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Local health briefs

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:01 am

‘Have Faith in Heart’ events

American Heart Association's Go Red for Women “Have Faith In Heart” Program will offer the following events in February. Red Day Celebration will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Glenbrook Square in front of Macy's. Volunteers will conduct health screenings, lead exercise routines and share vital health information for women. Special giveaways will be offered at the top of every hour. Third Annual “Pinot & Prevention” Party will be 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 20 at McMillen Center for Health Education, 600 Jim Kelley Blvd. Five special rooms will be available to sample educational information. Food, fun, wine tasting and a dark chocolate fountain with fruit will be available. Sponsor will be Cinda b. Cost is $20 per person and open only to those 21 and over.

The Rev. Saharra Bledsoe, president of the NAACP is this year's “Have Faith in Heart” ambassador.

Health forum

Crime Victim Care will present Mental Health: A Diversity Challenge at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday at Parklake Medical Building, 2458 Lake Ave. First community forum regarding mental health in the immigrant and refugee community. Cost is $10.

Time change

American Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Feb. 13 at Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 107 (South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital) has been changed to 6 a.m.-noon.

Blood drives

American Red Cross February blood drives:

•5-7 p.m. Feb. 15, Public Safety Academy, Ivy Tech South Campus, 7602 Patriot Crossing. This blood drive is sponsored by the Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne.

•Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 15, Walmart Supercenter, Southtown, 7502 Southtown Crossing.

Skin care center

Three River Dermatology & Windy Ridge Skin Care Centre will hold an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 15 at 5650 Coventry Lane. Refreshments, event specials, and expert advice will be available along with a new membership program. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, go online to www.threeriversdermatology.com.

Weight loss TV

Extreme Weight Loss will be casting for Season 5. Trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell guides each participant through their transformation process. Eyeworks USA will tour nationwide to 13 cities across the country in search for participants. Candidates are asked to either attend an open call or send a home audition video.

Midwest Open Call sites are 10 a.m-4 pm. Feb. 15, Detroit at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, 4698 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, Mich; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 22, Chicago at Dave and Busters, 1030 N. Clark St., and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1, Louisville at Norton Health & Wellness Center, 1000 Dupont Road, Louisville, Ky.

For more information, visit the official casting website at www.extremeweightlosscasting.com.

LLS campaign

The Indiana Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announces that 3-year-old Caleb Hoppe and 9-year-old Gianna Caccamo are the 2014 northeast Indiana boy and girl of the year for the annual man and woman of the year campaign. Both are battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood leukemia.

The man & woman of the year campaign is a 10-week spirited fundraising competition. Every dollar raised by a candidate counts as one “vote” toward his or her campaign. The candidates with the most “votes” will be awarded the titles of 104 Man & Woman of the Year at a Grand Finale Gala on April 25 at Ceruti's Banquet and Event Center.

For more information or to become involved, go to www.mwoy.org/ftw or call Melanie Kruth at 616-0654; email melanie.kruth@LLS.org.

SSA guidelines

The Social Security Administration has added 25 conditions to its Compassionate Allowances Program which helps speed applications for disability benefits.

To learn more about Compassionate Allowances and to see the full list of conditions, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.