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Hospital presents ‘Backyard-ology: A family health expo’
La Grange – Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and the village of Western Springs present “Backyard-ology: A family health expo” from 4 to 7 p.m. May 23 at The Village Green, 914 Hillgrove Avenue, Western Springs.

Health screenings may include blood pressure checks, body fat assessments and hand-washing demonstrations. There also will be opportunities to schedule mammograms and blood donations and learn about summer food safety.

Adventist Paulson Rehabilitation Network employees will demonstrate proper stretching techniques and the Western Springs Fire Department will demonstrate home safety. Children’s activities include moon jump and face painting. A raffle and refreshments will be available.

“Backyard-ology is a health-focused community event that’s fun for the whole family,” said Rick Wright, chief executive officer of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. “We’re proud to partner with the village of Western Springs to present this expo.”

Brookfield resident Nancy Kranz might not have discovered a serious health issue if not for last year’s Backyard-ology. It was there that the 61-year-old learned through oximeter testing that her blood oxygen was low.

Kranz shared the results with her family doctor. Testing revealed Kranz had an uncommon condition called pulmonary shunting, which is inadequate gas exchange in her lungs. Interventional radiologists Dr. Luke Sewall and Dr. Steven Smith treated her with a coil embolization at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital earlier this month.

Amazed at how differently she breathes now, Kranz plans to attend this year’s Backyard-ology.

“Even though I get a check-up every year and exercise regularly, it took a health fair to discover this hidden condition,” she said. “It showed me the importance of screenings.”