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Traffic, activity to pick up at Saddlemire

Demolition work at the Saddlemire Student Services building will intensify this week following the removal of additional asbestos found recently in the building.

About a week of scheduled demolition time was lost when more asbestos was discovered in ceilings within Saddlemire. But a second round of abatement wrapped up Aug. 2, clearing the way for demolition to resume.

The 40-day demolition period that was to continue through August has been extended by a week, but Marc Brunner, project manager in the Office of Design and Construction, said no work will be done Aug. 16-19—move-in weekend for students.

In an effort to reduce truck traffic once classes resume, stockpiling of fill dirt at Saddlemire will begin this week, Brunner said. Trucks will be hauling dirt from University-owned property east of Interstate 75 to the Ridge Street site. The building’s concrete will be ground for use as additional fill, and steel, copper and other building materials are being sorted on site for recycling. 

Also, the gate in the fence surrounding Saddlemire is being moved west, nearer the east exit of parking Lot N and Willard Drive, to alleviate heavy truck traffic over a large city sewer line, Brunner added. The exit route will still be east down Ridge Street, which will be closed to traffic except construction and emergency vehicles between Willard and Mercer Road.

Mark your calendars for Opening Day address

The campus community is invited to attend President Sidney Ribeau’s Opening Day address at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Coffee and refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30.

Health by the numbers—be sure to know yours

Telephone numbers, access codes, addresses—we all know lots of numbers these days. But how many of us “know our numbers” when it comes to our health?

In fact, these may be the most important numbers to know because they can impact our wellness now and in the future.

The BGSU WellAware program will focus this year on helping employees learn their numbers and how to improve them when needed.

What health numbers should you know?

• Blood pressure
• Total cholesterol
• HDL cholesterol (the “good guys”)
• LDL cholesterol (the “bad guys”)
• Glucose (blood sugar)
• Height
• Weight
• Body Mass Index

Many factors can influence your health numbers for better or worse, from nutrition to stress and illness, to exercise. Even being a caregiver can have an impact. Unfortunately, dangerous conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol often have no symptoms until it’s too late.

Therefore, it is important that we become well aware of our numbers now so we can begin to get those numbers into the healthy range.

Below is the new classification chart from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showing some of the numbers that you should be “WellAware” of to be in good health.

Recommended values:


Value Ranges

Blood Pressure

<120/80              Normal
120-139/80-89  Pre-hypertension
>140/90              Stage 1 hypertension
>160/115            Stage 2 hypertension


<200                   Normal
200-239            Borderline High
>240                   High

HDL Cholesterol

>60                     High
<40                     Low

Glucose (non-fasting)

<150                  Normal   
>150                  High

Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-The seventh report of the National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of Blood Pressure, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, second edition, 1996. National Cholesterol Education Program, ATP III Guidelines at a Glance, May 2001.

As the new BGSU academic year approaches, stay tuned for more information about important WellAware opportunities and how you can get “in the know” about your numbers.

August 6, 2007