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Ebola - A Community Education Presentation

University of Illinois Rockford
The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford will host a presentation: Ebola –A Community Education Presentation. Dr. Gary Rifkin, Professor of Medicine and Interim Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, will talk about the virus and its history, transmission, symptoms. Dr. Sandra Martell, Public Health Administrator at the Winnebago County Health Department, will discuss the public health aspects of the virus and what it means to our community. Dr. Geoffrey Tsaras, Physician Epidemiologist/Director of Infectious Diseases for Rockford Health System, will explain what our hospitals and clinics are doing to be prepared. Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, will serve as program moderator. The program will be held on Monday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the College, located at 1601 Parkview Avenue. There is no cost to attend. Please call 815.395.5920 or email cyhall1@uic.edu to reserve your space.

Cynthia Hall at 395.5920 or cyhall1@uic.edu


Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABC's of Diabetes

Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 Belvidere, IL 61008
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and this year’s theme is Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABC’s of Diabetes. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and many do not even know they have the disease. Having diabetes means you have a greater chance of having a stroke or heart attack. By taking care of your diabetes you are also taking care of your heart. Fortunately, people with diabetes can lower their risk of having diabetes-related heart problems by managing the ABC’s of Diabetes.

• A is for the A1C test or average blood glucose level over the past 3 months
• B is for blood pressure
• C is for cholesterol
• S is for Stop Smoking

Join University of Illinois nutrition and wellness educator, Marilyn Csernus, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator for this informative program to learn how to manage your ABC’s of diabetes and stay heart healthy.

Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABC’s of Diabetes will be offered on Thursday, November 13 , 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Boone County Extension located at 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 in Belvidere. The fee for this program is $5 per person. For more information visit University of Illinois Extension website at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or call the Boone County Extension office at 815-544-3710.


Judy Hodge
815-544-3710
hodg@illinois.edu



Is It a Cold or the Flu

University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave, Rockford
Debbie Gortowski, pediatric nurse practitioner, will present a free community educational seminar on: Is it the cold or the flu.

Cynthia Hall, 815.395.5920, cyhall1@uic.edu


Ebola - A community education seminar

University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave, Rockford
The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford will host a presentation: Ebola –A Community Education Presentation. Dr. Gary Rifkin, Professor of Medicine and Interim Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, will talk about the virus and its history, transmission, symptoms. Dr. Sandra Martell, Public Health Administrator at the Winnebago County Health Department, will discuss the public health aspects of the virus and what it means to our community. Dr. Geoffrey Tsaras, Physician Epidemiologist/Director of Infectious Diseases for Rockford Health System, will explain what our hospitals and clinics are doing to be prepared. Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, will serve as program moderator. The program will be held on Monday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the College, located at 1601 Parkview Avenue. There is no cost to attend. Please call 815.395.5920 or email cyhall1@uic.edu to reserve your space.

Dr. Sandra Martell recently joined the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) as their public health administrator. She comes with 27 years of experience through her work at the Cook County Department of Public Health. Dr. Martell started her career as a public health nurse and advanced through leadership with program management experience including maternal and child health, TB prevention and control, public health emergency preparedness.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Public Health Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her area of research focused on home visiting programs to improve maternal and child outcomes.

Dr. Gary Rifkin currently serves as Professor of Medicine and Interim Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. He is an Infectious Disease physician and has an extensive clinical background and numerous academic appointments. Dr. Rifkin is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Michigan Medical Center and is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, American College of Physicians, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Winnebago County Medical Society.

Dr. Geoffrey Tsaras, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, specializes in infectious disease at Rockford Infectious Disease Consultants. Dr. Tsaras is the Physician Epidemiologist/Director of Infectious Diseases for Rockford Health System. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his medical degree at the University of Ghana Medical School and completed his residency at Bridgeport Hospital, Yale University. He also completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Tsaras is board certified in both Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine.



Cynthia Hall, 815.395.5920, cyhall1@uic.edu


REI 3rd Annual Health Fair & Expo

Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newburg Road Rockford
Enfuego Productions, Exclusive Distributor
of Bio-Degradable Sunscreen, Bath & Body Products

Enfuego Productions is the exclusive U.S. wholesale distributor and retail provider for Maya Solar® Suncare and Batab Ancient Mayan Formula Products.

Batab is a creative fusion of four elements: traditional Mayan healing knowledge; indigenous flora of the Yucatan peninsula; potent minerals of the Chicxulub crater; and modern skin care technology. Our products use organic and exotic ingredients indigenous only in the Yucatan Peninsula, where an asteroid hit the earth 65 million years ago. We utilize these plants and minerals from the Chicxulub Crater to create Batab sunscreens, insect repellent, burn lotion and MayaSolar® bath and body products. Mayans have used the ingredients spawned from the crater for thousands of years to protect and beautify their skin and hair.

Batab carefully cultivates these tropical plants, herbs, spices, minerals, sea salt and seaweed that include ingredients such as achiote, chaya, abeja, beeswax and beta carotene The Maya Solar bath line includes innovative hair, bath, body and skin products that are all natural and organic. They rejuvenate skin and hair while often repairing damage. Pamper yourself with ancient Mayan wisdom and exfoliate, detoxify, oxygenate and rejuvenate during and after a simple bath or massage.

Batab suncare products are eco-friendly and chemical free with the highest quality of ingredients to protect the skin from sun, accelerate the normal tanning process and bring relief to sun-damaged skin. The emollients of our suncare products moisturize your skin and prevent dryness by the sun with natural UVA/UVB filters. They are biodegradable, safe for ocean use and help prolong the life of pool filters. Our insect repellent is also earth-friendly and one of our best sellers.

All of these products are safe for children and FDA approved. Labeling is in English and Spanish. Labels also are biodegradable. Profits made creating
Maya Solar and Batab products go directly to the Mayan people.


Richard Gubbe
815 398-6326



Journey of Hope and Healing Grief Support Group

Swedish American Hospital
Journey of Hope and Healing
Grief Support Group
Attendance is welcome to all and is free of charge.
Swedish American Hospital
1401 East State Street, Rockford Charles Street Entrance Conference Room 2&3 on the 1st Floor
Tuesday Evenings
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(No group during holiday weeks)

Bereavement Coordinators from Heartland Hospice will facilitate group. For more information or details on special holiday programs call Heartland Hospice at 815-397-3691.

Heartland Hospice
815-397-3691



Caring for the Caregiver Support Group

River Bluff Nursing Home
River Bluff Nursing Home
4401 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL
3rd Wednesday of the month.
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Providing education and support to those caring for others. Registered Nurses from Heartland Hospice will facilitate group along with guest speakers.
All are welcome to attend.
For more information please call Heartland Hospice at 815-397-3691 or River Bluff Nursing Home at 815-877-8061.


Heartland Hospice 815-397-3691