6 Simple Ways Your Family Can Protect Honey Bees

Learn how your family also can support pollinators at home and how you can help kids understand the value of bees to our food system.

Q: Why Are Bees Important?

Honey bees are vital to our supply of healthy foods. Honey bees are pollinators, which means they travel from plant to plant to collect and deposit pollen – which makes it possible for many flowers, fruits, and vegetables to reproduce. Bees also pollinate the clover and alfalfa that cows eat. In fact, one in every three bites of food you eat depends on pollination, either directly or indirectly. So, if these hardworking bees and other pollinators disappear, many of our favorite foods like apples, almonds, strawberries, and tomatoes will be greatly affected.

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Now’s the time to protect your kid’s heart health

Edwards-Elmhurst Health shared that many of us don’t think about the health of our hearts until we’re older. But heart problems can affect people of all ages, including children. Some kids are born with heart problems, but others develop them because of an unhealthy lifestyle.

Today, nearly one in three American children and teens are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is causing a slew of health problems among kids that weren’t seen before. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that children who are overweight from ages 7 to 13 have a greater risk of developing heart disease as early as age 25.

What’s more, childhood obesity quadruples the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, further increasing the risk of heart disease. Smoking and physical inactivity also increase heart disease risk. These risk factors all have something in common. They are largely preventable.

Adopting heart-healthy habits early on can provide lifelong benefits. What steps can your kids take today to protect their heart health in the future? Make these part of your family’s daily out routine:

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Can your baby hear you say “I love you?”

The Center for Disease Contol shared that the best way to find out if your baby may be deaf or hard of hearing is by a hearing screening. Early diagnosis and intervention will help them reach their full potential.

Thousands of babies are born deaf or hard of hearing each year in the United States. Babies diagnosed early with hearing loss and begin intervention early are more likely to reach their full potential. The best way to find out if your baby may be deaf or hard of hearing is by a simple hearing test, also called a hearing screening.

Why is a hearing screening important for my baby?

Starting from day 1, babies begin to learn language skills by listening to and interacting with those around them. If babies miss these opportunities, their language development can be delayed. Many times, children’s hearing loss is not obvious and can go unnoticed for months or even years.

Hearing screening at birth can determine if your baby may have a hearing loss and if more tests are needed. Early diagnosis is essential to help babies who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential and allows families to make decisions about the intervention services that are best for their baby’s needs. Early diagnosis of hearing loss and beginning intervention helps to keep children’s development on track and improve their future language and social development. Read more

How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn

KQED Author Deborah Farmer Kris who has taught elementary, middle and high school and served as a charter school administrator and spent a decade as an associate at Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility, researching, writing, and consulting with schools shared that  Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki was a rising star in the field of memory when she looked around and realized that her lifestyle wasn’t sustainable.

“I was trying to get tenure, and I was doing nothing but work,” she says. “I had no friends outside of my lab. I knew I needed to do something. I thought, at least I can go to the gym and try to feel stronger.”

She signed up for the classes that “looked the most fun.” As she expected, her mood and fitness level improved – but she began to notice something else at play. “About a year and a half into that regular exercise routine, I was sitting at my desk writing a grant and this thought went through my mind, ‘Writing is going well!’ I had never had that thought before. Then I realized that all of my work had been going better recently, and the only major change I had made to my life was regularly working out.” Read more

Healthy Lombard’s Summer Flat Apple Program for Kids

The mission of the Healthy Lombard Foundation is to address the epidemic of childhood obesity and promote a healthier lifestyle for all community members through the “Triple A Approach” of awareness, activities, and achievement.

With that mission in mind, Healthy Lombard developed the Flat Apple program to incentivize kids to stay active during the summer months outside of school.  The 2019 program runs June 3-August 9.  The program allows participants to earn tickets to make them eligible to win a variety of prizes at the end of the summer.  Prize winners are typically contacted in September.

To register your child, please visit www.healthylombard.com and click on the Flat Apple link on the right-hand side under Quick Clicks.  There is no fee to register for Flat Apple.  Children must be registered by an adult to participate in the program.  Read more

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Act Early if You’re Concerned about Development

The Center for Disease Control shared that early intervention helps children improve their abilities and learn new skills. Take these steps to help your child today:

  1. Tell your child’s doctor or nurse if you notice any signs of possible developmental delay and ask for a developmental screening.

If you or the doctor still feel worried,

  1. Ask for a referral to a specialist, and
  2. Call your state or territory’s early intervention program to find out if your child can get services to help.

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Dr. Cerone Adds New Partner to Practice

The dental practice of Dr. Michael Cerone has continued to grow and thrive, primarily due to the referrals of our wonderful patients’ friends and families.  He recently expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to work with each and every one of you and wishes to thank you for allowing his practice to take care of your dental needs.

With Dr. Dave Wenz fully retired, it is with great pleasure that his practice now welcomes Dr. Paul Doodes. Dr. Doodes grew up in England.  He has a Ph.D. in immunology and microbiology from Rush University Medical Center and received his DDS degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 2012.

He has won numerous awards and is an outstanding dentist.

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Prevent Mosquito Bites

The Center for Disease Control shared that the most effective way to avoid getting sick from viruses spread by mosquitoes when at home and during travel is to prevent mosquito bites.

Mosquito bites can be more than just annoying and itchy. They can spread viruses that make you sick or, in rare cases, cause death. Although most kinds of mosquitoes are just nuisance mosquitoes, some kinds of mosquitoes in the United States and around the world spread viruses that can cause disease.

Mosquitoes bite during the day and night, live indoors and outdoors and search for warm places as temperatures begin to drop. Some will hibernate in enclosed spaces, like garages, sheds, and under (or inside) homes to survive cold temperatures. Except for the southernmost states in North America, mosquito season starts in the summer and continues into fall. Read more

Lombard Pharmacy Announces its Pharmacy RxLocal App!

Lombard Pharmacy has adopted RxLocal to provide the tools and services needed to create a better pharmacy experience for everyone. With RxLocal, prescriptions are easily managed,  patient information is made readily available, and you’re connected with the right people.

RxLocal™ Customer Suite is designed to connect LombardPhamacy to its patients, providers, and other stakeholders. The ultimate goal is improving patient health and equips LombarfdPharmacy with tools so that customers can:

  • Create patient profiles with prescription information
  • Access information from your mobile device
  • Set up reminders when refills are needed
  • Easily request a refill right from your phone
In addition,  the RxLocal™ Customer Suite is designed to fill specialty pharmacy medication more efficiently. Your doctor can send a specialty prescription to Lombard Pharmacy and PioneerRx automatically routes the prescription to a partner specialty pharmacy based on network affiliations and drug distribution capabilities.
The specialty pharmacy then ships medicine back to you after consulting with the patient. This allows you to pick up all your medicines at the same time from the same place. Saving everyone time and providing a better customer experience.

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