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Palos hospital class helps smokers quit

To help smokers quit, Palos Community Hospital is offering the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking, an eightweek program for adults who are ready to quit smoking.

This program will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 3 through Feb. 12. One additional class will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The program will take place at the Palos Primary Care Center, 15300 West Ave., Orland Park. The cost is $99. To register, call 226-2300.

Cholesterol tests

The Palos Township Health Service will hold a cholesterol screening from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday.

A total cholesterol screening is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. This test tells only the total cholesterol value. Fasting is preferred.

The cholestech test tells total value, the high density, the low density, the triglyceride value, and the ratios as well as glucose values. Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before the test. A fee of $35 is charged for residents and $45 for non-residents.

A Hemoglobin A 1 C test can be performed for diabetics which reflects the average blood sugar levels over the previous 3 months. No fasting is required for this test.

The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Fees are cash only.

Call the Health Service to schedule an appointment at 708-598- 2441. All screenings are done at Palos Township, 10802 S. Roberts Rd. in Palos Hills.

Shapedown

Overweight children and teens run the risk of added health problems, as well as low self-esteem and anguish. That's why Palos Community Hospital offers the Shapedown program, a specialized family-centered program that promotes good nutrition, a healthy self-image, and safe shortand long-term weight loss. Participants learn to develop positive eating and exercise habits and address self-esteem issues that often accompany or cause weight control problems.

Led by registered dietitians and fitness experts, the Shapedown class is offered in separate sessions - one for teens, ages 13 to 17, and another for children, ages 9 to 12.

The next 12-week session of Shapedown will begin January 16 at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park.

A physician's consent is required for admission to the Shapedown class. For additional details or to register, call 708- 226-2330.

Weight management

Palos Community Hospital is offering a unique eight-week weight management program at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park.

WeightWise with Exercise combines physical activity and nutrition to create an effective method for weight loss and long-term weight management. A registered dietitian and a fitness specialist work with participants on meal and physical-activity planning.

Attend a free WeightWise with Exercise orientation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The next session begins Jan. 15. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For more information or to register, call 708-226-2330.

WellBeingMD Classes

WellBingMD - Center for Life classes are forming including Qigong with Dee Burton and Bill Nielsen, Functional Fitness with Agne Doniela, Zumba Gold with Chris Duba, Sound Life Yoga with Lindsay Foreman The Melt Method with Salle Huber, Melt Method Intro and Book Signing with Sue Hitzmann and Road- Map to Wellness 1.0 Class Free Intro on Jan. 23 and 26.

For further details, visit the Calendar of Events at www.wellbeingmd.com.