Entries by Jay Wojcik

New clues to the “obesity paradox”

NAH EDITORIAL STAFF from NutritionAction shared that a new study could explain what some call the “obesity paradox.” In some studies, people with a “healthy” weight had a higher risk of dying (over several years) than those with some (but not too much) extra weight. Those studies used body mass index (BMI), which depends only on a person’s […]

All About Your A1C

The Center for Disease Control shared that the A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your healthcare team […]

What are the Reasons to Vaccinate My Baby?

The Center for Disease Control shared that protecting your child’s health is very important to you. Giving your baby all the recommended vaccines by age two is the best way to protect her from 14 serious childhood diseases. Choose immunization; it’s the powerful defense that’s safe, proven, and effective. Raising a child means you’d do […]

What you should know about trampolines and bounce houses

Uzma Muneer, D.O.Specialty: Pediatrics shared in Edward-Elmhurst Health Blog that you may want to think twice before taking your kids to the next trampoline park or inflatable bounce house party. Before you know it, innocent fun can result in sprains, strains, broken bones, or even something more serious. It happened recently to a 3-year-old boy in Florida, […]

Food safety tips for power outages and floods

The staff at Nutrition Action Healthletter share that you should keep your refrigerator door closed as much as possible. Food should be safe if the power is out for no more than four hours. If you’re expecting an outage, freeze water in plastic bags—or buy frozen cold packs—in advance. Move them from freezer to refrigerator as […]

Why Therapy is Essential for Treating Addiction

September is National Recovery Month. Tricia Moceo is passionate about sharing her story, as a mom in recovery, through writing and spreading awareness on addiction. Following is an article she composed for Healthy Lombard. Most people assume the remedy for recovery involves detox and abstinence from the drugs/alcohol. The truth is, this is only the […]

5 Ways to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Your Family or Community

The YMCA of Metro Chicago shared that September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well-chronicled, many families need support in changing their habits. That’s why the YMCA of Metro Chicago — a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health — wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity […]

Apple Crunch Day is Coming – Join Us!

On “Apple Crunch Day”, Healthy Lombard is encouraging everyone to crunch into an apple in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers. Hundreds of thousands of school students in Illinois will crunch into an apple […]

The latest on reducing belly fat

  CAITLIN DOW wrote that packing on pounds around your midsection is easy. Losing them takes a lot more work. Here’s the latest evidence on what (and what not) to do. Sitting & belly fat The time you spend in a chair, on the sofa, or in a car may affect the size of your belly. […]