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Health Briefs for Sept. 26, 2012

Updated: October 27, 2012 6:12AM



Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township is hosting Wellness Wednesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26 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 9 to 12 hour fast. Free hearing screenings are also available with an appointment. Appointment: (708) 403-4222. Additionally, biophotonic scanning to determine the presence of skin carotenoid antioxidants is available for $20. Information: www.orlandtwp.org.

Bariatric Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with BMI Surgery hosts a free bariatric support group for people who have undergone weight loss surgery. The next meeting will be a clothing exchange at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Joint Pain: Palos Community Hospital is sponsoring a free presentation featuring the advancements of joint replacement surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and navigation-assisted technology. The program is at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Palos Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Registration: (708) 226-2300.

Women’s Health: The Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet and Fitness Club is a host site for the National Women’s Health and Fitness Day on Sept. 26. As a host site, the club is open to nonmembers who want to participate in fitness classes, walk the indoor track, swim or play tennis. Information sessions will be available at various times throughout the day covering topics from Alzheimer’s disease to diabetes. Two presentations specific to women will be an interactive headache clinic with Dr. Derek Hartmann at 10 a.m. and information about female belly fat at 11:30 a.m. with Kim Kramer. Information: (708) 799-1323 or email sbingham@hfparks.com.

Complimentary Massage: The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, is offering a complimentary 30-minute massage or facial to patients who schedule a digital mammogram screening by Sept. 27. Appointments: (815) 300-7076.

Shoulder Injuries: Dr. Salman Chaudri, orthopedic surgeon with the Bone and Joint Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center, will discuss shoulder injuries, including shoulder dislocations, rotator cuff and labral tears, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Acorn Public Library, 15624 Central Avenue, Oak Forest. Information: (800) 323-8622 and refer to Event Code: 1G14

Aortic Screening: More than 1 million Americans are living with an undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm, according to University of Chicago officials. If the aneurysm bursts, only 10 to 25 percent of people will survive, which is why it’s the third leading cause of death in men age 60 and older. The Centers for Aortic Disease at the University of Chicago Medical Center is offering a free ultrasound screening to at-risk people who are at least 60 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, at One Prairie Center, 4749 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 500. Registration: (773) 702-6128.

Women’s Day: A morning designed just for women ready to break their routine will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at Palos Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Participants can take advantage of several health screenings, interactive fitness demonstrations and break-out sessions focused on improving health. Cost is $15. Registration: (708) 226-2300.

Cardiac Risk Assessment: In honor of national cholesterol awareness month, Silver Cross is giving a complimentary sample box of dark chocolates from Dan’s Homemade Candies with a $40 baseline cardiac risk assessment. People must call (815) 300-7076 before Sept. 30 and mention “chocolate” when scheduling an appointment at one of three locations: Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox; Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox; or Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen.

Blood Pressure Check: Silver Cross offers free walk-in blood pressure checks 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Information: (708) 364-6337.

Medicare Seminar: Orland Township will present a free Medicare seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 in the Orland Township board room, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. The seminar will cover Medicare enrollment periods, benefits, deductibles and other items. Registration: (708) 403-4222.

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar: Information about obesity treatment options will be presented at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the St. James Center for Bariatric Surgery, 20201 S. Crawford Ave., Olympia Fields. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.

Diabetes Seminar: Learn about diabetes treatment guidelines and medications and discuss diet and lifestyle changes that may erase pre-diabetes at a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Franciscan St. James Center for Diabetes, 20201 S. Crawford Ave., Olympia Fields. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.

Bipolar Disease: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free bipolar disease support group for people and their families coping with bipolar disease 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 23 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.



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