Wellness Barn

The Wellness Barn is set to open May 31 at 840 S.R. 930 in New Haven.

The barn’s focus is on “Ag/Fit/Life,” which will be promoted through various events and initiatives to get its message out to the community.

A celebration will start at 11:30 a.m. May 31 with a ribbon cutting followed by a farmers market featuring local vendors selling lean meats, fresh produce and other wares for a health-filled life. Giveaways and tours will also be at the ready for visitors.

An open house with the New Haven Chamber of Commerce will begin at 5 p.m. with samples of local food, beer and wine and live music to celebrate New Haven’s newest addition.

The store will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

Parkview takes steps for a healthier community

The public is encouraged to take its health in stride through Parkview Physician Group‘s Walk-n-Learn program this summer.

On several Tuesdays between May and October, different doctors in the network will host an informational session about important health topics in the Salomon Farm Park Old Barn at 817 W. Dupont Road in Fort Wayne. This season’s topics include: keto and vegan diets, heart health, foot health, oncology, weight management and Alzheimer’s.

After the presentations, the doctors will lead the group on a walk along Salomon Farm Park Trail where attendees can ask specific questions of the doctors and have engaging conversations about their health.

“We’ve been very pleased with the turnout for our MD & Me: Walk-n-Learn Program,” Dr. Mark O’Shaughnessy, a cardiologist with PPG and program founder, said in a statement. “Our program offers a unique opportunity for community members to connect with physicians while learning how to make healthier lifestyle choices.”

Sessions will begin at 6 p.m. on the specified dates. Education materials, blood pressure screenings and refreshments will be provided during each session.

Planking for peace of mind, raises $44,000

Counseling organization, Crosswinds, hosted a planking competition May 15 to help raise money and awareness for mental health by challenging supporters to test their physical strength.

The plank competition far exceeded its fundraising goal, raking in over $44,000 in donations, which will help provide counseling and mental health care for people who may not be able to afford it otherwise.

Around 100 people competed in the challenge, including 19 teams formed by local organizations such as Physicians Health Plan, Inc. and the Fort Wayne Rugby Club. The winning plank time for adults was 23 minutes, and the children’s plank competition winner clocked in at 8 minutes and 23 seconds.

Parkview hospitals rated for workplace quality

All of Parkview Health’s community hospitals in northeast Indiana landed on “Modern Healthcare’s” Best Places to Work list for 2019.

This list, per an announcement from Parkview, is compiled by Modern Healthcare and Best Companies Group to identify employers that go above and beyond when caring for employees.

“Despite the political headwinds that the industry faces, healthcare organizations continue to be dominant economic engines in their communities,” Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare, said in the announcement. “Organizations recognized on this year’s list have also weathered mergers and reorganizations and have come out stronger … The industry shows little sign of slowing down when it comes to creating jobs. And that puts pressure on employers to create not only robust compensation and benefit packages, but to create a sense of loyalty in a competitive labor market.”

Scouts in surgery

Local Boy Scouts got the chance to witness the future of medicine firsthand at Dupont Hospital.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 3034 looking to earn their robotics “belt loop,” met with the Dupont robotic surgery team for a hands-on demonstration on how technology has changed the way they operate on patients.

Chelsea Boulrisse is an experienced reporter who primarily covers health care and the medical device industry. You can send information for her weekly column to cboulrisse@kpcmedia.com or call 260-426-2640, ext. 3310.

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