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Health Briefs For Feb. 20

Updated: March 21, 2013 6:26AM



Look Good Feel Better: A free workshop provided by cosmetologists teaches female cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Women learn about makeup techniques, skin care, nail care and options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans and scarves. The program is held every other month on the third Wednesday. The next workshop will be 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Registration: (800) 323-8622, code 1C17.

Breast Prosthesis Display: An informative display for women who have undergone a mastectomy about prosthesis options will be 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C11.

Breast Cancer Support Group: A free support group for women who have a history of breast cancer and their families meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. No registration required. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C14.

Stroke Support Group: A free support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1X08.

Joint Replacement: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss joint replacements from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Advocate Christ Outpatient Center, 12340 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G48.

Heart Failure: A cardiologist will discuss heart failure and the importance of recognizing the signs of heart failure at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Oak Lawn Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn. This is part of the “It’s All About the Heart” lecture series. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C63.

Podiatry Screenings: Orland Township is hosting free podiatry screenings from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. An appointment is needed. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Blood Pressure Screenings: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, is hosting free blood pressure screenings 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21 and 27. No appointment is necessary. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Total Lipid Profile Testing: Orland Township is hosting total lipid profile testing from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents can have total cholesterol levels read, as well as triglycerides, LDL and HDL cholesterol. A 9-to-12-hour fast is required. The price of the test is $25 with proof of residency or $30 for non-residents. Free blood pressure and $5 glucose testing also are available. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

Delivery Options: Couples will learn about unexpected outcomes, assisted delivery, epidurals, infant complications, inductions and reasons for a cesarean section during a class offered 6:45 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The cost is $20 per couple for the one-session class. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1B04.

Breastfeeding Support Group: A certified lactation consultants will host a free breastfeeding support group meeting 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 in the Silver Cross Hospital’s Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Weight Loss Surgery: A free seminar about obesity treatment is set for at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Franciscan St. James Center for Bariatric Surgery, 20201 S. Crawford Ave., Olympia Fields. A bariatric surgeon will make the presentation. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.

Childbirth Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a one-day prepared childbirth class 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 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. Cost is $80 per couple. Information: (888) 660-4325.

Heartburn And Esophageal Cancer: A doctor will discuss the latest endovascular treatments to eliminate chronic heartburn and prevent Barrett’s Esophagus, which can lead to cancer, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Women’s Heart Health: Cardiologist Dr. Sabrina Akrami will discuss heart disease risk factors in women and how to keep healthy during the free Super Women’s Heart Event 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Ingalls Family Care Center in Flossmoor. Topics include the role that family history, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and advancing age play in developing heart disease. She will offer prevention tips, including how to eat healthier and become more active. Registration: (708) 915-2273.

Carpal Tunnel Seminar: A doctor will discuss treatment options for carpal tunnel at a free seminar at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Franciscan Physician Network Frankfort Family Health Center, 10043 Lincoln Highway, Frankfort. Another session is at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Franciscan Physician Network Tinley Park Family Health Center, 17859 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.

Breast Cancer: The American Cancer Society and Silver Cross Hospital will host an educational program for women facing breast cancer from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 26 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.

Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township is hosting Wellness Wednesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 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 9-to-12-hour fast. Hearing screenings are available with an appointment. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Grandparents Class: A class for grandparents about current childcare practices, parenting methods and the role of grandparents will be 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Cost is $10. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1B14.

Back and Neck Pain: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss surgical and non-surgical treatment options for spine problems at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Advocate Christ Outpatient Center, 12340 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G69.

Heart Valve Disease Treatments: An interventional cardiologist and a cardiovascular surgeon will discuss advancements in treatment for heart valve disease at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Orland Park Township office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. This is part of the “It’s All About the Heart” lecture series. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C62.

Survivorship Group: A free support group meeting which includes speakers on a variety of survivorship topics and resources will meet 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C51.

Autism Support Group: A free support group for parents or caregivers of children with autism will meet 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church, 9230 S. Pulaski Road, Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1P01.

Sleep Disorders Seminar: A Franciscan St. James sleep disorders lab clinical coordinator will discuss treatments for sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Franciscan Physician Network, Frankfort Family Health Center, 10043 Lincoln Highway, Frankfort. People who have been treated for sleep apnea can view new CPAP and BIP

AP technologies. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.

Total Lipid Profile Testing: Orland Township is offering total lipid profile testing 8:30 to 11 a.m. March 1 and 21 at 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents can have total cholesterol levels read, as well as triglycerides, LDL and HDL cholesterol. Cost is $25 with proof of residency or $30 for non-residents. Free blood pressure and $5 glucose testing also are available. Appointments; (708) 403-4222.

Annual Diabetes Fair: Palos Community Hospital will host its annual diabetes fair 8:30 to 11 a.m. March 2 at Palos Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. The keynote speaker will discuss the connection between diabetes and thyroid diseases, the health implications associated with the conditions and treatment options available. Exhibitors will be on hand to discuss products available for diabetes management. Registration: (708) 226-2300.

Convince Them to Quit: A workshop for family members who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use is set for 7 p.m. March 5 at Orland Township, 14807 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Discussion will include ways of interacting about use of substances. Also, a personal story of addiction and recovery will be told and resources will be shared. Information: (708) 403-4001 or rosecrance.org.

Cardiac Risk Assessment: Baseline cardiac risk assessments are available at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd.; and Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., both in New Lenox. The $40 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. Appointments: (815) 300-7076.

Blood Pressure Check: Silver Cross offers free 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.

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.

Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric bypass surgeons present a free seminar “Obesity and Your Health: Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?” at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Pediatric Developmental Screening: The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital will offer free pediatric developmental screenings for newborns as well as children up to age 5 who may be lagging behind with achievement of developmental milestones. Screenings will be held at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Appointments: (815) 300-7110.

Specialized Conditioning Program: The physical therapy department of Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, offers an ongoing program designed to promote physical fitness for people who have experienced a spinal cord injury or disability. Therapists create an independent wheelchair-level exercise program using a wheelchair-accessible weight station. Free classes, led by a licensed physical therapist are 4 to 5 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays in the medical center’s physical therapy gym. Information: (708) 684-5425.

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 Street, Oak Lawn. No registration required.

Orland Wellness Program: Orland Township residents in need of medical services may purchase a discount Wellness Program voucher at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, during office hours Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program offers services at a discount of up to 50 percent. The services include adult and children’s physicals, podiatry screenings, dental examinations and cleanings, nutrition consultations, vision examinations and chiropractic examinations. Residents may choose a participating doctor from the program’s list, which can be found at www.orlandtwp.org. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Alateen Meeting: Alateen, an organization for children who have been affected by someone’s addictions, meets at 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the First United Presbyterian Church, 6200 S. Gaynelle Road, Tinley Park. Information: (708) 429-4173 or (708) 687-0032.



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