Health briefs – November 28

Residents learn to eat well after loss

County residents who are dealing with a loss learned healthy coping strategies at a workshop.

Healing Path Workshop Series, a free community program for those who have experienced loss, concluded another series of its “Every Day Healthy Eating” workshop. The workshop focused on how grief and sadness affect hunger and meal planning strategies following the loss of a loved one.

Forest Lawn Community Outreach, a program of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, offers the unique Healing Path Workshop Series for community members who have experienced loss. The program is free and open to the entire public. Each series includes seven workshops. The next series begins Jan. 31 at Dyes Walk Country Club, 2080 S. State Road 135, Greenwood.

Residents first to receive implant

Five Hoosiers were the first in the state to receive a unique implant at a southside hospital.

Dr. Marc Gerdisch utilized the new FDA-approved device designed to re-size, reshape and stabilize the aortic valve at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.

All patients were recovering and doing well after the procedure, called HAART Aortic Annuloplasty. The patients were the first in the state and among the first in the country to receive the implant.

The procedure strengthens the heart valve, according to a news release from the hospital.