Community Health

Margaret Lewis reduced

Community Health - Recreation & Parks Department
Margaret Lewis, Community Health Coordinator
350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466    
Office: 708-283-5663 / Cell Phone:  708-825-5205
Farmer’s Market website 

Community Health Services
•Wellbeing checks on residents
•Medical equipment loan closet
•Annual farmers market management
•Food service health inspections (retail food, daycare, and restaurants)
•Health monitoring of senior building residents
•Health services referrals (i.e. homemaker, primary care, immunizations, home health)
•Health information resource (diabetes, heart disease, cancer)




Resource Guide Photo

2019 Resource Guide

arm-blood-pressure-bp-948889Free Blood Pressure Checks on the first Thursday of the month from 10 am-12:30 pm.

Park Forest Village Hall Board Conference Room
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL

Stop by to pick up literature about how to control/prevent high blood pressure and stroke information.  For more information, contact Margaret Lewis, RN, Community Health Coordinator at 708-283-5663 or email  

 Health Stop Schedule 2020_2021


Park Forest Main Street Market extractedPark Forest Main Street Market Website

Tentative Start Date:  Saturday, June 6, 2020

The Main Street Market is located at 152 Main Street, just steps from Western Avenue, in the parking lot across from Victory Center, next door to Dollar General.  

The Market is open Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 6 through October, for shopping, food, and entertainment. The Market accepts EBT/Link, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Coupons.

Become a vendor at the Main Street Market
Apply to sell at this year’s market! 2020 Applications can be downloaded below or picked-up in person at the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health, located in Village Hall (350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL). Market spaces will be reserved on a first come, first served basis, please complete all parts of the application and submit your payment to secure a space.

Call the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005 or email with any questions, concerns or comments.

Main Street Market Application Document Links:

2020 Standard Market Application Rev 2_6_20

2020 Crafts & Art Application Rev 2_6_20

2020 Civic Groups Application Rev 2_6_20


IDPHIDPH Health Alerts  

3/9/20 Alert - Four Additional COVID-19 Cases in Illinois

1/24/20 -  A confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been detected in a hospitalized patient in Chicago. Please click on the link below for more information.

Novel Coronavirus 

For additional information or questions, please contact the IDPH Communicable Disease Section at 217-782-2016 or email  IDPH after hours
number 800-782-7860. 

Additional Resources 
IDPH Website: 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV): Frequently Asked Questions

Hand washing tips: How to clean your hands to protect against coronavirus.
The best line of defense against getting the flu, a cold or coronavirus is to wash your dang hands. Click on the link below. 


Power of Attorney Clinc for Seniors 2020

Elder Help Desk Flyer 2_14_2020

Senior Enriichment Seminar Schedule 2020_Page_1

 Senior Fair 3_20_20


Blood Drive - Thursday, April 9, 2020
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Village Hall of Park Forest
350 Victory Dr.
Park Forest, IL 60466

Click on the link below for more information or to schedule your blood donation: 


Programs & Events
Contact the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005

Motown Dinner & Dancing
Live performance of some of Motown’s Greatest Hits by one of Chicago’s Greatest Performers Wendy Laniece and smooth sounds by DJ Jesenuf. Come dance the night away and enjoy a meal to refuel your energy. Get great information on staying healthy as you laugh and enjoy the  company of family, friends and community. Registration deadline: March 6, 2020. 

Ages 18 & Older           1 day
Dining on the Green, 349 Main St.
19600-01    F   6-9 pm    Mar 13   VIP Seating $35 per person
19600-02    F   6-9 pm    Mar 13   Regular Seating $25 per person
19600-03    F   6-9 pm    Mar 13   Bar Seating $15 per person

March Madness Free Throw Challenge
Test your skill in a Free throw challenge where you will go head to head competing to be Park Forest Free Throw Champion and win a $200 cash prize.

Each participant will get 3 rounds, unlimited shots, 2 minutes to win it and winner takes all. Registration deadline: March 16, 2020.

Please download the 2020 Free Throw Challenge Registration PacketThe entry forms must be completed and returned with the participant on Friday, March 27, 2020 during check-in. The entry form will be used for each participant score sheet. Packets are also available at the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health Department at Village Hall.

Ages 11 & Older      $25 per person     1 day
Recreation Center, Gym
19701-01   F   6-10 pm    Mar 27


6-Week Healthy Life Challenge
This 6-week Healthy Life Challenge will consist of meal prep, exercise, weekly check-ins, cooking classes and motivation.
Each participant will receive a 6-week schedule that will include meal prep days, workout days and sample meal options. You will sit with a coach to create a meal schedule and workout plan based on your everyday schedule. Start your healthy lifestyle today. Sign up today!! T-shirt included.

Registration deadline: April 3, 2020.  First introductory meeting on April 6, 2020 is mandatory.

Ages 18 & Older      $30 per person     7 weeks
Village Hall, Lower Level - Rooms 1 & 2
19601-01   M   6-7 pm    Apr 6-May 18


Health is Wealth Flyer 4_7_2020

Mother-Daughter Wellness Check & Dinner
Women Health awareness is very important. This event will be full of information regarding women’s health. What is needed? How often certain check-ups should be? What to look for when self-checking? How to self-check? Questions to ask when getting a physical. Menopause and how to ride that curve. Ask questions for yourself or for a friend. A great opportunity for young ladies to ask questions about the changing body as they grow.

Come out and receive great information, ask questions and eat dinner with your mother, daughter, grandmother and granddaughters. Registration Required. Registration deadline: March 6, 2020.

All Ages     Ages 0-4   Free         1 day
Dining on the Green, 349 Main St.
19703-01   F   6-9 pm    Apr 10

All Ages    Ages 5 & Older  $25 per person        1 day
Dining on the Green, 349 Main St.
19703-02   F   6-9 pm    Apr 10


Everlasting Dance 
Let’s Dance for a cause. Put your dancing shoes on and dance until you drop to raise funds for Park Forest’s own Teen Zone Youth to partake in the Park Forest’s College Tour.

Take your chances at winning fun raffle prizes and a $100 cash prize if you are the last dancer standing.

Contact the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health for more information at 708-748-2005. Registration deadline: May 8, 2020.

Ages 12 & Older      $10 per person     1 day
Dining on the Green, 349 Main St.
19702-01   Sa   10 am-6 pm    May 16


Sprint Into Shape
Tag, you’re it. How fast can you sprint into shape? One person to win an all-inclusive, seasonal Residential healthy pass to:

•Park Forest Aqua Center 2020 season pass
•$150 cash prize

Register online or at the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005 or 350 Victory Drive. T-shirt included. Registration Deadline: May 16, 2020.  

Ages 14 & Older      $15 per person     1 day
Central Park
19700-01   Sa   10 am-2 pm    May 30


Health & Wellness Links


American Cancer Society 

Early Detection Helps Prevent Deaths from Breast Cancer

Skin Cancer

American Heart Association

American Heart Association Articles:  (Click on links below)

Health Threats From High Blood Pressure

American Lung Association 

American Red Cross 

Blood Pressure Information:  Basic Steps to Helping Control Your Blood Pressure

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Mission Possible: Achieving Health Equity through Inclusive Public Health Practice

Cholesterol Information:  Do you Know Your Cholesterol Levels?

Clinic Referrals for School Physicals and/or General Services 

Diabetes and Your Heart Video:

Flu Shot Information: 

Food Service Sanitation and Safety Certification Course at Prairie State College

Health In Aging 

Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues 

Tips for Preventing Serious Falls

Illinois Department of Public Health 

Food Safety During the Holidays 

Medical Sharps and Needle Disposal
When it comes to disposing of “sharps” we’ll get right to the point.  Medical needles, syringes, lancets and auto injectors are all considered to be “sharps” and must be disposed of properly.  When sharps are just loosely thrown into the garbage, they pose a potential risk of injury and could be a major health hazard to garbage collectors. Sharps should never be disposed of in household recycling carts. Click on the link below for more information from Homewood Disposal. 


 How Often Should I Have My Cholesterol Checked?

  4 Ways to Sculpt Your Arms and Shoulders Sitting in a Chair

Food Service Sanitation Course