Health Briefs For May 1
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.
Stroke Awareness Fair: Ingalls Health System is hosting a free Stroke Awareness Fair May 11 at the Ingalls Family Care Center, 19550 Governors Highway, Flossmoor, to educate the community about the risk factors, signs and symptoms of stroke, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Highlights of the family event include blood pressure, body mass index and weight screenings; education about stroke risk factors and prevention; mini-massages; a stroll on the health center’s marked walking path; kids’ activities; healthy snacks and raffles. Participants also can purchase edible planters for last-minute Mothers Day gifts. Ingalls is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a designation held since 2006. In March, Ingalls was awarded the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Stroke Association for a third year in a row. Information: (800) 221-2199 or www.Ingalls.org.
Heart Screenings: MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island is offering a heart and circulation screening for $40. The “Healthy Heart Exam includes an EKG-monitored exercise test, blood pressure, body mass index and laboratory tests that include total, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, triglycerides and glucose levels. Participants will receive a 12-page report including an analysis of their cardiac risk factors. Appointments: (708) 597-2000, Ext. 5615.
Skin Cancer Screenings: In recognition of National Skin Cancer Awareness month, dermatologists on staff at Silver Cross Hospital will offer free full-body skin cancer screenings from 2 to 5 p.m. May 2, 8 to 10 a.m. May 9 and 8 to 10 a.m. May 16 in the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1850 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Myths and Realities of Aging: A geriatric physician will share information about what is fact and what is fiction and how you can live well into your golden years at 1 p.m. May 8 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: www.silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.