La Porte County YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day

La PORTE — On Friday, the La Porte County Family YMCA is hosting a free community event to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. The annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, is a two-hour event featuring activities such as a Fitness Friday 5K, games, healthy foods, safety demonstrations, Kids Zumba, arts and crafts, and more. Those who participate in the 5K and/or visit five vendors during the event will be entered into a bike raffle. The Healthy Kids Day takes place at 901 Michigan Avenue in La Porte from 4 to 6 p.m. Activities will be held outside on Michigan Avenue, weather permitting, or moved inside if inclement weather occurs. For more information, contact Erika Kozlowski at 219-325-9622, ext. 114, or visit


New Franciscan ExpressCare center open

MICHIGAN CITY — Franciscan ExpressCare has opened a new location in Michigan City at 4111 S. Franklin St. ExpressCare provides health care services in a timely manner for patients with non-life-threatening cases that do not require emergency treatment. Examples are asthma, bronchitis, coughs and colds, cuts, sprains and strains, insect bites and minor burns. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information, call 219-873-2919 or visit


Parks host Senior Lifestyles programs

La PORTE — The La Porte County Parks Department's 50+ Club is social club committed to improve the quality of life for seniors, with programs on health trends, gardening, medical information and active lifestyle. The free programs are conducted from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Luhr County Park Nature Center at 3178 S. CR 150W in La Porte. Interested participants should call 219-325-8315 at least one week in advance to assure a spot. Upcoming topics include June 6: Mixing Medicine with pharmacist Jeremy Blosser; July 11: Diabetes Awareness with Clarise Largen of La Porte Hospital; August 1: Meditation, Relaxation and Chair Yoga with Danielle Kessler of The Crossing Wellness Center; and September 12: Putting your garden to rest for the season, with Sacha Gee-Burns of the La Porte County Solid Waste District. For more information visit


Program provides meals to AIDS patients

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health has partnered with Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana to launch a statewide meals program to improve the health of people living with HIV in Indiana. Ryan’s Meals for Life is funded by a $1 million grant to MOWCI from ISDH through a federal Ryan White Supplemental Award. The medically tailored meals are available to more than 2,500 residents living anywhere in Indiana who are HIV positive and meet income level requirements, making it one of the first programs of its kind. “This funding has allowed ISDH to be more innovative in its continued work to enhance the lives of those who are living with HIV,” said HIV/STD/Hepatitis Division Director Dennis Stover. “This groundbreaking program is something we’ve not had in Indiana before.”

Program recipients within MOWCI’s delivery area in and around Indianapolis have the option of receiving either hot or frozen meals. Outside the MOWCI delivery area, frozen meals prepared by Eskenazi Health are shipped directly to recipients. Clients are connected to the food program through the 17 agencies at 23 locations across the state that provide services to people living with HIV. Research has found that when people living with HIV eat a healthy diet, they are more likely to take their medication, have improved mental health and are less pressured to make trade-offs between food and health care. Fennig said MOWCI is tracking data on each client―including HIV levels, weight, appetite and more―that will allow the organization to evaluate the program’s success. For more information, visit


KidStrong event features healthy fun and games

BRIDGMAN, Mich. — The Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force presents Kidstrong, a fun but non-competitive event for children, featuring a 15-station obstacle course of old fashioned games, staffed by parents and volunteers, with a gift at the end. The event at 6:15 p.m. June 9 on the Haymarket Brewery grounds in Bridgman, Michigan, will also feature Child IDs, which includes voice, photo, finger print, and dental impression; Lion's vision screening; and a nurse and chiropractor doing mini screenings. The obstacle course is only $10 for one or $15 for a team and the screenings/ID are free.

The goal is to get kids off of electronic devices and let them experience a fun and safe evening, with the extra goal of getting ready for summer with a quick check up and a reminder of the warning signs to be aware of to keep them safe. Fire and Ice will be on hand with free ice-cream. For information or to register, visit swmihumantraffi


Franciscan merging Lake County operations

HAMMOND — Franciscan WorkingWell at 5500 Hohman Ave. in Hammond will be merging with Franciscan WorkingWell at 7905 Calumet Ave. in Munster, effective Friday June 8. Franciscan WorkingWell-Hammond will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, to complete the merge. Patients are urged to utilize the Munster facility, or any of the six other locations, including Crown Point, Portage and Valparaiso.


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