Classes & Support Groups for Veterans
August 2019

Thursday, Aug 1, 2019
Tobacco Use Cessation Treatment
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Teaches you skills to manage urges to use tobacco and helps you “unlearn” the habit of tobacco use. Learn tobacco-free ways of coping with stressful issues.
 
Also available at all CBOCs (outpatient community clinics) at various times and days. Contact for more information.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
 
 
Service and PRIDE! Discussion Group
 
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines Hospital; contact for location
 
Peer support group focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans' issues.
 
Contact:
Justin Birnholz, PhD 708-935-1215
Jamie Mathews, PhD 708-275-3089
 
 
Friday, Aug 2, 2019
Coping with Stress Group
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Better understand signs and sources of stress. Learn relaxation exercises and skills to increase your ability to cope.
 
Contact: Cat Robertson, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 23645
 
 
 
Monday, Aug 5, 2019
Mindful Path to Resilience and Wellbeing Workshop
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Focus on understanding stress and learning skills to promote health, wellbeing, and build resilience. Includes 8 weekly sessions.
 
Contact: Lakshmi Athota, MD 708-202-8387 ext. 25217; Irena Persky, PhD ext. 23663
 
 
 
MOVE! Preview Class
 
Time: 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
 
Highlights the basics of weight management and different options for follow-up support and education.
 
Contact: Lisa Korpolinski, RD 708-202-8387 ext. 27190
 
 
Joliet Diabetes Class: Five Class Series
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Joliet CBOC (outpatient clinic)
 
A series of classes for Veterans with diabetes. The classes provide a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
Peer Support Information Session
 
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3056
 
Learn about how to connect with or how to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist.
 
Contact: Meghan McCoy-Hess, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20662
 
 
 
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019
MOVE! Group Class
 
Time: 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
 
Receive support and education regarding weight loss by a team of health care providers.
 
Contact: Lisa Korpolinski, RD 708-202-8387 ext. 27190
 
Voice of the Veteran
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, Room F147, Veterans Health and Information Library
 
A casual group setting to share your thoughts for improvements at Hines.
 
Contact: Kimberly Scheer, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 21367
 
 
Wellness Workshop Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
 
Interactive presentations and group discussion about your health. Topics vary, and include: Make a Health Change, Your Health Your Way, Be Involved in Your Healthcare, Manage Stress, Eat Wisely.
 
Contact: Matthew Davis, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20862
 
Diabetes Basics - Two Class Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A two-day class for Veterans with diabetes. The class provides a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Also available via telehealth at Kankakee, Oak Lawn, and LaSalle CBOCs (outpatient clinics). Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
 
i-Rest Yoga Nidra
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 4th Floor, Room 4027
 
Guided body sensing practice with meditation to help you relax and improve your sense of wellbeing.
 
Contact: Lakshmi Athota, MD 708-202-8387 ext. 25217; Irena Persky, PhD ext. 23663
 
 
 
Recreation Therapy Open Session
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 5th Floor, Room 5044
 
A weekly program that gives Veterans a chance to participate in social and leisure activities. A time to connect and socialize with other Veterans during table tennis, card games, or creative writing and art.
 
Contact: Recreation Therapy Program line 708-202-3631 or Lisa Wells 708-202-8387 ext. 22261
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
Healthy Living Class
 
Time: 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A one-time class about the basics of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to manage blood pressure and cholesterol, as well prevent diabetes and other diseases.
 
Your health care provider must refer you.
 
Call 708-202-8387 ext. 22345 for more information.
 
Diabetes Basics - Two Class Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A two-day class for Veterans with diabetes. The class provides a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Also available via telehealth at Kankakee, Oak Lawn, and LaSalle CBOCs (outpatient clinics). Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
Mindful Path Practice Group
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Explore mindfulness practices and possible challenges. Includes discussion and practice.
 
Contact: Irena Persky, PhD 708-202-3663
 
 
 
Veteran "X" Group
 
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 4th Floor, Room 4082
 
Peer support group that allows Veterans to act as team members to treat a Veteran “X”. Group helps each other problem solve, while gaining a better understanding of their own mental health and recovery.
 
Contact: Meghan McCoy-Hess, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20662
 
 
Wellness Workshop Series
 
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Interactive presentations and group discussion about your health. Topics vary, and include: Make a Health Change, Your Health Your Way, Be Involved in Your Healthcare, Manage Stress, Eat Wisely.
 
Contact: Matthew Davis, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20862
 
 
 
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019
Intro to Whole Health
 
Time: 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 1st Floor, Room F157 (Medical Media Room)
https://www.va.gov/PATIENTCENTEREDCARE/index.asp
 
The road to better health starts with you.
 
Want to learn how to live a healthier, happier, and purpose-filled life?
We welcome all interested Veterans, families, and employees to our walk-in sessions.
 
Questions: Call 708-2002-0636 or 708-202-4350
 
Tobacco Use Cessation Treatment
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Teaches you skills to manage urges to use tobacco and helps you “unlearn” the habit of tobacco use. Learn tobacco-free ways of coping with stressful issues.
 
Also available at all CBOCs (outpatient community clinics) at various times and days. Contact for more information.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
 
 
Tobacco Use Cessation - Relapse Prevention
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Offers support during the early stages of quitting tobacco. Teaches stills to identify and prevent relapse to tobacco use.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
MOVE! Preview at Joliet CBOC
 
Time: 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM (CST)
Location: Joliet CBOC (outpatient clinic)
 
An overview of the MOVE! Program and options available to join. The class will provide a sampling of ideas to get you started.
 
Your health care provider or dietitian must refer you.
 
Call 708-202-7190 for more information.
 
Service and PRIDE! Discussion Group
 
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines Hospital; contact for location
 
Peer support group focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans' issues.
 
Contact:
Justin Birnholz, PhD 708-935-1215
Jamie Mathews, PhD 708-275-3089
 
Veteran's Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Council
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 13, 2nd Floor, Room 207
 
Veteran-led council that helps make improvements to services within the Mental Health Service Line at Hines.
 
Contact: Contact: Council Office 708-202-8387 ext. 21021
 
 
 
Monday, Aug 12, 2019
Mindful Path to Resilience and Wellbeing Workshop
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Focus on understanding stress and learning skills to promote health, wellbeing, and build resilience. Includes 8 weekly sessions.
 
Contact: Lakshmi Athota, MD 708-202-8387 ext. 25217; Irena Persky, PhD ext. 23663
 
 
 
Joliet Diabetes Class: Five Class Series
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Joliet CBOC (outpatient clinic)
 
A series of classes for Veterans with diabetes. The classes provide a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
Peer Support Information Session
 
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3056
 
Learn about how to connect with or how to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist.
 
Contact: Meghan McCoy-Hess, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20662
 
 
 
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019
MOVE! Introduction Class
 
Time: 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
 
Learn how to change your lifestyle to promote a healthy weight.
 
Contact: Lisa Korpolinski, RD 708-202-8387 ext. 27190
 
Voice of the Veteran
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, Room F147, Veterans Health and Information Library
 
A casual group setting to share your thoughts for improvements at Hines.
 
Contact: Kimberly Scheer, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 21367
 
 
Diabetes Basics - Two Class Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A two-day class for Veterans with diabetes. The class provides a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Also available via telehealth at Kankakee, Oak Lawn, and LaSalle CBOCs (outpatient clinics). Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
 
i-Rest Yoga Nidra
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 4th Floor, Room 4027
 
Guided body sensing practice with meditation to help you relax and improve your sense of wellbeing.
 
Contact: Lakshmi Athota, MD 708-202-8387 ext. 25217; Irena Persky, PhD ext. 23663
 
 
 
Recreation Therapy Open Session
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 5th Floor, Room 5044
 
A weekly program that gives Veterans a chance to participate in social and leisure activities. A time to connect and socialize with other Veterans during table tennis, card games, or creative writing and art.
 
Contact: Recreation Therapy Program line 708-202-3631 or Lisa Wells 708-202-8387 ext. 22261
 
 
 
ALS Support Group
 
Time: 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 12, 3rd Floor, Speech Pathology Department
 
This group was designed to provide Veterans with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease), their caregivers, and family members an opportunity to exchange information, ask questions, and receive emotional support from group facilitators and other families sharing similar experiences.
 
Contact: Megan Light, SLP 708-202-8387 ext. 21012
 
 
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
Tobacco Use Cessation Orientation Class
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Introduction to the tobacco use cessation program. Offers tips for changing the way you use tobacco in preparation for quitting.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
 
 
Diabetes Basics - Two Class Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A two-day class for Veterans with diabetes. The class provides a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Also available via telehealth at Kankakee, Oak Lawn, and LaSalle CBOCs (outpatient clinics). Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
Mindful Path Practice Group
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Explore mindfulness practices and possible challenges. Includes discussion and practice.
 
Contact: Irena Persky, PhD 708-202-3663
 
 
 
Food For Thought Class
 
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 13, 1st Floor, Room 104A
 
Discover how nutrition impacts your health, learn how to add more real food to your life and understand how the Whole Health approach relates to fundamental aspect of self-care—nutrition.
 
Contact: Matthew Knight, RD 708-202-8387 ext. 20720
 
Veteran "X" Group
 
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 4th Floor, Room 4082
 
Peer support group that allows Veterans to act as team members to treat a Veteran “X”. Group helps each other problem solve, while gaining a better understanding of their own mental health and recovery.
 
Contact: Meghan McCoy-Hess, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20662
 
 
Wellness Workshop Series
 
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Interactive presentations and group discussion about your health. Topics vary, and include: Make a Health Change, Your Health Your Way, Be Involved in Your Healthcare, Manage Stress, Eat Wisely.
 
Contact: Matthew Davis, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20862
 
 
 
Thursday, Aug 15, 2019
Tobacco Use Cessation Treatment
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Teaches you skills to manage urges to use tobacco and helps you “unlearn” the habit of tobacco use. Learn tobacco-free ways of coping with stressful issues.
 
Also available at all CBOCs (outpatient community clinics) at various times and days. Contact for more information.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
 
 
Service and PRIDE! Discussion Group
 
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines Hospital; contact for location
 
Peer support group focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans' issues.
 
Contact:
Justin Birnholz, PhD 708-935-1215
Jamie Mathews, PhD 708-275-3089
 
 
Monday, Aug 19, 2019
Mindful Path to Resilience and Wellbeing Workshop
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Focus on understanding stress and learning skills to promote health, wellbeing, and build resilience. Includes 8 weekly sessions.
 
Contact: Lakshmi Athota, MD 708-202-8387 ext. 25217; Irena Persky, PhD ext. 23663
 
 
 
MOVE! Preview Class
 
Time: 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
 
Highlights the basics of weight management and different options for follow-up support and education.
 
Contact: Lisa Korpolinski, RD 708-202-8387 ext. 27190
 
 
Joliet Diabetes Class: Five Class Series
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Joliet CBOC (outpatient clinic)
 
A series of classes for Veterans with diabetes. The classes provide a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
Peer Support Information Session
 
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3056
 
Learn about how to connect with or how to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist.
 
Contact: Meghan McCoy-Hess, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20662
 
 
 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019
MOVE! Group Class
 
Time: 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
 
Receive support and education regarding weight loss by a team of health care providers.
 
Contact: Lisa Korpolinski, RD 708-202-8387 ext. 27190
 
Voice of the Veteran
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, Room F147, Veterans Health and Information Library
 
A casual group setting to share your thoughts for improvements at Hines.
 
Contact: Kimberly Scheer, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 21367
 
 
Wellness Workshop Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
 
Interactive presentations and group discussion about your health. Topics vary, and include: Make a Health Change, Your Health Your Way, Be Involved in Your Healthcare, Manage Stress, Eat Wisely.
 
Contact: Matthew Davis, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20862
 
Diabetes Basics - Two Class Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A two-day class for Veterans with diabetes. The class provides a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Also available via telehealth at Kankakee, Oak Lawn, and LaSalle CBOCs (outpatient clinics). Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
 
i-Rest Yoga Nidra
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 4th Floor, Room 4027
 
Guided body sensing practice with meditation to help you relax and improve your sense of wellbeing.
 
Contact: Lakshmi Athota, MD 708-202-8387 ext. 25217; Irena Persky, PhD ext. 23663
 
 
 
Recreation Therapy Open Session
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 5th Floor, Room 5044
 
A weekly program that gives Veterans a chance to participate in social and leisure activities. A time to connect and socialize with other Veterans during table tennis, card games, or creative writing and art.
 
Contact: Recreation Therapy Program line 708-202-3631 or Lisa Wells 708-202-8387 ext. 22261
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019
Healthy Living Class
 
Time: 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A one-time class about the basics of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to manage blood pressure and cholesterol, as well prevent diabetes and other diseases.
 
Your health care provider must refer you.
 
Call 708-202-8387 ext. 22345 for more information.
 
Diabetes Basics - Two Class Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A two-day class for Veterans with diabetes. The class provides a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Also available via telehealth at Kankakee, Oak Lawn, and LaSalle CBOCs (outpatient clinics). Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
Mindful Path Practice Group
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Explore mindfulness practices and possible challenges. Includes discussion and practice.
 
Contact: Irena Persky, PhD 708-202-3663
 
 
 
Veteran "X" Group
 
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 4th Floor, Room 4082
 
Peer support group that allows Veterans to act as team members to treat a Veteran “X”. Group helps each other problem solve, while gaining a better understanding of their own mental health and recovery.
 
Contact: Meghan McCoy-Hess, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20662
 
 
Wellness Workshop Series
 
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Interactive presentations and group discussion about your health. Topics vary, and include: Make a Health Change, Your Health Your Way, Be Involved in Your Healthcare, Manage Stress, Eat Wisely.
 
Contact: Matthew Davis, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20862
 
 
 
Thursday, Aug 22, 2019
Tobacco Use Cessation Treatment
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Teaches you skills to manage urges to use tobacco and helps you “unlearn” the habit of tobacco use. Learn tobacco-free ways of coping with stressful issues.
 
Also available at all CBOCs (outpatient community clinics) at various times and days. Contact for more information.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
 
 
MOVE! Preview at Joliet CBOC
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Joliet CBOC (outpatient clinic)
 
An overview of the MOVE! Program and options available to join. The class will provide a sampling of ideas to get you started.
 
Your health care provider or dietitian must refer you.
 
Call 708-202-7190 for more information.
 
Tobacco Use Cessation - Relapse Prevention
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Offers support during the early stages of quitting tobacco. Teaches stills to identify and prevent relapse to tobacco use.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
 
Service and PRIDE! Discussion Group
 
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines Hospital; contact for location
 
Peer support group focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans' issues.
 
Contact:
Justin Birnholz, PhD 708-935-1215
Jamie Mathews, PhD 708-275-3089
 
Veteran's Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Council
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 13, 2nd Floor, Room 207
 
Veteran-led council that helps make improvements to services within the Mental Health Service Line at Hines.
 
Contact: Council Office 708-202-8387 ext. 21021
 
 
Monday, Aug 26, 2019
Mindful Path to Resilience and Wellbeing Workshop
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Focus on understanding stress and learning skills to promote health, wellbeing, and build resilience. Includes 8 weekly sessions.
 
Contact: Lakshmi Athota, MD 708-202-8387 ext. 25217; Irena Persky, PhD ext. 23663
 
 
 
MOVE! Preview Class
 
Time: 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
 
Highlights the basics of weight management and different options for follow-up support and education.
 
Contact: Lisa Korpolinski, RD 708-202-8387 ext. 27190
 
 
Joliet Diabetes Class: Five Class Series
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Joliet CBOC (outpatient clinic)
 
A series of classes for Veterans with diabetes. The classes provide a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
Peer Support Information Session
 
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3056
 
Learn about how to connect with or how to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist.
 
Contact: Meghan McCoy-Hess, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20662
 
 
 
Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019
Voice of the Veteran
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, Room F147, Veterans Health and Information Library
 
A casual group setting to share your thoughts for improvements at Hines.
 
Contact: Kimberly Scheer, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 21367
 
 
Diabetes Basics - Two Class Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A two-day class for Veterans with diabetes. The class provides a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Also available via telehealth at Kankakee, Oak Lawn, and LaSalle CBOCs (outpatient clinics). Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
 
i-Rest Yoga Nidra
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 4th Floor, Room 4027
 
Guided body sensing practice with meditation to help you relax and improve your sense of wellbeing.
 
Contact: Lakshmi Athota, MD 708-202-8387 ext. 25217; Irena Persky, PhD ext. 23663
 
 
 
Recreation Therapy Open Session
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 5th Floor, Room 5044
 
A weekly program that gives Veterans a chance to participate in social and leisure activities. A time to connect and socialize with other Veterans during table tennis, card games, or creative writing and art.
 
Contact: Recreation Therapy Program line 708-202-3631 or Lisa Wells 708-202-8387 ext. 22261
 
 
 
ALS Support Group
 
Time: 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 12, 3rd Floor, Speech Pathology Department
 
This group was designed to provide Veterans with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease), their caregivers, and family members an opportunity to exchange information, ask questions, and receive emotional support from group facilitators and other families sharing similar experiences.
 
Contact: Megan Light, SLP 708-202-8387 ext. 21012
 
 
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019
Diabetes Basics - Two Class Series
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, Basement, Room D009B
 
A two-day class for Veterans with diabetes. The class provides a detailed overview of diabetes. Topics include:
  • Meal planning
  • Preventing complications
  • Stress management
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity
  • Coping with the disease
Also available via telehealth at Kankakee, Oak Lawn, and LaSalle CBOCs (outpatient clinics). Your health care provider must refer you to this class.
 
Mindful Path Practice Group
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Explore mindfulness practices and possible challenges. Includes discussion and practice.
 
Contact: Irena Persky, PhD 708-202-3663
 
 
 
Intro to Whole Health
 
Time: 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room E347
https://www.va.gov/PATIENTCENTEREDCARE/index.asp
 
The road to better health starts with you.
 
Want to learn how to live a healthier, happier, and purpose-filled life?
We welcome all interested Veterans, families, and employees to our walk-in sessions.
 
Questions: Call 708-2002-0636 or 708-202-4350
 
Tobacco Use Cessation Orientation Class
 
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Introduction to the tobacco use cessation program. Offers tips for changing the way you use tobacco in preparation for quitting.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
Veteran "X" Group
 
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 4th Floor, Room 4082
 
Peer support group that allows Veterans to act as team members to treat a Veteran “X”. Group helps each other problem solve, while gaining a better understanding of their own mental health and recovery.
 
Contact: Meghan McCoy-Hess, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20662
 
 
Wellness Workshop Series
 
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 228, 3rd Floor, Room 3027
 
Interactive presentations and group discussion about your health. Topics vary, and include: Make a Health Change, Your Health Your Way, Be Involved in Your Healthcare, Manage Stress, Eat Wisely.
 
Contact: Matthew Davis, PhD 708-202-8387 ext. 20862
 
 
 
Thursday, Aug 29, 2019
Tobacco Use Cessation Treatment
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (CST)
Location: Hines, Building 200, 10th Floor, Room 1092A
 
Teaches you skills to manage urges to use tobacco and helps you “unlearn” the habit of tobacco use. Learn tobacco-free ways of coping with stressful issues.
 
Also available at all CBOCs (outpatient community clinics) at various times and days. Contact for more information.
 
Contact: Joseph Morales, LCSW 708-202-8387 ext. 22822
 
 
 
Service and PRIDE! Discussion Group
 
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM (CST)
Location: Hines Hospital; contact for location
 
Peer support group focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans' issues.
 
Contact:
Justin Birnholz, PhD 708-935-1215
Jamie Mathews, PhD 708-275-3089