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Health Briefs For Aug. 28

Updated: September 29, 2013 6:37AM



Weight Loss Program for Children and Teens: Palos Community Hospital offers the Shapedown program, a specialized family-centered program that promotes good nutrition, a healthy self-image and safe short- and long-term weight loss. Led by registered dietitians and fitness experts, the Shapedown class is offered in separate sessions for teens ages 13 to 17 and for children ages 9 to 12. A free information session about the program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 28 and the next 12-week session will begin Sept. 11 at Palos Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. A physician’s consent is required for admission to the Shapedown class. Information: (708) 226-2330.

Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township is hosting “Wellness Wednesday” 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave. Orland Park. An appointment is necessary. Residents can have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked by a registered medical professional. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5 and the test requires a 9- to 12-hour fast. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

Low Vision: Research and new treatments available to people with macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in people older than 50, will be discussed at a free seminar at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Information also will be available on where to find low-vision assistance. Guest speaker is Celeste Figiulo with the Irwin Retina Center at Ingalls Memorial Hospital. Registration: (800) 221-2199.

Bariatric Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with BMI Surgery will host a free bariatric support group for people who have undergone weight loss surgery. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 28 in Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Atrial Fibrillation : Cardiac electrophysiologists at Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute will present a series of free educational sessions in September. To register for any of the lectures, call Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622 and refer to the event code listed. The sessions are: “I’ve Got Rhythm: Available Options for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, event code 1C70; “Taking Control of Atrial Fibrillation,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Orland Park Township office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, event code 1C69; “Atrial Fibrillation: Risk of Stroke and More,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Oak Lawn Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn, event code 1C55; “Living with Atrial Fibrillation.” 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, event code 1C71; and “Understanding Atrial Fibrillation and Advanced Treatment Options,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, event code 1C64.

Freedom from Smoking: To help smokers quit, Palos Community Hospital is offering the American Lung Association’s eight-week program for adults who are ready to quit smoking. The program will meet 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5 to Oct. 17 at the Palos Primary Care Center, 15300 West Ave., Orland Park. The cost is $99. Registration: (708) 226-2300.

Immunization Clinic: Orland Township is hosting its monthly immunization clinic 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Information: www.orlandtwp.org.

Bipolar Disease Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free bipolar disease support group for people and families coping with bipolar disease from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Birthing Center Tours: Silver Cross Hospital will offer free birthing center tours for expectant families at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at the hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, to help parents prepare and for the birthing experience. Information: www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or (888) 660-4325.



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