Updated: October 5, 2013 6:11AM
Freedom From Smoking: To help smokers quit, Palos Community Hospital is offering the American Lung Association’s eight-week program 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.
Shoulder Pain: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss joint-related problems including pain, arthritis and rotator cuff injuries, as well as provide an overview of the anatomy and surgical procedures for repair of the shoulder during a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.
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: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries.
Breastfeeding Class: A certified lactation consultant will teach the basics of breastfeeding including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps, avoiding difficulties and more from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11 and from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $15. Information: www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or (888) 660-4325.
Stroke Support Group: Stroke survivors and their families can join the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute stroke support group for a meeting at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Weight Loss Program For Youths: 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. The 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.
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: “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.
Pulmonary Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free pulmonary support group from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 12 in the hospital’s conference center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. The group is for people with adult asthma, COPD, oxygen equipment, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis or respiratory disease. Information: (888) 660-4325.
Prostate Cancer Screening: Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with Advanced Urology Associates will offer free prostate cancer screenings 8 to 9 a.m. Sept. 12 in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, 1850 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Appointments: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Prenatal Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a free prenatal childbirth class for expectant mothers with Medicaid or no insurance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Led by a registered labor and delivery nurse, participants will learn about labor, delivery, recovery, post partum and other birthing options. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries.
Hip and Knee Pain: Palos Community Hospital is offering a free presentation by an orthopedic surgeon about advancements in the conservative and surgical management of hip and knee pain including minimally-invasive treatment options at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Palos Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Registration: (708) 226-2300.
Prostate Cancer Presentation: Moraine Valley Community College is hosting its medical education series presentation on “Making Sense of Prostate Cancer” from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The event is free and open to the public. Information: (708) 608-4039 or email Smithm@morainevalley.edu.
Total Lipid Profile Testing: Orland Township is hosting total lipid profile testing 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 19 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents can have total cholesterol levels read as well as triglycerides, bad cholesterol and good cholesterol. A 9- to 12-hour fast is required; however, participants should drink water prior to the lipid test. Cost is $25 for residents or $30 for non-residents. Free blood pressure and glucose testing for $5 also are available. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.
Prepared Childbirth One-Day Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a one-day prepared childbirth class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 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 also will review the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum processes. A tour of the new birthing unit is included. Cost is $80 per couple. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries
Autism Conference: The Arc of Illinois “Living with Autism” conference will be Sept. 24 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park. The “Living with Autism” conference will bring together experts from across the country to discuss and examine topics relating to a variety of issues aimed at helping families living with autism in their everyday life. Information: (815) 464-1832.
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. Sept. 24 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.
Bariatric Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital hosts a free bariatric support group for people who have undergone weight loss surgery. The meeting will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.