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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Flat Apple Shares How Screen Time Can Be Healthy

Although limiting screen time is often thought of as an unhealthy activity, a Healthy Lombard partner is offering a great way to change that outlook!  Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Lombard resident Melanie Jordan is offering for free a brand new E-Course called 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success at http://www.YourHealthyLifeMadeEasy.com.

Each lesson, packed with valuable tips and strategies, is conveniently and privately delivered via email over a 5-day period.

Among the topics included in 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success:

  1. Four keys to the successful kick-off of your healthy weight loss journey
  2. The thing people find most challenging about healthy weight loss and what to do about it
  3. A little known secret about healthy weight loss
  4. The biggest reason most people fail at achieving healthy weight loss
  5. A healthy weight loss success essential you’re missing from your efforts

“I’ve seen first-hand in my own family the tragic health impacts of a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and obesity, and it is this desire to see no one unnecessarily live a life of disease and disability that’s easily preventable, that drives me as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and fitness professional.  So one of the ways I’m delivering on that mission is with the free 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success E-Course,” said Jordan.

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DuPage Among America's 50 Healthirst Counties for Kids

The DuPage County Health Department is proud to announce that DuPage County is ranked among “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids,” as reported by U.S. News and World Report.

DuPage County is the only Illinois county on the list, which highlights communities that are safe and child-friendly. DuPage County is No. 20 on the list with a score of 87.2 out of a possible 100 points.

“America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids” is a new set of rankings by U.S. News that identifies counties that feature, among other child-friendly data, fewer infant deaths, fewer low-birth-rate babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births and fewer children in poverty.

“This ranking is a result of the Health Department’s commitment to the healthcare needs of all DuPage County children and families,” said Linda Kurzawa, President of the DuPage County Board of Health. Read more

*NEW* AQUA ZUMBA CLASSES Butterfield Park District & Lombard Park District

 

Known as the Zumba® “pool party,” the Aqua Zumba program gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout.  Splashing, stretching, twisting, even shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during an Aqua Zumba class.  Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, the Aqua Zumba class blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.  This class is appropriate for all fitness levels and requires no swimming or dancing skills. Join the party without the impact!

June 10—July 29  Monday Session I       June 10—July 29   Friday Session II 

(no class July 1)      (no class July 5)

10:45—11:30 am        10:45—11:30 am

Ages 13 & up
$46  per session
$8 per class drop in  fee

 Butterfield Pool & Aquatic Center  – 21w730 Butterfield Rd, Lombard 630/858-2229 www.ButterfieldPD.com

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Friday, June 14th – August 9th 

9:30-10:15 a.m. 

Ages 13 & up

$45/$60 R/NR 

Paradise Bay Water Park – Lombard Park District   437 E. St. Charles Road 

 (630) 627-6127    www.LombardParks.com

For More Info: Please contact Lisa McDaniel, Licensed ZUMBA Fitness Instructor

630/660-8298 or LisasZumba@Gmail.com

June is Men’s Health Month

The DuPage County Health Department reminds men that just a few lifestyle changes will result in a healthier and longer life.

Statistics show that men die earlier than women, but more than half of these early deaths can be prevented.  The Health Department recommends these changes

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep serving sizes in check; watch your intake of salt, fat and empty calories.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Protect yourself from injuries at work, home or play.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days.
  •  Quit smoking.
  • If you drink, do so in moderation. Read more

Avoid The Sun; Avoid Skin Cancer

In honor of “May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month,”  the DuPage County Health Department  reminds residents to protect themselves from the sun, which can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection.
Take precautions against sun exposure every day of the year, especially during midday hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest and do the most damage. UV rays can reach you on cloudy days, and can reflect off of surfaces like water, cement and sand.

The Health Department recommends these precautions:

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as many rays as possible.
  • Put on sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. The UV rays from them are as dangerous as the UV rays from the sun.

Get Moving: Adding Activity for Better Health

Do you want to make everyday tasks easier? Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is hosting a seminar that will educate you with simple ways to add extra movement into your daily life thereby improving your overall health and fitness. These new ideas can also improve the quality and enjoyment of your workout. 

Learn easy ways to add small amounts of activity throughout your day whether you’re stuck at work or do not belong to a workout facility. 

Already exercising?  You will be provided with ideas on how to revamp your workout using technology tools such as heart rate monitors and phone applications.  This will make your workout more interesting which can boost your results and keep you coming back for more fun. 

This lecture will run Tuesday, April 2nd from 1pm-2pm and Wednesday April 3rd from 7pm-8pm.  Everyone is welcome as this is a free event to all community members.

Call or check out the website for information on additional educational seminars that are hosted weekly at Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center. Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is located at 3551 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove.  Check in at the front desk and head upstairs to learn something new!