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Jill Stein is the coordinator of the fitness and wellness classes offered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is certified to teach yoga, pilates and Zumba, among other classes. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital's upcoming "LivingWell: A 360 Approach to Health and Happiness," held from 5 -- 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, Stein will explain the benefits and offer tips on "Stability, Strength and Balance," three key elements of living a healthy, happy life.

"Our bodies change as we age and we want to continue to be as strong, stable and functional as we can," Stein said. 

"LivingWell: A 360 Approach to Health and Happiness" has a $10 registration fee that includes breakout talks, a wellness-fair style event, goodie bags, discounted parking and refreshments.

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Patients who are waiting for or have received organ transplants have complex, ongoing medical needs. In addition to frequent hospital visits, they often require medication and specialized care that is not usually covered by insurance or financial aid. The Transplant Patient and Family Assistance Fund was created to help patients with these costs when other options have been exhausted. Here are several examples of how this fund has helped patients in the past year:

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Edwin McGee, MD, surgical director of heart transplantation and the mechanical assistance program at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, is on Capitol Hill today to talk with key Illinois lawmakers about providing access to those needing VADs, or ventricular assistance devices.

These revolutionary devices electronically assist a patient’s heart for them, keeping them alive until a donor heart becomes available. Recent changes to Medicare means about 40 percent of patients who could benefit from a VAD currently don’t have access to them.

“VADs are a powerful, lifesaving device,” McGee said. “I meet with patients routinely who could definitely benefit from the device. If you have a sick heart, you have a sick heart and you need something to stabilize you. A VAD does just that. ”

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While no one wants to think about the possibility that one day their health, or a loved one’s, might be compromised and prevent them from making their own health care decisions, it becomes an unfortunate reality for many Americans every day. Today, April 16, is National Healthcare Decisions Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance for every adult to take the time to consider what their health care wishes are, and developing advance directives to make sure those wishes are known to their care team and loved ones.

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Breathe.

 

It sounds so simple, right? Meditation has been shown to help with chronic pain, reduce depression and increase focus. For those interested, how can one start and then sustain a meditation practice?

On April 29, Margaret Crowley, PsyD, will present “Mindful Moments in Meditation,” as part of “LivingWell: A 360 Approach to Health and Happiness” at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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