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Mind Over Matter: Quench Summer Thirst, but Measure Beverage Calories

PurdueLogoPeople need to stay hydrated as summer temperatures soar, but consumers should be aware that calories can quickly add up when you drink to cool down, says a Purdue University nutrition science expert.

"Beverages can be an important source of energy, and those calories can add up quickly when the warm weather prompts people to drink more often," says Richard D. Mattes, distinguished professor of nutrition science. "It is critical that people are properly hydrated during hot weather. Fortunately, there are many affordable and palatable no-calorie and low-calorie beverage options to meet the need. When drinking a beverage with energy, measured by calories, consumers need to consciously monitor the calories and adjust their diet or physical activity levels. Otherwise, those calories will add to each day's total and can lead to a gain of body weight."

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Are You Taking Your Eyesight for Granted?

Eyesight-for-GrantedFrom the Spring 2012 StayHealthy publication

For most, seeing the world is second nature and the thought that one day we might lose our sight doesn't seem possible. Yet according to the National Eye Institute, more than 3.3 million Americans are either legally blind or with low vision and receiving regular comprehensive eye exams is the best way to avoid the risk of serious eye problems.

Diabetes Does Damage
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the United States among adults age 20 and over...

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Fireworks: It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt

Franciscan-Fireworks-1Independence Day celebrations continue throughout this week! Warm weather, parades, and cookouts are all ways to celebrate the 4th of July. But, what truly stamps a trademark on this tradition are the fireworks. While mesmerizing and exciting, fireworks can be very dangerous. Knowing about firework safety is extremely important to your health during this season of celebration.

According to data on US Hospital Emergency Departments, about 9,600 injuries were from fireworks in 2011, and one fourth of those injuries involved children under the age of fifteen! Eye injuries and severe burns are most common when it comes to injuries from fireworks, but other repercussions can be...

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Help Be Prepared. Give Blood.

RedCrossLogoAmerican Red Cross urges donations during heart of summer

America’s blood supply is an important piece of our country’s ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed.

Any disaster, man-made or natural, can result in people being injured and needing blood,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “While people often join together to help after a disaster, it’s just as important to be organized...

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My Hair Is Falling Out- Could It Be My Thyroid?

ThyroidFrom the Spring 2012 StayHealthy publication

If you're noticing an unusual amount of hair in your comb, on your pillow or around your bathroom, a thyroid problem could be the root of your problem, says Geraldine Feria, MD, with Wanatah Primary Care. Approximately 27 million Americans have thyroid disorders, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and as many as half of these patients are undiagnosed.

What is your thyroid and what does it do?
Your thyroid is a small bowtie-shaped gland, located in your neck, behind and below the Adam's apple area. "Your...

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Zumba with Tom Coe Celebrates One Year

zumbaThis year has been one of positive changes for Tom Coe.  Last June he earned a license to teach Zumba Fitness classes and became the first male instructor in Northwest Indiana.  He began teaching classes in La Porte and now sees over 100 students each week at several locations in both La Porte and Porter Counties.

Since his first attempt at the Latin-inspired dance fitness classes in April of 2011, he has shed 25 pounds and, in the process, gained several new friendships.  “I’ve met so many incredible people this past year,” said Coe.  “My first class was at La Porte High School last summer with a handful of high school students that came pretty regularly after that.”

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Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City Honors Dr. Minesh Patel with St. Luke Award

Franciscan-Luke-Award-PatelMinesh Patel, M.D., a board-certified, internal medicine specialist, who has been in practice and with Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City since 1993, recently received the hospital’s St. Luke Award, which is presented annually to physicians on behalf of nursing staff members.

Also known as doctor of the year award, Patel was recognized because of “the compassionate care he continually provides to his patients, and of equal importance, to his collaborative approach to patient care,” Trish Weber, hospital vice president of operations and chief nursing officer said, adding, “Dr. Patel seeks mutual respect and collegiality while...

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When It's Always Time To Go

Always-Time-to-GoFrom the Spring 2012 Healthy Woman publication

How to deal wtih urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence doesn't keep you guessing: There's no mistaking the frequent need to run to the bathroom or the fear that a cough or laugh could cause an "accident." Yet, there are solutions and they may be easier than you think, according to Urologist John Lynam, DO, with Lakeshore Urology.

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Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety

LeapFrog-GroupFranciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

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Joyce Alexa Receives Home Health Award

VNA-Joyce-AlexaJoyce Alexa, Vice President of Mission Integration and Governmental Affairs for the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care’s Norah J. McFarland Award. The award is presented annually to "an individual who exhibits those qualities and standards which best represent the home health and hospice care industry, including leadership, integrity, community involvement, sensitivity and action related to home health issues and patient needs".

Joyce has demonstrated outstanding leadership in home health and hospice care that well reflects the intent and spirit of the award. We’re...

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Course Offers Help for Families of Individuals Living with Mental Illness

National-Alliance-Mental-IllnessNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Porter County) will sponsor the NAMI Family to Family Education Program specifically for families of a person diagnosed with a serious mental illness. The 12-session series of classes will start in Portage on June 11 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm and is open to anyone who lives in northwest Indiana.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening...

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