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Health fairs to offer resources to residents in Berwyn, Cicero

Two health fairs are coming to Berwyn and Cicero to offer services and resources to community members.

Berwyn Township and the Berwyn Public Health District will hold their annual Health and Fitness Fair on Aug. 21 outside their facility at 6600 26th St. in Berwyn.

The free fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Health screenings will be free to Berwyn residents from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. All residents must provide a valid photo ID as proof of their current Berwyn address in order to partake in these services, according to a township news release. Screenings will include thyroid, complete metabolic panel, lipid panel, hemoglobin, height, weight, BMI and blood pressure.

No appointment is needed, but it is required to fast at least eight hours before the screenings, the release stated. While fasting, patients are allowed to drink water and take their usual medications. Anyone screened should make a return appointment to receive and review their results with a medical professional after the fair, according to the release.

There also will be school physicals available by appointment.

Momentum Fitness will be coordinating with local fitness organizations to provide demonstrations throughout the day. Information about physical activity and healthy eating will be available in the park, as well as information on mental health and pet health.

The I-Cash program from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ office will be at the fair to help Illinois residents recover unclaimed money and property that may have been left in their names.

Heartland Blood Centers also will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Appointments are strongly recommended, and all donors must present a valid photo ID, the release stated. Blood donors also must ensure they have eaten a meal within two hours of donating. Register by visiting ht.heartlandbc.org or calling the Health District at 708-788-6600.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago also will host a free community health fair Aug. 18 at St. Frances of Rome School, 1401 S. Austin Blvd., Cicero.

The health fair will offer free medical screenings and physical exams for adults and children, as well as free back-to-school physicals for children.

Services at the health fair may include children's immunizations, dental exams, screenings for glaucoma, podiatric issues, memory, blood pressure, hepatitis C and skin cancer, and testing for glucose, pregnancy and HIV, according to a Catholic Charities news release. Those having their glucose tested must fast after midnight until they are tested, and shot records are required for each child receiving immunizations, the release stated.

Registration for all participants runs from 8 to 10:30 a.m., and the fair is from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no co-payment, and identification is not required to receive services, according to the release.

All of the screenings are done by medical professional volunteers, many of whom are bilingual, the release stated. Volunteers are still needed to help guide participants through the health fair. An urgent need is for bilingual, Spanish-speaking volunteers. To volunteer or receive more information about the health fair, call 312-655-7441 or email kmulvaney@catholiccharities.net.

Information also will be available on topics such as public benefits eligibility, substance abuse, domestic violence counseling, maternity and adoption services, immigration/family reunification, insurance enrollment and more, according to the release.

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