Healthy Lombard Invites Community to Crunch Along on October 12

On “Apple Crunch Day”, Healthy Lombard is encouraging everyone to crunch into an apple in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers.

Hundreds of thousands of school students in Illinois will crunch into an apple at lunchtime on October 12. Parents and other healthy-minded individuals will also join in the fun by crunching into an apple either in corporate cafeterias, their place of business, or at home.

Last year over 600 Lombard Elementary School District 44 and Glenbard High School District 87 students as well as parents, residents and employees at local businesses participated.

Healthy Lombard Foundation Board President Jay Wojcik is hoping to greatly increase that number this year. “We are so grateful to Jewel/Osco on Main Street (in Lombard) who has agreed to provide District 44 students with FREE Apple Coupons,” said Wojcik. “They partnered with us in Apple Crunch Day 2016 and, now that the community is aware of this special day, we are looking forward to much more participation.”

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Ever wonder how to lesson your kids’ screen time?

Overweight Brother and Sister Sitting on a Sofa Eating Takeaway Food and Watching the TV

College of DuPage Nursing Student Czarina Anne Cruz feels that children’s use of electronics nowadays seems unavoidable. They can spend a whole day watching TV shows, playing video games or texting on their phones, without having actual conversations with other people. This is alarming and can negatively affect their social skills and most importantly, their overall health including their sleep, vision, and weight. According to American Association of Pediatrics, children from 2-5 years old should spend 1 hour a day on their screens. For most homes, however, this is not the case. It is becoming difficult for parents to get their children’s attention, and getting their eyes off their screens.

Here are some tips to lessen your kids’ screen time:

  • No phones during dinner. Whoever touches his or her phone first would have to clean up the table and wash the dishes. This will also allow you to have a good conversation with your kids.
  • Wi-fi password. Do not give them the Wi-fi password unless all their homework and chores are done.
  • Turn off the phone at night. This will help them get enough sleep. They do not realize how much time they spend scrolling before they realize that they missed bedtime.
  • Play time Fridays. This is for your younger kids who spend hours playing on their tablets. Get them used to the rule that they can only have their tablet during a certain day, or on weekends if you prefer.

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Are good sleepers born or made?

Advocate Children’s Hospital asked the question, Are some babies just born “good sleepers” while others are not? he answer is no according to Dr. Darius Loghmanee, a pediatric sleep medicine physician at Advocate Children’s Hospital.

“In our society, we have very strange attitudes about sleep,” Loghmanee said. “We tend to look at it as a separate part of our lives which either magically happens or doesn’t. That is just not the case.”

Sleeping well is a learned behavior and it’s something you continue to learn throughout your life cycle, according to Loghmanee.

“Sleep is not something a parent can control in their baby,” Loghmanee said. “Only an anesthesiologist can put someone to sleep. It is no different than teaching your child the skills needed to do math. You must teach healthy sleeping habits.”

Loghmanee offers parents and caregivers the following tips to help your child become a so-called “good sleeper.”

1. Create a relaxed, happy and comfortable sleep environment. Consider lighting and soothing sensory input, such as mobiles, a sound machine or scents, such as lavender. You want your infant to associate these things with relaxation in their sleep environment. They will also have something consistent to focus on when placed in the crib. (Be careful not to overstimulate them, as well.)

2. Create a bedtime routine. Enjoy a short sequence of events that will help your baby wind down and relax; reading books, singing lullabies or rubbing their back. Learn what activities help your child wind down and incorporate them into the routine. Read more

When to keep your child home from school

Nina Lundberg, MD  whose specialty is Internal Medicine and who provides comprehensive, patient-focused medical care, wrote for Edward-Elmhust Health’s Healthy Driven Blog that every parent knows this scenario: your little one wakes up after a seemingly normal night’s sleep feeling awful, complaining about a sore throat or coughing.

You’re left with the dilemma of trying to decide if your child should stay home from school — and making that decision in a relatively short period of time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids stay home if:

  • They have a fever
  • They aren’t well enough to participate in class
  • They may be contagious to other children

If they’re taking antibiotics, kids should stay home until they’ve had the medicine in their system for 24 hours, even if they don’t meet the above criteria.

If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, she should stay home until she has had no symptoms for 24 hours. If they are running a temperature, most schools want kids to stay home until they haven’t had a fever for 24 hours as well.

Ultimately, your child’s physician is the best person to ask if you aren’t sure whether your child should go to school. But using common sense, along with the AAP guidelines, will ensure you make the right choice. Read more

Everyday Ideas to Move More

The National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute suggests that families move more each day and have fun with it. Think about what your family can do to be active together. Here are some ideas.

Make Time

  • Identify free times. Keep track of your daily activities for one week. Pick two 30-minute time slots you could use for family activity time.
  • Add physical activity to your daily routine. For example, walk or ride your bike to work or a friend’s house, walk the dog with your children, exercise while you watch TV, or park farther away from your destination.
  • Try to walk, jog, or swim during your lunch hour, or take fitness breaks instead of coffee breaks. Try doing something active after dinner with your family, or on weekends.
  • Check out activities requiring little time. Try walking, jogging, or stair climbing.

Bring Others Into It

  • Ask friends and family to support your efforts.
  • Invite them to be active with you.
    • Set up a party or other social event with activities that get people moving, like dancing or having a jump rope contest.
    • Exercise with friends.
    • Play with your kids or ask them to join you for an exercise video or fitness game.
  • Develop new friendships with physically active people. Join a group, such as the YMCA or a hiking club.

Energize Yourself

  • Plan to be active at times in the day or week when you feel you have a lot of energy.
  • Convince yourself that if you give it a chance, physical activity will increase your energy level; then try it.

Stay Motivated

  • Plan ahead. Make physical activity a regular part of your family’s schedule. Write it on a family activity calendar.
  • Join an exercise group or class. Sign your children up for community sports teams or lessons.
  • Pick activities requiring no new skills, such as walking or climbing stairs.
  • Exercise with friends who are at the same skill level as you are. Create opportunities for your children to be active with friends.

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Healthy Natural Tips for You and Your Family and Friends

Carrie Raab, atYL Oil Lady , shared the following “Back To School” healthy hints because it seems that the new school year environment is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. That means, here comes the runny noses, coughs, sneezes and colds that kids spread in the classroom and in the school hallways. While you most likely don’t have control of your child’s classroom, you do have control over your own home environment and your kids health.  While you have been busy getting their school uniforms/outfits,books,backpacks,and plethora of school supplies ready, I want to remind you of the benefit of essential oils for keeping everyone healthy.  I want to share with you some back to school healthy tips.

Back to School Healthy Tips


Nutrition is vital in your overall well-being. Your children need to be eating a diet full of protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. The more they can stay away from processed canned and packaged foods and restaurants, the better. We are what we eat! Most of our illnesses come from the foods we eat, the products we put on our skin, and the medicines we take. Make sure your kids are getting plenty of immune-system supporting antioxidants in the form of vegetables and fruit.  I love supporting my children’s diet with 1 ounce of NingXia Red and a good multivitamin that has whole fruits, grains and vegetables-this helps on those days when their diet is lacking in the nutrients it needs. Also, give your child probiotics to help support the immune system and provide good gut intestinal flora, which will also ward off harmful bacteria.

Click here for 25 healthy snacks for children.

2Regular Hand Washing

Teaching your children to wash their hands regularly will help fight off germs they come in contact with. Also, teach your children to cough or sneeze by covering their nose and mouth first. Many germs are spread this way. To help prevent picking up some of these pesky little germs, regular hand washing is great. While at school, you cannot always get to a sink, so this is where Thieves Waterless Hand Gel Purifier  comes in handy! The ones you buy at the store contain toxic chemicals, so go natural and use thieves gel purifying hand sanitizer.

 3. Sleep

Getting good rest at night is so important not only for the next day but for the days and week ahead. Do you know how important rest is? A good night’s sleep lays the foundation for physical and mental development as well as supporting a healthy immune system. Do your children struggle with going to sleep? I know transitioning from summer time with no morning wake up routine to a school morning routine is difficult in my household.  This is where essential oils can help! What we love to do at night is massage our kids feet with lavender, peace and calming, grounding, valor, and other oils that signal the brain to relax and help improve their quality of sleep. 

4. Nervous

A new year at school can be an exciting yet stressful time, especially for students starting kindergarten or entering middle or high school. Instead of putting harmful chemicals- over the counter and prescription drugs into their body, go natural and use essential oils. A few good oils to use to help with occasional nervousness are Valor, Peace and Calming, Lavender, or Stress Away. These oils will not cause your children to be drowsy, they will balance the systems in the body, naturally, and allow them to focus on their school work and be at peace.

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Coaching your child to a successful school year

Dr. Erik L. Johnson, from Amita Health, says that back to school means back to routine for everyone, and for parents that can be a real challenge for their children after a summer filled with sleeping in, later hours and nonstop fun.Getting children in the mindset for returning to the classroom starts long before the first school bell. Here are a few recommendations to help.

Discuss expectations

Begin the school year with a family meeting to establish a playbook for a successful year.

Everyone needs to understand their “job” in the family.

For your child, the job is going to school and learning. Consider privileges like screen time, weekend sleepovers, or other activities as a reward for your child for following the plan.

Your job is to be their coach to help them navigate the school year and cheer them on when they succeed. Let them come up with strategies, ideas, consequences and rewards.

A big part of a successful school year is everyone getting out of the house on time.

The first page in your playbook should be to avoid running around at the last minute, yelling from the sidelines for everyone to get dressed and hurry-up.

You don’t want to start your day stressed, so coach your kids to be ready to go.

Avoid morning madness

A good morning starts the night before.

To make an effective plan, start backward to determine the time your child needs to sleep and set a bedtime.

Now you know how much time you have left to prepare for the day ahead. Run through your pregame checklist as part of your cool down before bedtime.

• Homework done (before screen time)

• Clothes laid out

• Lunch made

• Permission slips signed

• Grab-and-go nutritious foods if you have a kid that does not like to eat first thing in the morning (yogurt, breakfast bar or PB&J)

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Learning well: Plan for a healthy start to the school year

Laura Milani Alessio, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, shared that freshly sharpened pencils, glue sticks and other supplies top the back-to-school checklist for many families. Making sure children have everything they need to stay healthy and safe, however, also is essential to a successful year of learning.

“To thrive in school, every child needs a nutritious diet, enough exercise, sleep, and other basic building blocks of wellness,” said pediatrician Sandra Hassink, who leads the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight. “Study after study shows that healthy students are better able to learn,” she said.

  • Food for thought: Research shows that children who eat a nutritious breakfast have improved concentration and memory, get better grades and score higher on standardized tests. Healthy school lunches also are an important part of a child’s overall nutrition. To supply enough nutrients and energy to last the day, meals should include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean protein and dairy foods. Limit highly processed products and sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda.
  • Active bodies, active brains: Building an hour’s worth of exercise into the daily routine helps keep children’s bodies — and brains — strong.  Physically active students tend to have better grades, school attendance, classroom behavior and cognitive function. Because the best exercise for younger children is active play, the AAP supports daily recess in schools.
  • Arriving Safely: Walking or riding a bicycle to school is a great way to get exercise, but make sure the route is safe, and teach your child traffic safety rules. Children should always wear a helmet while riding a bike or skateboard. If your child rides a bus to school, it should have seat belts.
  • ABCs and Zzz’s: Students need between 8 and 12 hours of sleep each night. Skimping on sleep can affect their health, behavior and academic performance. Because teens naturally fall asleep later, the AAP recommends middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Light from smartphones, TVs and devices can disrupt sleep, so turn them off at least an hour before bed. Read more

Have Fun – Win Prizes

Have you registered yet for Flat Apple 2017?  No?  There is still time to participate and earn raffle tickets to win some great prizes.

All you have to do is:

  1. Click on the Facebook link at the top of our website at and then click “Sign Up” or use the link on the Flat Apple 2017 Page on our website. WHEN REGISTERING, PLEASE REMEMBER AFTER YOU FILL IN THE STUDENT INFORMATION TO COMPLETE THE PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION. Once registered you will receive confirmation and a copy of the 2017 logo.
  2. Like us on our Facebook Healthy Lombard Selfies page (so that you can post your Selfies and Videos).
  1. Participate in any or all of the Flat Apple Activity. There are 4 ways to have fun:


  • Go to a designated site BETWEEN June 1 and August 10. (I.e. Guest Services Desk, Located Lower Level below The Eatery at Yorktown Mall, (the list can be found on both the Healthy Lombard’s Flat Apple 2017 webpage and Calendar Page), show the Flat Apple logo, participate in their activity, and then fill out a raffle ticket.
  • Find our Geocache sites. (The coordinates will be listed on our Flat Apple Page and emailed out to participants.) Take a selfie with the Flat Apple Geo Sign, post it on our Facebook Healthy Lombard Page. (We will fill out one raffle ticket for you per site/per day.)
  • Create a 1-minute or less video on a healthy topic using Facebook Live, Instagram, or similar app. (ideas are on the Healthy Lombard Flat Apple 2017 website). Post it to our Facebook Healthy Lombard Page (We will fill out one raffle ticket for you for each posting we approve.) Remember to add in your family password so we can find you!
  • Take a selfie of YOU doing something healthy (swimming, playing ball, etc.) using Instagram or a similar app. Post it to our Facebook Healthy Lombard Page. DON’T FORGET to add in your family password so we can fill out a raffle ticket for you. Limit – 1 photo per day.)



The participant (preschool – high school age individual) MUST BE registered by a parent or guardian to win.


Although Flat Apple activities are open to children from preschool to high school, some events are age-specific so please check event information on the Flat Apple 2017 Page of the Healthy Lombard website.


Individuals participate in activities at their own risk.


Students may participate in more than 1 activity per day but cannot repeat an activity (i.e. student could do 1 geocache photo, 1 selfie photo, 1 video, and 1 site activity each day but cannot do 2 or more of the same type of activity each day.)


Registering grants permission for photo of participation (not name) to be posted on the Healthy Lombard Internet sites.


*Raffle drawing will be held at the August Healthy Lombard Partner Board Meeting. Winners will be notified by email or phone and their FIRST names will be posted on the Flat Apple 2017 page of the Healthy Lombard website.


Winners and their families will be invited to a prize reception in September.


Questions?    Check out the Flat Apple 2017