Health: Community programs

Fox Valley

KishHealth System wellness programs

KishHealth System offers health education, fitness and nutrition instruction, and chronic disease management coaching during mostly free classes.

They require advance registration. Learn more at The following programs are upcoming:

Blood Pressure Clinic, KishHealth System Physician Group, Plano. Free. April 14.

Immunization Clinic, Valley West Hospital, Sandwich. Call for cost. April 14.

Hip Pain with Dr. Behl, Valley West Medical Office Building, Sandwich. Free. April 15.

Blood Pressure Clinic, Valley West Hospital, Sandwich. Free. April 16.

DuPage County

Moms in Training for good cause

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program is launching a new race-training training program to help moms get in on the run-a-race-for-charity game.

A companion to the popular Team In Training program, the new Moms In Training team in Chicago and the suburbs will help get busy moms in shape for three different races this year, including the Cosley Zoo Run on June 7 in Wheaton. Other races are the MOVE for Kids Run on May 18 and the Ridge Run in Beverly on May 26.

Since 1988, the regular Team In Training program has trained more than 600,000 participants to cross their finish line and to raise more than $1.4 billion for LLS’s blood cancer research and patient support programs.

The Moms In Training season kicks off in Glen Ellyn at 6 p.m. March 27 at Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, with an information session and program sign up. There are also other kickoff events throughout the Chicago area in March. Visit to find one closeby.

For more information, visit or call 312-651-7355.


Foodie 5K Run/Walk

Registration is ongoing for the Foodie 5K presented by Athletico. Organized to benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, the chip-timed 5K fun run/walk will be at 9 a.m. April 12 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. All ages are welcome.

The Foodie 5K includes a post-run festival with music, food trucks (Babycakes, Cupcakes for Courage, Kona Ice, Toasty Cheese), activities for kids sponsored by My Gym and a special appearance by Ozzie of the Kane County Cougars.

All funds will benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank.

The registration fee for the race is $35; for ages 6-12, $15. No registration is available the day of the race.

Visit to learn more.


Safely dispose of medications

On April 19, the Oswego ECO will collect prescriptions and over-the-counter medications from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oswego Public Works Building.

Proper disposal of pills and OTC medications needs to be emphasized, because they should not go in the garbage or down the sink or toilet because they can dangerously re-enter the environment.

Last year, 400 pounds of pills were collected for safe destruction by Fox Metro.

April 19 also is the Spring ECO Recycling Extravaganza.

Call Oswego Community Development Department at 630-554-3622 or Joyce Frankino at 630-554-1824.


Sign up for Ready Set Ride

Ready Set Ride, a therapeutic horse riding organization for children with disabilities, is accepting applications for the spring riding session, which starts April 6 and continues for eight weeks. Ready Set Rides stable is at 13056 S. Essington Road, Plainfield.

Following North American Riding for the Handicapped Association guidelines, Ready Set Ride bases its program on developmental techniques using the horse as a means of mobility for the individual. Students vary in age and can start as early as 3 years old. Certified therapeutic riding instructors lead the classes.

Visit or call 815-439-3659 to learn more.