Join Us at Time for Tots!

Take Time for Tots Day will be held Saturday, April 06 from 10 am-noon at the Sunset Knoll Recreation Center (820 S Finley Rd.) and sponsored by Gianorio’s Pizza and Pasta, State Farm Agent Bob Goldin Sr, and Culver’s of Lombard.

Healthy Lombard will be providing 200 FREE “Go Fly A Kite” Activity where every child will receive a FREE kite kit and have assistance assembling their kites after they decorate them with stickers and markers.

This is a fun event that we did last year and we are looking forward to repeating it this year.

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Good Nutrition Starts Early

The Center for Disease Control shared that kids’ early eating experiences can affect how they eat as they get older. That’s why it’s so important to introduce them to healthy foods from the very beginning.

What Foods Should I Introduce to My Child First?

When your child is about 6 months old, you can start introducing him or her to foods and drinks other than breast milk and infant formula. For most children, you don’t need to introduce foods in a specific order.

Try making a rainbow of different colored foods on your child’s plate.

By the time your child is 7 or 8 months old, he or she can eat a variety of foods from different food groups. Your child needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow healthy and strong. Try making a rainbow of different colored foods on your child’s plate. Here are a few examples:

  • Fruits: bananas, strawberries, pears, oranges, melons, or avocados
  • Vegetables: cooked spinach, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, or beets
  • Whole grains: whole grain bread, crackers, or pasta
  • Meats: soft, small pieces of beef, lamb, chicken, fish, or turkey
  • Dairy: yogurts or cheeses (pasteurized only)

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The Benefits of Boxing for Kids

Daniel Earle who runs the fitnessfighters.co.uk website.shared with Healthy Lombard that boxing is becoming an increasingly popular way to keep fit amongst adults, however, it is slower to grow in popularity for children. Here are a few reasons why it should be growing faster among our youth.

Keeping Active
Whilst this is possibly the most obvious advantage of boxing for kids, it is also one of the most important benefits. In today’s age of technology and video games, it is becoming increasingly difficult for our young people to maintain a healthy level of activity as, according to CDC Healthy Schools, only 21.6% of 6 to 19-year-olds in the United States are getting 60 or more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on at least 5 days per week. Boxing provides an activity for kids to take part in which will give them a few hours of activity in their week and therefore will provide them with health benefits.

These health benefits of this physical activity include building strong bones and muscles, which is particularly important for young people to aid them in growing and providing a good foundation for the rest of their life. It also provides young people with hand-eye coordination, an important skill which many struggles with and is very difficult to develop later in life. Having good coordination will allow young people to have an advantage in other sports as well as improve their ability to carry our everyday tasks. Boxing at a young age also reduces the chances of becoming overweight in the future as this is a battle that many now face. Avoiding becoming overweight will help children to avoid many cardiovascular diseases that affect the overweight such as heart disease, strokes and type II diabetes.

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How obesity affects a child’s heart

In honor of American Heart Month, Dr. Irwin Benuck, MD, Ph.D., division head, Community-based Primary Care Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s, shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper how obesity in children affects their hearts.

Childhood obesity is an issue that continues to grow in America; about one in three children and teenagers are considered either overweight or obese. Benuck explains that obese kids have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than the 95 percentile, and overweight children have a BMI between the 85th and 95th percentile. A healthy BMI is between the 5th to 85th percentile.

“Obese kids are more prone to having lipid issues, especially elevated triglyceride levels, coronary artery disease, and high blood pressure,” Benuck said. “Type 2 diabetes is one of the greatest triggers leading to the early onset of heart disease. As adults, they are at higher risk of having heart attacks and stroke.”

Sleep is important

“Sleep has a large role in lipid metabolism and overall health. When children don’t receive the needed nine hours of uninterrupted sleep and spend a lot of time in front of a screen, they are more at risk,” Benuck says.

Parents should eliminate screen time and reduce social media use, and cell phones should be charged in another room, as they will disrupt the normal sleep cycle.

Recommendations:

1. Watch sugar intake. Excessive sugar intake, whether through foods or beverages, will be stored as triglyceride fats in the body. Hidden sugar is common in fruit juice and children should only consume this beverage, if at all, in very small servings. Fat-free milk and water are preferred. Read more

Help kids be more physically active with these simple tips

Dr. Matthew Smiley from Advocate Children’s Hospital shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper that we often think of not having enough time to exercise as an adult problem, but new research shows that children are affected by this issue as well.

A recent report from the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance stated that physical inactivity levels in children around the globe have reached crisis levels and showed that children worldwide are not active enough to maintain healthy growth and development.

The findings in this report might surprise some, but these trends are not new. It is well documented that a sedentary lifestyle and decreased rates of physical activity are increasingly common in the United States, and not surprisingly, around the globe.

A sedentary lifestyle can be dangerous, as it is associated with higher rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and shortened life span. It’s necessary to teach children the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle at an early age.

Many factors contribute to an increase in sedentary lifestyles, including a lack of resources and access to opportunities to participate in physical activities and the number of time children spends with screens.

Ideally, children should engage in no more than two hours per day of recreational screen time. To help children adhere to this rule, parents need to proactively think about how they’re going to regulate screen time. Small behavior modifications like keeping screens out of the bedroom, away from the dinner table, setting time limits on tablet and video game usage, and unplugging for a day as a family can go a long way in helping kids find activities to do sans technology — exercise being one of them. Read more

Top 10 Ways To Get Kids Involved In Healthy Cooking & Shopping

https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org   offers these great suggestions:

10.Mean Green Cleaning Machine. Let them wash fruits and vegetables when preparing
for cooking or eating.

9.Pick A Peck!  When shopping, let them select a new fruit or vegetable to try … or several!

8.Make It Snappy! Let them snap the green beans, snap peas, or break the flowerets from the broccoli or cauliflower.

7.I Spy. Play “I Spy” in the produce section when grocery shopping.

6.Tear It Up! Let them tear the lettuce for salads and sandwiches.

5.Measure Up! Let them measure the frozen vegetables before cooking them.
See How Much You Need

4.Peel & Slice. Older children can peel and slice carrotscucumberspotatoes… the list goes on!

3.Stir & Spice. Make applesauce from fresh apples. Let them help stir and add the cinnamon.

2.A Sprinkle A Day… Let them sprinkle herbs or other seasonings onto vegetables.

1.Monster Mash! Pull out the potato masher!

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ACLS Heart Healthy Guide to Preventing Obesity

Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN posted forPacific Medical Training, that according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of US adults have obesity—this dietary driven disease kills more than twice as many people as infectious disease.

Obesity is a growing problem among people from all walks of life—this is especially true with children since the convenience of technology usage has limited their physical activity, and the availability of overly processed foods, such as pizza, sugary snacks, other fast food, have made children overweight.

Physicians have correlated, through recent studies, that obesity can be attributed to some diseases including diabetes, heart problems, and even some forms of cancer. These non-communicable chronic diseases will cost our global economy $47 trillion over the next 20 years.

Fortunately, preventative measures can be taken to help combat obesity, and with a few lifestyle changes, people of all ages can lose weight, be healthier, and live a longer and fuller life.

WHO: Obesity and Overweight – CDC provides key facts and global estimates about the obese and overweight population

The Global Economic Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases – a snapshot of the five major noncommunicable diseases and a summary of the global economic impact

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Landmark Study Looks at How Screen Time Affects Kids’ Brains

Snack on This

While the kids are out of school for winter break, you’ll probably be hearing a lot of requests for snacks.

Fear not: Parents for Healthy Kids has got plenty of ideas for healthy snacks, from ones you can quickly grab to others that you can make together on a relaxing afternoon.

The first thing you can do to help your kiddos create healthy snack habits is to set yourself up for success. Limit the amount of junk food you have in the house, and stock the fridge and pantry with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Bonus: If only (or almost only) healthy options are available, you don’t have to be the bad guy by always saying no.

Below are some of our favorite nutritious snack ideas – for after school, or anytime – organized by how quickly you can pull them off. Because let’s be honest, some days, removing the packaging is about all that’s possible.

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5 ways to ensure healthy diet plan of your new born baby

Prince Kapoor, a seasoned Marketing Analyst, and Blogger,  has been helping fellow marketers and brands worldwide. He recently submitted the following article for Healthy Lombard to share with its readers.

Motherhood is the most precious time in the lives of most women. The very idea of bringing a new life is nothing but thrilling! But of course, it is twisted with a lot of responsibilities. All new mothers falter at first. They do not know how to handle their precious darling in the first few days. It is overwhelming initially, and extremely challenging since the newborn must be fed right to become strong.

In the previous days, the grandmothers were the best source of knowledge for the new mother. Be it a food-related question, or general curiosity, the grandmothers were right on their toes to help out the new mother. But times are changing, and so is the need for nutrition of most children. Under that light, it is important to come up with a new and developed feeding plan which is based on the requirement of the toddlers and newborns of the current times.

Breastfeeding and Formula

The first few months of an infant’s life is precious. At that time, they must be fed just the right kind of food so that they can grow a strong immune system as an adult. At this stage, all the nutrient requirement of a newborn is met through the breast milk, nature’s gift to the child. Though most children are comfortable with breast milk for the first couple of months, some of them might face complications. In that case, it is advisable to switch to any infant formula after consulting a doctor, It is important to note that newborn babies do not require water, juice or any other fluids. Read more