Volunteers Eligible for Free Care in Research Study on Chronic Low Back Pain

backpain2If you experience chronic low back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 85% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life. If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you may be eligible for free care in exchange for your participation in a research study.

Researchers at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) are conducting the study and need volunteers. Each eligible patient who chooses to participate in this research study will undergo a low back examination and receive custom-made shoe orthotics. In addition, some patients may also receive chiropractic manipulation. All exams and treatments received as part of the study are at no cost to the subject. If you are 18 years of age or older and you have had low back pain for a duration of three months or longer, you may be a candidate for this research study.

For more information, please call the Clinical Studies Office at (630) 889-6849, or visit www.nuhs.edu/research/current-research/volunteer.

10 Ways We Wreck Our Workouts Without Realizing It

bearexerciseHello Healthy shared this information from  Michael Schletter for Life by DailyBurn

If you’ve been working out for eight plus weeks and haven’t started to reap the benefits yet, there’s a good chance that one or more of these silent setbacks has found its way into your fitness regimen. By being aware of bad habits and the effect they have, you can work to eliminate them from your regimen and hopefully watch your progress start to soar again. Here are some of the most common culprits to look out for.

1. Not Warming Up Any good trainer will tell you that an adequate and efficient warm-up is essential to any workout, especially dynamic ones that get you moving in the right movement patterns. “Not warming up can decrease the effectiveness of your workout and increases your chance of injury,” says Nick Ebner, NASM, PICP, New York City-based trainer. “Your muscles won’t be elastic enough, which could lead to tears, meaning long term setbacks and recovery.”

2. Not Eating Enough “The amount of energy you put into your body will dictate the training response,” Ebner says. For example, if you want to build muscle, you need to take in more fuel. Also, to lose weight, you need the right kind of fuel. Without energy to burn, the body turns to the most readily available source: muscle protein.

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The State of Wellbeing


ShapeUp surveyed HR professionals from nearly 300 enterprise companies to ask about the unique wellness challenges faced by large organizations. The response was loud and clear: holistic health engagement is the next wave of wellbeing.
ShapeUps new webinar—The State of Wellbeing—will examine the findings, featuring:
  • The #1 wellness goal for enterprise employers
  • Which wellness solutions large businesses would most like to offer employees
  • How peers are using wellness programs to address workplace stress, weight loss, nutrition, and more
Hosted by Jane Peacock, ShapeUps VP of product innovation, on April 29th at 2 p.m., you dont want to miss this complimentary event.Register today!

Mental Health First Aid

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Did you know that you’re more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack? The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking help and, if they do want help, they often do not know where to turn. Mental Health First Aid training equips the public with the tools needed to identify and help someone who is facing a mental health crisis and connect them to professional care.

Mental Health First Aid Training Dates

Interested in
MHFA Training?Contact Denise Elsbree:
(630) 646-5154

YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training – April 6 & 13, 2015

  • 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Ann Reid Early Childhood Center, 1011 South Naper Blvd., Naperville, 60540
  • To register contact: Lois Cuevas, 630-305-5140 or lcuevas@edward.org
  • Fee*:$40.00

Mental Health First Aid Training – Saturday, April 11 & 18, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Windsor Park, Learning Center Room, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream
  • To register contact: Keith Cocking KCocking@meierclinics.com 630-653-1717
  • Fee*:$30.00

Mental Health First Aid Training – Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • New Lenox Village Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox
  • To register contact: Dan Martin, 815-462-6128
  • Fee*:$30.00

YOUTH Mental Health First Aid – Friday, April 24, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • DuPage County Health Department, 111 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
  • To register contact: Lori Carnahan Lori.Carnahan@dupagehealth.org
  • Fee*:$30.00


Mental Health First Aid Training – Tuesday, April 28 and May 5, 2015

  • 4:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
  • Naperville Park District, 2244 W. 95th Street, Naperville
  • To register contact: KidsMatter at www.KidsMatter2us.com
  • Fee*:$30.00

Mental Health First Aid Training – Saturday, May 30, 2015

*Mental Health First Aid trainings are open to Linden Oaks at Edward, Edward Hospital, and Elmhurst staff free of charge. 

Eating Healthy At Work (new book)

Business_PeopleMany people today don’t get good nutrition. Beyond understanding what to eat, employees need to act to benefit from healthy eating.Check out this ebook where nutrition scientist P.K. Newby highlights the evidence for eating healthy and ways to help employees eat their best. You’ll learn:
The scientific evidence that’ll educate employees about eating healthy
Ways nutrition goes beyond weight management, impacting employees’ energy and focus
6 tips that’ll help your employees nourish their bodies and minds

Eight Things Yoga Taught Me

yogaThe number one thing to remember about yoga, and life, for that matter, is: You can do this. Show up, open your mind and breathe. —by Zuzu for Wanderlust

This post is part of Wanderlust and MyFitnessPal’s 28-day Run-Yoga-Meditate challenge. Whether you are new to one (or all three!) of these activities, join us to gain a healthier mind and body in less than a month.

1. You Can Do This

Yoga is for everyone. Yes, everyone. Though it may seem to be a physical activity—and it is—it is very much an inward moving practice. It’s about union and the relief of suffering. Everyone has something they need to let go of, and everyone needs a time out from life to reflect.

2. You Don’t Have to Do Things Perfectly; Simply Show Up and Do Your Best

People are often intimidated by yoga because they aren’t flexible, can’t do all the poses, or don’t feel comfortable in classes because they aren’t as advanced as other students. I get it. It’s tough to walk into a class and have to go into child’s pose or a beginner modification while the majority of your peers are showing off their beautiful full expressions of poses.

But this is part of the journey. A little secret: I wasn’t able to do crow pose until three years after I started yoga, and I still can’t do a head stand without the wall. I do what I can, and love my body for what it allows me to do.

Yoga, Like Life, Is Whatever You Want it to Be

My thoughts on yoga probably differ from everyone else’s. Like I said before, yoga is an inward practice, so its meaning and use are going to differ for everyone. I challenge you to find your own meaning of what yoga really is. Take it for more than the asana practice. Consider the breath work, calmness of your mind, and energy work equally as important. Find out what yoga is to you and your life, and share it with others.

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4 Things People Get Wrong About Running

runnerSarah Wassner Flynn, a longtime runner and triathlete blends her passions for endurance sports and writing into a freelance career.  Here is one of her posts for “hello healthy.”

When it comes to running, there are plenty of truths: It improves your health. It can help you lose weight. It can even make you happier. But there’s a lot of misconceptions attached to running floating out there, too. Here, we bust some of the sport’s major myths—and offer even more reasons to call yourself a runner.

The Myth: “Running is bad for my knees!”

The Truth: Sure, your entire body—including your knees—takes a pounding with every step you run. But studies show that running actually strengthens your knees and other joints, and improves your bone health. “Running is not bad for you,” insists Ryan Bolton, a running coach with Training Bible in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “We were all physically made to run.”

To prevent damage to your knees or anywhere else on your body, first start with the right pair of shoes. Not sure which sneaks to select? Head to your local running specialty store for a gait analysis, which will reveal the type of shoe that has the right combination of cushion and support for you.

Then, gently ease into running by alternating between walking and jogging, gradually decreasing the time you walk. Bottom line? To avoid completely shocking your system, give your body time to adjust to running before you really start pounding the pavement.

The Myth: “I’m going to lose a ton of weight as soon as I start running.”

The Truth: While running can be one of the most effective ways to lose weight, you’re not necessarily going to see instant results. And there’s a variety of reasons why, ranging from your approach to running (long, slow runs may keep your metabolism static) to the fact that high-intensity exercise can increase appetite—so just be wary that you’re not eating more than you burn when trying to lose weight.

The simplest way to see results from running? Stop looking at the scale.

“Scales don’t differentiate between fat, muscle, water retention, or the clothes you’re wearing,” says Shannon Downey, a health and fitness expert in Chicago, Ill. “If you feel good, have more energy, and notice that your clothes fit better, you’ll know [the running] is working.”

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Overcoming Mental Barricades….

treeTaking Shame, Blame And Guilt Out If The Equation.
By Dave Kuhlman
Elite X Training Lombard

“People say motivation doesn’t last.
Neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”  Zig Ziegler

 As I wrote previously, humans are geared to find the path of least resistance. I surmised this wasn’t a judgement on people being lazy but more a byproduct of how we are wired genetically. Basically, over long courses of time it’s been found to be beneficial to our basic survival to find the most efficient route to get somewhere or get something done.

This translates to exercise or the lack thereof because it takes an extra effort both mentally and physically to adopt and maintain a vigorous exercise regimen to keep ourselves in good mental and physical condition. So, what do you do to overcome the lack of motivation or a severe mental block that interrupts your workout schedule?…… That metaphorical redwood tree that’s fallen across our fitness path…

Motivational roadblocks in our society are viewed far differently than having  sustained an injury. Both can be equally damaging to our workout routine. If I happen to rupture my Achilles’ tendon, sprain my ankle running, or require knee surgery after I jump onto a 40 inch plyo box,  these physical injuries are more readily accepted by my peers, fellow trainers and myself, and are seen as something that just happened physically and can be fixed with treatment, medicine and time.

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