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Full Hearts at the LaPorte Goes Red for Women Breakfast


Members of the La Porte County community donned their brightest red attire and convened at Michigan City’s Uptown Center on March 16th for a very special morning of celebration, nourishment, support, and action. Presented locally by Franciscan Health Michigan City, as well as Team Toyota, and Strack & Van Til, the La Porte County Goes Red for Women Breakfast opened the door to one and all, inviting them to participate in a fun, social environment that was tempered with awareness for women’s heart issues. As Jennifer Young, Socials Director for American Heart Association, put it, “LaPorte County Goes Red, made possible by Franciscan Health Michigan City, Team Toyota, and Strak & Van Til is uniting the county raise awareness for the number one killer of women - heart disease. Today, our hearts were impacted as we are challenged to be...

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Healthy Night Out with the Girls Inspires Fun, Wellness


The Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospital held their Healthy Night Out with the Girls event Thursday night, bringing women together for pampering as well as health education. The focus for this quarterly event was the new blood pressure guidelines. 

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Valpo YMCA and St. Mary Medical Center Team Up for Health Fair to Promote Community Wellness

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On a bright and bustling Saturday morning, the Valpo YMCA, in partnership with St. Mary Medical Center, held a health fair to benefit the community members passing through their doors.

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Porter Regional Hospital Puts Spotlight on Women’s Heart Health with Dynamic Symposium


Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, making up for one of every three deaths each year in females. No one knows heart health like Porter Regional Hospital, which houses Northwest Indiana’s only Heart Center for Women. That’s why they hosted a fun, educational evening on Wednesday, gathering women of all ages and backgrounds to talk to professionals in the field on how to build and maintain a healthy heart, in very surprising ways.

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Porter Regional Hospital and the American Heart Association Gather to Discuss Gold Plus Achievement, New Blood Pressure Guidelines

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On Wednesday morning, Porter Regional Hospital and the American Heart Association gathered to celebrate their partnership, Porter Regional Hospital’s Gold Plus Achievement, and discuss the newest updates to the American Heart Association’s blood pressure guidelines.

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Community Healthcare System’s 13th Annual Hearts of Hope spreads Awareness


St. Mary Medical Center of Hobart hosted the 13th annual Hearts of Hope program on Thursday as part of its effort to combat a major illness that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans every year: heart disease. Hearts of Hope is a month-long campaign to raise awareness and also to raise funds in support of cardiovascular research at Community Healthcare System. St. Mary Medical Center is one of three hospitals in the Northwest Indiana-based healthcare system.

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VNA Taking Tricia’s Scholarship Applications

VNA-Taking-Tricias-Scholarship-ApplicationsThere is still time to apply for Tricia’s Scholarship. The VNA and the family of Tricia Marie Simpson Russell, a nurse at the VNA until her death, established Tricia’s Scholarship in 2008 to assist individual nurses or nursing students to advance their education. Last year, the committee awarded scholarships in the amount of $3,000.

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Franciscan Health: Women Inspired to Live Happier, Healthier Lives


A Franciscan Health, Inspiring Women Happy, Healthy Holiday event drew nearly 200 attendees to Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton Nov. 30, where they were offered screenings for balance, blood glucose and pressure, bone density, body mass index, foot health and skin cancer, along with entertainment, refreshments and a wealth of information from expert speakers such as William Espar, MD, who is shown discussing heart health for the holiday season.

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Local Physician Weighs in on New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Porter-New-Hospital-Coming-SoonThe American Heart Association released new blood pressure guidelines this month that are sure to re-categorize many Hoosiers into the danger zone for hypertension. Jay Shah, M.D., a cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heart Valve Center for Porter Health Care System, said that while the new guidelines may seem scary for people who previously thought they were healthy, they represent an opportunity for Americans to recognize the signs of unhealthy blood pressure sooner.

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Franciscan Health: Alison Sweeney urges crowd to Move It, Shake It, Live It!

Franciscan-Health-Alison-Sweeney-urges-crowd-to-Move-It-Shake-It-Live-It-2017_01Actress, TV host, producer, director and author Alison Sweeney, known as a woman who can balance career, family, health and wellness, brought an inspirational message to nearly 300 Northwest Indiana residents Oct. 8 as keynote speaker at the Inspiring Women Move It. Shake It. Live It! event at the Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville. The free event was sponsored by Franciscan Health and focused on women’s health, also by offering free health screenings for women of all ages.

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Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals Celebrates Five Years of Survivors with Pink Party


Pink balloons swayed in the autumn sun as dozens of women, men and children formed an enthusiastic parade of pink, spreading Breast Cancer awareness for this very special occasion.

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