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Updated: March 6, 2014 6:18AM



Health fair scheduled

Ivy Tech Community College Northwest Student Life and Delta Sigma Theta sorority Gary Alumnae Chapter are hosting a Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Multi-Purpose room at the Gary campus, 1440 E. 35th Ave.

Exhibitors at the fair are expected to include: Alcoholics Anonymous, Aliveness Project, American Heart Association, City of Gary Recycling Department, Community Acupuncture, Community HealthNet, Edgewater Systems, Fagen Pharmacy, Geminus Head Start, Fitness Instructor Robin Bernal, Health Coach Mary Feagin, Ivy Tech Nursing, Kauffman Chiropractic, Mulitcultural Wellness Network MOTTEP, Munster Medical Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic, Northwest Indiana Community Action, NWI Healthy Start, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Radcliffe Family Dental, SAFY: Specialized Alternative for Families and Youth and St. Jude House.

There will cooking demonstrations, health information, giveaways and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Adrienne Garcia at 981-1111 Ext. 2286 or agarcia94@ivytech.edu.

Cleaner air is
the goal of grant

Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond and Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point will share a $52,500 grant provided through a BP Cleaner Air through Diesel Emission Reductions program, in conjunction with a consortium of area environmental groups and South Shore Clean Cities, to help reduce ambulance emissions outside of their emergency departments.

The funds will be used to purchase seven Medidok Idle Reduction Kiosks that plug into ambulances and keep vital systems operating without running an engine and emitting potentially harmful fumes, while the vehicle is parked.

The funds will be matched by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Dieselwise program, to complete the installation process.

The hospitals’ emergency departments combined receive some 21,000 ambulance drop-offs annually. The devices are expected to save 1,700 gallons of fuel during that time.

Blood pressure
screening available

The Crown Point Library will host free blood pressure screenings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. Home Care Services of NWI will administer the screenings. In addition, Crystal Martin of CJ Warren Salon & Spa will offer chair massages in conjunction with a True Health Chiropractic & Rehabilitation spinal health screening.

No appointment is needed. Call 306-4599 for more information, email lclemons@crownpointlibrary.org or visit www.crownpointlibrary.org.

Health insurance
information sessions

Persons in need of health insurance can learn what’s available and how to enroll during free programs, sponsored by Franciscan Alliance, at Southlake Mall in Hobart.

Kim Eldridge, a representative of MDwise Hoosier Alliance insurance provider, will offer information on coverage options and assist with the enrollment process.

Sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 7 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Franciscan Alliance display in the JC Penney store on the mall’s first floor.

Registration is not required. For more information, e-mail kim-eldridge@comcast.net or monicacavinder@gmail.com.



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