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Local health briefs

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 12:01 am

MS Week

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society-Indiana State Chapter will celebrate MS Awareness Week today through March 9. Because of weather concerns, it has rescheduled its “Connections” program to 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 31 at Chop's Steaks & Seafood, 6421 W. Jefferson Blvd. The event will feature a brief presentation on the basics of multiple sclerosis followed by social time.

For more information or to register for this program, call 1-800-344-4867, and choose option 1.

In addition, those unable to attend the event in person can share their story and connect with others at www.MSconnection.org.

IPFW event

IPFW Body Image event will be 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Walb Union Ballroom, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. The theme will be “You're Awesome… Accept It.” Presenters will be Kaleigh Meyer and Brooke Farrington of Farrington Specialty Counseling and Linda Smith of Smith Counseling. Personal stories, monologues, songs, skits and a Q&A will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Judy Tillapaugh at 461-6647 or email tillapau@ipfw.edu.

CANI events

CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) will offer the following free events in March to assist eligible individuals and families with information and/or help in completing applications for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Allen County: 9 a.m.-noon March 8, 15, 22 and 29, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza; 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 17, New Haven branch library, 648 Green St., New Haven; 3-5 and 5-7 p.m. March 11, Kendallville Public Library, 221 S. Park Ave., Kendallville; 3-5 and 5-7 p.m. March 13, Carnegie Public Library, 322 S. Wayne St., Angola; 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 18, Warsaw Community Public Library, 310 E. Main St., Warsaw; and 3-5 and 5-7 p.m. March 20, Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. Indiana 205, Columbia City.

Applicants should bring a valid email address, photo ID, and 2012 or 2013 tax returns.

For more information, call 423-3546, Ext. 256.

Alzheimer’s support

The Alzheimer's Association holds these free March support groups: 10 a.m. March 6, Waynedale Library, 2200 Lower Huntington Road; 9 a.m. March 10, Robinson United Methodist Church, 12707 Tonkel Road; 6 p.m. March 10, Abundant Life Church, 3301 Coliseum Blvd. E.; 6:30 p.m. March 10, United Methodist Church, 605 N. Forest Parkway, Columbia City; 10:30 a.m. March 12, Parkview Hospital, 2001 Stults Road, Huntington; 10 a.m. March 13, Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St.; 6:30 p.m. March 13, Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 8010 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30 a.m. March 20, First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St.; 2 p.m. March 20, Heimach Senior Center, 1800 E. Seventh St., Auburn; 6:30 p.m. March 20, Adams Memorial Hospital, Monroe Classroom, 1100 Mercer Ave., Decatur; and 7 p.m. March 20, Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive, Conference Room A.

Special giveaway

May is National Mobility Awareness Month and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving away three wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Nominations are being accepted for a local hero to win one of these vehicles.

Heroes are people who volunteer, educate, advocate, achieve and persevere. To nominate a local hero, write about why they should be chosen in 400 words or less, or record a video about them of two minutes or less.

Nominations will be accepted through May 9. Voting for winners will start March 11.

Send nominations to www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/localheroes/enter.

Advocacy stories

Fifth Freedom is seeking submissions of advocacy stories for Disability Awareness Month. Projects should have been organized or completed in 2013 or 2014. The following questions should be answered: Who was involved in your project? What did you do? What were the results (or what do you hope the results will be)? When and where did it take place? And why did you choose this project?

Send answers to the above questions in an email to act@fifthfreedom.org.