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Health briefs for April 9, 2014

Updated: May 10, 2014 6:18AM



Here is a look at health news in the Southland. Click on the Lifestyles link at SouthtownStar.com for the extended Health Briefs.

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. April 9 and 23 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $15 per person. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

Bariatric Surgery Program: Free “Obesity & Your Health: Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right for Me?” informational sessions on both traditional and laparoscopic surgery take place at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 260, New Lenox. To attend, visit www.bmisurgery.org or call (888) 660-4325.

Scoliosis Screenings: Dr. Anthony Rinella, spine surgeon, will offer free scoliosis screenings Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. To register, call (877) 694-7722. The screenings are free and available for children and adults.

Birthing Center Tours: Silver Cross Hospital will offer free birthing center tours for expectant families at 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in April and at 7 p.m. April 22. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The Silver Cross Birthing Center’s certified lactation consultants will host free support group meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 14 and 10:30 a.m. to noon April 25. A Spanish-speaking support group will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 24. All meetings will take place in the hospital’s conference center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. First-time participants should register in advance. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

Rehabilitation Seminar: Orland Township will host a free vestibular rehabilitation seminar at 6:30 p.m. April 15 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. The seminar will educate residents about treatment options available for vertigo and dizziness. The seminar is free but registration is required. Call (708) 403-4222 no later than April 13 to reserve a spot.

Overeaters Anonymous: A special newcomers meeting is held at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 8607 S. Narragansett Ave., Burbank. Contact Rose Marie at (708) 371-6673. For more information, visit www.oa.org or call (505) 891-2664.

Blood Pressure Screenings: Bloom Township and Complete Home Health Services offer free blood pressure screenings from 10 to 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Bloom Township Senior Department, 425 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Information: (708) 754-9400.

Breast Prosthesis Display: Women who have undergone a mastectomy have the opportunity to evaluate prosthesis options through this display from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Information or registration: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code 1C11.

Grief Support For Men: Ingalls Health System offers the monthly free grief support group Straight Talk for men who have experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other. Men deal with grief differently from women. The free support group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in Ingalls Memorial Hospital’s North Building, 1 Ingalls Drive, Harvey. Registration is required. Information: (708) 331-1360.

Stroke Support: A free group for stroke survivors, their family and friends meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Advocate Christ Medical Center Conference Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: (800) 323-8622, Code 1X08.

Bereavement Support Group: VITAS Innovative Hospice Care offers bereavement support groups to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. All groups are free and offer day and evening sessions. A monthly ongoing bereavement support group, Coping With Loss, is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first Thursday and 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the VITAS office, 8525 W. 183rd St., Suite M, Tinley Park. Registration: (708) 781-4400.

Breast Cancer Support: A free group for women who have a history of breast cancer and their families meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code 1C14.

Sight Impaired Support: People who are coping with visual impairment can turn to Orland Area Sight Impaired Support, which provides support and independent living workshops. OASIS meets at 12:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive. Information: (708) 460-6573.

Blood Pressure Screening: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, hosts a free blood pressure screening from 9 to 11 a.m. April 18. No appointment is necessary. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Pulmonary Support: A free group for individuals battling a lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema and patients on oxygen or experiencing shortness of breath meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Advocate Christ Medical Center Conference Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code IC22.

Sharing The Journey: People who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W. 94th St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: (708) 423-1040.

Prenatal Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a free Prenatal Childbirth class for expectant mothers with Medicaid or no insurance. The two-session class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 22 and 29 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Class size is limited and registration is mandatory. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township hosts this from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 23 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. An appointment is necessary. Residents can have their blood pressure checked for no charge and glucose levels checked by a registered medical professional for $5. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5, and the test requires a nine- to 12-hour fast. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

Spinal Cord Injury Group: A free support group for individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families and friends meets with other individuals for networking, problem solving and information from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Registration is required. Information: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code 1G05. Information for those who need assistance entering the building: (708) 684-5402.

Blood Pressure Screening: Silver Cross will offer free blood pressure checks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in April at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (708) 364-6337.

Senior CPR Class: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, will host a free senior CPR class for residents 55 and older at 1 p.m. May 13. The class will be led by an instructor from the Orland Fire Protection District, and certification cards will be distributed upon completion. To reserve a seat, call (708) 403-4222 by May 9.

Health Fair Screenings: Loyola Medicine’s mobile unit will be at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22 to conduct heart disease, stroke and aneurysm screenings. The following six tests will be available for $179: echocardiogram (ECHO) ultrasound test, electrocardiogram (EKG), hardening of the arteries (ASI) test, stroke/carotid artery ultrasound test, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) test, and the abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound. A five-year disease risk and lipid panel also will be available for $99, with results given on the spot. Both packages can be combined for $20 off. An appointment is needed. Call (855) 441-8378. To receive $10 off the six-test package, use coupon code: LOYOLAMEDICINE10.

Wellness Program Vouchers: Orland Township residents in need of medical services may purchase a discounted wellness program voucher at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, during office hours. Proof of residency is required. The wellness program offers services such as adult and children’s physicals, podiatry screenings, dental screenings, dental examinations, cleanings and X-rays, nutrition consultations, vision examinations and chiropractic examinations at up to a 50 percent discount. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Children’s Vaccinations: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, recently gained approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide immunizations to local underinsured children at its monthly immunization clinic. Vaccines are available to children 18 and under who are either uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid-eligible (includes All Kids), Native American or Alaskan Native. With valid proof of Orland Township residency, vaccines are free. For children residing outside of the township’s boundaries, a $20 administration fee per vaccine will be collected. An up-to-date shot record is mandatory to receive any vaccine, and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Available children’s vaccines include DTaP, DTaP-Hep B-IPV, DTaP-IPV-Hib, DTaP-IPV, Hep A, Hep B, Hep B-Hib, HPV, Meningococcal, MMR, IPV, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Tdap and Varicella. Adult vaccines are offered to Orland Township residents only and are available at a discounted rate. Adult vaccines include HPV, Pneumococcal, Hep A, Tuberculosis, Hep B, Tdap, IPV, Meningococcal, Hep A-Hep B, MMR, Typhoid and Shingles. Proof of residency is required. For more information or for upcoming immunization clinic dates, call (708) 403-4222 or visit www.orlandtwp.org.



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