DCHD Announces Every Kid Healthy Week

3495411871-1In recognition of Every Kid Healthy Week, the DuPage County Health Department is offering some ideas on how schools can take small steps to make big changes when it comes to the health of their students.

Every Kid Healthy Week™ is an effort created by Action for Healthy Kids®, a non-profit organization that fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. During this national observance and throughout the month of April, schools across the country are encouraged to host events that will make sustainable changes that encourage students to eat better and be active every day.

To celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week™, schools can implement wellness initiatives to promote and reinforce healthy eating, physical activity and nutrition education. Some events taking place across the county include:

  •  Hosting a healthy food taste test event
  •  Organizing a family fitness night
  • Incorporating fitness breaks into the classroom curriculum

FORWARD, a county-wide, public-private partnership of the DuPage County Health Department, that is also working to fight obesity, offers resources for schools working to make healthy changes. For more information or to access our resources, visit www.forwarddupage.org.

Schools already participating in Every Kid Healthy Week are encouraged to share their planned events by registering the event on the Every Kid Healthy Calendar by going to, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014EKHWeek.

For more information on the DuPage County Health Department, follow us on Twitter @DuPageHD or become a fan on Facebook.

 

You’re Invited …

Perceptive logo for Word_192x140You are invited to attend a  fun and interactive FREE class on “Nature’s Superfoods.” This class is scheduled for, Saturday, May 3rd at 11:30 A.M.  at the Forward Fit Gym in Carol Stream, IL, 26W535 St. Charles Rd., Unit B Carol Stream, IL.
The class will include some of Brooke’s  favoriteTOP Superfoods and why you need to be eating them! At the end of the class, you will be able to:Explain what a “superfood” is

  • Identify and explain the unique nutritional value and composition of each superfood
  • Identify and explain the disease preventative and healing properties of each superfood
  • Identify and apply ways to incorporate them into your diet

*Spots are limited!  To reserve a space email Brooke at Brookerodgers511@gmail.com

no later than Monday, April 28, 2014.

Steps to support brain health, improve overall wellness

cartoon-brain-1Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness, a personal training studio located in Schaumburg specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition wrote in a recent Daily Herald article that brain health is an often overlooked aspect of fitness but has a major impact on the overall well-being of the body.

Many times brain health is only addressed once there are known issues. Fortunately, many of the healthy steps we recommend for the well-being of the body will also support healthy brain function.

The following tips will support brain health while improving overall wellness.

Never stop learning. Keep your brain sharp by challenging it on a daily basis. Simple things like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, or trying a new activity that makes you think on your feet like a dance class, or simply reading a book on an unfamiliar topic are all great for keeping the brain active. These types of activities should make you think, learn, and use the brain while embracing the new challenges. Continue reading

“Get Educated” About Heart Disease – Are You at Risk?

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An alarming fact about heart health is that 50% of heart attacks and strokes occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.  What you may not know is that inflammation is actually the key contributor to heart disease and cardiac events. Have you checked your inflammation levels lately?

Experts at National University of Health Sciences will explain how a series of simple blood tests can detect inflammation and other markers of heart attack risk.

Whether patients are in their twenties or forties, these tests can give a reliable report on their cardiac risk profile. They can determine whether a heart attack is likely in the next year, or whether healthy patients can make small lifestyle changes to avoid a heart attack twenty year’s from now.

Learn more on April 28 at 7:00 pm at the “Get Educated” community wellness series on”Heart Disease: Are You at Risk?”

Come to the NUHS Whole Health Center in Lombard at the intersection of Highland Ave and Roosevelt Road, Bldg. B, Room 539.

How Much Screen Time for Kids?

young-kids-digital-media-useOn April 7, the Daily Herald posted the following article by Kendall Powell from the Washington Post:

As most parents know by now, the experts say we should limit our kids’ screen time or risk raising socially stunted couch potatoes.

Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics released updated guidelines for children and adolescents using media, recommending no more than two hours per day of any type of entertainment screen time for kids ages 3 to 18 and none for children 2 or younger. The guidelines cover media such as Internet and texting as well as TV, movies and video games.

As a science writer, I wondered how the AAP decided on that limit, which seems arbitrary and simplistic. As a mother raising a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old in a house full of glowing screens, I wondered, how would I ever enforce it?

Victor Strasburger, a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and an AAP spokesman, explained that the two-hour cutoff comes from several large studies that have followed the television-watching habits and health of children over decades.

“Over two hours per day, and the more time spent in front of a screen, the higher the risk of obesity,” he said. Continue reading

Ageless Grace Certification May 4, 2014

DSCN0837Relaxation Plantation, Oak Park, Illinois is hosting an Ageless Grace Educator Certification May 2-4 including a KIDZ! Playshop. You are invited to attend and experience the world of Ageless Grace “timeless, fun fitness for body & BRAIN”…that “almost anyone can do!”… in a chair… based on the Science of Neuroplasticity and Movement.

If you cannot attend, please share this invitation with others who want to learn about Ageless Grace, to teach…to help themselves and the world become a healthier place while changing the “model of aging”!

For details email Peggy at: peggykinst@gmail.com   or   630-916-9677

 

Celebrate Public Health Week

applause signNational Public Health Week is April 7-11 and the DuPage County Health Department will be celebrating the work of public health professionals more than ever this year as public health continues to evolve at a rapid pace with the onset of Affordable Health Care.

 

Public Health Week is a nationally recognized event that takes place during the first full week of April every year since 1995. Communities from coast to coast will be raising awareness of issues that are important to everyone’s health.

This year’s daily themes for Public Health Week are:

  • Monday, April 7: Be Healthy from the Start: public health starts at home, take action to protect your health by better meal planning, conducting recommended safety upgrades and preparing for emergencies.
  • Tuesday. April 8: Don’t Panic: Disaster can strike at any moment and you can’t always predict when or what, but you can be prepared for it.
  • Wednesday, April 9: Get out Ahead: 7 in 10 deaths are related to preventable disease.  Get out ahead of them by taking preventative health measures like regular check-ups and living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Thursday, April 10:  Eat Well: Many people do not understand the important information listed on a food label or what precautions to take during a foodborne illness. This day will be dedicated to bringing awareness to these issues.

Friday, April 11: Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation: For the first time in decades, the current generation isn’t as healthy as the one that came before it. Communities will band together to try and reverse this disturbing trend. Continue reading

Benefits of Dairy

Dairy Food wbNutrient-rich dairy foods not only help children and adults build healthy diets, they also contribute to healthier lives. Studies show dairy foods, as part of a healthy diet, improve overall diet quality, and may contribute to better bone health, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. To learn more about the science that supports dairy’s health benefits, access National Dairy Council’s library of science summaries.

Sign Up for a Great Riding Event in MI!

appleciderOn September 24, 2014, the Apple Cider Century (ACC) will host an annual one-day 15, 25, 37, 50, 62, 75 or 100 mile bicycle tour of the orchards, forests and wine country in and around Three Oaks, Michigan. The ACC is a recreational and social tour for bicyclists. It is neither a race nor a test of stamina. It is intended that all participants ride the tour in a safe and intelligent manner.

Since 1974, it has become the Midwest’s largest one-day century event with over 5,500 cyclists participating last year. The ACC is sponsored by the Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club. Monies raised are used to finance the Apple Cider Century Tour, the Backroads Bikeway trails, the Bicycle Museum housed at the Dewey Cannon Trading Company, the League of American Bicyclists, Rails to Trails, and to help fund community youth programs and other non-profit organization fund raising causes.

HOW TO REGISTER:
All would-be participants in the ACC must complete and return the entry form with appropriate fee and a self-addressed, stamped, business size envelope. This will assure a return of your confirmation letter, with directions and motel and campground information. Because we must limit entries, you must act promptly to assure yourself a place. Remember that more individuals wish to ride the ACC than can be accommodated. NOTE: Entries in ACC are limited to 6,000. Entry forms which are received after the tour is full will be returned with full refund. Please register early
Click Here for the form.

InnAtUnionPierLooking for a great place to stay while participating or cheering on a participant?

Then check out The Inn at Union Pier.  It is a fantastic place to stay …(even if you come when there is not a bike ride scheduled!

 

7 Research-Backed Breakfast Tips for Faster Weight Loss

breakfastWant to fend off breakfast boredom and lose some pounds? WOMEN’S HEALTH rounded up a week’s worth of ideas for your a.m. meals:

#1 Pick a Cereal with large Flakes
Size matters—even when it comes to wheat flakes. In a newstudy from Penn State, researchers crushed up cereal to create four different sizes of flakes. Because the cereal that was crushed into smaller pieces was denser when participants poured it into a bowl, people underestimated the number of calories in those bowls. The lesson here: If you choose bigger flakes, you’ll consume fewer calories without even noticing the difference.

Click here to find the other 6 tips.