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Kickoff for Walk to End Alzheimer's

Walk-to-End-AlzheimersOn Wednesday, August 31, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Horizon Bank on 1500 Lincolnway in LaPorte, come and learn about the Alzheimer’s Association and the inaugural Michigan City Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Register your team and join us for a Fundraising Fair for fundraising tips and ideas. Chat with successful team captains and learn how they did it.

Grab your friends, family members and co-workers to get on the MOVE to end Alzheimer's! Together we can bring help and hope to millions of Americans living with this disease – and millions more at risk. Your participation will make a difference.

This Kickoff is being sponsored in conjunction with Horizon Bank, the Alzheimer’s Association, Comfort Keepers, Prompt Ambulance Service, and Superior Air/Ground Ambulance.

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It's A Fact. Don't Become a Statistic.

StayHealthy-its-a-fact-1From the Summer 2011 StayHealthy publication

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women in the United States. Sadly, nearly 1.1 million Hoosiers continue to smoke cigarettes, which is known to be the cause of between 85 and 90 percent of all lung cancers.

Indiana consistently ranks sixth or seventh in adult smoking among states with the highest smoking prevalence,” stated Hematologist and Medical Oncologist Mary Klein, MD. “We are losing 9,800 Indiana residents every year to a disease that can be prevented.” Klein said she believes several factors account for Indiana’s high ranking. “We have a very low cigarette tax, which means there are fewer funds available for anti-tobacco programs, and Indiana still lacks a comprehensive smoke-free law. I applaud Valparaiso’s proactive city-wide smoking ban.”

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Health Insurance for Young Adults: Fresh Start Series

FS-health-insuranceMore than 20 percent of Americans without health insurance are between the ages of 18-29, and young adults are the most likely group to not have access to employer-based coverage. Many choose not to purchase individual plans because they believe they are healthy, think it costs too much or don’t think that they need it. But what happens if you get into an accident and become seriously hurt?

Health insurance for young adults is essential. One in six young adults has a chronic medical condition, and more than half of uninsured young adults say that they’ve had problems paying medical bills. If you have a job, you may have insurance through your employer, but if you don’t it is vital to make sure you have the kind of coverage you need.

What health insurance options are available for you?

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Prevent Accidents But Know What To Do If One Occurs

Broken-ToothFrom www.braces.org/miahamm

Mouth guards are one of the least expensive pieces of protective gear available. They can help prevent or minimize tooth and jaw injuries. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends mouth guards be worn any time the teeth could come into contact with a ball, a hard object, another player or the pavement. The recommendation applies to organized sports as well as leisure activities like bicycling.

If a mouth guard is not worn and an injury occurs, follow these first aid tips.

Broken Tooth

  • Clean the injured area and put an ice pack on the lip or gum.
  • Cover any exposed area with sterile gauze.
  • Save the tip of the tooth (for possible reattachment) and call your family or pediatric dentist right away.
  • Store the tooth fragment in water

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Porter's Outcomes: No Stroke of Luck. Minutes Matter

StayHealthy-No-Stroke-of-LuckFrom the Summer 2011 StayHealthy publication

At Porter, we’ve assembled an amazing team of healthcare professionals all working with one goal in mind – to help our patients survive and thrive after suffering a stroke.

The Stroke Team, comprised of neurologists, radiologists, emergency department doctors and nurses, and emergency response personnel, was developed as Porter moves toward becoming certified as a Primary Stroke Center.

Porter has been working closely with the Joint Commission and expects to receive the prestigious designation in the next few months. The certification as a Primary Stroke Center is awarded only to medical facilities that meet stringent national guidelines, and it will demonstrate that Porter is employing clinically proven services that are vital for improving stroke-patient outcomes.

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Porter Health System Presents “The Stroke Stops Here”


Visit the Porter Health System website
Valparaiso Campus
814 LaPorte Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-263-4600

To increase awareness of stroke prevention, Porter Health System will present “The Stroke Stops Here” by Neurologist and Stroke Specialist Virgil DiBiase, MD, at 6 pm on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Porter’s Rehabilitation Campus, 1401 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. The presentation is free and refreshments will be served.

During the presentation, DiBiase will discuss how to prevent a stroke, stroke symptoms and why minutes matter, as well as treatment options. He will also share more about Porter’s comprehensive stroke program.

According to DiBiase, “Fifteen years ago, stroke patients were basically ignored because it was thought not much could be done for them. Now we have clot dissolving drugs and evidenced-based practices that show us patients who have a stroke can get better and go on to live a normal life. It’s really dramatic to see how well a comprehensive plan for treating stroke works.

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Porter Health System’s Healthy Woman Program Presents “Fight the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity”

Healthy_Woman_porter_logoPorter Health System’s Healthy Woman program will present “Fight the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity” at 6 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso.

During the presentation, Nurse Practitioner Natalie Eddy will discuss childhood obesity and how it affects children’s health and self esteem. She will also share strategies on how to best treat and prevent this epidemic.

Porter’s Healthy Woman program is a free community resource designed to empower women with the knowledge and confidence to make informed healthcare and well-being decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Program benefits for members include monthly health and lifestyle presentations, health resources and communications.

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