Amie 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!
- 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
- Topping Suggestions: fresh spinach, sliced grape tomatoes, diced red onions Continue reading
Elmhurst 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 (www.immunize.org/honor-roll/birthdose), 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 www.emhc.org/FBC.
Matt 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?
Nissa 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
Madison 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.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the DuPage County Health Department wants everyone to be aware that one in four adults experiences mental health problems every year and those symptoms can contribute to the onset of serious mental health conditions, such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Among children and adolescents, one in five persons experiences serious emotional disorders every year. Approximately half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters of those illnesses appear by age 24.
The Health Department encourages all county residents to learn more about mental health conditions. By raising awareness, we can help end the stigma surrounding mental illness, which too often discourages people from getting help when they need it.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, the Health Department will have informational tables at each of the Public Health Centers May 18 to May 22. Free depression screenings will also be offered. For more information about the Behavioral Health Services provided, please contact the Health Department at (630) 682-7400.
Dr. Anthony Komaroff wrote in the Daily Herald on May 18, 2015 that dry eye syndrome occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough tears.
Tears moisten, protect and cleanse our eyes. Without enough tears, your eyes may burn, itch, or feel like there is something gritty in them. Dry eye syndrome can also increase your sensitivity to light and cause excessive tears.
Dry eye syndrome is often effectively treated with artificial tears. Available over the counter, they mimic the composition of natural tears. Of course, they work only if you can get them into your eyes. Like you, many people need to learn how to do it.
Following is the correct way to put in eye drops. (I’ve put photos of this process on my website, AskDoctorK.com.)
1) Wash your hands.
2) Tilt your head back while standing, sitting or lying down. With your index finger, pull your lower eyelid gently downward. This causes your lower eyelid to form a pocket.
3) Let the drop fall into the pocket without touching the bottle to your eye or eyelid. If the tip of the bottle touches your eye or eyelid, it can spread germs.
4) Slowly let go of the lower lid.
Ageless Grace: A cutting-edge Body & Brain Fitness Program based on Neuroplasticity, Movement, Mindfulness and Music…21 Movement Tools address the 21 Factors needed to maintain lifelong optimal function…for you, your KIDZ! and your people!
Attend Ageless Grace Seminars and Educator Certifications in St Charles, Il May 22-24, Park Ridge, Il May 29-31, Chicago, June 6-7, La Grange Park, Il July 17-19, Pine Mountain, California August 20-23, Palos Heights, Il September 11-13,, Dublin, Ireland, October 3-4 and London, October 7-9.
Learn how to become…and stay “functionally youthful”and share with others. Attend an Introduction to Ageless Grace for yourself, invite Peggy to your facility to do an Ageless Grace demonstration/presentation or become a Certified Ageless Grace Educator and teach others.
Change the Model of Aging…for KIDZ! 5-105,..in all populations…in any facility…anywhere in the world!
|AGELESS GRACE Seminars and Educator Certifications|
Friday, May 22, 2015 to Sunday, May 24, 2015