Sixth Annual Every Kid Healthy™ Week: April 23-27, 2018

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances.

Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn!

Anyone can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools with a school health event.

Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or anytime in April. Consider making your field day or other school-wide event health-focused. Keep reading to learn how to host an event!

Host an Every Kid Healthy Event at Your School

Every Kid Healthy Week events should promote and reinforce healthy eating, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education. We have lots of resources to help you promote your event and get students and the whole community excited and involved.

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The Top 8 Worst Candies to Place in Your Child’s Easter Basket

College of DuPage Nursing Student McKenna Musich, shared that it’s almost that time of year again! Hopping bunnies, pastel eggs, fake grass, and sweet candies. Easter is just around the corner and most parents are planning just what to stash in those colorful baskets. According to Statistic Brain Research Group, in 2016 the United States spent 2.1 billion dollars on Easter candy. But which candy is the worst candy to place in the basket? Let’s take a look at the top 8 worst candies for Easter.

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs – One serving is one piece. Each piece is 170 calories. There is 90 calories from fat and 16 grams of sugar.
  1. Cadbury Crème Eggs – Serving size is one egg. Calories per serving is 170, with 54 of those calories from fat. These eggs contain 25 grams of sugar.
  1. Almond Joy Egg – Serving size 1 egg. 277 calories, 12 g of fat. 1 gram of sugar. While 1 gram of sugar may not seem like much, note that there is 735 mg of sodium in one egg (about 30% of the daily value).
  1. M&Ms (Easter eggs) – Serving size is ¼ of a cup. Calories total to 203 (about 10% of the daily value), with 4 g of fat. Sugar rests at 1 gram.
  1. Peeps  – One serving (5 Peeps) contains 140 calories. None of these calories come from fat, but Peeps contain 34 grams of sugar.
  1. Jelly Beans – Serving size is 31 pieces. Calories per serving is 140, 0 from fat. There is 29 grams of sugar per serving.

  7.  Swedish Fish – These little fish come in limited edition “egg” form for Easter. The serving size is 9 pieces. There is 140 calories , 0 of those from fat. These have 29 grams of sugar per serving.

  1. Hersey’s Easter Eggs – Serving size is 8 pieces. 550 calories (nearly 30% of the daily value). 0 grams of fat or sugar.

So this Easter, take a second look at those nutrition facts and make the right call. A healthy Easter is a happy Easter!


All nutritional facts were found using MyFitnessPal.

“Easter Statistics-Statistic Brain.”2017 Statistic Brain Research Institute, publishing as Statistic Brain. 23rd March, 2017. Http://

Effects of Food Bullying

Ingrid Donato, Chief, Mental Health Promotion Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Jillian Lampert, The Emily Program and the Eating Disorders Coalition shared in that weight-based teasing and bullying have been identified as common experiences for youth, particularly for those who may be heavier. Children whose peers tease them about their weight are more likely to engage in disordered eating. Help raise awareness about weight-based bullying. Learn what signs to look for in a child or young person who may have an eating disorder and what can be done to help adolescents who are bullied and at risk of developing an eating disorder.

What is an eating disorder?


Eating disorders are complex mental disorders that cause a person to have excessive fear and anxiety about eating, body image, and weight gain that lead to unhealthy behaviors.

Three of the most commonly diagnosed eating disorders include binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.

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3x your impact!

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase – through March 31! Go to and Amazon donates to Healthy Lombard.

The Mission of Healthy Lombard, is to address the epidemic of Pediatric Obesity, by(1) Promoting and educating all community members on how to achieve a healthier lifestyle through Awareness, Activities and Achievement;

(2) Providing a platform for health professionals and organizations in the community to network and collaborate on activities; and

(3) Providing the community with information on available resources that focus on various healthy lifestyle options.

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ProActive Kids Foundation Announces Exclusive Nutrition Education Provider

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, the ProActive Kids Foundation announced on March 7, that it has formed an exclusive partnership with NCES Health and Nutrition Education (NCES) from Olathe, KS, a nutrition resource company that specializes in creating and distributing nutrition education materials to dietitians and healthcare professionals, schools, and government agencies both nationally and internationally.
ProActive Kids Foundation selected NCES Nutrition as their exclusive curriculum partner in nutrition education for their comprehensive nutrition education resources, industry expertise and shared mission of fighting the childhood obesity crisis via education. They join Meier Clinics’ mental health coaching and Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness’ physical activity curriculum to complete this evidence-based, proven intervention curriculum. Collectively, ProActive Kids and its partners continue to deliver, review and refine its curriculum to ensure its meeting the research, trends and desired industry outcomes.

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McDonald’s moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu

Associated Press Retail Reporter Joseph Pisani and video journalist Carrie Antlfinger shared with the Daily Herald newspaper that McDonald’s is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.

Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid’s meal, but the fast-food company said that not listing them will reduce how often they’re ordered. Since it removed soda from the Happy Meal menu four years ago, orders for it with Happy Meals have fallen 14 percent, the company said. Hamburgers and Chicken McNuggets will remain the main entrees on the Happy Meal menu. Read more

New guidelines help track hypertension in children

Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health and Elizabeth Ko, M.D., an internist and primary care physician at UCLA Health. Send your questions to, shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper that blood pressure is a diagnostic tool that’s as important in children as it is in adults. However, because blood pressure readings in children are evaluated by a different set of metrics than those of adults, the subject has often been confusing.

By now, the significance of high blood pressure, or hypertension, is well-known to most of us. It’s not a condition that you can readily feel, but when left untreated it can cause significant damage to your body. By the time symptoms appear, you can be dealing with a host of problems, including damage to your heart, kidneys, eyes, bones and cognitive function.

High blood pressure in children can be a predictor of the condition later in life. It can cause certain types of damage to the structures and blood vessels of a child’s heart. And it can be a symptom of other serious underlying conditions, including heart or kidney problems.

Between 2.2 to 3.5 percent of children have high blood pressure, according to the new guidelines. The number jumps up to 24 percent among children who are obese or overweight. Children who were born prematurely and those with sleep-disordered breathing are also at risk of high blood pressure. Read more

Healthy Choices

Margo Wootan  shared that every day, children are bombarded by marketing of unhealthy food from restaurants, candy companies, and others. On average, children view more than 11 food-related ads everyday, on television alone.

Restaurants are the top food marketers to kids, and their in-store promotions, toy giveaways, television ads, websites, and school-based marketing, play a large role in shaping what children want to eat, as well as shaping what food adults view as appropriate for children. Restaurants have skillfully shaped norms that deem fried-chicken nuggets, burgers, pizza, fries, and sugary drinks as standard, acceptable kid food, when, in reality, kids need the healthiest food.

Not only do children need healthy food during this time of growth and development, but it’s also a time when they form habits for the future. Studies show that repeated exposure to fast food and soda, through marketing, and consumption, cultivates a pattern for future consumption and a preference for those foods.  And what kids eat at restaurants matters more than in the past because children get a quarter of their calories from eating out, with families now spending more of their food dollars at restaurants than grocery stores. Read more

State fitness assessments results now available

Pump Up P.E. shared that the Illinois health-related physical fitness assessment data is now available by school, district, and county under Quick Links at the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Enhanced P.E. web page.

ISBE is in the process of sharing these results with schools, along with a letter

providing context and guidance on how they can use fitness testing data to help their students, physical education (P.E.) teachers, school and community maximize the benefits of physical fitness.
What are the SY16-17 statewide physical fitness assessment results?
With results from 69% (2,475) of the 3,572 Illinois schools required to report:
  • 63% of 5th, 7th, and 10th graders across the state met the Healthy Fitness Zone for aerobic capacity, using either the PACER or Mile Run tests
  • 65% of 5th, 7th, and 10th graders across the state met the Healthy Fitness Zone for muscular strength, using the Push-up test
  • 79% of the 5th, 7th, and 10th graders across the state met the Healthy Fitness Zone for muscular endurance, using the Curl-up test
  • 72% of the 5th, 7th, and 10th graders across the state met the Healthy Fitness Zone for flexibility, using either the Back-saver Sit and Reach or Trunk Lift test

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Sugar In A Child’s Diet

Katie MIlls ,  the editor of Daily Health Click shared that if you’ve opened a newspaper (on or offline) at any point over the last few years, the chances are you’ll have seen at least one article expressing concern about high levels of sugar consumption, particularly by children. You’ll probably also have heard about the sugar tax on sweetened fizzy drinks.Depending on your outlook on life, your feelings may range from those of alarm to a general feeling that this is all a storm in a teacup (or a fizzy drinks can). The truth, as is so often the case, is somewhere in between, but it’s probably fair to say that a lot of people would benefit from understanding more about sugar and its role in your child’s diet.

There are different kinds of sugars
Sugar means more than the stuff we pick up in supermarkets in powder or cube form. In principle, it means any form of naturally-occuring sweetening agent. In practice, when we talk about sugar and health, we mean refined sugars, also known as free sugars, which are basically highly concentrated sugars, which are easily processed by the body and can give that infamous “sugar rush”, hence the title of the documentary by Jamie Oliver.

Basically this is all the usual suspects in term of natural sweeteners, from cane sugar to the likes of maple syrup and honey plus the juices and purées of fruit and vegetables. Whole fruits and vegetables and dairy products also contain naturally-occuring sugars, but these are nowhere near as concentrated and come along with lots of goodness (like fibre for fruit and vegetables and protein for dairy) so they’re essentially classed as “good” sugars.

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