Health briefs

Keep your heart healthy at hospital’s sessions

Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in March, including a special session with physicians discussing the importance of screenings.

Ask-the-Doc sessions:

  • “How early screening saves lives,” 6:30 p.m., March. 19, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Entrance 1, Indianapolis

The session will be presented by Drs. Manesh Parikshak, Andrew Barksdale and Faisal Khan, who will discuss lung screenings.

  • “Why does it hurt to walk?” 6:30 p.m. March 24, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Dr. William Berg will discuss possible causes of leg pain, diseases and available treatments.

Change of Heart classes:

  • Fitness Tips: 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Learn some tips from demonstrations and how to set up a schedule.

  • Healthy Dining Out Tips: 6:30 p.m., Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Learn how to make wise menu selections and eat smart while dining out.

  • Reduce Stress: 6:30 p.m. March 10, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Learn to identify the causes of stress and techniques to decrease stress.

  • Savvy Shopping: 6:30 p.m., Southport Meijer, 5325 E. Southport Road, Indianapolis

Learn where to find the healthy foods and how to avoid packaging tricks commonly used to market foods.

To register for any of the classes, call 782-4422 or go online at to see the full listing of Spring classes. Seating is limited for these events.

Children with cancer can attend camp

Little Red Door Cancer Agency is hosting Camp Little Red Door, a five-day summer camp for children with cancer. The camp will be from June 21 to 26 at Bradford Woods in Martinsville.

Any child 8 to 18 years old with cancer or in remission living in Indiana is eligible to attend. One sibling or friend per patient is welcome to attend, if space allows. The camp is Indiana’s oldest camp for children with cancer. The application deadline is May 1.

The camp will include swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, camp fires, arts and crafts and more. Medical staff will be on site 24 hours a day. The Robert T. Grand Leadership Academy, open to previous campers at least 16 years-old, will be held June 19-21.

The cost is $25 per camper and $50 per sibling or friend. Financial assistance is available. You can download the application at or call 925-5595.

Class available for family, friends of mental illness

NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Indianapolis is offering a free 12-week class for family members and friends of people with a serious psychiatric illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The classes will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 25 to June 3 at Adult and Child Community Mental Health Center, 8320 Madison Ave., Indianapolis.

To register call NAMI Indianapolis at 257-7517 or email