ProActive Kids Summer Session at Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center

logoProActive Kids teaches kids and their families fun ways to improve health through Exercise, Nutritional Lessons, and Open Discussion over 8 weeks. This life-changing experience is offered FREE to kids ages 8-14 who want to learn new exercises, lose weight, eat right and be more confident. (BMI must be in 85th percentile or above to participate).

UPCOMING SESSIONS
Summer 2014 June 9 – August 1
Fall 2014 September 15 – November 7
DAYS AND TIMES
Monday and Wednesday
Fitness and Lifestyle (Kids Only): 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Friday Family Day
Fitness, Nutrition and Lifestyle: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
WHERE
Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center
3551 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

For more information and to enroll, please go to: www.proactivekids.org.
Please submit any inquiries to info@proactivekids.org or call 630.681.1558

Take the first step toward a healthy future. Sign up today to enroll your child and family in ProActive Kids’ next session.   Read more

Laughter May Make Your Brain Work Better!

fave-exercise-800x600The Daily Herald Newspaper ran an article from ABC News  that reports that new research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults, .

In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video. Afterward, they performed memory tests and had saliva samples analyzed for stress hormones.

You guessed it; those who got to laugh the 20 minutes away with the funny video scored better on short-term memory tests, researchers said. And salivary levels of the stress hormone cortisol — a memory enemy of sorts — were significantly decreased in the humor group.

The act of laughter — or simply enjoying some humor — increases endorphins, sending dopamine to the brain to provide a sense of pleasure and reward, authors of the study say.

That, in turn, makes the immune system work better and changes brain wave activity toward what’s called a “gamma frequency,” amping up memory and recall.

DCHD Announces Every Kid Healthy Week

3495411871-1In recognition of Every Kid Healthy Week, the DuPage County Health Department is offering some ideas on how schools can take small steps to make big changes when it comes to the health of their students.

Every Kid Healthy Week™ is an effort created by Action for Healthy Kids®, a non-profit organization that fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. During this national observance and throughout the month of April, schools across the country are encouraged to host events that will make sustainable changes that encourage students to eat better and be active every day.

To celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week™, schools can implement wellness initiatives to promote and reinforce healthy eating, physical activity and nutrition education. Some events taking place across the county include:

  •  Hosting a healthy food taste test event
  •  Organizing a family fitness night
  • Incorporating fitness breaks into the classroom curriculum

FORWARD, a county-wide, public-private partnership of the DuPage County Health Department, that is also working to fight obesity, offers resources for schools working to make healthy changes. For more information or to access our resources, visit www.forwarddupage.org.

Schools already participating in Every Kid Healthy Week are encouraged to share their planned events by registering the event on the Every Kid Healthy Calendar by going to, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014EKHWeek.

For more information on the DuPage County Health Department, follow us on Twitter @DuPageHD or become a fan on Facebook.

 

Steps to support brain health, improve overall wellness

cartoon-brain-1Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness, a personal training studio located in Schaumburg specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition wrote in a recent Daily Herald article that brain health is an often overlooked aspect of fitness but has a major impact on the overall well-being of the body.

Many times brain health is only addressed once there are known issues. Fortunately, many of the healthy steps we recommend for the well-being of the body will also support healthy brain function.

The following tips will support brain health while improving overall wellness.

Never stop learning. Keep your brain sharp by challenging it on a daily basis. Simple things like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, or trying a new activity that makes you think on your feet like a dance class, or simply reading a book on an unfamiliar topic are all great for keeping the brain active. These types of activities should make you think, learn, and use the brain while embracing the new challenges. Read more

Celebrate Public Health Week

applause signNational Public Health Week is April 7-11 and the DuPage County Health Department will be celebrating the work of public health professionals more than ever this year as public health continues to evolve at a rapid pace with the onset of Affordable Health Care.

 

Public Health Week is a nationally recognized event that takes place during the first full week of April every year since 1995. Communities from coast to coast will be raising awareness of issues that are important to everyone’s health.

This year’s daily themes for Public Health Week are:

  • Monday, April 7: Be Healthy from the Start: public health starts at home, take action to protect your health by better meal planning, conducting recommended safety upgrades and preparing for emergencies.
  • Tuesday. April 8: Don’t Panic: Disaster can strike at any moment and you can’t always predict when or what, but you can be prepared for it.
  • Wednesday, April 9: Get out Ahead: 7 in 10 deaths are related to preventable disease.  Get out ahead of them by taking preventative health measures like regular check-ups and living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Thursday, April 10:  Eat Well: Many people do not understand the important information listed on a food label or what precautions to take during a foodborne illness. This day will be dedicated to bringing awareness to these issues.

Friday, April 11: Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation: For the first time in decades, the current generation isn’t as healthy as the one that came before it. Communities will band together to try and reverse this disturbing trend. Read more

Sign Up for a Great Riding Event in MI!

appleciderOn September 24, 2014, the Apple Cider Century (ACC) will host an annual one-day 15, 25, 37, 50, 62, 75 or 100 mile bicycle tour of the orchards, forests and wine country in and around Three Oaks, Michigan. The ACC is a recreational and social tour for bicyclists. It is neither a race nor a test of stamina. It is intended that all participants ride the tour in a safe and intelligent manner.

Since 1974, it has become the Midwest’s largest one-day century event with over 5,500 cyclists participating last year. The ACC is sponsored by the Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club. Monies raised are used to finance the Apple Cider Century Tour, the Backroads Bikeway trails, the Bicycle Museum housed at the Dewey Cannon Trading Company, the League of American Bicyclists, Rails to Trails, and to help fund community youth programs and other non-profit organization fund raising causes.

HOW TO REGISTER:
All would-be participants in the ACC must complete and return the entry form with appropriate fee and a self-addressed, stamped, business size envelope. This will assure a return of your confirmation letter, with directions and motel and campground information. Because we must limit entries, you must act promptly to assure yourself a place. Remember that more individuals wish to ride the ACC than can be accommodated. NOTE: Entries in ACC are limited to 6,000. Entry forms which are received after the tour is full will be returned with full refund. Please register early
Click Here for the form.

InnAtUnionPierLooking for a great place to stay while participating or cheering on a participant?

Then check out The Inn at Union Pier.  It is a fantastic place to stay …(even if you come when there is not a bike ride scheduled!

 

DuPage County Continues To Be Ranked Among The Healthiest Counties in Illinois

3495411871-1The DuPage County Health Department is pleased to announce that DuPage County has once again been recognized as one of the healthiest counties in Illinois.  The rankings are based on quality of life factors such as longevity and overall health status, including physical and mental health.

The rankings—covering counties in all 50 states—were developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The model has two separate rankings including Health Outcomes (how healthy we are) and Health Factors (how healthy we can be). DuPage County ranked No. 3 in Health Outcomes and No. 1 in Health Factors out of 102 counties in Illinois. The current rankings also show that DuPage County has rated best for length of life and overall health behaviors of its residents. The ranking process looks at the most up-to-date data available from educational and governmental sources. Counties are then scored based on comparison to a national standard.

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Courage To Quit Program Offered in May

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This seven week, quit smoking program begins on May 7t at the DuPage County Health Department, 111 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL.  Two sessions offered.  One at 12 noon and one at 4PM.  For more information contact Pat Carey at 630-384-8218 or Elise Schram at 5630-221-7075.

 

To download this flyer, click here: May CTQ flyer Final

5 easy steps to weight loss success (honest!)

Shaklee, 5stepsthe nutritional company, posted    thoughts about weight loss in Health Wise.  She writes about  five simple principles from the people who she has seen have weight loss success:

  1. Make the Commitment:  The first step for any change in your life is to commit to that change—and it seems to work best if it is a public commitmentPermanent weight loss takes a long-term commitment (really, for the rest of your life), but it also starts with the first step. So, decide what you can bite off—maybe that is two weeks or maybe you can commit to two months. I strongly urge you to try to commit to ninety days because that is a meaningful amount of time to change some habits AND to see results! Read more

Do you use Pinterest?

pinterestWe are looking for a way to make out summer photo activity, Flat Apple, easier and more fun.

Someone suggest we use Pinterest.Would you post your photos there?

 

What other ways could be boost interest in this fun, summer activity?

Please click “Leave a Reply” below and share your thoughts with us.  TY