Health Briefs For June 27
June 26, 2012 1:20PM
Updated: July 28, 2012 6:20AM
Bariatric Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with BMI Surgery will host a free bariatric support group for people who have undergone weight loss surgery. The next meeting will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 27 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Joint Replacement: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss joint replacements 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 27 at the Advocate Christ Outpatient Center, 12340 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G48.
Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township is hosting Wellness Wednesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 27 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents can have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5 and the test requires a 12-hour fast. Free hearing screenings are also available with an appointment. Additionally, biophotonic scanning to determine the presence of skin carotenoid antioxidants is available for $20. Appointments: (708) 403-4222. Orland Township information: www.orlandtwp.org.
Cancer Prevention: A free seminar will focus on practical steps to reduce breast cancer risks and technologies that detect cancer at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the Franciscan St. James Health and Wellness Center, 3900 W. 203rd St., Olympia Fields. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.
Osteoporosis: Learn how to prevent, treat and manage osteoporosis at a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the Franciscan St. James Health, Sister Stephanie Center, 30 E. 15th St., Chicago Heights. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.
Survivorship Group: A free support group meeting which includes speakers on a variety of survivorship topics and resources meets 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month in the Conference Center of Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The next meeting will be June 28. The topic will be “Genetics and Cancer.” Information: (800) 323-8622, Code 1C51.
Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment: Find out if you are at risk for heart disease with a baseline cardiac risk assessment at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox; Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen; or the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. The screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL, blood glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure and body fat; a 12-lead EKG; and a lifestyle evaluation. There also will be a phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. A 12-hour fast is required. Cost is $40. Appointments: (815) 300-7076.
Calcium Artery Scoring: Silver Cross Hospital offers a test using a high-speed CT scanner that can measure calcium deposits in the coronary arteries to determine risk of having a heart attack. Calcium artery scoring is for men 45 and older and women 55 and older who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a family history of premature coronary artery disease. Cost is $200. Information: (815) 300-7076.
Scoliosis Screening: A spine surgeon will offer free scoliosis screenings 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays in July at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. The screenings are available for children and adults. Registration: (877) 694-7722.
Blood Pressure: Silver Cross Hospital offers free blood pressure checks 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Information: (708) 364-6337.
Smoking Cessation Program: Smokers who want to quit the habit can take advantage of a seven-week smoking cession program offered July 10 to Aug. 21 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The cost is $60. However, if all sessions are attended, $30 will be refunded upon completion of the program. Registration: (708) 684-4229.
Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous meets 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 8607 S. Narragansett, Burbank. The support group meetings are free of charge. People who want to find a meeting in their neighborhood may call the Overeaters Anonymous hotline at (708) 346-0000.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Silver Cross Hospital Rialto Room, 1200 Maple Road, Joliet. Information: (815) 741-6637.
Cocaine Anonymous: Cocaine Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in the Rialto Room, 1200 Maple Road, Joliet. Information: (888) 660-4325.
Narcotics Anonymous: Narcotics Anonymous meets at 9 a.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the Silver Cross Hospital Rialto Room, 1200 Maple Road, Joliet. Information: (888) 660-4325.
Emotions Anonymous: A free 12-step program for people who have had or are having emotional difficulties meets 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Calvary Lutheran Church, 11249 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, and at 11 a.m. Mondays at Our Saviors Lutheran Church (Kaufman Hall), 8607 S. Naragansett, Burbank.
Overeaters Anonymous: A free support group for people who are compulsive eaters meets 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8600 S. Kilpatrick, Chicago.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group: An Alzheimer’s and dementia support group meets at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Hallelujah Temple Church, 1 Dogwood St., Park Forest. The group of caregivers, family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder meet for free programs on education and support. Information: Carolyn Prince, (708) 699-6682.
Autism Support: A free support group for parents or caregivers of children with autism meets 7 to 9 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church, 9230 S. Pulaski, Oak Lawn. The group, in partnership with The Southwest Cook County Chapter of the Autism Society of Illinois, will help clarify misconceptions, answer questions, provide professional guidance and identify resources.