Top 10 ValpoLife Health Articles for 2013

HealthArticleImageVLWe are almost to the end of another great year! 2013 will soon reach an end, and now is the time to look back upon all that has happened throughout two-o-thirteen.

Here at, we’ve shared many stories of the year in our Health section, from others achieving their fitness goals to new, innovative practices offered by our healthcare community.

Check out some of the top articles from across ValpoLife’s Health Section for 2013!

Thousands Flock to Valparaiso to Participate in 2013 Turkey Trot


Instead of staying home and cooking Thanksgiving dinner, people from over 30 states made their way to Valparaiso High School for the 11th Annual Turkey Trot this past Thanksgiving. The run, the largest race in Northwest Indiana for the past two years, saw around 3,800 runners, walkers, and pets participating in the 5K and 10K run/walks.

Go Beyond the Gym Walls


Beyond Gym Walls, LLC was started to inspire, encourage, and empower through fitness by way of boot camps and personal training. Owner April Gatlin bases her training off of her own journey to weight loss, using methods of accountability and motivation to empower members in their own journeys.

Franciscan St. Margaret Team Saves Patient’s Life


A team of physicians at Franciscan St. Margaret utilized a therapy that has only been used three times worldwide to save a patient. Doctors David Braunstein and Michael A. Nicholas broke up clots in the 82 year old patient's lungs, an experienced described to be "like winning the Stanley Cup."

Top Ten Signs of Cancer in Pets


Vale Park Animal Hospital's Dr. Bill Donohue, who specializes in oncology, gave pet owners some warning signs to look out for in pets as early indications of cancer.

Dr. Jessica Lisak Joins the Staff at McAfee Animal Hospital


A former patient owner and vet assistant at McAfee Animal Hospital, Dr. Jessica Lisak came on board as the newest veterinarian at McAfee Animal Hospital this year.

St. Mary Medical Center Hosts Open House for Valparaiso Campus

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St. Mary Medical Center opened an innovative new outpatient center in Valparaiso this year, offering a variety of medical specialties as well as a community education center for health resources.

Parents2Parents Provides Place to Break the Silence


A community discussion event brought up the topic of a subject that hits home- teen substance abuse. Parents2Parents was aimed to educate, empower, and equip parents to be able to detect drug abuse in their homes and in the community.

"Biggest Loser" Contestant Inspires People to be Winners


A presentation that was supposed to discuss corporate wellness turned into a heartfelt discussion from Marci Crozier on wellness and, of course, The Biggest Loser.

OGA Stand Behind Healthy Transformation Program


Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates, Inc have found a brilliant new program that allows you to get the essential care for yourself that every woman needs, called Healthy Transformation.

HealthLinc Expands, Opens New Facility to Better Serve Community


HealthLinc expanded their services to Valparaiso by opening a new facility, providing community care services such as health and wellness education, prenatal care, wellness checks, immunizations, pharmacy services, and more.