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BOB HEISSE: Be informed, 'Get Healthy' in 2018
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BOB HEISSE: Be informed, 'Get Healthy' in 2018

A busy year, an election year, is off and running, and you won’t want to miss any news, politics or otherwise.

To ensure that, you might want to sign up for our email newsletters now.

Thousands of readers receive them, ranging from highly popular breaking news alerts and morning headlines to specialty newsletters, like business briefing and jobs.

Most popular with nearly 51,000 subscribers are the breaking news alerts. You’ll want to receive them on days like last Wednesday, when the Borman Expressway was closed for hours because of downed power lines.

Reporter Sarah Reese updated the story all morning, and we sent several breaking news alert emails that delivered the latest on the road’s status and power outages to readers.

Among our newest newsletters are counties — Lake, Porter and LaPorte — sent twice a week and including news, features, business, sports and photos that we publish for each county.

These have been growing steadily, with Lake now topping 1,000 recipients, Porter having 891 and LaPorte 741.

They are poised to take off, and it’s a good time to consider signing up. Among other news, you won’t miss any election filings and updates during this busy year.

Signing up is simple and free. Just visit to sign up for those you’d like.

You’ll see 17 choices, including two — home and garden and travel — that provide additional content, more than what we publish in print.

Doug Ross, Porter and LaPorte editor, has helped establish the county newsletters and uses them himself.

“I subscribe to the newsletters for Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties because I work, shop and seek entertainment in all three counties,” Ross said. “But if all you’re interested in is what’s happening in your own county, you can use that newsletter to keep your inbox under control and still find news that’s relevant for you.”

Take time now to sign up for our newsletters. And let me know if you have an idea for a newsletter on a specific topic.

Get Healthy in 2018

Get Healthy, our popular health magazine included with the paper, will be published monthly starting Wednesday.

This represents an expansion for one of my favorite products that offers healthy living ideas along with medical updates.

You’ll find Get Healthy with The Times on the second or third Wednesday each month in 2018.

“We have such a robust medical scene in Northwest Indiana, and a monthly magazine will allow us to better plumb it for stories of innovation and human interest, while informing and entertaining,” said Mary Jane Grandinetti, co-editor.

“Besides introducing readers to more of the Region’s practitioners and those who have benefited from their often groundbreaking work, Get Healthy also is adding Carol Slager, a Schererville health coach and author, to our lineup of contributors. Slager, a lifelong Hoosier and licensed pharmacist, will share tips on healthier eating and managing stress in her upbeat and accessible style.”

Enjoy Get Healthy regularly with your print subscription. You’ll likely pick up some good ideas for your family.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or


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Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.

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