Approximately 85% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life. Even low levels of back pain can reduce a person’s quality of life. However, necessary treatment can be costly and time consuming.
Researchers at the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), a not for profit educational and research institution in Lombard, have conducted several studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for chronic low back pain. One of the most recent NUHS studies indicated that chronic low back pain patients may experience relief from pain and disability after using custom-made shoe orthotics for a 6 week period (Cambron et. al.
2011). A larger study is needed to verify these results; therefore, the researchers at NUHS are initiating a new research study on chronic low back pain.
Each eligible patient who chooses to participate in this research study will undergo a low back examination and receive custom-made shoe orthotics. In addition, some patients may also receive chiropractic manipulation. All exams and treatments received as part of the study are at no cost to the subject. If you are 18 years of age or older and you have had low back pain for a duration of three months or longer, you may be a candidate for this research study.
For more information, please call the Clinical Studies Office at (630) 889-6849 or visit this web page to fill out a form to join the study.
Cambron JA, Duarte M, Dexheimer JM, Solecki T. Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. Manipulative Physiol Ther 2011; 34: 254-260.
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Homemade Pasta Salad
- 12 oz. whole wheat rotini pasta
- 1 c. grape tomatoes, quartered
- 2 c. finely chopped spinach
- 2 c. finely chopped broccoli
- 4 c. part skim mozzarella cheese
- 2 c. rinsed and drained light red kidney beans
- 1 green pepper, finely chopped
- ¼ c. olive oil
- 1 c. red wine vinegar
- 2 t. minced garlic
- ½ t. dried basil
- ½ t. dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook whole wheat pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cool water. Drain.
- Prepare veggies as directed above.
- Combine pasta with tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, cheese, beans, and green pepper.
- Mix pasta and vegetable mixture together.
- In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, basil and oregano using a whisk. Pour over pasta and mix well.
- Serve chilled.
Christa Gifford, Family and Consumer Sciences, Glenbard North High School. and District Wellness Committee Chair shared with Healthy Lombard that the Nutrition and Fitness students did a terrific job creating and making delicious healthy recipes for this year’s Healthy Cooking Challenge!
The recipes were tasted by students and staff and they voted the Cheesy Broccoli Rice Bake the winner. Here is a copy of that recipe:
Cheesy Broccoli Rice Bake
3 c. cooked brown rice
1 T. butter
1/2 onion, diced
1 ½ c. shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 c. milk
2 c. finely chopped broccoli florets
1 can Healthy Request Cream of Mushroom soup
- Spray 9 x 13” pan with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, melt butter. Add diced onion and cook until transluscent.
- Stir in cream of mushroom soup and milk, then add cheese. Stir until melted.
- Pour cheesy mixture over rice and broccoli and stir until mixed.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 – 35 minutes or until light brown and bubbly.
According to the science of yoga, we can compare our bodies to vehicles that we use to travel the path of life. The food we eat is like the fuel we put in the gas tank—the better the fuel, the better the vehicle performs. What we eat has a huge impact not only on our physical well-being, but also on our mental and our spiritual well-being. So our diet is a vital component of the yoga lifestyle.
The ancient yoga texts describe the foods that benefit our physical health and stamina, our mental clarity, and our spiritual well-being, as sweet, juicy, palatable, and easy to digest. They include fruits and vegetables, milk products, sugar and honey, grains, and nuts and seeds, as well as beans and other legumes.
Research confirms that a diet centered on the foods that comprise the yoga diet can help prevent obesity and diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritis and reduce LDL cholesterol levels. These foods also help maintain a healthy body weight, boost our immunity, and may even slow the aging process.
These foods and the countless delicious preparations made from them form the basis of the yoga diet. Because of their inherent qualities of goodness and natural health-giving properties, they are ideal for anyone wanting to live a healthier, happier life.
March is National Nutrition Month and the DuPage County Health Department s encouraging residents to live the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® lifestyle in order to be healthy and reduce the risk for obesity. Nationally, nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese. Kids who are overweight are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, like high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes. Children who are overweight are also more likely to suffer psychological effects such as bullying and depression. Fortunately, everyone can take steps toward leading a healthier lifestyle. The 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message was created for children ages 3-5 as an easy way to remember the goals to try and meet every day in order to be healthy, but this message also applies to anyone who is striving to live a healthy lifestyle. The components of the health education message are: eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, drinking 4 glasses of water per day, eating 3 servings of low-fat dairy per day, getting 2 hours or less of screen time per day, and getting 1 hour or more of exercise every day. The 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message was created by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and adopted by FORWARD, the Health Department’s obesity prevention initiative. Since adopting this message, FORWARD has distributed 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® posters, stickers, flyers, and magnets across DuPage County to raise awareness and free 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® health education programs have been offered in daycares and schools across the county. For ideas and resources on how to use the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message in your organizationor classroom, please visit [ http://www.forwarddupage.org ]www.forwarddupage.org. 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® is a registered trademark and Copyright © 2004 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. All rights reserved. [ http://www.clocc.net ]www.clocc.net
The ”A Year of Being Well” e-newsletter shared that leaders come in all shapes and sizes, ages, and races. Someone in your home must assume the role as leader and start the process of getting healthy or continue being an example for others. People learn best through the examples of others, so it’s important that as parents and role models we demonstrate good habits for our children.
Kids will do what they see adults do. If we simply preach about instilling healthy habits but we don’t practice good habits ourselves, we’ll never succeed in helping kids eat better, get more sleep, or get more physical activity.
Being a positive role model means you have to break the unhealthy mold and make better choices for yourself, then teach your kids to do the same. Just by drinking more water, eating a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables, and staying active you can be someone’s hero!
The week of March 2-9 is National Sleep Awareness Week and the DuPage County Health Department is reminding County residents about the dangers of drowsy driving and why the proper amount of sleep is required to avoid accidents.
It is important to understand that driving drowsy can be as dangerous as driving drunk. According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans freely admit that they drive when they are sleepy, and with the upcoming time change on March 9, more Americans are apt to be sleep deprived due to one less hour of sleep that night.
The Health Department suggests that you stop driving if you exhibit these warning signs:
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking and/or heavy eyelids
- Difficulty keeping daydreams at bay Trouble keeping your head up
- Drifting from your lane, swerving or tailgating
- Inability to clearly remember the last few miles driven
- Missing exits or traffic signs
- Yawning repeatedly
- Feeling restless, irritable or aggressive
ON February 26, 2014, Mike Stobbe, Associated Press wrote: Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it’s not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say.
The finding comes from a government study considered a gold-standard gauge of trends in the public’s health. The researchers found that obesity among children ages 2 to 5 decreased — to 8 percent, from 14 percent a decade ago. That would represent a 43 percent drop.
But the only decline was seen in preschoolers, not in older children. And some experts note that even the improvement in toddlers wasn’t a steady decline, and say it’s hard to know yet whether preschooler weight figures are permanently curving down or merely jumping around. Continue reading
Wow – what a great event. We had 26 interactive tables for folks to visit, healthy, upbeat demonstrations on stage every 20 minutes, and six well-deserving Health Heroes. It was an exciting and motivating event. To see more, check out the Fitness February Fair photos at: http://healthylombard.com/?p=1275