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Health Briefs For March 20

Updated: April 21, 2013 6:28AM



Knee Pain Seminar: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss the causes and treatment of knee pain, as well as custom-fit knee replacement surgery at 6 p.m. March 20 at the Ingalls Family Care Center, 19550 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.

Grief Support for Men: Ingalls Hospice bereavement services hosts a free support group for men who have experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the main hospital campus, 1 Ingalls Drive, Harvey. Registration: (708) 331-1360.

Total Lipid Profile Testing: Orland Township is offering total lipid profile testing 8:30 to 11 a.m. March 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.

Breastfeeding Support Group: Certified lactation consultants will host a free support group meeting 10:30 a.m. to noon March 22 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Also on March 22, a session for Spanish-speaking new mothers will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Prepared Childbirth One-Day Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a one-day prepared childbirth class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 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. The nurse also will review the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum processes. A tour of the birthing unit is included. Cost is $80 per couple. Information: www.silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

Knee And Hip Pain: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss joint-related problems such as pain, arthritis and meniscal tears of the knee, as well as provide an overview of the anatomy and surgical procedures for repair of the knee and hip at a free seminar at 6 p.m. March 25 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.

Breast Cancer Support Group: A program for women facing breast cancer will be 7 to 9 p.m. March 26 in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health library, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. The free program covers topics relevant to the cancer experience, including coping with some of the emotional issues resulting from a cancer diagnosis. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.IMatter.silvercross.org.

Snoring Program: A free program on snoring will be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 26 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Diabetes Screening: Free diabetes screenings will be offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 26 outside Silver Cross Hospital’s Season’s Dining Room, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will be offered a diabetes risk test and blood glucose test. Information: (815) 300-5990.

Caregiver Support Group: A caregiver support group will meet for “Coffee and Talk” from 10 to 11 a.m. March 26 at Louis S. Viverito Senior Center, 7745 S. Leamington Ave., Burbank. Information: (708) 636-8850.

Bariatric Support Group: A free bariatric support group for people who have undergone weight loss surgery will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 27 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township is hosting Wellness Wednesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 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.

Colon Cancer Screening Kits: Silver Cross Hospital is offering free colon cancer screening kits throughout March. The test detects the presence of blood in the stool, which is a warning sign for colorectal cancer. Many factors can interfere with the accuracy of this screening procedure so follow-up testing is necessary to confirm positive results, a spokesman said. Using a kit, a small sample of stool is collected at home and tested for blood in the Silver Cross laboratory and results are mailed to patients. Information: (888) 660-4325.

Dementia Forum: St. James Manor and Villas, 1251 E. Richton Road, Crete, hosts a free Alzheimer’s and Dementia Family Forum at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Information: (708) 672-6700.

Blood Pressure: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, is hosting free blood pressure screenings 9 to 11 a.m. March 21 and 27. Information: (708) 403-4222.

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



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