Watch out for mosquitoes as warmer weather arrives

mosqutoMosquitoes are likely to become plentiful as warmer weather arrives and DuPage County residents are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the risk of contracting West Nile virus (WNV).

The DuPage County Health Department is again using the Personal Protection Index (PPI) widget on its website, which is an easy-to-understand alert system that informs the public about the risk of contracting WNV, as well as the steps that should be taken to protect themselves and their families.

Residents may also report dead birds using a simple form on the Health Department’s website: Dead birds can often be an early sign of the presence of the virus in the environment.

The PPI widget provides residents with a real-time snapshot of WNV activity in the county, which ranges from zero to three, zero meaning there is no risk and three announcing a high level of risk with multiple confirmed human cases of WNV. The widget is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Residents will be able to see the PPI widget by visiting the Health Department’s website.
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How to Transform a Head of Cauliflower Into Pizza Crust

cauli-pizza-vertAmie Valpone from SELF shared that if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that cauliflower is one versatile vegetable. It’s a nice, crunchy raw snack; it blends in seamlessly with spuds for lighter mashed potatoes; it roasts up whole for a statement-making weeknight dinner. Our latest incarnation of the cruciferous veg: this healthy, grain-free pizza crust, which involves cooking and baking baking the florets with almond meal for a tender and flavorful crust. Choose your own toppings such as fresh spinach, red onions, black olives, marinara sauce, shredded cheese, mushrooms and zucchini. Pro-tip: Add an extra pinch of chili powder to the dough for spicy kick!

Serves 2


  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal, plus more if needed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Large pinch chili powder
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Elmhurst Hospital Honored for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose Rate

Edwards-ElmhurstlogoElmhurst Hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

Elmhurst Hospital is among the newest entries into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll (, which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. Elmhurst Hospital immunized 92 percent of babies from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.

“Elmhurst Hospital is only the third hospital in Illinois, and the first in the Chicago area to be listed on the IAC Birth Dose Honor Roll,” said Karen Ayala, DCHD Executive Director.  “We congratulate them and appreciate our collective efforts to measure and recognize birth dose coverage and hepatitis B prevention—especially during May, which is Hepatitis Prevention month.”

The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that may lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.

“Hospitals and birthing centers have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” said Deborah Wexler, MD, executive director and founder of IAC. “Elmhurst Hospital’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown them to be a leader in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”

“It’s important that we give the hepatitis B vaccine to newborns before they leave the hospital because people transmitting the disease sometimes don’t show symptoms,” said  Roma Allen, MSN RNC-OB, Director, Women and Children’s Services, Elmhurst Hospital.  “Our campaign to achieve newborn vaccination prior to being discharged from Elmhurst Hospital demonstrates our commitment to family-centered care and the health of the community.”

Elmhurst Hospital’s Family Birthing Center features private birthing suites, ultra-innovative technology, deluxe family amenities and enhanced birthing methods.  The Center combines state-of-the-art facilities with personalized care in a comfortable home-like environment.  For more information, to meet the Center’s physicians and midwives, and to take a virtual tour, visit

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The 80/20 Theory of Running

runnerMatt Fitzgerald wrote for myfittnesspal shared that every runner has goals: Some want to lose weight, others want to gain fitness, and still others seek to improve certain health factors. One of the most common running goals is to run faster over a given race distance.

It usually goes like this: You start off with the goal of finishing your first 5K, 10K or whatever. Once you’ve done that, you establish a new goal of running the same distance again and beating your time (i.e. setting a new personal record, or PR).

It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Runners are not crazy: They know that in order to perform better than before in a race, they must prepare better in training. The question is, how?

Racing Faster Doesn’t Just Require Running Faster

In the pursuit of greater fitness and better race results, there are two major training variables that you can manipulate: volume and intensity. Volume is how much you run and intensity is how fast or hard you run. If your goal is to set a new race PR, should you run faster or run more miles in training?

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12 Foods That Sabotage Sleep

celeryNissa Simon, AARP, shared that the foods you eat for dinner or shortly before bed can prevent you from getting some much-needed zzz’s. Here’s what to shun for up to several hours before turning in if you want to sleep better and wake rested — from tomatoes and chocolate to cheddar cheese.


Steer clear of celery just before bed. Celery and other foods with a high water content (cucumbers, watermelon, radishes and such) are natural diuretics that may cause you to wake in the middle of the night with a full bladder.


Tomatoes are rich in tyramine, an amino acid that triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and delays sleep. Other tyramine-rich foods include eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses, such as brie and Stilton.

Cheese Pizza

Foods high in fat and fried foods take longer to digest and can cause discomfort that interferes with sleep. They can also reduce the effectiveness of some medications taken at night, says Alon Avidan, a neurologist and director of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine Sleep


Although a nightcap or a glass of wine before bed may help you doze off quicker, it disrupts sleep later in the night and robs you of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Lack of REM sleep harms concentration, memory and motor skills

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8 Reasons You’re Gaining Back the Weight

stepping_on_the_scaleBy Dana Leigh Smith

Ask anyone who has lost weight and they’ll tell you that shedding the pounds was the easy part—it’s keeping them off that’s the real challenge. Good news: it is possible.

That may be hard to believe if the flab has slowly but surely been finding its way back to your frame. There’s likely more to your expanding waistline than calories in versus calories out, so simply moving more and eating less may not help you slim back down. Instead, you’ll need to pinpoint the precise reasons behind your weight gain so you can reverse the damage. To help you out, we’ve outlined eight of the most common weight-maintenance saboteurs below, along with ways to fight back against each. You may be surprised to learn just how easy it can be to shrink down to your more slender self again!

1You Avoid the Scale – After months of daily weigh-ins, grueling workouts and adhering to a strict diet, you finally hit your goal weight. But now, just two months later, your skinny jeans are starting to feel a tad tight and you’re not sure why. If you’re like the majority of dieters you’re still eating well and exercising, but you stopped stepping on the scale—a major no-no. Although the number on the scale isn’t the only way to judge your continued success, research shows that those who avoid the ritual tend to pack on more weight than those who don’t.

Counter It: There’s no need to be a slave to your scale; checking in once a week should do the trick. Since weight naturally fluctuates throughout the week, researchers say that Wednesday weigh ins are the most accurate.

2 You’re Super Tense – If your crazy-busy life has left you feeling worn down and stressed, that could be the reason you’re starting to look a bit mushy in the middle. Cortisol, the hormone that’s released when we’re under pressure, causes the body to metabolize food more slowly. To make matters worse, the types of food we crave when we’re tense tend to be fat and sugar-laden, say researchers. As a result, this diet-derailing combination can kill your hard-earned weight loss wins.Counter It: To stay cool as a cucumber and keep those pesky pounds at bay, give a few different stress management tactics a try, suggests Lori Zanini, RD, CDE, Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Practicing yoga, meeting up with friends and unplugging from technology for an evening are all things Zanini says are worth a shot. See what works best for you, and set aside time to decompress a few times per week. Thinking about picking up yoga? You should know these 7 Surprising Reasons You Should Be Doing Yoga Now.

3. You Didn’t Renew Your Gym Membership – While eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important aspect of any weight maintenance plan, sticking to an exercise program after you’ve reached your goal may be the key to keeping the pounds off long-term according to University of Alabama researchers. The study team noticed that participants who stopped breaking a sweat after losing weight experienced a dip in their metabolism, while those who continued to workout for forty minutes three times a week continued to fry calories at the same rate.

Counter It: Whatever you enjoy—running, lifting, doing yoga or Crossfitting—just keep your heart pumping. Doing so will help you burn off the occasional beer or slice of pizza and keep that pesky flab from sneaking back onto your stomach.

4. You’re Skimping on Shuteye – You may already know that when you’re exhausted your metabolism slows, but did you realize that losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep can up the odds the scale will stop tipping in your favor? In a recent study, researchers analyzed more than 500 participants’ weekday sleep diaries and found that losing a mere 30 minutes of shut-eye increased their risk of obesity by 17 percent! Even mild sleep deprivation causes ghrelin—the hunger-stimulating hormone–to go into overdrive, while simultaneously reducing levels of leptin–the hormone that suppresses appetite. In turn, this stimulates hunger even when you’re full which can lead to overeating and weight gain.

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Community Resource Fair – May 28, 2015



Click below to HEAR all about the Community Resource Fair:

Healthy Lombard will be one of the over 35 community organizations that will be providing information about a variety of services and resources for summer activities and family assistance.  

Come and find out about our upcoming Summer Flat Apple Activities, as well as about

  •  Family Recreation * Bilingual Services
  •  Summer Camps * Mental Health Services
  •  Libraries * Financial Resources
  •  Summer Enrichment * Emergency Assistance

May 28th, 2015, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Madison Elementary School Gymnasium

150 West Madison St, Lombard, 60148 

For further information contact (630) 827-4124 

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Madison Schoo in Lombard
Could Use Your Help

Madison-tomatoesMadison Elementary School, in Lombard, is in the beginning stages of starting a School Garden in cooperation with their schools’ theme; Growing a Madison Mindset.(Pictured on the left is the beginnings of this year’s tomato crop.)

It is the hope of Madison School that their school garden will be a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn with nature. Please consider making a donation to the Madison School garden through the Healthy Lombard 501(c)3 Foundation and help their Kids Grow! You can do so by using the Healthy Lombard “DONATE” button near the top of this site’s main page.


Madison envisions that their school garden will be used as a classroom to help kids connect with nature. They plan to teach  valuable skills and concepts, with gardening, which students can use in math, science, art, health, physical education and social studies.

In addition, there will be many opportunities for hands-on learning, analysis, observation and experimentation. The goal is that the information  children learn in the garden will stay with them as they grow. As they learn better eating habits and try new foods thy will ultimately make better choices to be healthier.

Madison School wants to motivate kids to love fruits and vegetables. By  physically caring for their food, children will build an understanding and respect for nature and this will result in a better connection with the environment. They also plan to teach kids to nurture and care for other living things while developing patience.



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