Health briefs

Learn how to shop, cook for healthy heart

Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness this month.

Here are local Change of Heart classes coming up:

» Healthy Dining Out Tips: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Heart Center, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., entrance No. 1, Indianapolis

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

» Healthy Meals on a Budget: 6:30 p.m. March 30 at the Heart Center.

Learn ways to stretch your food budget while still getting the nutrients you need.

» Savvy Shopping: 6:30 p.m. March 28, 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. Discover how food labels make you a smarter shopper.

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.

Local hospital offering free test to first 100 applicants

Johnson Memorial Hospital is currently offering free FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) tests, which detect hidden blood in the stool. The tests are 98 percent sensitive to detecting disease if it is present.

Registration is required for a free FIT test, and is limited to the first 100 applicants.

After registration, a kit will be mailed with a return envelope. The lab will process the test and contact you with results.

Register online at