Free diabetes health fair in Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY – Franciscan Health Michigan City will host a free diabetes health fair from 8-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Coolspring Health Center at 1225 E. Coolspring Ave. The event will include screenings and health information for diabetic individuals, including blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings; nutrition information, bone density tests and glaucoma screenings courtesy of the Lions Club. A board-certified podiatrist will perform diabetic foot screenings from 9-10 a.m. Door prizes, giveaways and refreshments will be included. To register for the event, call 800-931-3322.

Manda's Race to help battle drug addiction

CHESTERTON – Manda’s Race is a 5K race and noncompetitive walk that raises funds for the prevention and treatment of drug addiction in Porter County. It is a Halloween-themed family event (stroller friendly) and participants can wear Halloween garb. The race will be Saturday at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. 5th St., Chesterton. Registration is from 7:30-8:45 a.m. The race/walk starts at 9 a.m. with refreshments, awards and door prizes to follow. To register online, go to For more information, contact Mann Spitler III at 219-464-9221 or visit Race fee is $25, or $12 each per person for families of three or more.


Sessions planned for youth, adult on e-cigs

La PORTE – Though marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes, "safer" does not mean electronic cigarettes, vapes and the JUUL are safe. Healthy Communities of La Porte County is hosting a JUUL Information session for youth at the La Porte County Public Library, Meeting Room B, on Nov. 13 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Information about the dangers of nicotine and other harmful chemicals found in these devices will be provided, as well as how inhaling these chemicals can impact health. The session is designed to  provide youth and young adults with the tools needed to make informed decisions.

Following the youth meeting, Healthy Communities of La Porte County is hosting a second information session from 5-6 p.m. for parents, teachers, and youth workers about the dangers of electronic cigarettes, vapes, and JUUL. This session will provide information about electronic cigarettes, the chemicals found in them, the potential dangers to youth, how big companies target youth, and what can be done to keep these devices out of the hands of children, teens, and young adults. The session will be held at  La Porte County Public Library in Meeting Room A. For more information, contact Sarah Null at 219-210-3499.


Red Cross says donate blood after flu shot

MICHIGAN CITY – As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well, and there is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 800-733-2767.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed after hurricanes Michael and Florence forced the cancelation of about 200 blood drives. The Red Cross will be sponsoring blood drives in La Porte County in November in:

• Kingsbury: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Midwest Warehousing, 3999 Hupp Road, Building R-5-2

• La Porte: Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 12 at First Church of God, 2020 E. Lincolnway

• Michigan City: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 1 at Franciscan Health Michigan City, 301 W. Homer St.; Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. John's United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Rd.; and 7:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Nov. 8 at the A.K. Smith Career Center, 817 Lafayette St.

• Westville: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Purdue University Northwest, Library Student Faculty Building, Room 144, 1401 S. U.S. 421

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