Reducing your salt intake can be delicious.

herbs and spicesCindy Maloney, R.N, B.A, PEL-CSN, Certified School Nurse at Glenbard North High School and a member of the Glenbard High School District 87 Wellness Committee shares this  Tip of the Week from clevelandclinicwellness.com.
Cindy suggests to  pass the…herbs and spices! Reducing your salt intake can be delicious. Your body needs about a teaspoon a day, but too much salt can tip the scales toward serious health risks: high blood pressure, heart disease and potentially, liver damage. The average American consumes double the recommended 1,500 mg daily limit. Processed foods and meats are loaded with salt. Start adding more herbs and spices to your menus and not only will you crave salt less, but you will embark on an exciting sensory and health adventure.

Health conditions that don’t exist

feeling sickThe Daily Herald shared that Prevention magazine had a little fun recently pointing out “Five Health Conditions That Don’t Really Exist.”

• Stomach flu: If you suffer from vomiting and diarrhea, it’s not influenza, says Jill Swartz, an urgent-care doctor in New York. The flu virus causes fever, congestion and sore throat. The stomach issues are probably from gastroenteritis, which is a different virus.

• Walking pneumonia: Even though doctors use the term, it’s “something of a catchall rather than an exact diagnosis,” Swartz says, trotted out when you have a chronic cough and doctors can’t figure out why.

• Gluten allergy: Yes, gluten can make some people feel sick, but what’s going on is not an allergy. “Celiac disease … is an immune response to gluten, not an allergy like we think about a peanut allergy,” says allergist Janna Tuck.

• Nervous breakdown: “People do not have mental breakdowns,” says Tamar Gur, a psychiatrist at Ohio State University. What they usually have, rather than a total meltdown, is an episode of a particular condition (anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc.) that is treatable.

• Head cold: No different from any common cold. (The same goes for “chest cold.”) You’re just describing where you happen to notice the symptoms.

 

Global contest shows healthy potential

global wellnessA workplace exercise challenge using pedometers and social media in a global competition shows potential to improve health in a study involving almost 70,000 employees in 64 countries, The Associated Press reports.

In the program, office teams compete against each other or with groups at companies in other countries to see who can take the most daily steps during a 100-day challenge. Workers post progress on a special social media website — for motivation and to egg on rival teams.

The study found workers on average increased their daily activity by 3,500 steps, exercised for almost one extra day per week, reduced sitting time by about 45 minutes daily, and lost about three pounds during the contests. Whether the changes were lasting isn’t known.

Dr. Anand Ganesan, a cardiologist in Australia who led the study, said the results show that using technology in a clever way has broad appeal to improve activity levels.

Celebrate Earth Day – Donate a Pair of Shoes!

earth dayApril 22 marks the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.

In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.

And so it continues. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Donate a pair, or maybe even two, to the Healthy Lombard Shoe Drive. It’s a win-win-win opportunity.  You help to keep he shoes out of our landfills, you help individuals in 3rd world countries improve their stndard of living, and you support a great 501c3 foundation,

Drop off your new or gently used shoes (the drive runs until June 14) at one of these locations:

Revolution Physical Therapy & Weight Loss in Glen Ellyn
Health Track Sports and Wellness in Glen Ellyn
LiNiTo  Cycle in Lombard
Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard
Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy in Elmhurst
Jewel/Osco on Main Street in Lombard
Inland Bank on Westmore Rd. in Lombard
The Village Hall of Lombard
Schroeder’s ACE on Westmore
Two Lombard Park District locations: Sunset Knolls and the Commons
York Township on Westmore

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Learn the Benefits of Shopping Smart on May 5th

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Healthy Lombard Partner DuPage Health Care Ltd is offering a workshop entitled:

LEARN THE BENEFITS OF SHOPPING SMART

DATE: 05/05/2016    TIME: 6:00 PM    LOCATION: 45 S Park Blvd | Glen Ellyn , IL

Because shopping smart for nutrition can seem like a daunting task. How can you  ensure healthy purchases for your family? What foods do you avoid?

Maximized Living will teach you how to perfect the shopping process so that nutrition is second nature, and health is a first priority. The workshop will cover how to:

  • Read labels the smart way
  • Avoid the top ten toxic foods and learn healthy alternatives
  • Become a better shopper with practical tips to get the most out of your nutrition
  • Find out the truth about the hottest nutrition topics, such as organic foods, food budgeting and low fat myths

REGISTER NOW:      PHONE: 630.238.8200
EMAIL: kprince@dupagehealthcareltd.com

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Oriental Medicine for Asthma Symptom Relief

qwthmaJennifer McGrath BS, MSTOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM. and owner of Points in Oak Brook Terrace to Wellness shared that asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the lungs and, consequently, a narrowing of the bronchial tubes–also known as the air passages. This makes breathing difficult since the airflow is restricted. Tell-tale signs of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and a feeling of tightness in the chest. Substances and conditions that may cause or worsen the symptoms of asthma include physical activity, cold air, smoke, emotional distress, some medications, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and airborne toxins and allergens such as pollen, mold, dust, and animal dander.

There are also certain risk factors to be aware of. These include being overweight, smoking, having a family member diagnosed with asthma, and/or being afflicted with a separate allergic condition. Conventional medical treatment offers a variety of pharmaceutical drugs, which are specific to the patient’s triggers and symptoms of asthma. If you suffer from asthma, additional treatment from your acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioner may prove to be a winning combination.

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Access to Health Services

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How do we capitalize on changes within the healthcare landscape to support diverse populations?
Last year, the DuPage Health Coalition took the lead on answering this question through a joint strategic planning process with the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform. As a result, the DuPage Safety Net Plan for Health and Human Services 2016-2018 was developed. 
The plan celebrates and coordinates the efforts of a host of inter-connected organizations, programs, and facilities in DuPage County working together to ensure that at-risk residents have timely access to necessary essential health and human services, coordinate services in ways that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall Safety Net, and identify opportunities to strengthen partnerships between health care and human service providers to reduce health and well-being disparities. 
Impact DuPage has endorsed this plan and key objectives can be tracked through a new priority page on the website. The priority page outlines strategies that organizations across DuPage will be using to improve outcomes such as increasing health insurance coverage and decreasing the number of individuals who cannot see a doctor due to cost.

JOIN US: BECOMING BETTER TOGETHER
Impact DuPage has arranged for Liz Weaver from the Tamarack Institute of Community Engagement to lead a workshop on combining our efforts to make positive change. Tamarack and Impact DuPage share a common vision of building community networks to create positive change.

Foods to Fight Allergies

alergies 2Jennifer McGrath BS, MSTOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM. and owner of Points in Oak Brook Terrace to Wellness shared that having a healthy diet is one of the best ways to support your overall health.

When possible, incorporate the following foods into your meals to give your body additional tools to fight allergies:

Ginger: Ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant. It may provide some relief from allergy symptoms by dilating constricted bronchial tubes.

Apples: Apples (with the skin on) contain the flavonoid quercetin, which can cross-react with tree pollen.Quercetin can reduce allergic reactions by having an antihistamine effect. It also decreases inflammation.Additionally, quercetin occurs naturally in other foods like berries, red grapes, red onions, capers, and black tea.

Carrots: Carotenoids are a family of plant pigments that include beta-carotene.
A lack of carotenoids in the diet is thought to promote inflammation in your airways.
Other than carrots, good sources of carotenoids include apricots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, butternut squash, and collard greens.

Omega-3: Omega-3 essential fatty acids can counter the formation of chemicals that cause inflammation of the air passages. Good natural sources include flaxseed oil and salmon.

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Get bigger and stronger as a novice at the gym

leapCollege of DuPage Nursing StudentDavid Pytka asks, “Thinking about getting a gym membership, but not sure what to do?”  Well, luckily you’re in the right spot. Being a novice at the gym can actually be a benefit!

As a novice lifter you can take full advantage of the gym and maximize muscle growth and strength gains due to having never been exposed to the stimuli of lifting weights. According to the peer review academic journal of Kinesiology “the lack of experience in the novice lifter allows for the rapid development of muscle from a wide variety of training schemes(Mangine et al. 2015). This being said there are multiple routes a gym goer can take to increase muscle size and strength. Either training using  heavy weights using 3-8 reps with longer rest periods of up to 3 minutes, or using lighter weights with a rep range of 9-20 reps and 1 minute of rest have shown similar results relate to muscle hypertrophy and strength  in novice lifters. However, higher rep ranges of 20+ have had less effective results than sticking with a rep range of 3-5 or 8-11.

As a novice lifter your body is adapting to the load of lifting weight and your muscles will grow and get stronger as a result to the new and continuous stimuli. Since programming and finding a specific workout program isn’t as important as it is to an advanced lifter, simply by going to the gym and putting in the work will get you some results. A novice can also follow a structured workout program if he/she desires to. There is a vide variety of programs a lifter can choose just by simply looking for one online for free.

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