A new healthy lifestyle program called Droptober is encouraging Americans to lose 5 pounds this month while helping the children's charity Variety.
Money raised will go to Variety, which aids those who live and grow up with a disability or serious illness.
Droptober is the work of author and personal trainer Michael Jarosky. He is an American based in Sydney, Australia, and the author of the book "40 Days as a City Caveman" and a health and fitness writer for the Sydney Morning Herald.
After registering and paying the $25 fee at www.droptober.com, members can begin donating to the charity and will receive a copy of the books "Five of the World's Healthiest Smoothies," by Michael and John Jarosky and "40 Days as a City Caveman," healthy recipes, and a weekly newsletter outlining the daily inspirational and motivational blogs on www.droptober.com.
St. Francis admissions aided
CROWN POINT | The University of St. Francis Crown Point will host a question and answer session at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 for candidates seeking information about admission and program requirements.
An admission counselor will explain entry requirements for University of St. Francis, USF School of Health Sciences and the associate of science-medical lab technician program.
Candidates for admission may bring high school and college transcripts for a free evaluation.
USF Crown Point is at Franciscan Point, 12800 Mississippi Parkway, Pavilion U. An RSVP is strongly suggested but not required.
For more information, call Crown Point Admissions at (219) 488-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MRI program in Knox OK'd
KNOX | Indiana University Health Starke Hospital was recently awarded a three-year accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.
MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
According to the ACR, the gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.
The accreditation is given to facilities that meet ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.
Advice on cataracts Thursday
MUNSTER | Franciscan Hammond Clinic will host a free health education class on Thursday.
Dr. Lena Chheda, a board-certified ophthalmologist, will present "Cataracts: Everything You Need to Know Before Making Treatment Decisions."
The class will last from 6 to 7 p.m. at Franciscan Hammond Clinic Specialty Center, 7905 Calumet Ave. To register, visit www.franciscanhammondclinic.com or call (219) 934-2417.