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Health Briefs For Jan. 9

Updated: February 10, 2013 5:54PM



Freedom From Smoking: The Will County Health Department is offering the Freedom From Smoking program 6 to 7:30 p.m. starting Jan. 9 at St. Joseph Medical Center, 333 N. Madison St., Joliet. The program will meet each Wednesday for seven weeks. The cost is $25 per person, which covers program materials. Nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges are available to those who qualify. Registration: (815) 727-8769 or www.willcountyhealth.org.

Stroke Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital’s stroke support group will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Prepared Childbirth Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a three-week prepared childbirth class 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10, 17 and 24 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. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Birthing Center Tours: Silver Cross Hospital offers birthing center tours for expectant families. The tours will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 26 at the hospital campus at 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Low Back Pain Screening: People experiencing aches, pain, spasm, stiffness or weakness of the lower back can attend a free screening Jan. 15 at Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Appointments: (815) 300-6288.

Chronic Knee Pain: An orthopedic surgeon will share information about the subchondroplasty procedure, a minimally invasive joint preserving surgical option for patients with bone defects and knee osteoarthritis, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Total Lipid Profile Testing: Orland Township is hosting total lipid profile testing from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents may have total cholesterol levels read, as well as triglycerides, LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). A 9-to-12-hour fast is required. Cost is $30 for non-residents or $25 with proof of residency. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

Blood Pressure Screenings: Orland Township is hosting free blood pressure screenings 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 17, 18 and 23 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Prenatal Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a free prenatal childbirth class for expectant mothers with Medicaid or no insurance 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Led by a registered labor and delivery nurse, participants will learn about labor, delivery, recovery, post partum and other birthing options. Class size is limited and registration is mandatory. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Prostate Health Awareness Event: Men age 40 or older are invited to attend a free prostate health awareness event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Lincoln-Way West High School Performing Arts Center, 21701 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox. Chicago Former Bears player Dan Hampton and Dr. Thai Nguyen will share information about prostate cancer. Following the program, Hampton will be available to sign memorabilia and pose for photos. There will also be a door prize drawing for a signed Hampton jersey and Chicago Bears tailgating package. Men can also sign-up that night for a free prostate cancer screening. People who register to attend this event before Jan. 20 will be entered in a drawing to win Chicago Bears tickets for the 2013 season. Registration: (888) 600-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

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, from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Library, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.IMatter.silvercross.org.

Bipolar Disease Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free bipolar disease support group for people and family members coping with bipolar disease at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.



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