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Health briefs for April 23, 2014

Updated: May 24, 2014 6:22AM



Here is a look at health news in the Southland.

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.

Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township hosts this program 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.

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 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.

Blood Drive: The New Lenox Fire Protection District, in conjunction with Lifesource for the Everyday Heroes Blood Drive Campaign, will conduct a blood drive from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 24 at Fire Station No. 1, 261 E. Maple St. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 463-4500. Walk-ins are also welcome to donate.

Sensory Processing/Your Child’s Development: Kids in Motion, a pediatric outpatient therapy center at 4721 W. Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 25, Crestwood, will host a free, adults-only parent class explaining the underlying systems required in a young child’s processing of the outside world. The presentation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 25. Call (708) 371-7007 in advance to register.

From Tummy Time to Walking: A Parent’s Guide: Kids in Motion, a pediatric outpatient therapy center at 4721 W. Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 25, Crestwood, will host a free adults-only parent class explaining the physical prerequisites needed for a young child to walk. The
presentation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 25 and 28. Call (708) 371-7007 in advance to register.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The Silver Cross Birthing Center’s certified lactation consultants will host free support group meetings from 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.

Helping Children with Speech, Language: Kids in Motion, a pediatric outpatient therapy center at 4721 W. Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 25, Crestwood, will host a free, adults-only parent class explaining the prerequisites needed for a young child to achieve normal speech and language skills. The presentation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 26. Call (708) 371-7007 in advance to register.

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. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

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.

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.



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