Upcoming Community Wellness Programs at Valley West & Kish Hospital

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Upcoming Community Wellness Programs at Kishwaukee  Hospital

Wellness Begins Here

Think Outside the (Lunch)Box

A Kish Hospital Registered Dietitian demonstrates how to make a creative, simple and nutritious lunch to keep your body healthy. Think Outside the Lunch(Box) is Aug. 6, from 6:30 – 8 pm, at Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center. Free. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date. A minimum number of participants are also required. Call 815.748.8962 or visit www.kishhospital.org/programs.

Ingredients for Healthy Living: Snacks That Count

Everyone loves to snack. By selecting foods that matter, snacks can be a very important part of your daily diet. As we look to the last summer road trip or gear up for back to school, Jo Cessna, Healthy Culinary Instructor, will cover tips on stocking the fridge and pantry with good selections. The class includes gluten free snacks, no fat snack and many other types. Recipes and tastings provided. Ingredients for Healthy Living: Snacks That Count is Aug. 7 from 6:30 – 8 pm, or Aug. 8 from 10 – 11:30 am, at the Hyvee Club Room. $10/person. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date. A minimum number of participants are also required. Call 815.748.8962 or visit www.kishhospital.org/programs.

Safe Sitter Basic

This internationally recognized babysitting program teaches 11 – 13 year olds the skills to provide children in their care a safe, nurturing environment. Includes Safe Sitter backpack, manual, supplies and light refreshments. Safe Sitter Basic is Aug. 8, from 8:30 am – 3 pm at Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center. $40/person. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date. A minimum number of participants are also required. Call 815.748.8962 or visit www.kishhospital.org/programs.

Free Know Your Numbers Screening Appointments

Kishwaukee Community Hospital has enhanced the format of Know Your Numbers to be more focused on patients through individual appointments. Knowing and understanding your numbers is a component vital to good health. Heart disease and other health issues can be predicted using this information. As a service to the communication, Kish Hospital is offering the following screenings and education free of charge in the convenience of one appointment: blood test for cholesterol and blood sugar levels, blood pressure, waist measurement, body mass index (BMI), and education. Appointments are available the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month. Registration and 12 hour fast required. Must be 20 years or older. For more information and to make an appointment, please call 815.748.8962.

Upcoming Community Wellness Programs at Valley West

Wellness Begins Here

New Baby Care

A special class for parents, grandparents and other caregivers that covers all of the basics of newborn care. Instructed by a certified childbirth educator. The class is $15 per couple. The class meets on Mon., Aug. 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Valley West Community Hospital. Registration is required for this program and closes three days before the program date. A minimum number of participants also are required. Call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

Prepared Childbirth Weekend Express

This class discusses pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum in a one class format. Please bring 2 – 3 pillows to class. Instructed by certified childbirth educator. The class is $20 per couple.  The class is Aug. 3, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, at Valley West Community Hospital. Registration is required for this program and closes three days before the program date. A minimum number of participants also are required. Call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

Sibling Class

Three to five-year-olds can learn how babies look and behave. Course includes a “Sibling Silly” video, tour of the Valley West Maternity Suites, family activity book, instructions on helping with baby, and Super Sibling Certificate. Please bring a doll to class. Instructed by certified childbirth educator. The free class is on Mon., Aug. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Valley West Community Hospital. Registration is required for this program and closes three days before the program date. A minimum number of participants also are required. Call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

Diabetes: Self-Management

Learn the latest in diabetes care with an emphasis on the positives. Take the initiative now to control your diabetes and not allow it to control you. The class meets Aug. 6, 6 – 8 pm, Aug. 12 & 19, 6 – 9 pm, in the Valley West Medical Office Building. Registration is required for this program and closes three days before the program date. A minimum number of participants are required. For more information about price and to register, call 815.786.3684 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

Mommy & Me Breastfeeding Group

Mothers and babies are welcome to attend this breastfeeding group to discuss the joys and challenges of breastfeeding. Drop in with your baby to meet other breastfeeding moms and receive the support and encouragement you need. Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, this group is meant to provide support and assist with any issues you and baby may be experiencing with feeding. The free group meets next on Mon., Aug. 5, and on the first Monday of every month at 10 a.m. at Valley West Community Hospital. No registration is required. For more information, call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

Breastfeeding Class

This class is intended for all first-time moms or for any mother wanting to learn more about breastfeeding. Family and friends are welcome. Please bring two pillows and a doll.  This free class is Tues., Aug. 6, from 7 – 9 pm, at Valley West Community Hospital. Registration is required for this program and closes three days before the program date. A minimum number of participants also are required. Call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

C-Section Expectations

A cesarean section (c-section) is the delivery of a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. A certified childbirth educator explains this procedure beginning with when to schedule it through what happens after you get home. If you know you’re having a c-section, even if it’s a repeat, setting expectations and understanding the process can ease some anxiety you may be experiencing. This free class is Tues., Aug. 6, from 5 – 6:30 pm, at Valley West Community Hospital. Registration is required for this program and closes three days before the program date. A minimum number of participants also are required. Call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Valley West nurse volunteers offer free weekly blood pressure checks at Valley West Community Hospital every Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Just walk in, no registration is required.

Safe Sitter

This 2-day internationally recognized babysitting program teaches 11 – 13 year olds the skills to provide children in their care a safe, and nurturing environment. Includes Safe Sitter backpack, manual, supplies and light refreshments. Safe Sitter is Aug. 7 & 8, from 8:30 am – noon in the Valley West Medical Office Building. $40/child. Registration is required for this program and closes three days before the program date. A minimum number of participants are required. Call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

About Valley West Community Hospital

Valley West Community Hospital, part of the KishHealth System, is a 25-bed, federally designated Critical Access hospital located in Sandwich, IL. A full-service hospital, Valley West has a 24-hour Emergency Room, inpatient and ICU care, onsite laboratory and diagnostic imaging/radiology capabilities, and a Level II Nursery within the Maternity Suites. Over the past 11 years, the KishHealth System invested more than $25 million in facility and technology improvements, and recruitment of specialists to the hospital.

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