Health Briefs For April 17
April 16, 2013 3:32PM
Updated: May 18, 2013 6:26AM
Breast Prosthesis Display: An informational display for women who have undergone a mastectomy will give them the opportunity to evaluate prosthesis options. Display session is offered from 6 to 7 p.m. April 17 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. April 17 at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C14.
Look Good. Feel Better: A free workshop 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 next workshop will be 4 to 6 p.m. April 17 at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Registration is required at (800) 323-8622, code 1C17.
Stroke Support Group: A free support group for stroke survivors and their families meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 17 in the conference center at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1X08.
Hand, Wrist Pain: A hand and upper extremity specialist and orthopaedic surgeon will discuss painful conditions of the hand and wrist at 6 p.m. April 17 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4400 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (855) 469-4263 or www.handtoshoulderclinic.com. Registration: (800) 323-8622, code 1G71.
Kidney Transplant Options: A kidney transplant nephrologist will discuss “Is Kidney Transplant An Option for Me?” at 5 p.m. April 18 in the conference center at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G72.
Hearing Seminar: The Palos Township Health Service will present an Avada hearing seminar from 9 a.m. to noon April 19 at the Palos Township building, 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills. Participants will be able to be screened for hearing loss free of charge. Reservations: (708) 598-2441.
Family Health Fair: The Orland Park Recreation Department will host its annual Family Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon April 20 at the Orland Park Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St. The fair will offer free screenings and information on a variety of health issues including balance testing, blood pressure screenings, bone density testing, body mass index, flexibility testing, free aerobics classes, injury screening, nursing home information and trigger point massage. Information about a number of health issues will be available, including diabetes and hearing information. Screenings for glucose levels recommend a 12-hour fast and preregistration. Cholesterol testing also requires preregistration and will cost $25. Osco Pharmacy will be present with thyroid and prostate screenings for $25. Raffles will be held for a number of prizes. Information: (708) 645-7529.
Veterans Resource Fair: Military veterans of all ages are invited to a wellness resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the Business and Conference Center at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. Refreshments will be provided. Information: (708) 974-5227, email@example.com or (708) 974-5378, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: A summit for people with chronic myelogenous leukemia and their caregivers will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at the Westin Michigan Avenue, 909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Registration: www.cmlpatientsummit.com.
Healthcare Provider CPR Course: The Center for Prehospital Care offers cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes every month. The center offers both the American Heart Association’s “Healthcare Provider-New” course and the AHA “Healthcare Provider Renewal” course at a cost of $65, including textbook. Participants may purchase a $10 microshield to be used outside of the class to protect against communicable diseases when administering CPR. The next four-hour class will be 6 to 10 p.m. April 22 at the training center, 5220 W. 105th St., Oak Lawn. Registration: (800) 323-8622, code 1C03.
Falling Concerns: The New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays from April 22 to June 17 at the New Lenox Police Department, 701 W. Haven Ave. The program is free for New Lenox Township residents. A workbook is provided and refreshments will be served. Information: (815) 462-6100 or email@example.com.
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. April 23 in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Library, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.IMatter.silvercross.org.
Balance and Fall Prevention: Physical and occupational therapists will discuss balance and fall prevention at 1 p.m. April 23 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G75.
Carpal Tunnel Screenings: The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross will offer free carpal tunnell screenings April 23 in Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Appointments: (815) 300-7110.
Bipolar Disease Support: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free bipolar disease support group for people and their families coping with bipolar disease from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Joint Replacement: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss joint replacement at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Advocate Christ Outpatient Center, 12350 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G48.
Bariatric Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital hosts a free bariatric support group for people who have undergone weight loss surgery. The group meets 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 24 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Weight Loss Program: Palos Community Hospital offers the Shapedown program, a specialized family-centered program that promotes nutrition, a healthy self-image, and short- and long-term weight loss. The class is offered in separate sessions for teens ages 13 to 17 and another for children ages 9 to 12. The next 12-week session of Shapedown will begin April 24 at Palos Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. A physician’s consent is required. Information: (708) 226-2330.
Autism Support Group: A free support group for parents or caregivers of children with autism meets 7 to 9 p.m. April 25 at Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church, 9230 S. Pulaski Road, Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1P01.
Avoid Drug Interactions: A pharmacist from Walgreen’s Drugs will talk about drug interactions and reactions from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 25 at the Bridgeview Library, 7840 W. 79th St. Bring medications or make a list and include the dosage and milligrams to show the pharmacist. Include over-the-counter drugs and vitamins. Registration: (708) 458-2880, Ext. 105; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surviving: A free support group meeting which includes speakers on a variety of survivorship topics and resources will be 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 in the conference center at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The topic will be “Getting Involved After You Complete Treatment.” Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C51.
Health Fair: The 30th annual free family health fair, co-sponsored by Ingalls Health System and the Homewood Rotary Club, will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at James Hart School, 183rd and Aberdeen streets, Homewood. More than 30 screenings and services including a free total cholesterol blood test, along with a free 12-lead EKG, cancer screenings and for the first time a free stroke screening will be available. Discounted blood tests include a $10 full lipid profile. Check Ingalls website for information on prices and fasting. Physicians on the medical staff at Ingalls will conduct breast health exams, skin cancer screenings and offer colon cancer screening kits. Registration can be completed at Ingalls.org /HealthFair or at the door. Information: (800)-221-2199.
Blood Donations: Heartland Blood Centers has organized several blood drives. Blood donors must be at least 17, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu or allergies; and be in general good health. Information: www.heartlandbc.org. Blood can be donated 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 at Braun Educational Center, 6020 W. 151st St., Oak Forest; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at California Gardens Christian Of Love Baptist Church, 13911 Cooper Grove Road, Blue Island; and 9 a.m. to noon April 20 at First American Bank, 20704 Cicero Ave., Matteson; 3 to 7 p.m. April 22 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 at Illinois Lutheran High School, 1610 Main St., Crete; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Dominick’s Finer Foods, 6401 W. 127th St., Palos Heights; 3 to 7 p.m. April 25 at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park; 9 a.m. to noon April 27 at Village Of Chicago Ridge, 10455 S. Ridgeland Ave., Chicago Ridge; 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 28 at Peace Memorial Church, 10300 W. 131st St., Palos Park; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30 at Mount Assisi Academy, 13860 Main St., Lemont.