ONGOING Cardio Craze, 9:40-10:10am, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Chesterton Campus, 801 Michael Dr, Chesterton. 219.983.9832. franciscanalliance.org/omni. This low-to-high-impact aerobics class combines a variety of exercises—including drumming, sliding disks, intervals and more—with the goal of elevating the heart rate safely.
ONGOING Chi Gong, 9:30-10:30am Thu, Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. cancerresourcecentre.com. This ancient Eastern healing art of breath, movement, non-movement and meditation will be taught through a one-hour session of warm-ups, positions and focused movements.
ONGOING Indoor Cycling, call for times and days, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Schererville Campus, 221 US Hwy 41, Ste A, Schererville. 219.865.6969. franciscanalliance.org/omni. Participants will enjoy a high-intensity cardiovascular workout during this class. New attendees should arrive 15 minutes early for orientation.
ONGOING Kick Boxing, 6-7:15pm Tue, Thu, Griffith Branch YMCA, 201 N Griffith Blvd, Griffith. 219.750.1082. griffithymca.org. This class combines cardio exercise with the self-defense style of Muay Thai to improve muscle tone, flexibility and balance.
ONGOING Strength on the Ball, call for days and times, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. This total body strength training class includes work on and off the stability ball and uses weights and mats.
ONGOING Sunrise Step, 5:35-6:20am Tue, Thu, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Participants will start the day the healthy way during this early morning class, which features a warm-up, a 30-minute step interval workout, an abdominal workout and cool-down.
ONGOING Taekwondo, 5pm Tue, Thu, 11am Sat, Thu, Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St, Chesterton. 219.926.4204. dunelandymca.org. All ages and ranks are welcome to learn sparring, forms and board breaking. The class is held three times a week for four weeks.
ONGOING Yoga, 7pm Mon, 5:15pm Wed, Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.9622. ymcaofportage.org. The easy flow of this class helps participants discover ways to become centered, focused, relaxed and increase flexibility through traditional yoga poses and breathing techniques. Participants should bring a mat and two blankets.
JUL 11-AUG 8 Adult Group Golf Lessons, 6:45-8:15pm Thu, Scherwood Golf, 600 E Joliet St, Schererville. activenwi.com. Students will learn all the elements of the game of golf from PGA member instructors. Instructions include the basics—grip, stance, swing, procedures, terminology and more. Students receive one free round of golf on the executive course at the conclusion of the four-week class.
JUL 16, AUG 20 Laugh for the Health of It! 7-8pm, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 888.303.0180. lcplin.org. Led by a certified laughter yoga instructor, this unique exercise routine encourages unconditional laughter, without jokes or comedy, to oxygenate the body, reduce stress and improve mood. No mats needed.
JUL 16-AUG 20 Pilates, 6:30-7:30pm, Schererville Community Center, 500 E Joliet St, Schererville. 219.865.5530. activenwi.com. Suitable for all levels, this mat-based class helps strengthen major muscles, improve flexibility and focus on core strengthening. The class meets weekly for six weeks and participants should bring their own mat.
ONGOING Diabetes Self-Management Classes, 1-4pm or 5-8pm Mon, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5550. methodisthospitals.org. Participants in this three-part class receive a comprehensive diabetes education covering all aspects of treatments, as well as prevention of chronic complications. Classes take place three Mondays in row. Participants must have physician referral.
ONGOING Health, Neck and Back Seminars, 4-5pm, Methodist Hospital’s Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. The team Spine Care Center can help identify neck or back pain and provide information about the most effective treatment possible.
JUL 16-SEPT 3 Smoking Cessation-I Quit, 6:30-8pm, 6:30-8pm, St. Mary Medical Center Patient Tower, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 800.948.8806. comhs.org. Sanctioned by the American Lung Association, this 8-week smoking cessation program includes instruction; counseling; behavior modification, such as breathing and relaxation techniques; lifestyle changes, how to get pharmacological support and more.
JUL 17 Bone Health/Back and Neck Pain Seminar, 5:30pm, Valparaiso Family YMCA Community Room, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 888.909.3627. valpoymca.org. Presented by Kristy Darnell, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNRN Methodist Hospitals Spine Care Center Manager, this seminar covers overall bone health and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Attendees will learn how to identify back and neck pain, and about the most effective treatments available.
JUL 17 Safe Sitter Babysitting Course, Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City Hospital Lobby, 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 800.931.3322. franciscanalliance.org. Offered to adolescents ages 11 through 14, this course teaches competencies in safe child care—including rescue skills, basic first aid and child nurturing.
JUL 23 Skin Cancer Treatment Options, 6-7:30pm, Franciscan Hammond Clinic – Specialty Center, Munster. 219.934.2483. franciscanalliance.org. Those who have been diagnosed with or are at risk for skin cancer can join Tarun Kukreja, MD to learn about the various treatment options and their effectiveness.
JUL 26, AUG 23 Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease, 10-11am, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 888.303.0180. lcplin.org. This free informational and interactive session focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementias. A light lunch will be provided. Attendees must call to register.
ONGOING Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9pm, Franciscan St. Margaret Health—Dyer Classroom F, 24 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.865.2141. franciscanalliance.org. These meetings are open to all. No registration required.
ONGOING Family Matters, 7-8:30pm, 2nd Wed of every month, Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. cancerresourcecentre.com. Patients, couples, spouses and caregivers come together during this educational and support program to discuss coping with cancer in their family.
ONGOING Gluten Intolerance Group of Northwest Indiana, 7-8pm, 2nd Mon of every month, St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.588.9829. comhs.org. This free support group is for those with gluten intolerances, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and other sensitivities.
ONGOING Living After Loss, call for dates and times, Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus South Pavilion Auditorium, 600 Grant St, Gary. 219.886.4522. methodisthospitals.org. This support group is open to all adults grieving the loss of a loved one.
ONGOING Lupus Support Group, 6:30-8pm, 4th Mon of every month, St. Mary Medical Center Patient Tower Conference Room 2, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 800.948.8806. comhs.org. Those dealing with Lupus or an autoimmune disease are welcome at this support group.
ONGOING Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, call for dates and times, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.4926. methodisthospitals.org. This support group is designed for those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their friends and family.
ONGOING Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 2-4pm,1st Sat of every month, Franciscan St Margaret Health—Hammond Health Resource Center Conference Room, 5454 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.228.6434. franciscanalliance.org. Open to families and loved ones of those living with Parkinson’s, this support group discusses issues related to Parkinson’s disease, as well as how to cope.
ONGOING Diabetic Diet and Meal Planning, call for dates and times, St. Mary Medical Center Education Classroom on 5 East, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.947.6234. comhs.org. A diabetes educator teaches participants about healthy eating for diabetics at this informational program.
ONGOING Nutrition Counseling, appointment only, St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir St, East Chicago. 219.392.7060. comhs.org. Dietary evaluation, counseling and individualized meal planning is offered by a registered dietitian—with expertise in food allergies, weight management, abnormal blood lipid management, diabetes and more—during this session. Physician referral required.
AUG 14 Cooking Demonstrations, 2-2:30pm, St. Mary Medical Center Patient Tower Waterfall Café, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. Chef Ryan C. Smith demonstrates how to cook delectable appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts and more.
AUG 21 The ABCs of BBQ-ing, 6-7:30pm, Franciscan Medical Specialists, 757 45th St, Munster. 219.934.2483. franciscanalliance.org. Registered Dietician Monica Rojas, MS, RD, CDE discusses grilling and outdoor food safety, as well as food storage tips and what to do with leftovers during this fun class. The class also features new, healthy twists on old-time favorite recipes like potato and macaroni salad.
ONGOING Ballet Class, 4:30-5pm Tue 3-year-old class; 5:15-6pm Tue 4-7-year-old class, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. This five-week class introduces students to basic ballet positions and barre exercises, which build flexibility, strength and coordination. Children also will be made aware of music, rhythm and space. Two classes are offered, one for 3-year-old students and another for students ages 4 to 7 years old.
ONGOING Karate, 6:30-7:30pm Wed, 6-7pm Fri Karate I; 6:30-7:30pm Mon, 7:30-8:30pm Karate II, Griffith Branch YMCA, 201 N Griffith Blvd, Griffith. 219.750.1082. griffithymca.org. Designed for children and teens ages 7 through 17, this program builds self-confidence and self-esteem through the study of martial arts as students learn how to defend themselves in a variety of situations. The eclectic style of martial arts taught during this program draws from many different disciplines.
ONGOING Sports of All Sorts, 11:15am-noon or 2:15-3pm Tue, Thu, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. Children ages 4 through 6 have the opportunity to participate in a variety of games and sports—such as hockey, basketball, t-ball and soccer. The classes focus on sportsmanship, skill development and having a good time. Space is limited and registration is required.
ONGOING Tae Kwon Do, 6-7:15pm Fri, 12:30-1:45pm Sat, Hammond Branch YMCA, 7322 Southeastern Ave, Hammond. 219. 845.1507. hammondareaymca.org. Certified Tae Kwon Do instructor Bryan Razo leads teaches students the basic fundamentals and techniques of martial arts. The class is open to children ages 6 and older and class sessions run monthly.
JUL 10-31 Go Girl Go, 9-10:30am Wed, 1754 S Park Ave, Schererville. activenwi.com. This four-week class encourages a wholesome lifestyle with exercise, healthy cooking, team building, journaling and more fun activities. Intended for girls ages 8 through 12, this program boosts self-esteem, self-respect and self-confidence through the Women’s Sports Foundation program curriculum. Each week participants will try a new fitness activity—such as Pilates, yoga or Zumba—and make a healthy snack. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
ONGOING Heart Attack, PAD Risks and Stroke Screenings, 2pm, 1st Tue of every month, Methodist Hospitals Midlake Campus, 2269 W 25th Ave, Gary. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. A variety of screenings are available. Registration required.
ONGOING Scoliosis Screening, by appointment only, Southlake Campus, NeuroScience Institute, 200 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 219.738.4926. methodisthospitals.org. Get checked for spine curvature by making an appointment for this free screening.
ONGOING Skin Cancer Screenings, Dr. Forgey’s Office, 9am-noon, 1st Wed of every month, Dr. Forgey’s Office, 109 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6055. comhs.org. Call to register for these free screenings.
ONGOING Sleep Apnea Screening, call for dates and times, Duneland YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St, Chesterton. Portage YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. Valparaiso YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing, Valparaiso. 219.764.4567. porterhealth.com. No appointment is necessary for these free sleep apnea screenings performed by Porter’s Sleep Disorders Institute.
JUL 22, AUG 26 Bone Density Screening, 10am-noon, 1-3pm, Hebron Public Library Meeting Room, 201 W Sigler St, Hebron. 219.263.7203. pcpls.lib.in.us. These free heel bone density screenings are offered by Porter Health Care System. Participants must be able to remove their socks. No appointment necessary.
JUL 24 Total Cholesterol/HDL/Blood Sugar, Valparaiso Family YMCA Community Room, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 888.909.3627. valpoymca.org. This screening is for those who have not had their cholesterol checked in the past six months. A 12-hour fast is recommended but not required. Preregistration required.
AUG 1 Life Line Health Screening, 9am-5pm, Portage Public Library Rooms A & B, 2665 Irving St, Portage. 800.324.1851. lifelinescreening.com/community-partners. Lifeline preventative screenings and scans take a total of 60 to 90 minutes and can detect health problems related to—stroke, vascular disease, osteoporosis and heart rhythm. Appointments are limited and registration is required by phone or online.
AUG 8 Coronary Health Appraisal, 8-11am, St. Catherine Hospital Professional Office Building Conference Room, 4321 Fir St, East Chicago. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. This screening determines the participant’s risk for heart disease and other related medical conditions. The screening includes cholesterol, hemoglobin A1C and average estimated glucose, metabolic syndrome, blood pressure, body mass index, and a heart health profile. Fasting for 10 to 12 hours is required. Registration required
JUL 13 Valpo Triathlon, 8am, Rogers-Lakewood Park, 5320 N Meridian Rd, Valparaiso. 219.462.5144, 219.462.4185. valpotri.net. Athletes are invited to swim, bike and run their way to the finish line during this 11th annual event hosted by the Valparaiso Parks Department and the Valparaiso Family YMCA.
JUL 20 Mudathon, 7:45am, Graeber Family Farms, 236 S 200 W, Valparaiso. mudathlon.com. A three-mile course with 40 obstacles—including a mud slide, net climb and mud pit—awaits fun and adventure seekers. The race is followed by a post-race party featuring brats, music and beer.
JUL 20 Buckley Five Miler, 6-7:15am registration & check-in; 7:30am start, Buckley Homestead, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell. 219.696.1570. lakecountyparks.com. This annual race features a challenging, picturesque course through the grounds of Buckley Homestead.
JUL 25 A Round for the Kids, 11 am lunch & registration; noon shotgun start, Valparaiso Country Club, 2501 Country Club Rd, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185 ext 235. valpoymca.org. The community is invited to play a round for the kids at this 23rd annual event to raise funds to provide affordable sports programs for all kids to learn, grow and thrive at the Valparaiso Family YMCA.
AUG 24 Valpo Night Ride, call for times, Butterfield Family Pavilion, Evans & Calumet Aves, Valparaiso. This 15-mile organized bicycle ride takes place at night under the stars. A mid-ride snack will be provided at Central Park Plaza. Police support and volunteers will be available along the route to ensure everyone’s safety.