2012-11-06T00:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFSTimes Staff
November 06, 2012 12:00 am  • 

GERD discussed Nov. 15

VALPARAISO | Porter Regional Hospital will present Got GERD? Turn Down the Heat on Heartburn at 6 p.m. Nov. 15. The free event will be at Strongbow Inn, 2405 Morthland Drive.

The presentation will increase awareness of a new procedure that helps eliminate gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. It is not only painful but can be dangerous. GERD can burn the esophagus, cause chronic inflammation and lead to major damage and potentially result in cancer of the esophagus. 

Drs. Jac Cooper and Adam Conn from Associates in Surgery will discuss a new procedure called transoral uncisionless fundoplication, a long-term solution for chronic acid reflux or GERD.

To register, call (800) 541-1861.


Fitness Fridays continue with indoor activities in LaPorte

LAPORTE | Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte and LaPorte County Family YMCA have partnered to provide Fitness Fridays during the cold weather months. 

Residents of all ages are invited to continue the tradition of Fitness Fridays on Nov. 30 at the LaPorte County Family YMCA, 901 Michigan Ave. in LaPorte.

Fitness events begin at 5:15 pm, and participants are encouraged to arrive early to register. There is no cost to participate. Participants are required to wear gym shoes.


IUN campus to host health fair for members of the community 

GARY | The Indiana University Northwest Office of Student Activities and the School of Nursing will host its annual health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Savannah Center gymnasium. 

Services will include lab work, free health screenings and health information. Lab workups include, but are not limited to, the following: a health profile; glycohemoglobin (A1C), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH); and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings. Free health screenings include blood pressure screenings and bone density tests.

Lab work will be conducted between 7:30 and 11 a.m. Those participating in the health profile must fast for 12 hours and may drink only black coffee or water during the fast.

The health profile lab work is $17.05 for community members, $14.05 for IUN faculty and staff and free for students with a valid student ID. Prices vary for additional lab work. Payment for testing is due the day of the test. Only cash or checks will be accepted.

Appointments are not necessary. The Savannah Center is in the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.


Baby-sitting course offered through Schererville parks

SCHERERVILLE | The Schererville Parks Department is offering a two-part baby-sitting course that will lead to a Red Cross certificate when both classes are completed.

Participants will learn how to make good decisions, handle emergencies and supervise children, among other skills.

The classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 17 at Schererville Town Hall, 10 E. Joliet St. The fee is $40 for residents and $44 for nonresidents. Registration can be done at

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