HEALTH BRIEFS: RSVP for smoking cessation class

2012-12-25T00:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: RSVP for smoking cessation classBy Times Staff
December 25, 2012 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | Franciscan Medical Specialists will offer a free smoking cessation session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Medical Specialists Administration Building, 757 45th St.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Gatto will give an overview of the program, and will address quitting, discuss medications available to help people quit and provide motivation, support and modifying behavior techniques. 

Reservations are required. To RSVP, visit or call (219) 934-2402.


Hospital pitches in to help damaged school

MICHIGAN CITY | Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City donated $1,000 to a Marquette Catholic High School fundraising effort to assist a New Jersey Catholic school whose boiler was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Marquette Principal James White said in a letter to his school community that the effort was launched after he called the Archdiocese of New Jersey, asking how to help. He eventually contacted Sacred Heart School in Jersey City.

“The town had been without power for almost two weeks. To make matters worse, the boiler breathed its last breath. Most days, school can only stay in session for a few hours before the cold numbs students’ fingers ... the situation is grim,” White wrote.

Sister M. Marcene Franz, Franciscan St. Anthony Health director of mission/spiritual care, said, “We got a letter (from Marquette) seeking help and I am glad we did it. I was told the school in New Jersey is 100 years old and in the inner city. We have given Marquette $500 raised by our mission and the rest from donations.”


Group donates clothes for sexual assault victims

KNOX | Responding to a need in the Emergency Department of Indiana University Health Starke Hospital, the local Starke County Chapter of Tri Kappa donated sweatshirts and sweatpants for use by sexual assault victims.

Victims often need garments to wear when returning home, because their clothing is required for evidence in court cases.

Receiving the sweats was Nikkole Frazier, a nurse and sexual assault nursing examiner, whose job it is to collect evidence and correctly document what is found for court cases.

The donation was made by Sandy Hansen, who is a Tri Kappa member as well as a Community Board member of IU Health Starke Hospital. 


New app encourages healthy habits

LAPORTE | Indiana University Health announced the release of a new free smartphone application designed to make healthier habits easier to add to the daily routine.

The new “My Healthy Habits” app is an American Heart Association Listen to Your Heart initiative supported by IU Health. 

Users start by choosing the healthy habit they want to add to their routine, such as getting more sleep and eating more fruits and vegetables, from a preprogrammed list.

Each day for three weeks, the app will push a notification to the user's phone, reminding them to do the healthy habit. At the end of 21 days, the user can advance to the next healthy habit or give himself more time to establish the habit.

Dowload the free app at or in the Apple App Store.

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