Woodland Cancer Care Center hosts freedom from smoking classes

MICHIGAN CITY | American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking classes will be offered at Woodland Cancer Care Center in November (Lung Cancer Awareness Month) and December.
The center’s Katy Quigley-Gartland, RN, MPH, will facilitate the sessions, which will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 18 and 25 and Dec. 2, 4, 9 and 16.
Topics will include:
* Medicines that can aid in smoking cessation.
* Lifestyle changes that can help make quitting smoking easier.
* Preparing for “Quit Day.”
* Managing stress.
* Avoiding weight gain.
* Developing a new self-image.
* Staying smoking-free for good.
Cost per session is $60.
Registration and more information are available by calling (800) 931-3322.
Woodland Cancer Care Center, which is under the auspices of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, is located at 8955 W. 400 North.

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Healthy Halloween?

Submitted by Kelly Devine Rickert, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, Registered Dietitian/Health Coach, Franciscan WELLCARE

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it usually comes tons of candy and treats that last for weeks – (or maybe just a few days, if you like to eat the sweets all at once!) But even during this candy-laden holiday, you can easily find ways to add a healthy twist. Here are some do’s and don’ts to make your Halloween both happy and healthy.




  • Enjoy a treat or two during that day. Set a little time aside to actually savor the treat you choose, rather than scarfing it down super-fast.
  • Substitute little toys, cheap school supplies, or other trinkets if you’re giving out candy and usually get tempted by the leftovers. Not having it around can help eliminate the urge to eat it!
  • Try to get in some exercise, talk to a friend, or do some other activity that will take your mind off sweets and eating.
  • Schedule a special activity that doesn’t involve food, like going for a fall hayride or taking a walk through a haunted corn maze.


  • Don’t stock up on all the candy you can get your hands on. Instead, choose a few types or pieces to savor throughout the actual day and after that, call it quits.
  • Don’t use the candy as an excuse to go all out with your holiday eating – be sensible. And if you’re going to have some candy, cut back on other treats and less-healthy foods throughout the day.
  • Don’t forget to stay safe when you’re outside and/or on the road.
  • Don’t give up – put these ideas into action, and you can have a great holiday!

Happy Halloween!

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health will Shine A Light on Lung Cancer

DYER | Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer will host a local observance of the national Shine A Light on Lung Cancer campaign from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13.

“Shine A Light on Lung Cancer provides our community with hope, inspiration and support for those impacted by lung cancer and those at risk, as well as survivors, the newly diagnosed, their loved ones and health care professionals and those simply wanting to help,” according to the Lung Care Alliance, which sponsors the program. Lung cancer patients will be honored, as well.

The free event will take place in the outpatient lobby of the hospital at 24 Joliet St. (corner of U.S. 30 and Hart Street).

For more information and to register, call (800) 931-3322, or visit Dyervigil.kintera.org.

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Hospital officials, chamber guests, mark Heart Center opening

Heart Center

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the recent opening of the hospital’s Heart Center, during a program with about 40 members of the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce Oct. 23.

The center offers one-stop, comprehensive, patient-centered services, provided by a team of board-certified cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, electrophysiologists and advanced practice nurses, all of whom have a track record of diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease.

Additionally, patient education services and support groups, such as a congestive heart failure clinic and smoking cessation program, are part of the center’s program. It also offers transitional care visits for congestive heart failure patients who are being discharged, to assure a physician is available to see them in a timely fashion after discharge.

The center also assists patients with understanding chronic disease conditions, as well as understanding and compliance with medications and other treatment guidelines.

Shown, from left, are Eias Jweied, MD, PhD, cardiothoracic surgeon; Sammi Dali, MD, cardiologist; James Callaghan, MD, hospital president; Aparajita Das, MD, noninterventional cardiologist; Scott Mundell, Franciscan Alliance regional director of business development; Lyn Stevens, nurse practitioner; and Jill Nygren, hospital vice president of quality and patient services.

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Hospital offers lymphedema info program Nov. 18

CROWN POINT | A free program titled, “Prevention and Management of Lymphedema,” offered by the Breast Care Center of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, will take place at noon Nov. 18.
Participants will learn how:
* Lymphedema can occur at any time following lymph node dissection.
* Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent onset of lymphedema.
* Lymphedema can be controlled through self-management techniques.
The program will be presented by Lorraine Skolak, PTA, CLT, a nationally certified lymphedema therapist; and Joan Filipowski, Franciscan St. Anthony Health patient nurse navigator.
The Breast Care Center is located on the third floor of the Burrell Professional Building, which is located southwest of the hospital’s main entrance at 1201 S. Main St.
Seating is limited; registration is required.
Call (219) 757-6368.

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What’s for Dinner?

Submitted by Kelly Devine Rickert, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, Registered Dietitian/Health Coach, Franciscan WEELLCARE

The age old question … what’s for dinner?

In the last 8 years as a Registered Dietitian, I have noticed that the one meal a day people struggle with the most is dinner.


Here are some of the common reasons people give me for not eating dinner at home!

  • No time.
  • Rushing around with work and kids.
  • Don’t want to just cook for 1 or 2 people.
  • Don’t know how to cook.
  • Too many picky eaters at home… and many more.

But the fact is, it is MUCH LESS expensive and MORE healthy to eat at home than anywhere else. If you sit down once a week and plan your dinner meals you are more likely to stick to your menu, decreasing any chance of you ordering last-minute take out food.

Not only is it less expensive to eat at home but it also has some other great benefits as well!

  • You consume less sodium, fat, sugar and overall calories when eating at home.
  • Family dinners are more important than play, story time and other family events in the development of vocabulary of younger children.
  • Frequent family meals are associated with a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs in preteens and teens ages 11 to 18.
  • Adolescent girls who have frequent family meals and a positive atmosphere during those meals are less likely to develop eating disorders.
  • Children who eat most often with their parents are 40 percent more likely to say they get mainly A’s and B’s in school than children who have two or fewer family dinners a week.
  • Dinner with family can be a stress reliever. Believe it or not, if you have a demanding job, finding time to eat with your family may actually leave you feeling less stressed.

Check out this great weekly meal planner here!

Tips for dinner meal planning:

  1. Sit down once a week with your calendar to see what nights you will be at home to make dinner and what evenings you need to have something quick and easy to go (grilled chicken wraps with fruit)!
  2. Shop the sale ads on the weekends to plan which proteins you will have that week with dinner.
  3. Start with your protein first, then figure out your sides (add a whole grain starch and some veggies to each dinner).

Happy planning!

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Franciscan Alliance Little Black Dress health program scheduled for Nov. 6

CHESTERTON | Franciscan Alliance’s Spirit of Women program will offer a free Little Black Dress health program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Sand Creek Country Club, 1001 Sand Creek Drive.

“Just like the classic little black dress, vibrant health is always in style. Put on your favorite black attire and we’ll show you how good health is your best accessory,” said Amy Delahunty, Franciscan Alliance regional outreach and wellness specialist.

The program will include Dessert with the Docs, an informal question-and-answer session, which will allow participants to ask physicians questions and discuss health issues.

Shopping, health screenings, refreshments, raffle prizes and gifts also will be offered. 

Reservations are required and space is limited. Visit FranciscanAlliance.org/NWISpiritofWomen to register online, or call (800) 931-3322.

Spirit of Women is a free health and wellness program designed to educate, motivate, and inspire women to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

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