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2017 VNA Stroll for Hospice Just Around the Corner

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The Visiting Nurse Association's 16th annual VNA Stroll for Hospice is right around the corner - Sunday, May 7th. Onsite registration begins at 12 noon and the stroll steps off at 1:15 pm at Central Park Plaza, 63 Lafayette Street in Valparaiso. For advance online registration, go to www.vnanwi.org/latest-events and click on the registration link. Registration forms are also available at the Visiting Nurse Association’s Administration Building at 2401 Valley Drive in Valparaiso, or may be printed from the link above. Registration is $10 per walker, with children 18 and under free. Teams of 6 or more may register for $50 per team. For more information call 219-531-8049.

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Porter Regional Hospital: Is Weight Loss in Your Future?


Porter-Regional-Hospital-Is-Weight-Loss-in-Your-FutureWith so much conflicting advice in magazines and blogs, making the right calorie choices can feel like gazing into a crystal ball. If you’re one of the 30 percent of Americans who resolve to lose weight every year, start by separating fortune-telling from facts.

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Franciscan Health: 8 Ways to “Put Your Best Fork Forward!”


rot6"Put Your Best Fork Forward" is the theme for NNM 2017 which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time, helps improve health now and into the future says Kelly Devine Rickert, Registered Dietitian and Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson.

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Franciscan Health: The ‘Governor’ Calls It a Happy Place


Franciscan-Health-The-Governor-Calls-It-a-Happy-Place-2017Bob Persic’s winter exercise regimen doesn’t differ much from his warmer-weather routine, but on the whole, “I feel better exercising; I feel better about life. I sleep and eat better – all of that is a positive,” says the 63-year-old Munster resident.

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Exercise Fit for Cold Days and Nights


Fitness Center expert offers tips for staying active during winter

February-1st-Franciscan---Article-1-PictureLeah Okner, wellness manager at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville, says there are numerous ways to overcome the urge to become a couch potato.

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The Biggest Loser Returns to Indiana in 2017

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An exciting wellness initiative is launching across the state and you are invited to join the MOVEment!

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St. Mary Medical Center Helps Unveil New Addition at Valpo YMCA

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The YMCA and the St. Mary Medical Center did it again. They came together to provide an excellent service to the people of Valpo.

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Thousands Continue Tradition of Kicking Off Thanksgiving with 2016 Valparaiso Turkey Trot

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Before the turkey comes out of the oven and the pumpkin pie is devoured, families and friends of Northwest Indiana partake in a Thanksgiving tradition that promotes community-wide health. The 14th annual Turkey Trot, hosted by Porter-Starke Services, attracted 4,000 runners to Valparaiso High School this year. Runners of all ages took to the streets, competing in either the 5K or 10K. Though the race meant something a little different for each runner, the common goal of celebrating the holidays with family was shared by all.

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16th Annual Turkey Trot: Burning Calories Before the Feast


Portage-YMCA-Turkey-Trot-2016Families, runners, and walkers of all ages and fitness levels will gather at the Portage Township YMCA at 7:00 AM on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the 16th Annual Turkey Trot. The event kicks off with a free 1k Kids Fun Run at 7:45 AM for children 7 and younger. The professionally timed 4-mile competitive race begins at 8:00 AM followed by the runners and walkers participating in the 5K course. The registration fee of $25 includes a long-sleeved commemorative t-shirt and post-race snacks provided by Edible Arrangements. Medals for the fastest finishers of the 4-mile race will be awarded to three men and three women in each age category. The fastest overall King and Queen Gobblers will win a pie to share at their Thanksgiving dinner.

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JDRF Walk Raises More Than $100,000 For Diabetes Research

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Mornings are a little different at the Larson household since their daughter Skyler was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes over four years ago.

Mom Danielle counts the carbs for Skyler. Dad Robert pulls a Dexcom CGM – a small device that monitors Skylar’s blood sugar levels automatically every five minutes and sends the results to the wireless monitor her father carries with him everywhere.

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Franciscan Alliance: 5 Reasons Why We Should Eat Like It's the 1950's Again!


rot6Having trouble figuring out what to eat? Don't know if you should be "eating clean," dairy free, gluten free, GMO free, carb free, high protein, organic, low fat, high fat or paleo? (No wonder people are always confused about what to eat or how to lose weight!)

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