February health events in Sandwich, Ill.: Neuropathy, fitness, blood pressure clinics

Do Your Feet Tingle or Burn?
Do you have burning, tingling, numbness or shooting pain in your feet? Neuropathy can affect nerves that control muscle movement or detect sensations such as coldness or pain, and can put you at risk for ulceration and amputation. Join foot and ankle surgeon, Jennifer Pacaccio, DPM, and a member of KishHealth System Diabetes Education team as they discuss symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for this often painful condition.

This free class is on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at 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 also is required. Call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

Low-Cost Cholesterol Profiles
Get a low-cost cholesterol profile with glucose screen (12-hour fast recommended) for National Cholesterol Education Month. $20 per person. Appointments available Feb. 19 - 22, from 7 am - 5 pm. For more information or to register, call the Valley West Laboratory at 815.786.3734.

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.

Live Fit Challenge
Valley West Community Hospital and the Fox Valley Family YMCA are teaming up again for the Live Fit Team Challenge. Beginning Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., this 10-week program promotes healthy lifestyle changes related to fitness, nutrition education. In this team format, find the support and dedication you need to succeed. Space is limited and registration is required.

Registration is $30 YMCA Member / $80 Non-Member. Program costs includes all seminars and discussions offered by Valley West, YMCA membership and any YMCA group exercise class, including a once a week LiveFit class, and a special LiveFit t-shirt.

During the 10 weeks there are weigh-ins, weekly team goals and education. All classes can be modified for all fitness levels. Valley West hosts programs every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Valley West Medical Office Building. Weekly weigh-ins are done at this time. Must be at least 18 to participate. Call the Fox Valley Family YMCA at 815.786.9998 or 630.552.4100, or stop in at either location to register.

Breast Health and Beyond
When it comes to making time for their health, women often struggle to put themselves first. Join Susan Mueller, Aishling Obstetrics nurse practitioner as she discusses how to live a healthier lifestyle, breast health and exams, and preventative care. This free class is on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at 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 also is required. Call 815.786.3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.

Diabetes Get Togethers
The Diabetes Get Togethers offers the opportunity to learn from others' experiences and share your own. All persons with diabetes, their family and friends are welcome. The next session meets on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 9 - 10 a.m., in the Valley West Medical Office Building. Free. No registration required. Please call 815.786.3684 for more information.

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.