Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 18, 2013

Health briefs

Goshen News

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EGH EMS offering ACLS course

Elkhart General Hospital Emergency Medical Services is offering an Advanced Cardiac Life Support course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Elkhart General Health Education Center, 2222 Rieth Blvd., next to Lowe’s along U.S. 33 in Goshen.

The two-day course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and manage an adult cardiac arrest and other acute cardiopulmonary emergencies by integrating critical BLS skills with ACLS interventions. This program is intended for any healthcare provider responsible for emergency cardiac care.

Course fees are $100 for affiliated providers and $125 for non-EGH affiliated providers. Courses are open to the public.

For more information, call Elkhart General Emergency Medical Services at 574- 875-6430. To register online, visit www.egh.org.


Washing hands can help prevent sickness

Hand washing is an important step to staying healthy, especially during the winter.

According to Dr. Will Sawyer, an infection prevention specialist) and many others, people have the power to prevent the flu, and many other respiratory illnesses. All it takes is frequent and thorough hand washing, and following a few other principles.

Dr. Will offers the following “4 Principles of Hand Awareness”:

1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.

2. Do not cough into your hands.

3. Do not sneeze into your hands … and most important,

4. Do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.

Those who follow these principles will be in virtual isolation, regardless of the people around them, Elkhart County Health Department officials said. Direct contamination (inoculation) of our mucus membranes is how infectious diseases enter people’s bodies. It is not germs wafting through our ventilation systems, officials said.

By frequently washing our hands, we wash away germs that we have picked up from other people, contaminated surfaces or from animals and animal waste, health officials said.

For more information about influenza or the importance of hand washing, go to beatthebug.info or henrythehand.com. People can also check with their healthcare provider, local hospital or at the Elkhart County Health Department. To reach the health department, call 523-2283.


Kosciusko FIT to kick off new year

Kosciusko FIT is preparing to kick off its third annual program and organizers are looking for individuals or teams of four, age 18 or older, to participate.

Cash prizes will be given to the top three in each category: team, male individual and female individual.

The goal is to lose 5,000 pounds county-wide.

New this year is the Corporate Challenge. An organization could win the corporate challenge for having the greatest percentage of weight loss and house the Kosciusko FIT Corporate Challenge traveling trophy.

Sponsoring this program for 2013 are Kosciusko Community Hospital; Warsaw Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce; Kosciusko Community YMCA; Purdue Extension/Local Faces Countless Connections; United Way; Warsaw Community Schools; Lake City Radio and Times-Union.

The registration deadline is Jan. 6.

Kick-off will be Jan. 16, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Lakeview Middle School. The final weigh-in will be May 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants must attend both of these weigh-ins at Lakeview Middle School.

The cost to participate is $20 per person and $80 per team with option to compete only as a team or as an individual, not both. Teams must register and pay as a group of four.

For more information, or to register, visit www.wkchamber.com, email info@wkchamber.com or call 574-372-2340. Follow the progress of Kosciusko FIT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kosciuskoFIT.