Program helps kids and families get healthy

downloadDaily Herald writer Marie Wilson did a great story on Pro-Active Kids.  I though you might like to read about this fantastic program:

Families struggling with weight issues and obesity typically don’t have the advanced degrees it takes to understand the chemical complexities of food and nutrition, but suburban hospitals might have a solution.

Programs that teach the principles of healthy eating to a combined audience of overweight kids and their parents are available through hospitals such as Alexian Brothers andAdvocate Good Samaritan, and participants say they’re taking the mystery out of developing a healthy lifestyle.

Health professionals say bringing children and parents together for lessons on weight loss and exercise helps families change in unison.

“If you isolate the kids, the family doesn’t get the same kind of information and it’s not reinforced,” said Marcy Traxler, who has run the Fit Kids program at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for the past five years.

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Obesity Ups Women’s Cancer Risk 40%

obesity Deputy Editor at Yahoo Health posted on March 16, 2015 that obesity increases cancer risk by around 40 percent in women, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK.

And the list of obesity-related cancers isn’t short. The data show that obesity increases the risk of at least seven different kinds of the disease: bowel (colon) cancer, womb (uterine) cancer, post-menopausal breast cancer, gallbladder cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

Specifically, the data show that out of 1,000 obese women, 274 will be diagnosed with cancer — a much higher number than the 194 out of 1,000 women of normal weight who would be expected to be diagnosed with cancer.

“We know that our cancer risk depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and other aspects of our lives, many of which we can control — helping people understand how they can reduce their risk of developing cancer in the first place remains crucial in tackling the disease,” Dr. Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, said in a statement. “Lifestyle changes — like not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and cutting back on alcohol — are the big opportunities for us all to personally reduce our cancer risk. Making these changes is not a guarantee against cancer, but it stacks the odds in our favour.”

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Our Daily Circle

4242828-9911304714-Yoda.-300x288Dave Kuhlman NASM/CPT at EliteXTraining Lombard shared this post with Healthy Lombard.

-”Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by it’s immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.”                              Nicola Tesla-   

This past weekend I was unwrapping the Christmas lights from my deck railings. The constant circular motion of unwinding the strands from the spindles, which annoyed me greatly at first, finally got me thinking…..Everything around us is constantly spinning in a never ending circle… The blood coursing through our veins, the air we breathe in and out, the clock ticking away time on our kitchen wall, our daily circadian rhythm, the moon around our own planet, mother earth, constantly rotating, while she speeds along a giant invisible track around the sun.

If we feel like we’re just going around in circles in this life it’s because we are, literally. Most people are concerned with making progress, moving forward in a straight line, and getting ahead. Maybe time or even the ever expanding universe itself isn’t as linear as we’ve been programmed to think, maybe there is no “making progress” or “getting ahead.” Maybe the real key to living full a life is finding the good and the joy we can extract from the seemingly endless whirling ride we’re all experiencing… Choosing to take comfort from our daily rituals, our daily meetings, the trips to the grocery store, the sun going down in the evening and rising once again in the morning. Taking time to feel the laughter, the love, and the kindness all around us and forwarding that positive energy to others. Full circle.

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Watch 21st Century Sky Centers Ninja Live at the Fair TODAY

Sky Centers Team Elite recently starred in The Fold’s music video “21st Century Ninja” for LEGO brand toys. The music video is viewable on Youtube and the music is  available on iTunes. Today,

Team Sky Centers Team Sky Elite will be performing 21st century ninja live for you for the very first time at 12:50 PM.  Come watch their awesome presentation.

Come Zumba with Lisa Tomorrow at 12:30 PM

Lisa McDaniel from Zumba with Lisa will host a FREE Zumba experience at the Healthy Lombard Fitness February Fair on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Yorktown Center in LOmbard.  Come join in at 12:30 PM in the center court of the Mall.

Stage performances are being sponsored by Elite Training and the major sponsors for the Fair include Adventist Health Partners, Balance Weight Centers, and the Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group.

How to Flu-Proof Your CrossFit

bearexerciseIn a SELF Health article, by Alyssa Giacobbe it was stated that Wall Ball is a CrossFit staple, a multi-part exercise consisting of a full squat to launch a medicine ball vertically up the wall. You catch the ball in front of your face and then repeat the whole thing, squatting and launching again and again, often in multiples of 500, or so it seems.

I’m not especially new to CrossFit, and I’m not all that uncoordinated, and yet I can’t seem to Wall Ball without scraping the medicine ball against my face, often on the way up and then again on the way back down. When I think about what exactly I’m repeatedly brushing my mouth against—not just the well-worn ball but also everything that has touched the wall, the floor (where it rested before the workout began), my hands, and the hands of whomever handled the ball before me… well, you can see why I try not to think about it.

If you assumed plane travel had the lock on germ incubation, you’ll want to consider what happens at your gym this winter, and particularly at your CrossFit box, where packed classes of gung-ho athletes work with multiple forms of shared surfaces and hand held equipment, catching them, wheezing on them (or maybe that’s just me), and tossing them up again. At my CrossFit box, we’re given antibacterial wipes to clean up our sweat after we’re done, but that doesn’t do much to protect you during class, or in the case of partner WODs that have you sharing kettlebells with the neighborhood anti-vaxxer. What’s more, your body may be more susceptible to invasion during and post-workout, when it’s in recovery mode from all the physical exertion, while CrossFitters—a particularly type A lot—are often reluctant to take a day off from the gym even if they’re not feeling 100 percent.

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Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets

saltThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued “Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets: The Pressure is on to Keep Blood Pressure Down.” This CDC Vital Signs report shows that 9 in 10 U.S. school-aged children eat more sodium than recommended. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

To improve cardiovascular health and help to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 the CDC is asking everyone to  join them in sharing this information and encouraging action.

The CDC suggests:

  • Sharing information on your organization’s social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and/or Instagram
  • Following and sharing CDC’s social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, andInstagram as well as Million Hearts® posts on Twitter and Facebook
  • Adding the Vital Signs fact sheet to your website news section
  • Posting this information on your website
  • Including an article in your next e-newsletter
  •  Adding a post to your blog

Village Proclaims Fitness February

DSCN1152The Village of Lombard Proclaimed the 2nd month of 2015 at Fitness February Month:

WHEREAS, Healthy Lombard was formed in 2009 as a Village-wide initiative to address childhood obesity and promote healthy living throughout the Village of Lombard; and

WHEREAS, under the umbrella of the name “Healthy Lombard” over 40 businesses and organizations have joined together usint the Triple “A” Approachof Awareness, Activities, and Achievement to address this need by providing our community with iesources and information on healthy living ; and

WHEREAS, many children and adults make a resolution each January to adopt a healthier lifestyle, but often need a boost to their resolve a few weeks later;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Keith T. Giagnorio, President of the Village of Lombard,

• Officially proclaim the second month of the year as “Fitness February” in the Village of Lombard;

• Congratulate all the children, adults, and businesses who will receive a Health Hero certificates for practicing and promoting healthy living;

• Remind members of our community who want to make a change in their lifestyle to visit the Healthy Lombard websites ;

•Invite the entire community to visit the Healthy Lombard Fitness February Fair that will be held on February 28, from 10 AM until 2 PM, at Yorktown Center; and

• Recognize the Healthy Lombard Model as a blueprint for other villages and towns to follow in order to make a difference in the health of future generations.

Health Department joins ‘Give Kids A Smile Day’ on Feb. 6

smilesThe DuPage County Health Department is joining the national “Give Kids A Smile Day” observance on Feb. 6 by offering free services to children, including dental screenings for children with special healthcare needs, in two locations.

Free services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wheaton and Westmont to children ages one to 18 and no appointments are necessary. Call (630) 682-7400, ext. 7776, for information.

Free dental screenings will be offered inside the Smile Squad mobile facility parked in the parking lot of the Southeast Public Health Center, 422 N. Cass Ave., Westmont.

Free dental screenings and dental treatments will be offered in the Dental Clinic in the Central Public Health Center, 111 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.

The Health Department is pleased to announce that this year, in collaboration with our “Ready, Set, Smile” program, we will also be offering dental screenings to children with special healthcare needs.


School dental forms will be given at both locations.


The Feb. 6 event is part of the national “Give Kids A Smile Day” sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA). This activity began in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to under-served children. Dentists and other team members volunteer to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States.

Congrats to Paul Zientarski: Action For Healthy Kids School Health Heroes Award Winner!

61We know the mind body connection is real. Just ask PE consultant, retired teacher, and FORWARD Advisory Board member Paul Zientarski. Paul was inspired when he heard a Harvard professor speak about the positive influence physical activity has on the brain. Paul teamed up with a few like-minded individuals and together they developed the Learning Readiness PE (LEPE) program to prove physical activity has a positive impact on brain function.

The Learning Readiness PE Program collects and analyzes data that proves students perform better in a class they are struggling in if they precede the class with physical activity. The research was a huge breakthrough in what Action for Healthy Kids refers to as The Learning Connection. Stated simply, healthy and active kids learn better. The Program has received worldwide attention and Paul has traveled the country presenting his brain research findings, explaining the effects of fitness and exercise on academic performance. His favorite moments include presenting brain science research to the Illinois Enhance PE Task Force and to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.

Paul’s investment in the mind body connection goes much deeper than LEPE. He spent forty years as a physical education teacher. “Helping kids lead healthier lives has been a priority of mine for years.” The biggest struggle he’s come across is trying to educate parents on making smart and healthy choices for their kids. As a loving parent and grandparent himself, Paul says, “Every parent wants their children to be successful but they haven’t figured out that success and happiness come from children who are healthy.” He won’t stop until his message is heard loud and clear!