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Top 10 Health Articles on ValpoLife from 2017


We published hundreds of articles on the ValpoLife Health Section this past year. Saved lives, notable symposiums, and stories of people doing great things were all fair game for sharing. With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 Health articles from ValpoLife in 2017!

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Rittenhouse Villages at Valparaiso Executive Director Deborah Atsas Found her Passion Working with Seniors
Deborah Atsas’ plan was to stay in the geriatrics field of medicine for only a year before becoming a Registered Nurse, but within a few months she realized she had found her passion. Atsas has been the Executive Director of the Rittenhouse Village at Valparaiso for the last five and a half years at the assisted living facility.

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Experienced Training and Quick Thinking Lead Valparaiso YMCA & St Mary Medical Center’s Christy Cleveland to Save a Life
In an emergency, you want someone at the ready who is quick on their feet, has a take-charge attitude, and has the know-how to keep everyone safe and healthy. Thanks to Christy Cleveland, a Registered Nurse at St. Mary Medical Center and Health & Wellness Coordinator at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, a crisis with the potential to turn into a catastrophe was averted with ease and quick-thinking.

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Porter Regional Hospital Rallies Community to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer with Blow Away Breast Cancer
A little rain couldn’t offset the mood as dozens of staff, administration, and breast cancer survivors gathered in the main lobby of Porter Regional Hospital on Wednesday to celebrate the raising of the flag for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Life Care Center of the Willows Lei Out at their End of Summer Luau
The residents and staff of the Life Care Center of the Willows gathered this morning to throw an end of the summer luau at the center, showing up in leis, Hawaiian-designed shirts, and paper umbrellas in their hair.

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Pines Village Residents Recycle Plastic Bags Into Mats to Support Housing Opportunities
Those pesky, crinkly shopping plastic bags can be found in the most unwanted places. In our homes, in our cars, and - most dangerously - in our landfills.

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Porter Starke Services Hosts 2017 Living Health Balance and Hope Symposium
The 8th Annual Living Health, Balance, and Hope Symposium hosted by Porter-Starke Services took place at Valparaiso University on Thursday, May 25th. The Symposium, breakfast and breakout training sessions served as a robust educational experience on mental health service and treatment for health care professionals, educators, and community mental health advocates.

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Pumps Fitness Celebrates the Culmination of 6 Week Challenge
What makes a good trainer? Is it his ability to make you do as many burpees as he can inside a minute? Is he like our mom at dinner, hovering over our mental shoulder making sure we eat our broccoli? Or is it something a bit more intangible than that?

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NWI Nephrology Home Therapy Coordinators Helping Change Dialysis Patients Lives for the Better
Northwest Indiana Nephrology’s Home Therapy Coordinators, Paula Ray and Becky Strug, are changing the lives of NWI Nephrology dialysis patients for the better every day through home dialysis. The ability to perform dialysis from the comfort of their home, and to not have to travel to a dialysis center three days every week, has opened patients up to a more independent life. For Ray and Strug, helping patients reclaim that independence has been incredibly rewarding.

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Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals Celebrates 5 years of Survivors at Pink Party
Pink balloons swayed in the autumn sun as dozens of women, men and children formed an enthusiastic parade of pink, spreading Breast Cancer awareness for this very special occasion.

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NorthShore Health Centers Another Step Closer to New 51K sq./ft. Portage Location
NorthShore Health Centers’ new $18 million Portage location took a big step towards completion earlier this year after the Portage City Council backed the project which will allow the regional healthcare provider to move forward in building a new flagship facility located on Willowcreek Road past Rt 6.

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