Silver Sneakers® FLEX Program FREE Senior Fitness Classes

Senior Woman Resting After Exercises In GymThe Silver Sneakers® FLEX Program provides free senior fitness classes to all seniors who have this membership benefit as part of their Medicare Health insurance through select health insurance plans.  The FLEX® Program specifically allows approved Group Fitness Instructors who specialize in Senior Fitness and are certified or licensed in the classes they teach to open up their independent classes to local seniors who are Silver Sneakers members for free.  So no longer is the ability to take a class limited just to a Silver Sneakers facility, which has substantially opened up the number of available fitness classes and the variety available to include hot specialties such as Zumba Gold® (the Zumba Fitness program for ages 50+) and Ageless Grace® (chair-based fitness for the body and brain).

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ISBE Announces Child and Adult Care Food Program

yogartThe Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP is a federally-funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is administered by ISBE.

“ISBE is very proud to help administer this federal program once again,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A Koch. “As many studies show, proper nutrition is essential for children so they can be ready to learn. A healthy start will lead them to success in school so they can be prepared for success in college and careers.”  

The program is designed to primarily assist child care centers, Head Start programs, before- and after-school programs, emergency shelters, and day care home providers with funding to provide nutritious meals to children in their care. All participating child care centers and day care homes must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional charge.

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Hot Spot #6 – Civil War Reenactment- July 27, 2014

zoar01-06Calling All Civil War Enthusiasts!

Our next Flat Apple Hit Spot will be at Four Season’s Park, off of Main Street, in Lombard on Sunday, July 27th from 10 AM – 4 PM/

Directions for participation:

1.  Register on-line to participate at: or in person at the Healthy Lombard table.

2.  You will receive a copy of our logo when your registration is confirmed. You can print it out from the email, or if you click on the logo when you open the confirmation on your cell phone or computer, it will download it into your photos.

3.  Pick up a “Bite of the Apple Raffle Ticket from the Healthy Lombard Table for credit for each of the activities below:

  • Barn Raising
  • Square Dancing
  • Scavenger Hunt

 4.  Have the coordinator of each activity sign you ticket in the small white spot on the ticket.

 5.  Fill in the other ticket information and return it to the Healthy Lombard table.

 Reminder:  If you take a Healthy Selfie”photo during the taping and send the photos to us at and we will fill out two e-tickets for you.

Get in the swim of safety this summer

6a00e554e81be38834015433ca697b970cSummer is in full swing and the DuPage County Health Department reminds swimmers and pool owners to remember the following safety tips to keep everyone healthy and in the swim of things all summer long:

All swimmers:

  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
  • Shower with soap before you start swimming.
  • Use rest rooms and not the pool.
  • Don’t swallow the water.

Young swimmers:

  • Take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes; check diapers every 30–60 minutes.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to swim. Use life jackets appropriately.
  • Provide continuous, attentive supervision with young swimmers.
  • Know cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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Hoffman Estates offers back-to-school physicals

cartoon_vaccine125The Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services will offer back-to-school physicals for school-age children from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

Physicals are available for children attending preschool to grade 12 and will be performed by physicians from Alexian Brothers Medical Group.

The cost for a clinic physical is $10 for uninsured or AllKids and $30 for those who are insured. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Appointments for these clinics are recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call (847) 781-4850 to schedule an appointment or get more information.

Why I Hurt: The Truth Behind Fibromyalgia

fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is more than just a sentence to a life of chronic pain. There may be innovative and natural ways to manage your fibromyalgia that you haven’t considered.

New information shows that 40-60% of patients with fibromyalgia may have some component of vitamin D deficiency. Also, 81% of fibromyalgia patients report irregular bowel habits. These and other findings show that lifestyle and nutritional interventions may help in many cases.

Would you like to learn more about managing fibromyalgia? Attend our free “Get Educated” presentation on: “Why I Hurt: The Truth Behind Fibromyalgia.”

When: Monday July 28th at 7:00pm

Where: NUHS Whole Health Center – Lombard

200 E Roosevelt Rd

Lombard, IL 60148

Building B, Room 539

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

scratching-head-smiley-emoticonThe Daily Herald posted this bit of information today:

Case reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in this 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren’t life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids, and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, an associate professor and dermatologist at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital, where the boy was treated.

Free Ageless Grace® Demo Classes in Lombard – Anti-Aging Fitness for Body and Brain

Certified Ageless Grace® Educator Melanie Jordan will be offering three free demo classes of the Ageless Grace Anti-Aging Fitness Program for body and brain in Lombard the week of July 21st.

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What is Ageless Grace?

It’s an anti-aging fitness program for body AND brain based on the science of neuroplasticity.  Each of the 21 simple tools focus on the healthy longevity of the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  It’s a creative, lively chair-based class set to upbeat popular music with natural moves (no choreography to learn).

It’s for baby boomers, all ages and abilities of seniors and those with weight, joint, diabetes, MS and other challenges, as well as those in wheelchairs or with other physical limitations love it!  This class is for anyone at any age who is interested in aging gracefully using timeless anti-aging techniques for the body and brain that almost anyone can do!™

When and Where are the FREE Ageless Grace Demo Classes?

Monday July 21st 1 – 1:45 PM, Helen Plum Library, 110 W. Maple St. in Lombard Register at: or call (630) 627-0316.  This is the July Senior Social Program.

Tuesday July 22nd and Thursday July 24th 10:15 – 10:45 AM, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave in Lombard, just up from Meyers Rd, call or text Melanie to reserve your spot at (949) 285-7770 Cell.

These three free demo classes are a great opportunity to see what Ageless Grace is all about and how much fun you can have!

Those who are interested in taking Ageless Grace with Melanie Jordan ongoing can register for one of her 6-week classes at York Center Park District. The next ones start on Tuesday 7/29 and Thursday 7/31 10:15 – 10:45 AM for just $20 per 6-week class, $35 for both Tuesday and Thursday. The classes are also Silver Sneakers FLEX Program approved and are free to Silver Sneakers members with their current membership card.  To register online go to: or call (630) 629-0886.


Melanie Jordan is an ACE® Group Fitness Certified and Silver Sneakers FLEX Program Instructor and Wellcoaches® and ACE Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Healthy Lombard Partner who specializes in senior fitness and teaches Zumba Gold at York Senior Center in Lombard and Mayslake Village Senior Center in Oak Brook and Ageless Grace and Senior Strength and Circuit Training at York Center Park District in Lombard.

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