Joliet-area classes, events improve fitness and health

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Breastfeeding class: 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 8 at Hedges Clinic, 222 Colorado Ave. in Frankfort. A certified lactation consultant will teach the basics of breastfeeding, including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps, avoiding difficulties and more. Newborns welcome. Cost is $15. To register, call 888-660-4325 or visit

Through Feb. 24

Early bird boot camp: 5:30-6:30 a.m. Fridays through Feb. 24, Challenge Fitness, 2021 S. Lawrence Ave., in Lockport is offering Early Bird Boot Camp for ages 14 years and older. Class features body-weight exercises that burn fat quickly, boost endurance and build lean muscle mass. Fees is $75 for residents and nonresidents. For more information, go to or call 815-838-3621, Ext. 0.

Power Circuit: 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Feb. 24. Challenge Fitness, 2021 S. Lawrence Ave., in Lockport is offering Power Circuit for ages 14 years and older. Program includes circuits designed to combine cardio and strength training for a full-body workout. Fee is $75. For more information, visit or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.


Prenatal class: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12, Hedges Clinic, 222 Colorado Ave. in Frankfort. Led by a registered labor and delivery nurse, during this two-day class participants will learn about labor, delivery, recovery, the postpartum period and birthing options. Class is limited, and registration is mandatory. For information or to register, visit or call 888-660-4325.

Feb. 21

Healthy Heart Event: 1 p.m. Feb. 21, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center auditoriums A, B and C. Get a head start on your heart health this year by attending the Healthy Heart Event. There will be a panel discussion with several prominent cardiovascular physicians and from 2-4 p.m. there will be heart health screenings, including BMI, waist measurement, blood pressure, cholesterol, three-lead EKG, heart rhythm strips and more. Register for free by calling 815-725-9438.

Adult drumming workshop: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 21. Healing from grief, release and restoration at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 12 Sauk Trail in Frankfort. This is a free event open to the community at large. The workshop is limited to 12 participants because of a limited supply of drums. Call 815-469-7100 today to reserve your spot.

Feb. 22

Commit to be Fit: 6-7 p.m. Feb. 22, NCIM 3100 Theodore St. in Joliet, lower level. Free. The lecture features four presenters, each with different medical backgrounds and perspectives, who will discuss ways to optimize your nutrition. Personalized fitness formulas will be discussed, as well as energy-boosting herbs. Refreshments will be provided. RSVPs appreciated. For more information, email or call 815-330-3102.

Feb. 24

CPR for the healthcare provider: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St. Intended for licensed and certified healthcare professionals, this course teaches the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. The cost is $65. Register at or call 815-942-2932, ext. 7361 or 7362.

Feb. 26 deadline

Arthritis exercise program: 10:45-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 28-April 5 at The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center, 10847 LaPorte Road, Mokena. The class is designed for individuals of all ages with varying degrees of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases so they can exercise to improve strength and mobility. Program consists of endurance and range of motion exercises to strengthen muscle and joints. Registration deadline is Feb. 26. Fee is $61. Nonresidents will pay an additional fee. Call 708-3290-2401 or go to to register.

Feb. 27

Community blood drive: 3-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council 5573 and the Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring a blood drive in the St. Mary Immaculate parish Cana Hall, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. To make an appointment, call 815-729-3733 or 815-436-2651 or email Donors will receive a Heartland Blood Center long-sleeved, heather gray T-shirt.

Mammogram party: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. Mammogram parties are a fun way to gather with friends, get a manicure and get a life-saving mammogram. For more information or to register, call Health Connections at 815-725-9438.

Freedom from smoking program: 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays for seven weeks starting Feb. 27 at the Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St. in Crete. Sponsored by the Will County Health Department. Space is limited. A $25 registration fee covers program materials. To register, visit the Tobacco Control and Prevention page at or call 815-727-8769.

March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27

Free blood pressure check: 9-10 a.m. March 2, 16 and 30 and April 13 and 27 in the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center West Tower Lobby. This free service allows you to keep up with your health and monitor your blood pressure. It is sponsored by the Senior Spirit Department of PSJMC. Call 815-725-9438.

Items for the health/fitness calendars must be submitted in writing 10 days prior to the Wednesday on which they should run. We prefer all items e-mailed to You may also send them to: Health/Fitness Roundup, 2175 Oneida St., Joliet, IL 60435 or fax to 815-773-7950. For more information call Jean Edwards at 815-773-7172.

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