Updated: May 25, 2013 6:20AM
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.
Marvelous Multiples: A one-day weekend program for parents expecting twins, triplets or more will be offered 6 to 9 p.m. April 24 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The cost is $25 per couple. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1B05.
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.
Avoid Drug Interactions: A pharmacist from Walgreen’s Drugs will talk about drug interactions and reactions 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 email@example.com.
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.
Autism Support Group: A free support group for parents or caregivers of children with autism meets 7 to 9 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church, 9230 S. Pulaski Road, Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1P01.
Medication Disposal: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27. To dispose of unwanted or expired medication without harming the environment, drop it off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at one of the following locations: Alsip Police Department, 4500 W. 123rd St.; Palos Heights Police Department, 7607 W. College Drive; Oak Lawn Police Department, 109th Street and Laramie Avenue; Orland Hills Police Department, 16039 S. 94th Ave.; Orland Park Police Department, 15100 S. Ravina Ave.; Orland Park Smith Crossing, 10500 Orland Parkway; or the Tinley Park Police Department, 7850 183rd St. Information: (800) 882-9539. The Orland Hills Police Department is a year round collection site.
Juvenile Diabetes Fair: To enhance families’ knowledge of juvenile diabetes, the endocrinology team at Advocate Children’s Hospital will host a free diabetes fair noon to 3 p.m. April 28 in the auditorium of Advocate Children’s Hospital, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Endocrinologists will provide free body mass index screenings and blood testing measurements. Information: (855) 312-5437, code 1D06.
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.
Shoulder Pain Seminar: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss joint-related problems such as pain, arthritis and rotator cuff injuries, as well as provide an overview of the anatomy and latest surgical procedures for repair of the shoulder at 6 p.m. April 29 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.
Mammography Screenings: During May, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering digital screening mammograms for $100 for those who prefer to pay at time of appointment; otherwise insurance will be billed. Patients also can choose to have an hour massage performed by a licensed massage therapist immediately following their appointments for $50. In addition, patients will receive a free I Matter reward card for discounts at local businesses. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7076 before May 31 and mention “Mom’s Mammo.” A doctor’s referral is required for the mammogram. Call (888) 660-4325 or visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org for a referral.
Grandparents Class: A class to teach soon-to-be grandparents about current childhood practices and current parenting methods and to discuss the role of grandparents today will be 6 to 9 p.m. May 1 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The cost is $25 per couple. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1B14.
Orthopedic Assessment Clinic: The Oak Lawn and Chicago South Elks lodges, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic 2 to 4 p.m. May 1 at the Parkview Musculoskeletal Institute, 7600 W. College Drive, Palos Heights. There are no charges. Appointments: (800) 272-0074.
Facts About Fibroids: A gynecologist will discuss the different surgical approaches including robotic surgery for treating uterine fibroids at 6:30 p.m. May 1 in Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Stress management: Explore stress and its negative effects at 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the Midlothian Public Library, 14701 S. Kenton Ave. The seminar is for people who seek to understand and more effectively manage their stress level, while maintaining or improving their physical and mental well-being. Registration: (708) 535-2027 or www.midlothianlibrary.org.
Blood Drive: The Homewood Fire Department will have a blood drive 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at the Homewood Fire Station, 17950 Dixie Highway. Registration: (708) 206-3405.
CPR, AED Class: Silver Cross will offer the American Heart Association’s heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator class 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 6 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will learn adult, child and infant CPR, rescue from choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator. The fee is $45 and includes American Heart Association certification. Registration: www.silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.
Two Join Beverly Center: Dr. Allan Ruby and Dr. Christal West, both specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, have joined MetroSouth Medical Center at its newest facility, MetroSouth Health Center at North Beverly, 2038 W. 95th St., Chicago. Ruby and West each have more than 15 years of experience. They specialize in the care of women including gynecologic exams, prenatal care and surgical procedures. Both physicians are trained in robotic surgery, which utilizes minimally invasive techniques for procedures such as hysterectomies and other gynecological surgeries. The MetroSouth Health Center at North Beverly focuses exclusively on women’s health. Information: (773) 239-8303 or www.metrosouthmedicalcenter.com.
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.
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 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.
Prepared Childbirth One-Day Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a one-day prepared childbirth class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 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: www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or (888) 660-4325.
Sibling Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a sibling class for 3- to 6-year-old children who are about to become a brother or sister. Children will learn about what to expect including how to handle their feelings towards their new sibling. Participants also will practice interacting with a baby. This class will be 10 to 11 a.m. April 28 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $20. Information: www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or (888) 660-4325.
Foot and Ankle Problems: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss solutions to complex foot and ankle problems at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G74.
Immunization Clinic: Orland Township is hosting its monthly immunization clinic 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 at the township building, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Immunizations are offered to Orland Township residents. Information: (708) 403-4222 or www.orlandtwp.org.
Bunco: Franciscan St. James will host its first “Bunco-licious” fundraiser for the Patricia A. Joyce Comprehensive Cancer Institute at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at the Glenwoodie Golf Course Clubhouse, 19301 S. State St. Participants are asked to dress in pink to promote awareness of the advantages of early breast cancer detection. There will be hors d’oeuvres, gourmet desserts and a cash bar, as well as a raffle and basket auctions. Tickets are $25 each. First 200 registrations will receive a complimentary raffle ticket. Registration: (707) 747-4000, Ext. 5470.