Give Your Family The A Gift Of Health

FE_PR_100419onparenting_daycare425x283The DuPage County Health Department would like to remind residents about the importance of getting an annual flu shot. Flu season can last as late as May and getting a flu shot is the best way to avoid the flu.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory infection that can lead to serious complications like hospitalizations or even death for some people. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu. Read more

Don’t Let the Holidays Derail Your Healthy Lifestyle

Turkey.3jpgNovember is a great time of the year, with the leaves changing and our attention turning to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This month is also National PTAs Healthy Lifestyles Month – a time when PTAs are encouraged to celebrate health and wellness in their schools and communities.

In their new brief, the PTA shared that many folks may think: “How can I possibly think about promoting healthy eating and physical activity during a time of year that brings families together to eat lots of delicious food, watch football, and stay warm and cozy inside?” Families may think: “It’s simply not possible to eat healthy or have time to exercise until after the New Year.” And, everyone may think: “Healthy food tastes bad and exercising is too hard.”

Simple Steps to avoid Diabetes

diabetes-ribbon-2Twenty-four million American’s have diabetes, 25 percent of whom are not even aware of the fact.  This growing disease, also referred to as adult onset diabetes, is affecting a large number of the adult population. Even more alarming is the rate in which this disease is showing up in teenagers and children.

There is good news.  Type 2 diabetes (the most common form of diabetes) is preventable. In fact, roughly 90 percent of cases could have been totally avoided simply through a healthier lifestyle.
The Mayo Clinic has published five steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes:
Get more physical activity. Adults should get about 30 minutes of exercise a day and children and adolescents should get about an hour of exercise a day in order to maintain a healthy weight.

  • Get plenty of fiber. Foods high in fiber include; fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Replace chips and candy with these healthy snacks throughout your day. Read more

Ten Healthy Eating Tips

yogartRobert Alan Anderson, an AFAA certified personal trainer and martial arts instructor working out of the Washington, D.C. area, and Claire M. LeBrun, M.P.H, R.D., L.D.  a registered dietitian specializing in weight management working out of the Washington, D.C. area tweeted these tips. They are worth sharing!

Healthy Eating Tip No. 1
Start by changing the “snack ratio” in the house. Slowly and gradually have more fruit and healthier snack choices around, rather than the typical, higher-calorie junk food. For instance, have three types of fruit (apples, oranges, grapes) to replace some of the small bags of chips or candy bars. Or simply start replacing unhealthy snacks with alternative choices, such as oatmeal bars, granola bars or peanuts and yogurt.
Healthy Eating Tip No. 2
When shopping at the grocery store, spend more of your time in the outer aisles. That’s where you’ll find the healthier foods, such as fresh fruits, fish and vegetables, which are naturally lower in fat and cholesterol and have not been filled with sugar, salt and other preservatives that add on the pounds. Read more

Calling all Husbands, Fathers, Sons, Brothers and Friends!

healthcare-icon-e1381192487648The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is looking for all men who have a connection to ovarian cancer are interested in supporting NOCC and each other by joining our new men’s group.

Men who have lost their spouses have asked NOCC to form a men’s group. If your spouse or relative is in treatment, or is a survivor, and you would like to be a part of this effort, then please consider joining us!

This male-centered group will be all about support and information services our men need to care for their wives and partners, for sharing losses, celebrating survivors and getting the word out about ovarian cancer – because ovarian cancer is more than a woman’s disease. Read more

Woman Health Magazine's Calorie Guide

weight-loss-manteca-caThere’s no getting around this fundamental truth: You can’t have weight-loss success unless your calories burned are more than your calories in. Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., a sports nutritionist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, recommends these formulas for figuring out how many calories your nutrition plan should include.

Everyone is different, but it will give you a basic idea.

Lazy-Day Calorie Goal
(use on days when you’re taking it easy/not exercising):
A. Your weight, in pounds: ____
B. A x 15 = _____
C. B – 500 = _____

Busy-Day Calorie Goal
(use on days when you’re active/exercising):
A. Your weight, in pounds: ____
B. A x 18 = ____
C. B – 500 = ____

Aim for these numbers and you’ll lose 1 pound per week, a weight-loss rate that’s healthy and super-easy to maintain. And … don’t forget to exercise too!

Need A Goal To Work Towards ????

walkingJoin the Wellness Center’s Heart Walk team and Train with us for a month for free with a minimum donation of $10.00   We meet every Saturday starting 8/31/13 through 9/21/13, from 9:00am-10:00am.

Saturday trainings include walking, resistance training, and stretching to help you walk with more.  We meet outside of Kids Korner. The training is outside.

This offer is available for anyone who is interested members and non-members. Invite your friends!

The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is on September 28th. It is not mandatory to walk on this day to be part of our team. However, We must see your name on our team with the $10 donation in order to join in the Saturday morning fun!

Questions?  Just call 630-275-2670.

To sign up go to: http://www.advocatehealth.com/gsam/wellness

Health Local Is On The Air!

HealthLocalThanks to District 44, funding from FORWARD,  and  the wonderful assistance of the guys at Illinois Center for Broadcasting, Health Local is on the air!!!!!

It is tagged on to the end of  SchoolScape, the District 44 cable show.  This way, the education interviews are all contained in the first half hour and all the “healthy stuff” is in the second half hour.  Nice!

 

 

You can catch Health Local weekly on:

Tuesdays at 4:30 on Comcast Channel 19,

and… on the Lombard Channel 6 on:

Wednesday at 11PM
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 11:30 AM and 8:30 PM
Sundays at 2:30 PM.

The first show features:
Generation H:  students from Park View School
Chef’s Corner: Julie Marie cooks Healthy Breaded Vegetables
Healthy Hints:
Interviews at the Glenbard Parent Series Health Fair
The Doctor is In:
Dr. Dungan from DuPage Medical explaining 5,4,3,2,1, GO!
Life Long Lessons:  Joan from Lexington Square
Workout Room:  Pilates at Health Track Sports and Wellness

Shows 2 and 3 are in edit right now.  Yeah!!!!!

Getting past those exercise excuses

bearexerciseThe Daily Herald Newspaper  had a great article on  Labor Day about exercise.

Now, what was your excuse ????

(printed 9/2/13) You know the benefits of exercise and you have most likely heard them a zillion times: a healthier heart, reduced risk for some cancers, better sleep patterns, weight loss, lower stress levels, stronger bones and muscles, less fear of falling, mental acuity, more energy and confidence.

Yet, according to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, only 3 out of 10 American adults get enough exercise. Quality of life can be improved by walking at a moderate pace 30 minutes a day. If walking hurts your joints, you can take your exercising to the water.
We make excuses to make us feel less discomfort if we are committed to exercise and don’t do it, Dan Kirschenbaum, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Medical School, said.

Exercise excuses — and solutions

1. I don’t have time!

  • Think of exercise as important as brushing your teeth or any other daily routine — for best results, you need to be consistent.
  • Include exercise times on your calendar as you would other appointments and reschedule when you miss.
  • Don’t forget in-home workouts, where you may be more flexible to fit short bursts of exercise into your day; exercise does not have to be a formal workout.
  • Create movement. Put on some music and make up your own dance steps, walk an extra lap in the mall or grocery store, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk instead of drive whenever you can.
  • Keep weights near the television, using them while watching some of your favorite shows and stretch during commercials. Read more