First human case of West Nile virus reported in DuPage County in 2014

west nileThe DuPage County Health Department announced on Monday the first reported human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in DuPage County in 2014. The case is a male Naperville resident in his 50s. He was treated as an outpatient and his symptoms have improved.

 The Health Department reminds residents that despite the cool, rainy weather they should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites and prevent contracting WNV.

 Check the Personal Protection Index (PPI) widget on the Health Department’s website at www.dupagehealth.org/PPI to get the most up-to-date information on WNV activity.

 WNV is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.  The best way to prevent WNV is to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellent when you go outdoors.
  • Avoid the outdoors from dusk to dawn, when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active.
  • If outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants from dusk to dawn.
  • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets and kiddie pools.

Continue reading

DuPage obesity rates for children lower than national rates

54321_Exclamation_PointSeptember is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and FORWARD, a countywide, public-private partnership working to reverse the obesity trend in DuPage County, has released its most recent report on the rates of overweight and obese children. The full report is available at www.dupagehealth.org/bmi.

The 2013-2014 public school rates remained stable at 29.7 percent overweight or obese and 14.4 percent obese; this followed a 1 percent decrease in 2012-2013. When compared to the latest national data available for 2-19 year olds (from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [NHANES]), where 31.8 percent of children in the United States were overweight or obese and 16.9 percent were obese, DuPage rates were lower.  This is due in part to the collective efforts of over 1000 FORWARD coalition members, including parents, healthcare providers, educators, civic leaders and community stakeholders, working to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

For the 2013-2014 school year, data were analyzed for 31,060 public and private school kindergarten, sixth and ninth grade students. Records were received for 96.2 percent of public school classes and 19.3 percent of private school classes across DuPage.

Since 2010, FORWARD has collected 101,064 de-identified public and private school student records and has had over 90 percent public school participation for the past three consecutive academic years. FORWARD is beginning data collection for the 2014-2015 school year.

FORWARD’s goal is to implement changes by identifying resources, harnessing expertise, promoting education, and advancing opportunities for lasting  policy, system, and environmental change to reverse the obesity trend. For more tools and resources, follow FORWARD on Twitter (www.twitter.com/FORWARD_DuPage), Facebook (www.facebook.com/forwarddupage), or visit www.forwarddupage.org.

Congratulaions to our Flat Apple Raffle Winners

DSCN1062A very special Thank You to all participants, Sky Centers Martial Arts for allowing to present the prizes at their Open House Event, Healthy Lombard Board Vice President Dan Whittington, Secretary Lisa McDaniel; Members Carl Goldsmith and George Miller; Healthy Lombard Partners: Jennifer McGrath (Points To Wellness, Inc.), Bob Goldin (State Farm Insurance), Dr. Mike Hautamaki (West Suburban Wellness), and the COD Nursing Students for volunteering for this event.

In addition, Thank You to the following Board Members, Partners, and Community businesses for donating either prizes or discounting their purchase:

Advocate Good Samaritan Wellness Center (Swim Lessons)
Best Buy Gift Cards (Jay Wojcik)
Chicago Fire Men’s Soccer Team (Signed Team Poster)
J & R Cycle and Ski (bike discount)
Lombard Park District (Four Golf Packages for parent and chid)
Lombard Skating Rink (Skating for 10 & a Skating Pizza Party)
Mary Kay Gift Basket ( Nancy Magurno, Lombard)
Points To Wellness (Mini Stress Reduction & Relaxation Treatment)
Red Stars Womens’ Soccer Team,(Two Signed Jerseys)
Sky Centers Martial Arts (Three Month Enrollment)
Westin Hotel (Overnight Stay)

The iPad Mini, Beat Headphones and bike purchases were funded through a grant from HealthMart Pharmacies.

Impact DuPage survey launched

3495411871-1Residents will be asked for their input as community leaders work to identify DuPage County community strengths, health concerns, and potentially risky behaviors.  Community member input will also be used to prioritize community resources to create communities that support the overall well-being of residents as “Impact DuPage” work swings into high gear.

The “Impact DuPage” survey is available online at:   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/impactdupage (English) and  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/impactdupageespanol (Spanish). In addition, hard copies will be available at public locations throughout DuPage County, including libraries, senior centers, health and human service agencies, and other locations.

Surveys will be collected from Monday, Sept. 8, to Friday, Oct. 31. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete. Survey results will be available to the public once the “Impact DuPage” assessment process has been completed in December, 2014.

“Impact DuPage” is a group of community leaders and organizations working together to determine the needs and priorities of DuPage County residents. “Impact DuPage” is co-led by the DuPage County Health Department and the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform. Additionally, the following organizations are represented on the “Impact DuPage” Steering Committee: Cadence Health, United Way of DuPage and Western Cook County, DuPage Community Foundation, DuPage Health Coalition, DuPage County Community Services, People’s Resource Center, DuPage PADs, and Northern Illinois University.

“Impact DuPage” is seeking the input of residents to understand community needs priorities, and quality of life issues in DuPage County. The group is working to bring together facts and voices to create and put into action a plan that improves how we work together to advance the well-being of DuPage County. For more information about “Impact DuPage,” visit  www.dupagehealth.org/population-health/impact-dupage .

 

 

5 Healthy Back to School Tips

Back to schoolMaking back to school time healthy can be handled with ease when you incorporate these five healthy back to school tips into your children’s daily routine.

 

1. Don’t Short-Change Your Kids’ Sleep

According to the National Institute of Health, school-aged children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep a night. You know how you feel when you sleep less than the 7-8 hours we as adults are supposed to get on average. So be sure to have an established bedtime that lets your kids get the proper rest so they are mentally and physically ready to take on the day at school.

2. Exercise Rocks!

Sadly, many schools have eliminated or reduced physical education classes.  However, just because physical activity may be lacking during school hours, it doesn’t mean your child should skip it.  If possible, have your child walk or bike to and from school, go to the local playground after school as weather permits, join a kid-friendly family gym or join a children’s sports or dance program.  Studies show that at least 60 minutes of exercise a day helps children maintain a healthy weight, build strength, stamina and self-confidence, reduce stress and sleep better.

Want your kids to be more active? Take the lead by exercising and setting a good example!  Or add some quality time by doing something active together each day.

3. A Great Day of Learning Starts with a Good Healthy Breakfast

A solid breakfast helps your children do well in school helping to support brain function, concentration and energy, and it also helps with maintaining a healthy weight.

An ideal healthy breakfast includes high quality protein like smoothies with whey protein, eggs (more egg white in proportion to whole eggs to balance cholesterol if they have them frequently) which can be made to go in a whole wheat pita, tortilla or English Muffin, turkey bacon (nitrate free if possible) or a quality energy bar like Quest Nutrition Protein Bars made from whey and milk protein (they have a cookies and cream bar that’s unbelievable).

Continue reading

Timely Information about EV-D68

FE_PR_100419onparenting_daycare425x283The following information is provided by  Yoshinao Dipl ABT (NCCAOM) MSOM, recent graduate of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at National University of Health Science and traveling Reflexologist.

Sometimes there is little you can do once you get a cold but allow it to run its course. However if your child is asthmatic and a mild cold is starting to get worse, be prepared, have a plan to seek emergency care should the situation become critical. Don’t wait thinking that it will improve. Children who have never had an asthma attack are also vulnerable to respiratory distress of EV-D68.

EV-D68 has been known since the 1960’s but has been rarely reported and has not been studied much. Entero-viruses are the type that cause viral conjunctivitis and hand, foot and mouth disease. This current strain is similar to the rhinovirus or the common cold. In some cases it could be mild. However this strain is unique causing many children respiratory distress requiring hospitalization. Eight of the 11 children from Illinois have a history of asthma or wheezing. There is no vaccine or test for this condition. The symptoms of the condition are:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose, sneezing and cough
  • Skin rash
  • Mouth blisters
  • Body muscles and aches

Continue reading

Take action to prepare in September

SafetyKit-300x225September is National Preparedness Month and the DuPage County Health Department reminds residents that this is a good time to prepare for unexpected events by assembling an emergency supply kit for their homes.

 The Health Department works hand-in-hand with municipalities and other organizations throughout DuPage County to prepare for public health emergencies, including events that require the distribution of medications and other medical supplies to safeguard all county residents. This year’s national theme for September is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”

In the event of an emergency, these items are recommended for a home supply kit:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit; extra blanket
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • A dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities; learn the location of gas, electric and water shut-off locations and how to turn them off
  • Cell phone with chargers, electrical power converter or solar charger
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Remember pets will need food and water

Done With Bullying

IMG_3974Master Sky, co-owner of Sky Centers Martial Arts located at 112 W St Charles Road, Lombard, IL 60148 630-629-2790 www.skycenters.com shares this wonderful blog on a very timely topic: Bullying.

Well, it is back to school time! Being a parent of four children with two still in school, like most parents who are preparing for back to school, I start thinking about school supplies, rearranging family schedules with the new school schedule and making sure my wife and I are being as supportive and encouraging as possible. The fears for the students returning always appear more real at first. Typically within a few days of going back, meeting the new teachers, re-acquainting with old friends, and even meeting new ones, the fear slowly subsides and students become comfortable in their new routine.

But there is one fear that is vey real and often hidden and never subsides until dealt with head on. It is very damaging to a childs self esteem, learning ability, and it diminishes his or her ability to learn and attend school. That fear is school bullying! Bullies cause 160,000 students daily to not attend school. Thirty-four percent (1-3) of all children report being bullied regularly several times a year. These bullies are also causing students to struggle with earning good grades. Eighty-six percent of all students report bullying has interfered with their studies moderately to severely. These fears are real, damaging, and can be life threatening. Bullying is the leading factor in suicide among kids 11-16 years old. Often these kids have been bullied for years and nothinghas been done or no one has intervened.

I started martial arts in 1980 for this very reason. I was being bullied and couldt handle the mental and physical pain anymore. I fell upon martial arts and my first instructor and the pain stopped. Within a few short weeks I had found a new family. I received a large boost of self confidence and that alone eliminated the bullying issue I had. I never had to raise a block or throw a punch. My self esteem and self confidence alone allowed me to conquer the bully and prevent others from making me their prey. I was one of the lucky ones! Since that time, I have personally committed my life to martial arts in an effort to help change lives for the better and to become a bully expert as my life passion. Over the years I have had the opportunity, with great success,to help thousands by providing classes that teach usable skills to conquer this challenge for families of my own students as well as countless non-students. I have to admit in all of these years there has never been a greater need for a community to stand together to end this needless problem than right now. Continue reading