HEALTH BRIEFS: Get tips on healthy barbecue

2013-08-13T00:05:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Get tips on healthy barbecueTimes Staff
August 13, 2013 12:05 am  • 

MUNSTER | Registration is underway for a free class about healthy, healthful barbecuing.

Attendees will learn about outdoor food safety and ways to make favorite recipes more healthy. Registered dietitian Monica Rojas will lead the class.

The class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Franciscan Medical Specialists Administration Building, 757 45th St., Suite 202, Munster. Register online at or call (219) 934-2417.


Doctor accepts new patients

WESTVILLE | Primary care physician Dr. Shaily Macker recently joined Indiana University Health LaPorte Physicians and is accepting patients at her Westville practice.

Macker is board certified in family medicine and completed her family practice residency at Akron General Hospital in Ohio.

She welcomes new patients at IU Health LaPorte Physicians Primary Care, 156 Flynn Road.


Kids' health focus of event

SCHERERVILLE | The Maternal Child Health Network will host its annual perinatal disparities conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at The Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St.

The focus is on safe sleep practices and preventing child abuse.

The group is a volunteer network dedicated to reducing health disparities, specifically those related to infant mortality and improving birth outcomes, especially in minority populations in Lake County.

The conference fee is $15. Registration closes Sept. 6. For more information, call (219) 844-2698, ext. 109, or email


Funds will combat disorder

HIGHLAND | A fundraising walk to benefit Conquer Chiari is scheduled for noon Sept. 21 at Wicker Park, 2000 Ridge Road.

Chiari malformation is a neurological disorder in which the bottom part of the brain — the cerebellum — descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine.

A minimum donation of $25 is suggested. Registration begins at 10 a.m. the day of the walk, but participants are asked to register online at

T-shirts will be provided to those who register by Friday and contribute at least $25. For more information, contact Tina Putnam at or Todd Collins at or call (219) 650-4050. Evenings, contact Paul at (219) 322-6196 or


Weight loss program offered

FLOSS MOOR |  Introductory sessions for Healthy Lifestyles Weight Management, a 12-week weight loss program for adults who want to improve their health and increase physical activity, are at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Ingalls Family Care Center.

Weekly group classes are led by a registered dietitian. The introductory sessions are free at Ingalls, 19550 Governors Highway, Suite 2400.

The 12-week session fee is $225. Classes will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays, beginning Aug. 29 and ending Nov. 14.

For more information or to register, call the Ingalls Wellness Center at (708) 915-8850.

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