Take a walk to boost creativity

walkStanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person’s creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking, the Stanford News reports.

The study found that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosted creative inspiration. The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor. Across the board, creativity levels were consistently and significantly higher for those walking compared to those sitting.


proactive-kidsProActive Kids is a health education program offered FREE to children ages 8-14 who are considered obese or overweight and their families.

As a doctor, nurse, dietitian, trainer or other industry professional, you will see many overweight children this summer, and we hope you will remember to tell them about ProActive Kids 8 Week Program.  Click here for more information on the complete program.  

We are reaching out to you to let you know there is a ProActive Kids program in your community where you can refer your patients or clients.


Please refer patients, students or parents to the ProActive Kids website or give them a flyer and tell them to contact ProActive Kids for more information:  www.proactivekids.org or 630-681-1558.

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Better bicycling and walking facilities are coming to Lombard

bike 2The Village of Lombard, in partnership with Alta Planning + Design and Active Transportation Alliance, has kicked off its first Village-Wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

Please visit our interactive online map and survey! These tools will gather input on barriers to bicycling and walking and will identify key destinations that people want to reach on bicycle or foot.

Want to learn more? Visit our table at Cruise Nights on the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Saturday, June 13 from 6-9 PM in the Kid’s Corner
  • Saturday June 20 from 6-9 PM in the Kid’s Corner

Infant Dental Care

doctor ceroneDr. Michael Cerone, DDS in Lombard IL suggests that Infants should be seen by a dentist after the first six months of age, and at least by the child’s first birthday. By this time, the baby’s first teeth, or primary teeth, are beginning to erupt and it is a critical time to spot any problems before they become big concerns.

Conditions like gum irritation and thumb-sucking could create problems later on. Babies who suck their thumbs may be setting the stage for malformed teeth and bite relationships.

Another problem that can be spotted early is a condition called “baby bottle tooth decay,” which is caused by sugary substances in breast milk and some juices, which combine with saliva to form pools inside the baby’s mouth.

If left untreated, this can lead to premature decay of your baby’s future primary teeth, which can later hamper the proper formation of permanent teeth.

One of the best ways to avoid baby bottle tooth decay is to not allow your baby to nurse on a bottle while going to sleep. Avoid dipping pacifiers in sweet substances such as honey, because this only encourages early decay in the baby’s mouth. Encouraging your young child to drink from a cup as early as possible will also help stave off the problems associated with baby bottle tooth decay.

The 80/20 Theory of Running

runnerMatt Fitzgerald wrote for myfittnesspal shared that every runner has goals: Some want to lose weight, others want to gain fitness, and still others seek to improve certain health factors. One of the most common running goals is to run faster over a given race distance.

It usually goes like this: You start off with the goal of finishing your first 5K, 10K or whatever. Once you’ve done that, you establish a new goal of running the same distance again and beating your time (i.e. setting a new personal record, or PR).

It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Runners are not crazy: They know that in order to perform better than before in a race, they must prepare better in training. The question is, how?

Racing Faster Doesn’t Just Require Running Faster

In the pursuit of greater fitness and better race results, there are two major training variables that you can manipulate: volume and intensity. Volume is how much you run and intensity is how fast or hard you run. If your goal is to set a new race PR, should you run faster or run more miles in training?

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6 Ways to Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Jillian3Action for Healthy Kids shared that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Dedicate yourself to being active this month and encourage your friends, family, and community members to do the same. We show you how…
1. Plan a Community Fitness Event   – Plan a local run, host a spin-a-thon at your gym, organize a zumba class, or fundraise through any other physical activity. When you do it with the support of AFHK you can benefit your community and kids around the country. Just click here to start your active fundraiser, follow the step by step instructions, and you’ll be on your way.

2. Commit to Running a Marathon – Looking for an amazing challenge? Run in the Chicago or NYC Marathon with Team Healthy Kids for a reserved spot in the race. You’ll receive training from Kopf Running and a chance to meet Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes. Above all, your fundraising efforts will help us to create healthier kids and schools. Learn more and get motivated to run by listening to Dean’s interview on The Running Lifestyle blog.

3. Game On Challenge: Walk or Bike to School  Over 1,900 schools participated in National Bike to School Day yesterday, but being active on the way to school should not be limited to one day a year. This month’s Game On Challenge shows you how to form a walking or biking club at school, how to organize or register for a school race, and how to plan ahead for next year’s bike to school day.

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3 Super-Easy Things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do

LiNiTo CycleLiNiTo Cycle shared this useful information:

You bought a new bike or brought your current one out of hiding from the basement or garage. Congratulations! You are now enjoying all the fun and health benefits of bicycle riding season. You probably considered taking it to your local bicycle mechanic for a tune up, right? Good. A tune up is needed at least once a year–and any mechanical issues should be handled by that same mechanic. But there are things you can do yourself to take of your bicycle.  Bicycle maintenance is a wide-ranging topic, so start with the basics: cleaning your bike, securing bolts and lubricating key components. Your bike is a collection of moving parts. When exposed to mud, grime and debris, these parts begin to deteriorate. Your first line of defense against breakdowns is proper bike hygiene.


Here are some tips that will save you time and money—and prolong the life of your bike:


May is Bike Month

LiNiTo-Logo-2C-HeaderLiNiTo Cycle shared that the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more people to giving biking a try. National Bike to Work Week 2015 will be held on May 11-15. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Here are some healthy bicycling tips to kick off National Bike Month:

Bicycling at a leisurely pace of around 10 miles per hour is good for transportation or light exercise and is a moderate aerobic activity. This pace is appropriate for inner city travel, and riders can cross through different types of terrain, bridges and even snow. Depending on your weight, this activity burns approximately 263 calories per hour.

Bicycling is a great cardiovascular exercise enjoyed indoors or outdoors. People at all fitness levels benefit from bicycling, such as building leg strength, especially thigh or quadriceps muscles. Due to its non-weight bearing position, bicycling is considered low-impact and easy on the joints, making it an excellent exercise for those with lower extremity joint pain and arthritis. Low-impact and cardio qualities of bicycling make it a great way to cross-train and recover from high-impact activities such as running as well.

May is National Posture Awareness Month

postureDr Dave Herlihy, from West Surbaban Wellness in Lobard, shared that posture ranks right at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances. Good posture enables you to do things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you can’t be really healthy.

Surprised? Well, you’re not alone. The importance of good posture in overall health is often overlooked. In fact, the benefits of good posture may be one of the best kept secrets. The good news is that anyone can avoid the problems caused by bad posture, and improvement can be made at any age.

Good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Furthermore, good posture is an important contributing factor in the normal functioning of your nervous system.

Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency is compromised. Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems (such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments), a person who has poor posture is often tired, unable to work efficiently or move properly. A 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that as the curve in the middle back (kyphosis) increased, life expectancy decreased.

Often, poor posture develops because of accidents or falls. But bad posture is mainly caused by environmental factors and bad habits. This means that you have control of your posture.

People spend an average of 2 to 4 hours each day with their neck bent at this unnatural angle while sending emails or texts. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours a year. The average adult head weighs 10 to 12 pounds when it’s in the upright or neutral position. However because of gravitational pull, your cranium becomes heavier the further forward your head is. Studies have found that bending your head forward at a 60o angle places 60 pounds worth of pressure on your cervical spine, the region of your spine above the shoulders. That’s more than the weight of the average 7 year old. Loss of the natural curve of the cervical spine leads to early wear, tear, spinal degeneration and possibly future surgeries.

GPS Parent Series and Health Fair on May 7

gpsThe Glenbard Parent Series presents a day of talks featuring acclaimed clinical psychologist Robyn Silverman, Ph.D onThursday May 7.
Dr. Robyn Silverman knows how to inspire greatness in parents and their teens.  After spending years researching the areas of leadership development, wellness, and most recently, grit and fulfillment — here is a positive approach to parenting filled with strategies to help youth set goals, realize their gifts, and achieve their dreams.


Dr. Silverman is an award-winning featured expert for the national media, regularly seen on The Today Show, ,the CBS Morning Show, and Good Morning America.


Dr. Silverman is engaging, motivational, and passionate about helping youth overcome their barriers to achievement and success. She has been the consultant for 18 books on topics such as health, relationships, bullying, and child/teen development. Her book Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It is based on her commitment to help all girls reach their potential, and expands upon her groundbreaking research on body image as an obstacle to accomplishment and acceptance.


“Helping Girls Thrive : Developing Their Confidence, Goals, and Leadership”12:00-2:00 p.m.Community Consolidated School District #93, Administration Center, 230 Covington Dr. in Bloomingdale.


“Thriving Under Pressure: How to Help Youth Set  Goals, Discover Their Strengths, and the Strategies for Motivation, Leadership and Good Health”. Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Glenbard South 23W200 Butterfield Rd. In Glen Ellyn.    A 6:15 p.m. A Wellness Expo with over 20 vendors will precede the 7 p.m. program.


These free events are open to the public.
CPDUs are available for education professionals.


GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage,DuPage Medical Group, the Emmy Gaffey Foundation, and Trust Company of Illinois, with additional support from Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health at Central DuPage Hospital, FORWARD and Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence.


  For information regarding GPS programs, visit facebook.com/glenbardparentseries or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator,
   at 942-7668 or gilda_ross@glenbard.org.