagnosis is Dementia: Five Essential Steps For Successful Care

6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26

Presenter: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP, Brush Development

Nationally recognized speech-language pathologist /author

Responsible Estate Planning for the Golden Years

6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24

Presenter: Matthew Deliberato, Esquire, The Deliberato Law Center

HOLY HELL: How to Deal with the Anger of Grief

6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21

Presenter: The Rev. Chuck Behrens, Hospice of the Western Reserve and National Speakers Association

What’s on Your Financial Bucket List?

6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 23

Presenter: Laurie G. Steiner, Esquire

Solomon, Steiner & Peck Ltd

Host of Golden Opportunities (WKYC-TV Channel 3)

The Disease of Addiction: Taking a Closer Look at Opiates

6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 20

Presenter: Kelsey Loushin, LICDC-CS, CDP

President, Eldercare Professionals of Ohio LLC

Navigating the Medicare Maze

6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 18

Presenter: Ms. Kathy Hirko, President

The KAZ Company

Reservations are required for these sessions and can be made by calling Pencak at 216-332-1396.