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  • Health & Wellness Speaker Series

  • The Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Speaker Series is a partnership with the West Cook YMCA intended to promote health literacy in the community.

    Held on the third Thursday of every month, the series is free to both speakers and attendees.  The programs are held in the Community Room at the WestCook YMCA at noon in June, August, October, December, February and April and at 7pm in May, July, September, November, January and March. 

    Local providers are encouraged to apply for the monthly one-hour slots using the application form below.  Our H&W Speaker Committee will evaluate the applications to ensure a good mix of topics and an engaging series.  Applicants need not be Chamber members to apply.

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  • 2016-17 Dates and Times (evenings in BLUE)

    September 15, 2016 7pm - 8pm January 19, 2017 7pm - 8pm
    October 20, 2016 noon - 1pm
    February 16, 2017 noon - 1pm
    November 17, 2016 7pm - 8pm March 16, 2017, 7pm - 1pm
    December 15, 2016 noon - 1pm April 20, 2017 noon - 1pm
       

     

     

     


  • Speaker Series Program

    Confirmed Speakers

    Date: September 15, 2016

    Time: 7pm - 8pm

    Speaker:  West Cook YMCA staff: Laura Olszewski, Healthy Living Director, assisted by Healthy Living Coordinator Sergio Perez, and Jennifer Allington, Registered Dietitian

    Topic: Chronic Disease Prevention-You Can Do it!

    Event Page: http://www.oprfchamber.org/events/details/health-and-wellness-speaker-series-09-15-2016-15949

     

    Date:  October 20, 2016

    Time: Noon - 1pm

    Supplemental Health Insurance and Medicare Supplements

    Thursday October 20, noon – 1 pm

    Learn the benefits of having supplemental health insurance as well as Medicare supplement.

    Guest expert: Lawanda Shelton, Combined Insurance

    Lawanda Shelton is an independent Agent with Combined Insurance, and a Medicare specialist. She grew up in Oak Park, and is a member of the OPRF Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Illinois State University.

     

    Event Page: http://www.oprfchamber.org/events/details/oak-park-river-forest-chamber-of-commerce-health-and-wellness-speaker-series-10-20-2016-15950

     

    Date:  November 17, 2016

    Time: 7pm - 8pm

    Thursday November 17, 7 – 8 pm

    Learn common causes of back pain, how to take care of your lower back (including proper ergonomics with lifting objects), and injury prevention. The presentation will include demonstration of exercises and stretches.

    Guest Expert: Dr. Mahmoud Lotfi of Royal Health Care

    Dr. Mahmoud Lotfi is a Chiropractor and owner of Royal Health Care in the Oak Park Arts District. He has a passion for sports and is heavily involved in the community, providing field athletic training to local athletic teams. He earned degrees in biomedical sciences and in chiropractic medicine at the National University of Health Sciences.

     

    Event Page: http://www.oprfchamber.org/events/details/oak-park-river-forest-chamber-of-commerce-health-and-wellness-speaker-series-11-17-2016-15951

     

    Date:  December 15, 2016

    Time: Noon - 1pm

    Thursday December 15, noon – 1 pm

    Aging is a fact of life, but it goes easier with preparation. Expert Julie Boggess will share information about how to plan for it – anticipating age-related crises, knowing available options, and preparing financially and in other ways for the later years of life. Don't get caught without a plan!

    Guest expert: Julie Boggess, Bethesda Rehab and Senior Care

    Julie Boggess is the CEO and Administrator for Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care, a not-for-profit that provides senior housing and healthcare. She has 30 years of experience in the senior housing and healthcare industry, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Northern Illinois University and her Master of Public Administration at Roosevelt University.

     

    Event Page: http://www.oprfchamber.org/events/details/oak-park-river-forest-chamber-of-commerce-health-and-wellness-speaker-series-12-15-2016-15952

     

    Date:  January 19, 2017

    Time: 7pm - 8pm

    Speaker:  TBD

    Topic: TBD

    Event Page: TBD

     

    Date:  February 16, 2017

    Time: Noon - 1pm

    Speaker:  TBD

    Topic: TBD

    Event Page: TBD

     

    Date:  March 16, 2017

    Time: 7pm - 8pm

    Speaker:  TBD

    Topic: TBD

    Event Page: TBD

     

    Date:  April 20, 2017

    Time: Noon - 1pm

    Speaker:  TBD

    Topic: TBD

    Event Page: TBD