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By Amy E. Williams | Daily Herald Columnist

Dr. Vimal Patel of Physicians Express examines a patient at the St. Charles walk-in care facility. As part of American Heart month, the office will be offering free health screenings.


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Published: 2/25/2009 12:03 AM

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To celebrate American Heart Month, two businesses along the Randall Road corridor are teaming up to help local families take care of themselves.

This month, Physicians Express and Tri-City Fitness, both just off of Randall Road on Main Street in St. Charles, are offering you free services to get your heart health on track.

Physicians Express is offering free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings to everyone.

"Early detection is the key to avoiding heart attack and stroke and these simple tests can help detect a problem before it becomes deadly," said Dr. Vimal Patel of Physicians Express.

Anyone who visits Physicians Express this month also will receive a free trial membership at Tri-City Fitness, which has exercise equipment and offers classes such as yoga, Pilates, cardio jam and spin.

The health club trial also includes a free overall health assessment with blood pressure screening, body composition and nutrition guidance.

"The value of exercise for a healthy heart is indisputable," Patel said. "Studies not only show the benefits for the heart but also show exercise decreases chances for diabetes and for developing certain cancers."

Sue Doherty of Physicians Express said the business thought the free screenings and membership might be especially beneficial to people right now.

"With the economy, we've noticed people are letting themselves go. They don't have the money or the time and think they don't need it. We want to give them a jump start to help so they don't let themselves go or ignore a problem," Doherty said.

No appointment is necessary at Physicians Express, located at 2000 W. Main St. For information call (630) 584-9242. Tri-City Fitness is located at 1505 W. Main Street. For information, call (630) 513-2000.

Coming soon: Coming to the Randall Road corridor soon will be a new Men's Warehouse. The business is going up in Algonquin, just north of Mimi's Café.

For now, you can visit the one just to the south along the Randall Road corridor in Geneva.

Helping others: Vander Weit Chiropractic, just off of Randall Road in Algonquin, recently won a community service business award from the village.

Village officials lauded Dr. Scott Vander Weit with making community service one of his top goals since he opened his practice in 2006.

Every September, he hosts Kids Day America, where children can get free health screenings and parents can get free handouts and information on how to improve the health and safety of their kids, the awards states. The event benefits local children's organizations and families.

He also helps others outside of his business, going around to several organizations and giving free presentations and demonstrations on workplace health and safety.

Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at (847) 894-5036 or by email at