HEALTH BRIEFS: Women's heart health touted

2014-02-17T18:51:00Z 2014-02-17T19:03:09Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Women's heart health toutedTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 17, 2014 6:51 pm  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | Hearts in the Right Place, a free heart health education event focusing on women, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the South Holland Community Center, 501 E. 170th St.

Dr. Sabrina Akrami, a cardiologist, will give a presentation geared for women 40 to 60 years old, and there will be interactive booths, health screenings, giveaways and prizes.

The program is funded by a grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. For more information or to register, call Ingalls Care Connection at (708) 915-2273. Seating is limited. 

Health care employees hailed

Porter Health Care System recently named Rodney Beckner, a bio-med technician, as Associate of the Year.

Beckner is responsible for performing critical preventive maintenance, safety testing, incoming inspections, installations, troubleshooting, repairs and calibrations of all patient care equipment.

Elaine Johnson-Merkel, director of the Women & Children’s Pavilion, was named Porter's Clinical Manager of the Year, and Amanda Pape, director of Decision Support Services, is Porter's Non-Clinical Manager of the Year.

Johnson-Merkel oversees all services provided throughout the pavilion, which includes labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum and the pediatric unit.

Pape provides information related to statistics, cost, quality and profitability on projects and initiatives that support the health care system’s strategic plan.

Learn more about diabetes

Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospitals in Dyer and Hammond offer a series of diabetes education classes on an ongoing basis.

Classes assist participants with individual meal plans designed to meet specific needs and provide information in accordance with the American Diabetes Association.

Classes consist of four, two-hour sessions. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions are available and rotate between the Dyer and Hammond campuses.

Classes are taught by certified diabetes educators. Program fees are covered by most insurances companies, but individuals should check before calling to register.

Medicare Part B covers a series of classes once and individual appointments yearly.

Registration is required. For more information, including fees, schedules and registration, call (219) 933-2144.

Heart healthy events offered

In recognition of this month being National Heart Month, Indiana University Health is hosting heart friendly activities.

A Love Your Heart Zumba class is offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Monday at the IU Health LaPorte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway.

It is a free fitness class, but space is limited.

Also, a Love Your Heart Ride 101 is scheduled from 5:15-5:45 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at The Crossing, 1203 Washington St., LaPorte.

The public is invited to join this introductory indoor cycling class. Participants are encouraged to wear red for both events.

Call (219) 326-2309 to register for either one.

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