News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 19, 2012

HEALTH BRIEFS: Sept. 19, 2012



Sign up for ‘Quit Now’ statewide contest

This summer the local tobacco control coalition for Vigo County has been promoting a statewide stop-smoking contest known as “Quit Now Indiana.” This year’s theme seeks to encourage tobacco users to “train” for their next quit attempt and become eligible to win big with their health and possibly some money, too.

“Quitting tobacco takes planning. Setting up a training plan to drink plenty of water, exercise and eat healthy, are all tips to have a successful attempt to quit smoking,” says Alia Hazel, director of the Vigo County Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program. “Also consult your quit coach at the Indiana Tobacco Quitline by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW for training tips that meet your needs.”

The statewide contest is designed to encourage Hoosiers using tobacco products to make an attempt to quit now by offering them a chance to win cash prizes up to $2,500 for remaining tobacco-free for 31 days. The promotional contest is part of a larger statewide campaign known as Quit Now Indiana, linking tobacco users to free cessation resources. To be eligible to win, a contestant must be 18 years or older, a legal resident of Indiana, a current tobacco user and stay tobacco free from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. The registration period is now through Sept. 30. Contest winners will be drawn at random and will be tested to make sure they are tobacco-free after the 31 days to be eligible to claim a prize.

Eligible Hoosiers can register for the Quit Now Indiana Contest online at and To learn more about the resources available to quit smoking visit or call (812) 232-5190.

Vision Awareness Day set

Discover the benefits of video magnifiers, PC screen magnification software, technology that reads books, bills and mail aloud and more at Vision Awareness Day, an event planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at The Wabash Independent Living & Learning Center.

Learn about technology solutions for people who are blind, including JAWS screen reading software, the PAC Mate accessible Pocket PC and Braille displays.

The center is at One Dreiser Square, on the northwest corner of Third and Cruft streets. To register call 1-800-336-5658.

Hamilton Award nomination deadline today

Hamilton Center Inc.’s Board of Directors is now accepting Hamilton Award nominations from the community. All nominees and winners will be recognized at Hamilton Center Inc.’s annual meeting and Hamilton Awards Dinner on Oct. 23.

To obtain a nomination form email kskinner@ or fax 812-231-8411 or call 812- 231-8317. All nominations must be submitted on a nomination form by today to Hamilton Center Inc., Office of the CEO, P.O. Box 4323, Terre Haute, IN 47804.  

Hamilton Awards are presented to businesses, organizations and individuals that have significantly contributed to the cause of mental health and/or care of persons with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities or substance abuse problems. In addition, an award is given each year to a Hamilton Center staff person who has demonstrated a personal commitment to the cause of behavioral health and advanced the mission of Hamilton Center through service above and beyond the normal duties of his/her position.

Hamilton Center Inc. is a regional behavioral health system serving central and west-central Indiana. Offices are located in Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Marion, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.

The organization provides a broad array of behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults. For further information call 812-231-8317.

College kicks off Healthy Home series

Lincoln Trail College will kick off its Healthy Home series with a Back to School Nutrition workshop on Tuesday.

Mary Liz Wright of the University of Illinois Extension will lead the workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. She will discuss and prepare quick and easy breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are both delicious and nutritious for families on the go.

On Nov. 5, Wright will present Healthy Holidays. This workshop, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria, will cover the use of healthy cooking substitutions and alternatives that will lighten holiday meals without sacrificing flavor.

The third installment in the Healthy Home series is Jan. 17. Battle the Holiday Bulge will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. in Williams Hall 107. Kick start the New Year with tips for healthy shopping and cooking.

The final class in the series is Spring into Nutrition from 6 to 8 p.m. April 18 in the cafeteria. The class will cover getting ready for summer with portion-control tips.

Each session is $20 per person. To register, or for more information, call Community Service at 618-544-8657, ext. 1130. For more information on LTC, visit, or

Paris Hospital partners with UAP Clinic

Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center announces a partnership with Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, a nationally recognized leader in the development of telemedicine services. PCH/FMC and UAP Clinic Cardiology will work together to begin offering advanced cardiology services at Paris Community Hospital via telemedicine.

Through this partnership, patients seeking care and treatment at PCH/FMC for a variety of heart-related conditions can now be evaluated and treated remotely by Krishna Namburi, UAP Clinic cardiologist. The technology, which operates through Union Hospital’s secure and confidential telemedicine network, will allow Namburi to hear a patient’s heart and breath sounds, as well as communicate in real-time with the patient at his bedside in Paris.

“The technology has already proven to be highly successful for evaluating and treating rural patients from many of our smaller communities scattered throughout the Wabash Valley,” said Namburi. “I am very excited to be able to offer this innovative service at Paris Community Hospital.”

The project was made possible by a generous grant award made to Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar Center of Health from the Health Resources Services Administration’s Office for the Advancement of Telehealth to help patients overcome the barriers associated with seeing specialists outside of their rural communities.

“We have been offering specialty care to our patients through our visiting specialty provider clinics for a number of years,” said Randy Simmons, PCH/FMC president & CEO. “During that time, Dr. Namburi has developed a large Paris-based practice. We are thrilled that he is expanding his care to patients within our community through the telemedicine program.”