Updated: February 24, 2013 6:24AM
Here is a look at health news in the Southland.
Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township is hosting Wellness Wednesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents can have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked by a registered medical professional. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5. This test requires a 9-to-12-hour fast. Free hearing screenings are available with an appointment. Biophotonic scanning to determine the presence of skin carotenoid antioxidants is available for $20. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.
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 meeting will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 in Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Breastfeeding Support Group: The Silver Cross Birthing Center’s certified lactation consultants will host a free support group meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 in the hospital’s conference center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Prepared Childbirth One-Day Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a one-day prepared childbirth class 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 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 will also review the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum processes. A tour of the new birthing unit is included. Cost is $80 per couple. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Sibling Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a new sibling class for children age 3 to 6 who are about to become a brother or sister. Children will learn what to expect including how to handle their feelings towards their new sibling. Participants will also practice interacting with a baby. The free class will be 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 27 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Chronic Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis: Dr. Francisco Garcini, co-medical director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, will discuss surgical options to treat pelvic pain and endometriosis at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: www.silvercross.org.
Maximize Your Doctor’s Visit: Is your doctor bossy? Do you feel rushed? Dr. Ramaraja Yalavarthi, internal medicine and geriatrics physician, will share tips to help you prepare for doctor visits and feel confident about asking questions during your appointment in this free program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 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 8:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1 and Feb. 21 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. A 9-to-12-hour fast is required. The price of the test is $30 for non-residents or $25 with proof of residency. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.