Segment 1: Vision impairment is one of our most feared disabilities. The number of people in America who suffer vision loss continues to increase, despite the understanding that half of all blindness can be prevented. The leading causes of vision impairment and blindness in the US are primarily age-related eye diseases. The number of older Americans at risk for age-related eye disease is increasing as the baby boomers age. These conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, now affect more Americans than ever before. Dr. Bob Newcomb, Professor of Clinical Optometry at The Ohio State University and Co-Chair of Ohio's Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, and Dr. Larry Leguire, the Director of Electrophysiological Testing and Eye Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital and on the planning committee for Ohio's Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, discuss how to protect our eyesight and prevent blindness.
Segment 2: 45 million adults still smoke. Smoking is responsible for 1 in 3 cancer deaths and 1 in 5 of all deaths. A mere twenty minutes after quitting your heart rate and blood pressure drop. Within three months, or even as little as two weeks after quitting, your circulation improves and your lung function increases. Bob PASSION, director of Public Relations for the Central Ohio office of the American Cancer Society, explains why discontinuing tobacco use is beneficial at any age.
Segment 3: Winter is just around the corner, and while staying warm and toasty in the comfort of your own home may be nice, there is so much to see and do in Ohio. Alicia Reece, the Assistant State Tourism Director, highlights some exciting things to do in the winter months around our state.