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HEALTH UPDATES: September 24, 2021


Consultations and support groups can help diabetics.LAGRANGE, France — Diabetes patients in LaGrange County can use Parkview resources to learn how to manage this chronic disease.The pharmacy team at Parkview LaGrange Hospital offers free one-on-one consultations to help with medications, dietary concerns, and other issues.

Consultations are only available by appointment, which can be made by calling 260-463-9370.Furthermore, LaGrange residents are invited to the Diabetes Support Group meeting on September 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Community Learning Center, 401 E. Diamond St., in Kendallville.Caitlyn Bauer, community outreach dietitian at Parkview Noble Hospital, will present information on “What is a carbohydrate?” during the meeting.Bauer will go over the science of carbohydrate digestion and blood glucose control, as well as how carbohydrates can be incorporated into a healthy diet and the benefits of complex carbohydrates.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session sponsored by the Parkview Center for Healthy Living, so attendees are encouraged to bring any questions they have about diabetes and healthy eating.The public and former members of the group are welcome to attend the free meeting on September 30.A pre-registration is required.

To register, call the Parkview Center for Healthy Living at 260-347-8125. Social distancing and face masks are required for the health and safety of all participants, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Masks must always cover the nose and mouth.For those who are unable to attend the meeting in person, a virtual option is available. Anyone interested in the virtual option should inquire about it when registering.

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The NIHHC makes COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines available.WARSAW and ELKHART — On Saturday, the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition held successful drive-thru COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine clinics in Elkhart and Warsaw.Nine NIHHC and eight Heart City Health volunteers and staff members provided COVID-19 vaccines to the community of Elkhart County in the parking lot of NIHHC’s Elkhart office location, 444 N.

Nappanee St., Elkhart, at its fourth vaccination event. In four hours, 120 people received the Pfizer vaccine. According to NIHHC staff, 54 people received their first dose and 66 people received their second dose. In Elkhart, 85 percent of those vaccinated were Hispanic, and 25 percent were children aged 12 to 17.

According to NIHHC, at their second vaccination event in Warsaw, five volunteers and staff members from NIHHC, five from Kosciusko County Health Department, and two from Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory distributed COVID-19 vaccines in the parking lot of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 225 N. Gilliam Drive, Warsaw. In four hours, the Pfizer vaccine was administered to 161 people. The first dose was given to 52 people, and the second dose was given to 109 people.

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In Warsaw, 73 percent of those vaccinated were Hispanic, and 31 percent were children aged 12 to 17.REAL Services, the CDC Foundation, and Radio La Raza WKAM-1460 collaborated on both vaccine clinics. The City of Warsaw, the K21 Health Foundation, and the Bowen Center also contributed to the success of the event in Warsaw.


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