Health

No-Cost Sports Physicals and Immunizations at Open Door’s ‘Healthy Hustle’ on May 18

By Suzanne Clem, Open Door— MUNCIE, IN – Open Door Health Services will offer no-cost sports physicals and childhood immunizations at the Healthy Hustle on Saturday, May 18 in Muncie. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., parents or guardians can bring children to Open Door White River, located at 2600 W. White River Blvd., to receive these services with no appointment needed. The Healthy Hustle is open to the community. Participants do not need to be Open Door patients. Children through age 18 who are…

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Protect Your Heart and Brain During American Stroke Month This May

By Tim Harms, American Heart Association— INDIANAPOLIS— Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke and 1 in 4 stroke survivors will have another one. During May, American Stroke Month, the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is raising awareness nationwide that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Here are 3 ways you can act now to beat stroke: Learn how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. If you see Face drooping, Arm weakness or…


Cardiologist Dr. Wayne L. Gray Receives Sagamore of the Wabash Citation of Honor

By Vicki Delzeith— MUNCIE, IN—IU Health is excited to announce that Dr. Wayne L. Gray was recently awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Citation of Honor from Governor Eric Holcomb. The Sagamore of the Wabash award honors those who have made a significant contribution to life in the Hoosier state. The designation was created in the late 1940s during the administration of Governor Ralph Gates. The Sagamore is the highest honor the Governor regularly bestows on individuals. Governor Eric Holcomb reserves the Sagamore for those who have…


Meridian Dental to Provide Free Dental Exams for Children

By Hannah Dunckel— MUNCIE, IN– Meridian Health Services is providing FREE dental exams for one-day only for children ages 1 to 14 on Monday, February 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Meridian Dental locations throughout Indiana. This event, Give Kids a Smile®, is part of a nationwide initiative led by the American Dental Association to provide children in need with quality oral health care and education. Oral health is a vital part of whole-person health. Untreated dental diseases…


Black History Month: The Pivotal Role of African Americans in Indiana’s Medical Advancements

By Darryl Lockett— INDIANAPOLIS—Access to quality healthcare is vital to the wellbeing of every American. Indiana is no different. As we celebrate Black History month, it is important to reflect on the rich history of African Americans in Indiana’s medical progress and how far we have come. As Health Equity Director at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, I recognize that the health inequities we face are not fated or destined, but rather challenges that we can overcome and change….


Hoosier Businesses Seek to Transform Indiana Health Care

By Indiana Business Health Collaborative—  INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Major Indiana employers recently announced the creation of the Indiana Business Health Collaborative (IBHC), a coalition of innovators, job creators, and other health care stakeholders focused on reducing health care costs, maintaining a healthy workforce, and strengthening Indiana’s economic competitiveness. This unique partnership will convene members around its five guiding principles: Collaboration Competition Education Commitment and Results These principles will help drive market-based solutions that aim to lower the cost of care…


Meridian Health Services to Change Community Outreach Programs in 2024

By Hannah Dunckel— MUNCIE, IN – After 14 years Meridian Health Services’ premier charity gala, Rialzo, has come to an end, but not before creating a path to make a broader impact on the communities Meridian serves. “Rialzo has served us well drawing attention to the causes we have supported for so long,” said Seth Warren, President and CEO of Meridian Health Services. “We are equally excited about what lies ahead.” Over the years, Rialzo has supported addiction recovery, youth…


Exercise Your Way Into a New Year

By: Nicole L. Koontz— MUNCIE, IN—For many Americans, the holidays are several weeks packed with the hustle and bustle and stress over wearing the perfect outfit, picking out the perfect gift and hosting the perfect party. During all of this, they find themselves stressed out and lacking energy. Many forget about taking care of themselves and wish for a recovery day from the holidays. The simplest way to reduce those stress levels and improve your health is to just get…


Visitor Restrictions to Begin at IU Health Locations

By IU Health— INDIANAPOLIS—Due to a rise in reported cases of flu and other respiratory viruses, IU Health will begin limiting visitors at its healthcare facilities to prevent spreading and protect patients and team members. All IU Health hospitals except those in the South Central Region will limit visitors beginning Tuesday, Dec. 26. South Central Region facilities will limit visitors beginning Wednesday, Dec. 27. Riley Hospital for Children is already observing restrictions. IU Health Infection Prevention recommends wearing a mask…


Open Door To Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations at Monthly Clinics

By Suzanne Clem— MUNCIE, IN – Community members who have not yet received the updated COVID-19 vaccine have the opportunity to do so at upcoming Open Door Health Services clinics. Covid vaccination clinics are the second Thursday of each month from noon-6 p.m., through March. The clinics take place at Open Door’s downtown Muncie health center, located at 333 S. Madison St. Vaccination remains no-cost and is open to ages 6 months and older. No appointment is necessary. While those…