Health briefs for June 18
Northwest Indiana Healthy Start will host a community event Friday to coincide with the Juneteenth holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
The festive affair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gary Neighborhood Services Center, 300 W. 21st Ave., and will include a mobile dentist unit (Smile Care Indiana), several informational booths, giveaways, entertainment, refreshments and more, according to a release about the event.
Healthy Start is a federally funded program with a goal of reducing infant mortality. It serves Gary, Hammond, East Chicago and Lake Station residents, the release said.
Slam Dunk for Diabetes Camp
The Moses E. Cheeks Slam Dunk for Diabetes Basketball Camp, which includes coaches from the Chicago Bulls Training Academy, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon from Monday to June 25 at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness-Schererville, 221 U.S. 41.
The free program is offered for children and young adults, ages 5 to 18, who have diabetes, according to a release about the camp.
Diabetes educators from Omni and from Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond, Franciscan Medical Specialists and from other area hospitals also will be on hand.
The camps, which began in 2005, teach fundamentals of living with diabetes and offer a place where participants gain confidence in a safe, structured and supportive atmosphere, according to the camp website.
The program is designed to teach participants the relationship between food, exercise and insulin, as well as basketball skills. It also is designed to teach campers how sports, illnesses and stress affect blood sugar levels, how to make corrections to insulin intake and to demonstrate that diabetes need not prevent one from living a full, active and productive life, the release said.
Campers will receive a Bulls team bag, T-shirt, player evaluation form and graduation certificate.
Availability is limited. For more information or to register, contact Monica Joyce, camp director, at (773) 636-3353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The late Moses Cheeks was the father of Maurice Cheeks, who was an NBA player and coach.
Moses Cheeks, who had pancreatic cancer and Type 1 diabetes, was a basketball enthusiast who was instrumental in planning the camp, according to the release.
Get Tested Day event
The Aliveness Project of Northwest Indiana will host a “Take the Test, Take Control” event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 at Gary Community HealthNet, 1021 W. 5th Ave., Gary.
The goal is to test as many people for HIV as possible, according to a press release from The Aliveness Project.
The testing will be done using the Oraquick Rapid HIV test Mouth Swab. It takes only 20 minutes to receive results, the release said.
Lake County has the second-highest rate of HIV infection of Indiana’s 92 counties, according to the release, and such events are essential to help end the spread of HIV in the region. The event will include information on prevention, free HIV testing, safer sex kits, food, music and community awareness, according to the release.
The Aliveness Project serves Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties by providing free HIV testing, care coordination services for those needing supportive services, and empowering the community through education and awareness of HIV, according to the organization.
For more information regarding “Take the Test, Take Control,” contact Jason or Nakia from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at (219) 985-6170.
Wheatfield Library offers health screening
The Wheatfield Library invites adults to get a check of their health by coming to the library each month, where Clinical Home Health Care of DeMotte is offering free and low-cost health screenings on a first-come, first-served basis.
The screenings from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. July 7 will include free blood pressure/glucose screenings and $5 total cholesterol screenings. An eight-hour fast is recommended for the total cholesterol screening. No appointment is necessary.
For more information, visit www.myjcpl.org or call 956-3774.