Are you ready for Go4Life Month?

Go4Life Month is just a few weeks away,  If you’re still looking for ways to get involved in September, we’ve got you covered! Here’s how you can  participate by downloading the flyer shown below.

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Learning well: Plan for a healthy start to the school year

Laura Milani Alessio, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, shared that freshly sharpened pencils, glue sticks and other supplies top the back-to-school checklist for many families. Making sure children have everything they need to stay healthy and safe, however, also is essential to a successful year of learning.

“To thrive in school, every child needs a nutritious diet, enough exercise, sleep, and other basic building blocks of wellness,” said pediatrician Sandra Hassink, who leads the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight. “Study after study shows that healthy students are better able to learn,” she said.

  • Food for thought: Research shows that children who eat a nutritious breakfast have improved concentration and memory, get better grades and score higher on standardized tests. Healthy school lunches also are an important part of a child’s overall nutrition. To supply enough nutrients and energy to last the day, meals should include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean protein and dairy foods. Limit highly processed products and sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda.
  • Active bodies, active brains: Building an hour’s worth of exercise into the daily routine helps keep children’s bodies — and brains — strong.  Physically active students tend to have better grades, school attendance, classroom behavior and cognitive function. Because the best exercise for younger children is active play, the AAP supports daily recess in schools.
  • Arriving Safely: Walking or riding a bicycle to school is a great way to get exercise, but make sure the route is safe, and teach your child traffic safety rules. Children should always wear a helmet while riding a bike or skateboard. If your child rides a bus to school, it should have seat belts.
  • ABCs and Zzz’s: Students need between 8 and 12 hours of sleep each night. Skimping on sleep can affect their health, behavior and academic performance. Because teens naturally fall asleep later, the AAP recommends middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Light from smartphones, TVs and devices can disrupt sleep, so turn them off at least an hour before bed. Read more

Get Arthritis Relief with Acupuncture

Healthy Lombard Vice President Jennifer McGrath, L.Ac., Dipl.OM shared in her newsletter that most people are familiar with the term arthritis, which may conjure up images of twisted, knobby fingers or achy knees, but did you know there are over 100 different types of arthritis?

For many people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show some signs of arthritis as joints naturally degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can frequently be managed with acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – a chronic, autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks joint tissue. The synovial fluid that encases the joints thickens due to inflammation. This can cause pain and structural deformities. Other symptoms include fatigue and fever.

Osteoarthritis (OA) – also called degenerative joint disease. When cartilage, the protective cushioning found between the bones, starts eroding away, symptoms of OA may result. This can cause pain, visible swelling and difficulty moving the afflicted joint.

Psoriatic arthritis – an inflammatory arthritis associated with the skin condition psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the skin. The most common symptoms include joint swelling, redness, fatigue and pain. Severe cases may result in misshapen joints.

While each type of arthritis has very different causes, risk factors and effects on the body, they often share a common symptom: persistent joint pain. Often the reason symptoms appear or ‘flare-up’ is obvious. Dampness pervading the air before a rainstorm, overusing arthritic joints or stress may trigger symptoms. Other times, the exact cause remains a mystery. However, no matter the origin, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Arthritis with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

According to Oriental medical theory, arthritis arises when the cyclical flow of Qi (energy) in the meridians becomes blocked resulting in pain, soreness, numbness and stiffness. This blockage is called Bi-syndrome and is successfully treated using a combination of treatment modalities. The acupuncture points and herbs that are used depend on whether the underlying cause of the blockage of Qi (arthritis) is caused by wind, cold, dampness or damp-heat.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine aim to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, if 30 patients are treated with Oriental medicine for joint pain, each of them will receive a unique, customized treatment.

Call today to learn how acupuncture can be incorporated into your treatment plan for arthritis!

 

Study on Rheumatoid Arthritis

A pilot study found in the medical publication International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 2010, demonstrated the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The study criteria focused on the disease activity, pain scores, functional ability and quality of life issues for the study participants. To evaluate disease activity, researchers used the DAS28 test. This test measures and records the levels of tenderness and inflammation of 28 separate joints in the body.

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Is It Better to Shower at Night in the Summer?

Eradicate the Odor

Most people shower to remove or prevent body odor. That odor is produced in part by sebum, an oil the skin manufactures to keep it moisturized. When you shower, you remove the sebum from the skin—along with all the dirt it can collect. Hot showers further strip the skin of sebum, dirt and potentially offensive odor.

“That’s why people are inclined to shower more frequently in summer,” when sunblock and sweat may add to that tacky, dirty feeling, Dr. Ogunleye says. However, she adds, “lotion may marginally attract more dirt, but not enough to make a huge difference as far as odor.”

While the cultural norm in the U.S. is to shower at least once a day, typically in the morning, showering habits are actually more tied to culture than many would suspect. “There is some evidence to suggest that different ethnicities produce different levels of sebum,” the dermatologist says. “Some people shower every night because that was what their family did,” she says.

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What Your Gait Says About How You’re Aging

Lou Schuler  shared this storyi n Silver Sneakers:

I grew up, like so many of my fellow boomers, in fear of turning into my parents. And like so many of us, I used that fear as motivation to eat better, exercise more, use sunscreen, and age as gracefully as possible. But long after my parents’ generation passed the torch to us, I still feel that dread. Not of getting old—I vastly prefer it to the alternative—but of looking old.

That thought came back to me on a recent Saturday morning in the grocery store. It seemed like all the older people pushing carts had a similar side-to-side movement in their hips and shoulders when they walked. As they stepped forward with the right leg, they would lean to the left. On the next step, they’d lean to the right as they moved the left leg.

The walking pattern is so common it has a name: Trendelenburg gait. It’s often seen in older adults who need or have recently undergone a hip replacement, which makes sense since the signature feature is an inability to hold the hips level when walking.

“With women, the pelvis will literally go side to side, like a bell,” says Michael Stare, D.P.T., a physical therapist and owner of Spectrum Fitness Consulting in Beverly, Massachusetts. With men, you’re more likely to notice that their upper torso leans over the supporting leg when the other leg comes off the ground.

You can picture it like this, Stare says: Imagine an elderly couple walking down an extremely narrow hallway that’s just been painted. The woman with Trendelenburg will end up with paint on her hips, while the man with Trendelenburg will have paint on his shoulders. But it’s still the same thing, and it has real consequences.

Fortunately, by doing a few simple exercises regularly, you can help avoid the age-related changes in gait and the problems associated with them. More on that later.

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99 Amazing Pre-Workout Snacks to Crush Your Next Workout

Danica @ Health Listed asked Healthy Lombard if we would like to share the following info. with our readers and we replied “YES!!”   However, we don’t really have room to post her entire article so here’s a  link to the list as well as some fantastic background data she shared .

99 Amazing Pre-Workout Snack Ideas

 

Danica also shared  that as a workout enthusiast, your main goal is to get your body in the absolute best shape possible.While hitting the gym and going for a run will obviously test your body’s strength and fitness level, the kind of food that you eat is equally important to the entire process.  In fact, we argue that it’s the most important.

Eating a healthy, well-balanced snack or meal before you start getting sweaty is one of the best ways to prep yourself for an intense workout.In this epic guide, Danica will show you 99 different recipes for pre-workout snacks that you can easily make no matter your skills in the kitchen. And … you can even filter the entire list by diet preference and workout type!​

Why Pre-Workout Nutrition is Important – Fitness freaks and body-builders everywhere always seem to put a great deal of focus on post-workout meals, but what you put into your body before you start working out deserves just as much attention. Filling your body with proper nutrition prior to working out will allow you to see considerable gains throughout your entire body, and this is something that’s absolutely necessary if your main goal is to build up your precious muscles. Additionally, eating a nutritious snack before even touching a dumbbell will give your body the energy it needs to keep moving in order to set a new PR.

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Want to Lose Weight? Do These 6 Things at Every Meal

Jenny Sugar from POPSUGAR shared that before you lift that spoon, fork, or cup up to your lips, make sure you’re doing these things every time you sit down to eat.

  1. Drink this: Grab a big glass of water and drink half of it before even starting your meal. It’ll help you feel fuller faster, so you’ll eat less.
  2. Your mama was right: Make sure to eat veggies at every. Single. Meal. Yes, even breakfast! Throw broccoli and beans in your smoothie, some mushrooms and tomatoes into your omelet, or zucchini into your oatmeal. And for either lunch or dinner, make your meal one enormous salad — it’s an easy way to fill up without eating tons of calories. Aim for half your plate to be filled with veggies, and use grains and protein to accent that meal.
  3. This is the magic combo: Woman can’t live on carbs alone, and if you tend to feel groggy after your morning bowl of cereal or your midday pasta, this is why. Fiber and protein are both a must. Fiber makes you feel full for longer and protein will sustain your energy and also help keep hunger at bay. Figure out a combo that adds up to at least 25 grams of fiber and between 50 and 100 grams of protein per day (depending on your activity level).
  4. Calories count: Keep each meal between 300 and 550 calories. This will allow for two 150-calorie snacks and ensure you’re not dipping below 1,200 calories, which can make losing weight impossible.

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FREE ATTENDANCE TICKETS for Students on 7/26/17 at the DuPage County Fair

Join FORWARD

for Get in the Action Day

at the DuPage County Fair   

July 26, 2017 10am-4pm


To obtain a free ticket, please click here.

To download the schedule shown below, click here.


SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES:

Healthy Bingo  (THIS IS A  DOUBLE TICKET HEALTHY  LOMBARD FLAT APPLE ACTIVITY!)
Where: Outside Building 1
When: 9:30am-2pm

Activity: Come play a game of active “healthy bingo” for all ages to move together and have fun. Winners will be rewarded with an edible treat while prizes last!


Soccer/Football/La Crosse/Nerf Battles/Obstacle Course
Where: North End of Fairgrounds
When: 9:30am-3pm

Activity: Fun for kids of all ages! Join the Wheaton Park District for exciting teaching skills and drills throughout the day.

  • 9:30am Nerf Battles
  • 11:00am LaCrosse Clinic
  • 12:00pm Nerf Battles
  •  1:00pm Soccer Clinic
  • 2:00pm Flag Football Clinic

Cooking Demonstration
Where: Building 2
When: 10am-12pm

Activity: Join us for a culinary experience. Chef/Instructor Chris Thielman will teach everyone how to prepare delicious and healthy recipes.

  • 10:00am Low Fat Chicken Quesadillas
  • 10:30am Kale Salad
  • 11:00am Low Fat Chicken Quesadillas
  • 11:30am Kale Salad

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What Works (and What Doesn’t) For Faster Metabolism

Fun with Water

Summer is in full swing. Want to spice up your summer routine?

 

Action For Healthy Kids suggests that summer is a great time to provide your child with the practices to keep your kid happy and healthy.Here are some fun with water games children will be sure to like:

Water Relay

  • Supplies needed: 2 buckets/team, 1 cup/team
  • Put children into as many teams as needed (4-6 people per team is ideal). Fill one bucket for each team and place it at a beginning line where game will start. Place a plastic cup in the bucket of water. On “Go” the first person on each team will scoop up a glass of water and run to the other side where additional empty buckets have been placed. When the water is deposited, the child runs back to the start line with the empty cup and drops the empty cup in the bucket of water. The next person in line repeats the process. The first team to fill the empty bucket with water is the winner!

Don’t Get Wet!

  • Supplies needed: Multiple sprinklers
  • Set up a number of sprinklers in between a starting line and a finish line. Have the children try to run from one end to the other without getting sprayed. Have one of the youth control the faucet, turning it on and off at random. The one who is least wet wins!

Water Balloon Volley

  • Supplies needed: Water balloons, beach towels, volleyball net (or similar net)
  • Divide kids into two teams. Teams will stand on opposite sides of the net.
  • Within each team, have children divide into pairs.
  • Each pair gets a beach towel and each child holds two corners of the towel.
  • One team begins by placing a water balloon in the center of their towel. The object is to toss the balloon from one pair of kids to another, with the opposing side catching the balloon in their towel. This game can be played with one balloon (similar to volleyball) or with multiple balloons.

Water Limbo

  • Supplies needed: Hose, music
  • Set up a water hose in a grassy area and turn on “limbo music”.
  • Line kids up as in traditional limbo.
  • One person is in charge of the water hose, shooting a powerful stream of water for kids to limbo under.
  • Start with the hose high, and then lower the stream of water after each round.

Frozen Feet

  • Supplies needed: “Kiddie” pool, 1 chair/person, 1 bucket/person, ice cubes
  • Have kids sit in a chair along the edge of a kiddie pool filled with water.
  • Each player has their own empty bucket beside them. Dump a big pile of ice cubes into the pool and spread them around.
  • At the starting signal, players must pick up as many ice cubes as they can and put them into their own buckets…they must use only their feet!
  • The player who collects the most ice cubes within a designated time period is the winner.