Community Health

Margaret Lewis reduced

Community Health - Recreation & Parks Department
Margaret Lewis, Community Health Coordinator
350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466    
Office: 708-283-5663 / Cell Phone:  708-825-5205
Farmer's Market website 

Community Health Services
•Wellbeing checks on residents
•Medical equipment loan closet
•Annual farmers market management
•Food service health inspections (retail food, daycare, and restaurants)
•Health monitoring of senior building residents
•Health services referrals (i.e. homemaker, primary care, immunizations, home health)
•Health information resource (diabetes, heart disease, cancer)



Take Charge of Your Health Logo

Age Options Logo

Take Charge of Your Diabetes Workshop  - 6 weeks
A six-week interactive workshop designed to help individuals living with pre-diabetes or diabetes learn new skills in self-management so they can continue to thrive as they age! Anyone with pre-diabetes or diabetes can attend. Sessions meet one day a week for 2 ½ hours* in a community setting. The 2 ½ hour sessions are divided into small activities and include a 20-minute break.

Congratulations on taking charge of YOUR diabetes!

Age 18 & Older     Free Program 
12613-02  Tuesdays    10:30 am- 1 pm   March 5, 2019-April  9, 2019
Park Forest Library, The Lab - 400 Lakewood Blvd.

 Weekly topics include:

Week 1 – Tuesday, March 5th
What is diabetes?
 Introduction to healthy eating
 Making action plans

Week 2 – Tuesday, March 12th
Problem solving
Menu planning
Dealing with stress
Week 3 – Tuesday, March 19th
Preventing low blood sugar
 Decision making
 Physical activity and exercise

Week 4 – Tuesday, March 26th
Dealing with difficult emotions
Food choices
Week 5 – Tuesday, April 2nd
Positive thinking
Communication skills
Relaxation body scan
Week 6 – Tuesday, April 9th
Foot care
Medication usage
Future planning


Rich Township Health Stop Events
Shirley Green Senior Center
297 Liberty Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466

March 28, 2019 - 10:00 am - Noon
Health information on diet, exercising and medication disposal.

Community Health Townhall Meeting 4_9_19 and 4_15_19

NHS Project Health Fair 3_30_19


Diabetes and Your Heart Video:

Salt Awareness Week





Health & Wellness Links

Clinic Referrals for School Physicals and/or General Services 

Park Forest Main Street Market extracted

Park Forest Main Street Market Website

American Cancer Society 

Early Detection Helps Prevent Deaths from Breast Cancer

American Heart Association

American Heart Association Articles:  (Click on links below)

Health Threats From High Blood Pressure

American Lung Association 

Blood Pressure Information:  Basic Steps to Helping Control Your Blood Pressure

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Mission Possible: Achieving Health Equity through Inclusive Public Health Practice

Cholesterol Information:  Do you Know Your Cholesterol Levels?

Diabetes and Your Heart Video:

Flu Shot Information: 

Health In Aging 

Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues 

Tips for Preventing Serious Falls

Illinois Department of Public Health 

Food Safety During the Holidays 


 How Often Should I Have My Cholesterol Checked?

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