OSF St. Anthony Medical Center upcoming classes and meetings

From press release

Infant/Toddler CPRSept. 7 and 21

Parents, babysitters and others who have contact with children are invited to attend an Infant/Toddler CPR course offered by the OSF St. Anthony Center for Life. The next classes will be from 7-9 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 7 and 21, in the St. Anthony Room at the OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Class size is limited. Fee is $12.50 per person or free for those who attend
Baby 101.

Call (815) 227-2695.

Post-Polio Support Group Monthly Meeting—Sept. 8

The Forest City Post-Polio Support Group will hold its next monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the St. Francis Room at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Purpose is to share information, help inform the medical community and the public about the syndrome, and provide education about living with the disease. Speakers are often invited to address the group at meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month. Call (815) 988-4093.

Nutrition Classes—Sept. 8 and 22

Eating to Lower Your Blood Pressure

will be offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8. Class covers the basics of the D.A.S.H. (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet.

Eating to Lower Your Cholesterol

will be offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22. Class explores the basics of a low-saturated fat, high-fiber eating plan. Intended for those who plan to change their eating habits, or those who need to review a low-cholesterol eating plan, or those who need a push to get back on track.

During both classes, a dietitian will evaluate the participants’ current eating patterns and make recommendations for changes to help them meet their goals. Participants will learn what their blood pressure and cholesterol readings mean, learn to calculate maximum grams of fat and saturated fat, learn what and how much to eat, and be instructed in reading labels. They will also get materials explaining the eating plan as well as some recipes to try at home.

All nutrition classes are held at OSF St. Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St., Room 154. Fee is $20 for each class. Registration is required and space is limited. Call (815) 395-5025.

‘Baby 101’ for Expectant Parents—Sept. 8

Offered by OSF St. Anthony Center for Life, the four-session Preparation for Parenthood classes (
Baby 101”) help expectant parents through the time of pregnancy, childbirth and early post-partum period. Next class begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Foundation Room at the Medical Center. Sessions cover topics such as labor symptoms, breathing and relaxation methods, non-medical pain management, pain medications, epidurals, C-sections, and selecting a pediatrician. Breastfeeding and infant/child CPR instruction will be offered at times and dates separate from prenatal classes but are included in the fees.

Fee for the prenatal classes is $35 if the baby is delivered at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, $60 if the baby is delivered elsewhere. Registration, preferably in the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy, is required. Call (815) 227-2695.

Breastfeeding Class—Sept. 9

OSF St. Anthony Center for Life invites mothers who are breastfeeding their babies to attend a free Breastfeeding Class. Fathers are also welcome to attend. Class will be held from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the St. Anthony and St. Joseph rooms in the Medical Center. The breastfeeding classes are included in the
Baby 101” Preparation for Parenthood classes. Taught by a Board Certified Lactation consultant, the classes are free. To register, call (815) 227-2695.

Diabetes Support Group Meeting—Sept. 9

The next OSF Diabetes Support Group Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday,  Sept. 9, in the St. Francis Room at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Topic is
Peripheral Artery Disease: A Complication of Diabetes.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 395-5159.

Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Class—Sept. 10

Women who have never been diagnosed with breast cancer but may have a moderate to high risk are invited to a free Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Class from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, in the library at OSF St. Anthony Center for Cancer Care. Besides increasing age, risk factors include having a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, especially if diagnosed at an early age, or carrying flawed versions of certain genes linked to breast cancer. Women who have been diagnosed with precancerous breast changes, such as atypical hyperplasia, are also at increased risk. Women who are concerned about their chance of developing hereditary breast cancer can use the
Pedigree Assessment Tool

(PAT) to identify women at high risk for hereditary breast cancer syndrome. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Call (815) 227-2618.

From the September 2-8, 2009 issue

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