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Top 10 Health Stories on ValpoLife in 2016

We published several hundred health stories to the ValpoLife.com Health section this year. Stories on great local healthcare services to awards and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are your Top 10 Health Stories in Northwest Indiana from 2016!


Porter Regional Hospital is First in the Region to Receive “CuddleCot™” to Help Bereaved Parents
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The loss of a loved one is always difficult to deal with, but the loss of an infant brings up pain that nothing can compare to. For those who know, it is a pain that never leaves you. But there are those who are taking steps to ease the trauma that is caused when new parents lose a child in a stillborn birth or shortly after being born.


From Wheelchair to Running: Ian Bowen's Story
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Ian Bowen, owner of Pumps Fitness, has been helping people on their healthful journeys for a long time. But do you know the man behind the Pilates Reformer and how he got to where he is now?


Thousands Continue Tradition of Kicking Off Thanksgiving with 2016 Valparaiso Turkey Trot
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Before the turkey comes out of the oven and the pumpkin pie is devoured, families and friends of Northwest Indiana partake in a Thanksgiving tradition that promotes community-wide health. The 14th annual Turkey Trot, hosted by Porter-Starke Services, attracted 4,000 runners to Valparaiso High School this year. Runners of all ages took to the streets, competing in either the 5K or 10K. Though the race meant something a little different for each runner, the common goal of celebrating the holidays with family was shared by all.

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Porter Pays Tribute to Gary Atherton with Memorial Service
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This is the first year that Gary Atherton, Director of Porter Regional Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services Department, did not coordinate his annual EMS Week Breakfast Banquet. It was always a day he dedicated to recognizing the merits of his staff. This time the EMS team spent their morning commemorating their leader, who passed away on January 13, 2016.


Symphony of Chesterton Welcomes First Resident into the Fold
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Symphony of Chesterton opened its doors on January 12, 2016, and began welcoming residents into their new home. "The doors are open for our senior living and assisted living," Amy Nikruto Regional Director of Marketing for Symphony Post-Acute Network said. "We hosted a hard-hat tour a few weeks and gave people a peek at what we have and everyone is excited and ready to go.


NWI Nephrology: Home Dialysis Nurses Helping Patients Win Back Their Freedom
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Finding out that you have renal failure can be a devastating prognosis that changes a person’s life in an instantaneous and dramatic way. Your routine and daily life takes a backseat to the dialysis treatments that you will need several times a week to stay alive.


Lorie’s Lakeside Century Showcases Northwest Indiana While Raising Funds for the Visiting Nurse Association
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Lorie’s Lakeside Century is a Midwest bike ride that has been raising money for local charities for 27 years. Over the last six years, that focus has been on raising funds for the Visiting Nurse Association and the programs and services they provide.


Northshore Health Centers and the Tobacco Prevention and Education Coalition Hold Fun Family Appreciation Event at Zao Island
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What do Superheroes, kids, families, pizza, arcade games, putt putt, go carts and tobacco have in common? Not much if you think about it, but tonight they had a lot in common; all these things went together if you were at Zao Island from 5-8 this evening.


Michael Drone Dentistry and Prosthodontics is a Practice that Uses the Latest Innovations, Practices
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Valparaiso resident, Dr. Michael Drone, is bringing a specialization in digital dentistry to Valparaiso with Michael Drone Dentistry and Prosthodontics, a practice dedicated to constantly training and learning the best tactics and techniques to deliver the best products for their clients.

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The Duneland YMCA Hosts 4th Race in Exploring Duneland Series
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Saturday May 14, 2016 kicked off the fourth race in the Explore Duneland series at Dune Acres. Racers bundled up in their gloves, coats, and scarves as they approached the starting line to brave the colder than normal May temperatures. Both children and adults came together in good spirits to partake in this exciting race.


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