HEALTH BRIEFS: Groups partner to tackle drug abuse

2012-12-31T20:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Groups partner to tackle drug abuseTimes Staff
December 31, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

KNOX | Indiana University Health Starke Hospital, along with several area partners, are sponsoring a community program to end drug abuse in Starke County.

IU Health Starke Hospital President David Hyatt and Marketing and Media Representative Ted Hayes recently collaborated with Sarah Hoshaw of HealthLinc to create the Symposium on Drugs, which will focus on crystal meth usage.

Starke County is the ninth producer of the drug in the state, with heroin and prescription pill abuse increasing steadily. In addition, Starke County ranks second to last of all Indiana counties in health rankings.

The Symposium on Drugs will take place in April. The event will include support and education from law enforcement, previous offenders and the court system as well as environmental, labor and governmental organization.


First Don Hess Scholarship awarded

CROWN POINT | The Hess Scholarship, named for the late Don Hess, longtime manager of Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point’s Emergency Medical Services program and its EMS Academy, was awarded for the first year, of what is to be an annual program.

It is funded through the Crown Point Community Foundation and awarded to emergency medical technician and paramedic students who maintain a high grade point average and participate in community service initiatives, despite financial hardship.

The scholarship, $2,250 for paramedic students and $350 for EMT students, was awarded to EMT student Stephanie Shouse and paramedic student Derek Reiter.

The Don Hess Scholarship is funded solely through donations. Those interested in making a donation should contact the Crown Point Community Foundation at (219) 662-7252, or donate online at Select: Donate Now; Don Hess Memorial Fund.


New clinical dietitian named 

KNOX | Teresa Sickmiller is the new clinical dietitian at Indiana University Health Starke Hospital.

During the 20 years she has been in the field, Sickmiller has seen the effects of obesity and diabetes increase at alarming rates.

She subscribes to the adage that losing weight is a lifestyle issue.

“There are 3,500 calories in one pound of body fat,” she observed. “Reduce your calorie intake by 250 a day and take off another 250 by exercising, and you’ll lose a pound a week.”

Sickmiller sees patients in her office at IU Health Starke Hospital on Mondays and Thursdays, and can be scheduled through a doctor’s order.


Pilates offered through S'ville

SCHERERVILLE | Schererville is offering a six-week Pilates session, suitable for all skill levels. 

The mat-based class will help strengthen major muscles, improve flexibility and focus on core strengthening. Participants will begin with basic Pilates and advance to intermediate exercises. Attendees are asked to bring a mat.

The class will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 12 at Schererville Town Hall, 10 E. Joliet St. The fee is $42 for residents and $46 for nonresidents. Registration is available online at

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