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Duneland School Corporation to Receive Gary Sandifur Tobacco-Free School Award


On Monday, December 14, 2009 Duneland School Corporation will be honored with the Gary Sandifur Tobacco Free School Campus Award for instituting a campus policy making school grounds totally tobacco-free. This award will be presented by the Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County and the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.

The Gary Sandifur Award, honoring a Kokomo, Indiana, man who was a life-long smoker and died at age fifty, is awarded exclusively to schools that enact comprehensive tobacco-control policies. The policy must be...

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Porter's Valparaiso Hospital Has Been Designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana has designated Porter’s Valparaiso Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. To date, more than 400 facilities nationwide have received a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation.

The need for quality cardiac care is urgent: The American Heart Association estimates that this year alone, 1.2 million Americans will experience a first or recurrent heart attack.

Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care demonstrate their...

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Cavanaugh Orthodontics Welcomes Matthew A. Nondorf, D.D.S., D.H.Sc.


Cavanaugh Orthodontics is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Matthew Nondorf. Dr. Nondorf and his wife Jamie were born and raised in Valparaiso. He is an alumnus of Valparaiso High School and completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2006 and completed his orthodontic specialty education at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

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Periodontal Disease Can Affect One's Overall Health


Question: “Dr. Arnold, my dentist recently told me that I have gum disease. He told me that this can also cause other health problems. Is this true? ”

Answer: Approximately seventy-five percent of American adults have some level of gum disease. This can range from a low-level, chronic infection to severe periodontitis, which shows destruction of the bone that supports teeth. In fact, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Unfortunately, an increasing number of studies show a significant correlation between the...

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5th Annual VNA Tree Ceremony To Remember Loved Ones


Since 1983, the Visiting Nurse Association has provided compassionate comfort and care to those living with a terminal illness through the VNA hospice program. In celebration of the lives of patients cared for over the years, VNA volunteer group, Friends of Hospice, will sponsor the 5th Annual Hospice Tree Ceremony.

Anyone in the community who wishes to remember a loved one this holiday season is invited to attend this heartwarming ceremony, where handmade personalized ornaments will be placed on the VNA Hospice Tree of Remembrance. Ornaments are available through a donation amount...

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Holiday Memories Bazaar


Rittenhouse Senior Living Community of Valparaiso is sponsoring the Holiday Memories Bazaar on Saturday, December 5 from 10AM-2PM. The Bazaar will be held at Rittenhouse Senior Living Community, 1300 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso.

All of your favorite vendors will be there, including hand-made crafts, Holiday décor & foods, jewelry, makeup and much more! Shop at the Holiday Memories Bazaar and make new memories for your family and friends.

The Holiday Memories Bazaar is a...

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Bonner Senior Center Flu Shot Clinic


Total Home Health Services and the Bonner Center in Portage teamed up on Monday to offer seasonal flu shots to the community. Quite a few local residents came out to receive their vaccines, many who missed the previous flu shot clinic due to illness or various other reasons. Along with the shots, seniors came out to the center to socialize with each other.

The Bonner Center offers a location for senior citizens to meet and have fun. As Janet Clem, the director of Bonner Center says, “The Bonner Center is a great place to come, not only for Portage seniors,...

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American Senior Communities Plays Major Part in Success of Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk®


The Alzheimer’s Association thanks American Senior Communities and all of its local facilities for their contributions to the 2009 Memory Walk and for raising more than $175,000 statewide.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic that is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease every 70 seconds. By mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease every 33 seconds.

Not only was...

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New Director of Case Management and Physician Recruitment Named at Porter


Sandy Horst, RN, MBA, has been named the new Director of Case Management and Physician Recruitment for Porter Health System. Horst joined Porter as the Manager of Portage Medical Group and Physician Recruitment in September 2008.

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Eat at Uno's to Raise Money for the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter


The Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter is inviting busy holiday shoppers to eat at Uno’s Chicago Grill from November 25 to December 2 to raise money to support the non-profit organization. Uno's in Merillville, located at 2385 South Lake Mall Drive, will donate 20% of dine in and carry-out orders to the LFA when customers submit a designated coupon. The coupon can be found on www.lupusindiana.org in the “programs & events” section of the web site. Coupons are also available at the Chapter office, located at 2642 Eleanor Street in Portage. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the coupon....

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Community Invited to VNA Open House


The Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County (VNA) has moved, but not far. The VNA has expanded its campus with the renovation of the former Ivy Tech Community College building, previously a racquetball club, at 2401 Valley Drive in Valparaiso, just around the corner from the previous VNA offices on Marquette Street. The building was purchased after Ivy Tech moved to their new campus on the southeast side of Valparaiso.

The VNA will host an open house for interested members of the community, as well as for families of the VNA staff and volunteers on Sunday, November 22 from 2:00...

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