February is American Heart Month, and this time of year is dedicated to raising awareness on heart disease and stroke all across the country. The American Heart Association (AHA), the oldest and largest voluntary health organization, champions this effort. Heart disease and stroke are the number 1 and number 4 causes of death among Americans. The AHA is an avid advocate of good lifestyle and eating habits, positive behavior, and funds the latest research and educational programs that are dedicated to heart health.
During the last 12 years, members of the Society of Nurses in Advanced Practice (SNAP) have supported the free clinics of Franciscan Alliance with gifts donations more than $12,000. The latest was a $1,000 gift. The group, whose members hail from Northwest Indiana and Illinois, supports the Catherine McAuley Clinic in Hammond and the St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point, not only because they treat the uninsured of Lake County, but because the clinics are managed by nurse practitioners.
Community Hospital Fitness Pointe, a medical fitness facility in Munster, offers a number of effective programs and classes led with guidance by certified, trained staff to help improve overall health and well-being. One of the newest classes is called FLEE (Functional Living Exercises for Everyone) that includes exercises specifically geared to active older adults.
Because of the heart’s vital role in pumping blood, heart trouble can wreak havoc on other parts of the body. If you experience unexplained physical symptoms like the ones listed below, pay attention — your heart may be trying to tell you something.
Charlotte Read, Duneland Family YMCA February Senior of the Month, was born in Chicago on March 27, 1929. She Attended Parkside Elementary School and finished her undergraduate education at Hyde Park High School. She then attended the University of Illinois from which she received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in 1950. She graduated with highest honors and was recognized for her achievements by membership in the Phi Beta Kappa. She then continued her post-graduation study by attending classes at Northwestern, Purdue, and Valparaiso Universities.
Community Healthcare System announces that it signed today a multi-year contract keeping its three Northwest Indiana hospitals in the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance network. The new three-year agreement also makes provisions to extend in-network coverage for patients who sought care after the contract termination on December 31, 2015.
Methodist Hospitals announced today they have renewed their agreement with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. As a result Methodist Hospitals will continue to provide in network services to members of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The term of the renewal is for a multi-year period.