LAPORTE | Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital is offering a Spanish/English medical interpreters course to the public, taught by Medical Communications Ambassadors.
The 10-week course, accredited by the International Medical Interpreters Association, will be offered on the following Saturdays: March 22 and 29, April 5, 12, 19 and 26 and May 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Classes are from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the hospital, 1007 Lincolnway, Room B113, in the lower level.
The course is designed for people who are bilingual in English and Spanish and who have a desire to learn how to become a professional interpreter.
Prerequisites include the completion of a language proficiency and entrance exam administered by the course instructor. To schedule an appointment, call (219) 326-1234, ext. 4629.
The cost is $800 and includes the textbook and all training materials, and is payable by cash, money order or credit card. To reserve a spot, call (219) 326-2322.
Lymphedema program set
CROWN POINT | A free program called Prevention and Management of Lymphedema will be offered at 6 p.m. March 18 in the Breast Care Center of Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point.
It is located on the third floor of the Burrell Professional Building, which is southwest of the hospital’s main entrance.
Lorraine Skolak, a nationally certified lymphedema therapist, will discuss how lymphedema can occur any time after lymph node dissection and how simple lifestyle changes can help prevent its onset. She also will explain self-management techniques.
Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, call (219) 757-6368. The hospital is located at 1201 S. Main St.
Health education series
MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals will offer a health education series for women called Healthy Night out with the Girls.
It will take place 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center located at the Southlake Campus, Pavilion A at 101 E. 87th. Avenue, Second Floor, in Merrillville.
The series begins March 13 with a talk about menopause. The May 8 topic is stroke awareness and bone health, and the June 12 class will focus on making fast, easy, healthy meals.
Additional monthly topics will be announced at a later date. To enroll in these seminars call (888) 909-3627.
Free health programs
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Porter Regional Hospital will present several community wellness programs in March.
The free presentations will take place in the Community Room at the hospital, 85 East U.S. 6. Preregistration is required and can be done by calling (800) 541-1861.
The first, a discussion about colon cancer prevention and colonoscopies, is scheduled for 6 p.m. today. After the event, the hospital will hand out a limited number of free, take-home colorectal cancer screening kits.
At 6 p.m. March 13, the hospital will host a presentation about understanding and managing stress.