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Local Coalition Encourages Hoosiers to Stop Using Tobacco

nosmokinglogobyhegartydavidThis Fall, the local tobacco control coalition for Porter is promoting a statewide stop smoking contest known as “Quit Now Indiana” - This year’s theme seeks to encourage tobacco users to use the summer months to “train” for their next quit attempt.

Quitting tobacco takes planning. Setting up a training plan to drink plenty of water, exercise, and eat healthy, are all tips to have a successful attempt to quit smoking,” says Susan Gleason from Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County. ”Also consult a quit coach at the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW for training tips that meet your needs.”

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Lake County Heart Walk this Saturday in Crown Point

aha logoThe American Heart Association will host the 2012 Lake County Heart Walk this Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point from 9-11 a.m.

The Lake County Heart Walk event features one-, two- and three-mile routes and a free family-friendly health festival that includes food, games, giveaways, entertainment and much more.

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Blood Donations Bring Hope to Families and Patients

RedCrossLogoSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

You can bring hope to a child’s life in the time it might take to eat lunch with a friend.

By donating blood through the American Red Cross, you can help provide the blood some children may need for their ongoing cancer care. With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, blood donors are encouraged to make and keep appointments and help children beat serious disease.

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Franciscan Physician Network Expands to Better Serve Patients in 3 States

FranciscanFranciscan Alliance’s Franciscan Physicians Network has grown to include more than 260 doctors to serve patients in three states.

The expansion mostly includes physicians in more than 40 health centers and clinics in Indiana, southeast Cook County in Illinois and Berrien County in Michigan. Those facilities are under the auspices of Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Crown Point, Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City, Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond, and Franciscan Hammond Clinic and Franciscan Physicians Hospital, both in Munster.

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Franciscan Alliance Seeks Volunteers for American Cancer Society Study

amercancersoclogonew3 rgbFranciscan Alliance has intensified its war on cancer by becoming a local promotional sponsor of a national program aimed at curing the disease.

Franciscan Alliance’s Northern Indiana Region has joined with the American Cancer Society’s Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, which is recruiting 300,000 adults nationwide, at least 400 of them locally, to volunteer for its Cancer Prevention Study-3.

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Blood Donations Key to National Preparedness Month

RedCrossLogoThe American Red Cross is among a coalition of organizations encouraging Americans to observe the Eighth Annual National Preparedness Month this September by doing simple things that make a difference when every second counts.

The Red Cross recommends three things most everyone can do to prepare for disasters or other emergencies: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

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Portage Low Vision Support Group

EyeglassesRittenhouse Senior Living of Portage will be hosting a monthly Low Vision Support Group meeting every 4th Monday at 2:00p.m. Next meeting takes place on Monday, August 27, 2012.

We can help people with impaired vision. These meetings are informal – we share comments and answer questions about coping with low or no vision. “See” you there!

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