Updated: November 18, 2012 6:50AM
Health Screenings: Free screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, waist circumference and urinalysis will be offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave., Matteson. Visit the KidneyMobile for an educational tour. Information: (708) 915-6862.
Diabetes Support Group: The Silver Cross Diabetes Center offers a free support group for people with diabetes 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (815) 300-7781.
Type-2 Diabetes Workshop: The Bridgeview Park District will host a Type 2 diabetes workshop 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Bridgeview Park District, 8100 S. Beloit Ave., Bridgeview. A dietitian will give advice to help control and maintain good levels through diet. There will be time for questions. The workshop is free of charge. Registration: (708) 594-1818.
Violence Prevention Forums: Southland Health Care Forum in partnership with Southland Hispanic Leadership Council will host men-only forums on violence prevention at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at Mt. Carmel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 6159 S. Ada St., Chicago; and noon Oct. 28 at South Suburban Mission Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 13732 Spaulding Ave., Robbins.
Prepared Childbirth Weekend Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a prepared childbirth weekend class 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will receive instruction from a registered nurse on breathing, relaxation and floor exercise techniques. She also will review the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum processes. Cost is $75 per couple, which includes lunch. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Prenatal Class: Silver Cross will offer a free prenatal childbirth class 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Led by a registered labor and delivery nurse, during this two-day class participants will hear about labor, delivery, recovery, post partum and other birthing options. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Shoulder Pain: Solutions for shoulder pain will be the focus of a seminar 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. A doctor will discuss joint-related problems including arthritis and rotator cuff injuries as well as provide an overview of the anatomy and latest surgical procedures for repair of the shoulder. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.
Breast Cancer Support Group: The American Cancer Society and Silver Cross Hospital will host “I Can Cope,” an educational program for women facing breast cancer 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Center for Women’s Health library, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. The program covers topics relevant to the cancer experience and offers practical help in coping with some of the emotional issues resulting from a cancer diagnosis. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.IMatter.silvercross.org.
Hysterectomy Options: A program about the use of daVinci, a robotic approach, for a hysterectomy will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registeration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Joint Replacement Seminar: Learn about the causes of joint pain and treatment options from orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Mehl during a seminar at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Franciscan St. James Family Care Center, 17859 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. Registration: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.
Vertigo Seminars: Two free seminars to help patients experiencing dizziness or vertigo will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Commitment Physical Therapy, 11741 Southwest Highway, Palos Heights. Reservations: (708) 361-8052.
Heart Health: Franciscan St. James Health is celebrating its recent Chest Pain Center accreditation with a Heart Health Open House 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at its Heart and Vascular Institute, 3800 W. 203rd St., Olympia Fields. Headlining the event will be author, Joe Piscatella, who will talk about healthy lifestyles at 7:15 p.m. The author of 12 books, and frequent television guest, Piscatella will discuss the impact of chronic stress on dietary and exercise compliance. St. James staff cardiologists will present “Cardiovascular Care Guidelines”at 6:45 p.m. and “The Cardiologist Is In,” a question and answer session at 8:15 p.m. The evening also will include free screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, peripheral artery disease and carotid artery problems. Reservations: (800) 782-2637.
Knee Replacement Seminar: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss the causes and treatment for knee pain, as well as the benefits of custom-fit knee replacement at a seminar at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.
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 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Grief Support Group: A free grief support group will meet 4:30 to 6 p.m. each Thursday from Oct. 25 to Nov. 29 at Heartland Hospice, 20646 Abbey Woods Court, Frankfort. Registration: (815) 469-7100.
Eye Screening: The Hickory Hills Lions Club is sponsoring a free eye screening for diabetic retinopathy from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at Hickory Hills City Hall, 8652 W. 95th St. Information: (708) 430-2210.
Disease Prevention: Franciscan St. James registered dietitian Tina Musselman will discuss how lifestyle changes can impact cancer and heart disease prevention and treatment at a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Franciscan St. James Olympia Fields campus, 20201 S. Crawford Ave. Registration: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.
Mammograms: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering $100 mammograms including the radiologist fee for patients who call by Oct. 31 to schedule an appointment before Nov. 31. A physician’s order is required. Appointments: (815) 300-7076 or www.silvercross.org.
Influenza Vaccine: The Palos Township Health Service gives immunizations during clinic hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the facility, 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills. Appointments: (708) 598-2441.
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.
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 scoliosis screenings 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday in October in the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 West 143rd St., Homer Glen. The screenings are free and available for children and adults. Registration: (877) 694-7722.
Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment: This screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat, 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. A 12-hour fast is required. Screening held at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd, New Lenox; Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen, 12701 W. 143rd St.; and Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $40. Appointments: (815) 300-7076.
Colonoscopy Screenings: Ingalls Memorial Hospital now offers colonoscopy screenings on Saturdays at the main hospital campus in Harvey. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for colorectal cancer with colonoscopy beginning at age 50 and continuing every 10 years until age 75. People at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer should begin screening at a younger age, and may need to be tested more frequently. During a colonoscopy procedure, a gastroenterologist uses a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope to look at the interior walls of the rectum and the entire colon. Samples of tissue may be collected for closer examination, or polyps may be removed. Performed under sedation, colonoscopy takes about 30 minutes. Information: (708) 915-2273 to learn more.
Specialized Conditioning Program: The physical therapy department of Advocate Christ Medical Center offers an ongoing program designed to promote physical fitness for people who have experienced a spinal cord injury or disability. Staff offers guidance in creating an independent wheelchair-level exercise program using wheelchair-accessible weight stations on consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes, led by a licensed physical therapist, are 4 to 5 p.m. in the medical center’s physical therapy gym, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Classes are free of charge. A physician’s approval is needed to participate. Information: (708) 684-5425.
Mammograms: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering digital-screening mammograms for $100 to women who call in before Oct. 31 to make an appointment before Nov. 30. The screening includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed. Mention “special mammogram” when calling (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order. If you don’t have a doctor, call (888) 660-4325 or www.IMatter.silvercross.org for a free referral.
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.
Sharing The Journey: Small group sessions for people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W. 94th St., Oak Lawn. No registration required.
Wellness Exams: Chiro One Wellness Centers celebrates National Chiropractic Health Month with a fundraising promotion to benefit Special Olympics chapters in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas. Chiro One is offering $20 promotional wellness exams from 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. throughout October at all locations, 3486 W. Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields, (708) 481-5444; 2386-2390 E. 172nd St. Lansing, (708) 474-4890; 14142 South Bell Road, Homer Glen, (708) 675-1190; 19636 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena, (708) 478-5822; 1938 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, (815) 215-1130; 5116 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, (708) 581-7070; 9121 W. 159th St., Orland Hills, (708) 675-1400; 2446 W. Lincoln Highway, Olympia Fields, (708) 481-7722; 7202C W. College Drive, Palos Heights, (708) 274-4139. Information: (877) 724-4761.