Urge Your Elected Official to Cosponsor the FASTER Act!

Nearly 32 million Americans live with food allergies and related disorders. These diseases affect their health and quality of life.

That’s why Congresswoman Doris Matsui introduced the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R. 2117) to improve the health and safety of those living with food allergies and related disorders.  The introduction of the FASTER Actis the culmination of more than a year of legislator education, policy refinement and advocacy by FARE, resulting in legislation that will improve the lives of the millions of Americans with food allergies.

The FASTER Act would:

  • Collect national information on Americans’ exposure to food allergens and the prevalence of food allergies for specific allergens.
  • Update allergen labeling laws to include “sesame” and add new labeling requirements for additional allergens as new scientific evidence emerges.
  • Expand current guidance on patient experience data to include food allergies.
  • Study the economic costs of food allergies.

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What nobody tells you about breastfeeding

Anita Krajecki, RNC-LRNSpecialty: RN & Lactation Consultant wrote for the Edwards Elmhurst Healthy Drive Blog that if you’re planning to breastfeed, you may want to keep reading. Sure, you may have signed up for a breastfeeding class or two and asked some friends about it. Still, many new moms are blissfully unaware of what breastfeeding really entails.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend six months of exclusive breastfeeding as a target benchmark. Yet, research has shown that few mothers achieve this goal in the U.S. In fact, a survey published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that two-thirds of mothers nursing newborns are unable to stick with breastfeeding for as long as they intended.

Why do many moms stop breastfeeding within the first few weeks after their baby is born? Some common reasons include sore nipples, perceived insufficient milk production, concerns about baby’s nutrition and weight, and difficulties with breastfeeding.

It’s important to get off to a good start so you can maintain your breastfeeding goals.

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Join Us at Time for Tots!

Take Time for Tots Day will be held Saturday, April 06 from 10 am-noon at the Sunset Knoll Recreation Center (820 S Finley Rd.) and sponsored by Gianorio’s Pizza and Pasta, State Farm Agent Bob Goldin Sr, and Culver’s of Lombard.

Healthy Lombard will be providing 200 FREE “Go Fly A Kite” Activity where every child will receive a FREE kite kit and have assistance assembling their kites after they decorate them with stickers and markers.

This is a fun event that we did last year and we are looking forward to repeating it this year.

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Teens Need More Sleep

Eleven-and-a-half-hour days of schoolwork, homework-laden evenings and early mornings, and long schedules of activities have youth sleep-deprived and stressed, with high school students suffering the most. What do teens think it will take to help them get the sleep they need and deserve?

GENYOUth’s latest survey on teens and sleep, conducted in partnership with Sleep Number, offers new — and surprising — perspective on a topic of fundamental importance to supporting the whole child.

Like nutrition and physical activity, adequate sleep is vital to students’ health and well-being and essential to learning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Children and adolescents who don’t get enough sleep are at increased risk for obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and attention and behavior problems, which can affect them academically.”1 And the National Sleep Foundation notes that sleep “can even help [students] to eat better and manage the stress of being a teen.”

Sleep deficits among youth are well documented.

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American Children’s Level of Exercise

The Editor of Children’s and Nature Network reported that a team of researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio have uncovered some startling information about the amount of exercise the average U.S. child gets in a week.

According to the study, a majority of children are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity they need, and only 5% are meeting the goal of 60 minutes per day.

While this may come as a surprise to some, not everyone will be shocked by these findings.

Research has found that kids are spending more time on smartphones, tablets, or TV every year.

They also discovered that only one hour of screen time can increase a child’s chance of becoming anxious or depressed.

These results are worrisome because young children are in desperate need of physical activity.

Exercise is important for healthy growth and development, increasing bone density and strengthening muscles.

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According to Feeding America1 in 8 Americans struggles with hunger, leaving millions of people, including families living right here in the western suburbs, to seek assistance from their local food pantry.  And while food has become an unaffordable luxury to many throughout our community, so too are toys during the upcoming holidays.

This season, Culver’s of Lombard has earmarked children of the York Township Food Pantry’s clientele as recipients of its annual holiday toy drive.

Throughout the Chicagoland area, more than 30 Culver’s restaurant locations will be hosting toy drives for local food pantries, hospitals, and organizations that support children in need. As a fifth-year initiative, Culver’s continues its tradition of spreading holiday cheer.

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Balance Screen Time with Green Time

According to by  in  The New Nature Movement –   nature experiences can be a perfect antidote to the buzzing distraction of modern childhood. After a trip to the forest or the beach, the mind seems reinvigorated. Here’s why.

Attention Restoration Theory, first developed by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, asserts that people can concentrate better after spending time in nature or even looking at scenes of nature. Turning the theory into practice, by encouraging people to spend time outdoors in urban parks or wilderness areas has been shown to help many people.

Students can experience significant benefits. According to Attention Restoration Theory, resting in green environments allows students to regain the attentional focus they need for academic success in school. Concentrating in the classroom requires the brain to work in a way that cannot be maintained forever. The longer the brain must hold focus and ignore distraction, the more it loses the ability to concentrate. Read more

Experimental Nasal Influenza Vaccine Tested in Kids, Teens

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shared  that an early-stage clinical trial testing the safety and immune-stimulating ability of an experimental nasal influenza vaccine in healthy 9- to 17-year-old children and teens has begun enrolling participants at a Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) site at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. The VTEU is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone over six months of age. However, because the flu virus changes from year to year, vaccines must be reformulated annually to take account of those changes. When mismatches occur, vaccine effectiveness may suffer. “We are hopeful that newer kinds of influenza vaccines, such as the candidate being tested in this trial, will provide protection even if their components do not precisely match the currently circulating influenza virus strains,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

Principal investigator Daniel Hoft, M.D., Ph.D., leads the clinical trial, which will enroll 50 participants. Half will receive the candidate nasal vaccine and the other half will receive a dose of inactive saline solution delivered as a nasal spray. Neither the study staff nor volunteers will know whether a participant has received the experimental

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The Exercise That Helps Mental Health Most

Sumathi Reddy shared in the Wall Street Journal that we assume exercise improves our mental health. But what kind of exercise works best?

Researchers looking at the link between physical activity and mental health found that team sports fared best, followed by cycling, either on the road or a stationary bike.

The study, published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry this month, is among the first of its kind, and the largest, analyzing the effect of different types of exercise.

It found that physical activity typically performed in groups, such as team sports and gym classes, provided greater benefits than running or walking.

Researchers rated mental health based on a survey. It asked respondents how many days in the previous month their mental health was “not good” due to stress, depression or problems with emotions.

People who played team sports like soccer and basketball reported 22.3% fewer poor mental-health days than those who didn’t exercise. Those who ran or jogged fared 19% better, while those who did household chores 11.8% better.

In a secondary analysis, the researchers found that yoga and tai chi—grouped into a category called recreational sports in the original analysis—had a 22.9% reduction in poor mental-health days. (Recreational sports included everything from yoga to golf to horseback riding.)

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DuPage Medical Group offers obesity medicine services

DuPage Medical Group, a large independent, multi-specialty physician group, said it will now offer obesity medicine services at its new weight loss clinic in Oak Brook.

Leading this new service line are Doctors Zaid Jabbar and Jeffrey Pua, who work alongside patients to help them achieve their wellness goals through individualized approaches to weight loss management at 3011 Butterfield Road, Suite 240 in Oak Brook.

 High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis and sleep apnea are just some of the chronic conditions that can be caused by obesity. DMG’s Weight Loss Clinic specializes in obesity management services as well as medical consultation for metabolic disorders and weight control. Each patient receives a customized wellness plan that evaluates key health areas such as preventative care, metabolic disease, weight loss, cholesterol management and medication management. Obesity medicine specialists coordinate each patient’s care with other medical specialists, aiming to improve overall health and quality of life through weight loss management.

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