A bounty of ideas for healthful breakfasts

42-17233161-630x353breakfastThe Daily Herald Newspaper shared that parents are beginning to again contemplate carpools, homework and how to keep hectic mornings moving smoothly. Because we shouldn’t send our kids off to school without a healthful meal, we should start contemplating breakfast, too.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, two-thirds of teenage girls and half of teenage boys don’t eat breakfast, even though it has proved to be essential to help them focus and maintain energy levels in school.

There are three key nutrients that make up a wholesome breakfast.
1.  Protein

  • Provides concentrated energy for the body
  • Constructs the brain
  • Repairs tissue
  • Keeps the body satisfied longer

2.  Healthful fat

  • Supplies energy
  • Builds the brain
  • Slows absorption of other parts of the meal, keeping the body satisfied longer

3.  Fiber

  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Keeps the body full longer

Where to start

Serve any of these items with a side of fruit for a healthful breakfast.

  • Eggs
  • Hard-cooked
  • Scrambled (add veggies)
  • Egg nest: whole grain toast with an egg fried in a hole in the middle
  • Breakfast burrito: scrambled eggs and cheese in a whole-grain wrap
  • Frittata (Make in advance and heat up a slice, or make as muffins so they’re easy to reheat, grab and go.)
  • Green eggs and ham (Chop a handful of spinach into tiny pieces and toss with eggs before scrambling. Serve with a side of nitrate-free bacon or ham.)
  • Smoothies
    1. Start with a frozen banana
    2. Add any combination of fresh or frozen fruit (berries, pineapple, mango, cherries)
    3. For added nutrition, throw in a handful of greens (spinach, kale)
    4. For protein: 1 tablespoon nut butter, a handful of raw cashews or sunflower seeds, or ½ cup plain yogurt
    5. For a creamier texture: ½ cup almond milk or coconut milk
    6. Add water if needed until it blends smoothly    Read more

Sky Center Awarded Mark of Excellence!

Sky Centers Martial Arts has always sought to deliver quality martial art instruction, while mark of excellence picture 2013making a difference in their community. That’s why receiving the Mark of Excellence Award from one of the most respected organizations in the industry for over 35 years, Century Martial Arts, is an honor martial art schools across the world hope for each year.

Sky Centers Martial Arts was proud to be one of the selected establishments chosen to receive this prestigious designation in recognition of the immense positive impact they have on their community. It is the highest honor bestowed by Century Martial Arts to a select group of businesses each year. The Mark of Excellence Award was earned by the extraordinary level of dedication Sky Centers exhibited to help students in this community achieve great personal growth, in life and in martial arts. “At Century our core belief is that martial arts has the ability to profoundly change lives,” said Century Martial Arts founder and CEO, L. Michael Dillard, “and that is exactly what George and Krista Sky are doing— changing lives for betterment of their community.” Read more

August is Child Eye Health 7 Safety Month

eyetestAugust is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and the DuPage County Health Department reminds parents that the Health Department offers vision and hearing screenings to County children in preschools, daycare facilities and public and private schools.
Certified hearing and vision technicians from the Health Department provide the screenings for vision and hearing.  In the event that the child fails either screening, the parent is informed and instructed to make an appointment with their child’s physician.

Health Department staff link uninsured and underinsured families with community resources where the child can receive follow-up examinations if necessary. Read more

There may be a link between sleep and obesity

The Daily Herald ran this informative article on August12, 2013:

According to a new study, a major weapon in the battle against obesity might be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep, says USA Today.

A study by researchers at UC Berkeley revealed why just one sleepless night can make us crave calorie-dense junk food like hamburgers, potato chips and sweets. While previous studies have linked unhealthy foods and sleep deprivation, the UC Berkeley study may reveal the source of the connection.

Researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of 23 healthy young adults after a normal night’s sleep, and again after a sleepless night.

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contest

Enter The Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest

Residents of Lombard, Villa Park, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove and Oakbrook Terrace who are 18 years or older now have a great opportunity to change their lives by getting healthy and losing weight with the Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest.

The Grand Prize Winner will be coached personally by Lombard neighbor and Healthy Lombard Partner Wellcoaches® and ACE® Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Weight Loss Coach Melanie Jordan for six months for FREE!

And EVERYONE who enters the Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest will receive 1 free month in the Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Do It Yourself Healthy Weight Loss Program at the Deluxe Level (which includes email coaching)–so everyone is going to be a winner and get some help with healthy weight loss!

Entries are being accepted by Coach Melanie from August 15th to September 15th, 2013 at http://www.yourhealthylifemadeeasy.com/weightlosscontest.html where full contest details and rules are listed, and the winner will be announced on the Healthy Lombard site and at Melanie’s blog at YourHealthyLifeMadeEasy.com on September 22nd, 2013.

This contest is Coach Melanie’s way of giving back to the community and helping others who have struggled with their weight like she did in the past before she lost and kept off 48 pounds and went from a size 14 to 6.  So get your entry in and please share this post with someone in the area whose life you’d like to help change.

ProActive Kids – Fall Session Starts Sept 16

The next session of ProActive Kids will take place September 16 – November 8.

Enroll your child today!

PAK will be offered at the following locations:

  • Downers Grove at Advocate Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center funded by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.
  • Niles/Park Ridge (New!) at Gemini Jr High funded By Advocate Children’s Hospital
  • Oak Lawn at Advocate Christ Hospital funded by Advocate Chidlren’s Hospital (site is full for fall)
  • St Charles at St. Charles Park District funded by Cadence Health
  • Woodridge/Naperville – Edward Health and Fitness funded by Edward Hospital

ProActiveKids Program At A Glance

What it is:
Designed in collaboration with physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, personal trainers, coaches and educational leaders, the ProActive Kids is a FREE comprehensive 8 week program that will introduce children ages 8 -14, and their families, to healthier lifestyle options. Children must be in the 85th percentile and above in BMI to qualify for the program. The program offers a fun and rewarding experience that consists of:

  • Physical Fitness education and Workouts – 3 workouts a week! Read more

Pre & Post Exercise Eating Tips

Greg Shealey, a health educator and president and founder of Bio-Fit and Wellness, says that scheduling exercise into a busy lifestyle can be a challenge, and planning meals and snacks around the exercise is another. Eating too much food, or the wrong food before exercise, can hamper your performance or cause indigestion, sluggishness, nausea and vomiting. On the other hand, if you haven’t eaten in six hours and try to work out, you may feel weak and unmotivated. The type and time of meal is important. A large breakfast may be troublesome if you are going for a morning run, but it is fine for a jog before lunch.

In terms of food, your goal should be to have fuel in your body from nutritious food that is no longer present in your stomach at the time of your workout. The pre-exercise food prevents hunger during exercise. Carbohydrates are easily digested, but foods high in protein and fat may linger in the stomach for some time, depending on how much you ate. Large meals can take up to six hours to empty from the stomach.

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What is the importance of recovery?

In the August issue of HealthTrack Sports and Wellness newsletter, Annie Flint, HTSW Certified Personal Trainer N.A.S.M., shared that one of the most important physical activities for recovery is plenty of stretching. If your body doesn’t recover properly, than you won’t see any further progress and it might be very harmful for your overall wellbeing. What happens to our muscles after a very high intensity workout is that they become stiff and sore as a result of micro tears. If you slack on your cool down and stretching, your muscles can experience blood pooling which means the blood that carried oxygen and nutrients to the muscles won’t return back to the heart and the waste product called lactic acid stays in the muscles. This is why we experience swelling and pain, sometimes even for a few days, after an intense workout. When experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness try to keep moving and stay active. Read more

Get Ready For School On August 7th!

The annual Back to School Fair, a “one stop shop” for health and social services for DuPage County families, is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park and will include the DuPage County Health Department offering services and school supplies to eligible families.

The School Fair is sponsored by Catholic Charities and features a variety of health and social services from organizations throughout the County.

The Health Department will offer dental screenings for children under the age of 19, school dental exams, which are required for children in kindergarten and grades 2 and 6, and vision screenings.

We will also have information available on other Health Department programs and services for low-income families. Health Department programs with tables at the School Fair include nutrition and general health information, child car seats and All Kids Health Insurance.

Parents attending the School Fair will need to bring proof of income, proof of address and identification of their children. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tips To Beat The Heat!

With hot and oppressive heat settling over the region, the DuPage County Health Department wants to share with residents some simple to follow tips that can help them stay cool and beat the heat.
Here are some tips from the Health Department:

  • Always wear light-weight clothing that has plenty of ventilation – the fabric should “breathe.” Stay well hydrated; always ensure you consume an abundance of liquids in the summer.
  • Exercise or schedule other strenuous activities when the heat and humidity are lowest, usually early morning and late evenings.
  • Rest in cool, shady places frequently. If you’re hot, go cool down – get indoors, drink cool liquids, enjoy the air conditioning for a few minutes, or take a cold shower.
  • Eat light, heart-healthy foods to replace minerals and nutrients that may be lost. Give your heart a little extra break during the summer months with a healthy diet.
  • Watch out for those at greatest risk such as very young children, the elderly, persons who may have health conditions. Certain medications may put you at greater risk of heat-related illnesses so be aware of how medications may interact with the heat.
  • For information on DuPage County Cooling Sites visit: [ http://www.dupageco.org ]www.dupageco.org.

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