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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Assistance


Announcing Open Enrollment Assistance for Medicare Part D – Prescription Coverage!  RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) and SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs) is offering free unbiased information and assistance on choosing and enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan.

The open enrollment period runs from November 15th to December 31st with coverage beginning January 1, 2010. If you currently have a Part D plan please review your coverage to make sure it still meets your prescription...

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Coping With the Holidays


The holiday season can be a particularly painful time for people after the death of a loved one or friend. To help families better cope with the holidays in the face of personal sorrow and loss, the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County is hosting a "Coping with the Holidays" program on November 15, 2009 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive in Valparaiso.

Greg Yoder, MC, LPC, CT, published author, composer, and national speaker on issues of grief and loss, will offer an interactive program to help families and friends learn to cope with...

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Porter Health System Presents: "Diabetes: Now What Do I Do?"


You’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes and you probably have a million questions running through your head. You may also be scared, which is natural especially if you don’t know much about diabetes. Yet, by being an active participant in your medical care, you can get your questions answered and your fears calmed.

1. Call Porter’s Diabetes Educators right away. Specially trained, the nurses and dieticians will meet with you for an initial assessment. You will learn how to use your blood glucose meter, receive simple diet guidelines, and...

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Is It An EmERgency? by Porter Health System


Everyone has been at the crossroads when they have asked themselves, “Does my medical problem warrant a trip to the emergency room?”

The truth of the matter is most health problems are not emergencies. You, your child, your spouse, your elderly parent, or others in your care may feel sick and uncomfortable and want to have the problem taken care of right away, but first you need to ask, “Does my medical problem warrant a trip to the ER?”

One good question to ask is: “Am I thinking...

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Porter Health System's Healthy Woman Program Presents "Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection of Alzheimer's Matters"


To help individuals learn the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s, Porter Health System’s Healthy Woman Program will present a free educational seminar entitled, “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Matters” from 3 to 4 pm, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road in Portage.

During the presentation, Alzheimer’s Association Community Services Liaison, Louise Thompson, will explain how early detection, diagnosis and intervention of Alzheimer’s disease are vital to provide individuals...

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Porter Health System's Senior Circle Program Presents "Get Fit While You Sit"


No time to exercise? No problem. To help our 50-plus population learn how to gain energy and improve their fitness levels anytime or virtually anywhere, Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program will present a free educational seminar, “Get Fit While You Sit,” at 6:30 pm, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Porter – Education and Rehabilitation Center, 1401 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso.

Using this nationally acclaimed concept, Sue Fingerhoot, Certified Lifestyle Counselor, will explain how to incorporate extremely effective and simple exercises and stretches...

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Valparaiso Kettlebell Workshop


The first ever Kettlebell Workshop will be held Saturday, November 14th from 9 a.m to 1 p.m at Opportunity Enterprises, 2801 Evans Avenue. The workshop will be taught by the only certified trainers in the area, Angela Ramos, RKC and Maria Burk, HKC.

Kettlebells are the hottest trend in exercise being featured on this season of the Biggest Loser and in all the fitness magazines. Kettlebells look like cannonballs with handles and are used in a variety of exercises including swings, Turkish Get-Ups, and Squats. The unique designs of these exercises deliver both strength and cardio training...

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How to Improve Any Relationship Without Talking Presentation


Featuring national speaker, Pat Love Ed.D., Certified Love Educator.

Relationships are the fabric of life, so when you improve them, your life gets better immediately! Come join Dr. Pat Love, nationally known speaker and relationship consultant share her wisdom with humor and down to earth advice.

Thursday, November 12, at the Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton.

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Blood Donation is a Unique Way to Give Thanks, Give Back


While Thanksgiving signals the start of the holiday season, it also presents a unique opportunity for individuals to give thanks and give back by donating blood.

“Giving the gift of life is a great way to demonstrate your thankfulness and give back to others,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “At the American Red Cross, we’re thankful for every person who steps forward to help save lives through the simple act of rolling up their sleeve.”

Walk for Lupus Now Raises $35,000 to Support Northwest Indiana Programs


In sharp contrast to last year’s soggy weekend of record breaking flooding, the 2009 Walk for Lupus Now Northwest Indiana event drew an estimated 500 supporters on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning for a walk around Lake George and through the quaint neighborhoods of Hobart. For the ninth year, participants supporting lupus patients gathered at Festival Park for a 5K/3.1 mile non-competitive walk to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter (LFA).

More than $35,000 was raised on September 12 by LFA supporters. The money raised will stay in Northwest...

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Public Option or No Public Option? Two Local Physicians to Debate


The debate over a proposed public healthcare option will continue at Indiana University Northwest on Thursday, Nov. 5, as two prominent local physicians take up opposing sides on the issue. Dr. Bharat Pithadia, president of Pithadia Medical, will take the “pro” position on the so-called Public Option, while Dr. Alex Stemer, president and CEO of Medical Specialists Centers of Indiana, will present the argument in opposition.

The Public Option, as it is commonly known, has become a source of much controversy and debate in the halls of Congress and across the country. IU Northwest is pleased to provide a forum for that debate in Northwest Indiana.

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