Avoid Backpack Pain

Rise and Shine shared that heavy backpacks go hand-in-hand with the return of the school year, and parents need to know how to help their children avoid the pain. While there are no studies showing that carrying a heavy backpack causes structural deformity to the back, kids with chronic back pain are predisposed to becoming adults with chronic back pain.

Warning signs that a backpack is too heavy

The National Safety Council, founded in 1913 by Congress to build awareness, training and share best practices on safety issues, has developed the following warning signs that a backpack is too heavy:

  • Change in posture when wearing a backpack.
  • Struggling when putting on or taking off the backpack.
  • Tingling or numbness.
  • Red marks.

A child’s backpack should not weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the child’s body weight, according to a 2016 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Younger children and girls seem more susceptible to backpack-related pain, so parents may want to lean more towards 10 percent.

Children should also use lockers if that option is available. Parents can also talk to their child’s teacher and ask how they can help lighten the workload. Read more

What’s a Teal Pumpkin?

What’s the Teal Pumpkin Project®?
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. The nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. The steps to participate are:

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness –in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map.

    https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project/map

  4. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family. Social media is one of the best and easiest ways you can spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project®. Be sure to use #tealpumpkinproject each time you post!

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THANK YOU APPLE CRUNCHERS!

Dr. Cerone and Associates                         St. John’s First Graders.                                             St. John’s Cuties!

 

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North Elementary school/tri-town YMCA kids                  SJ 3rd grade students enjoying some apples at snack break

 

 

 

 

Check out more photos on our addition blog for today.

TY Village of Lombard for supporting AC Day!

 

 

MORE Great Apple Crunch Day Photos

Thanks soooooooo much for everyone’s support!

 

           

     

So many apples eaten on apple crunch day at St. John’s! WOW!

 

    

Thank you to the Lombard Westin Hotel for support Apple Ceunxh Day !!!!!!

 

          

 

      

 

SJ 6th and 8th grade students crunching apples on their field trip downtown. Thanks sooo much!

Easy Food Journaling Printable

Megan Darmody shared with Healthy Lombard that with the holidays approaching, balance and moderation are key. Regardless of which diet or lifestyle you follow, it’s helpful to consider what you’re consuming on a daily basis. How much of what you consume is mindless or on autopilot? Whatever your goal is—tracking what you eat and drink throughout the day helps identify how balanced your diet is.  

If you’re looking to make some shifts in your habits or routines, a daily food journal is one path to a more mindful way of eating. It helps you stay accountable by tracking patterns or gaps in your diet. You simply write down every detail of what you eat in a day, from your morning coffee to that midnight dessert. You can also include water intake or your workout for the day.

 

For an easy daily food journal, download or print the printable by Kitchen Cabinet Kings below. It breaks down every meal and has categories for calories, carbs, sugar to protein. You can hang it on your refrigerator if you work from home or save it to your phone for an easy log on-the-go. Read more

Acid Reflux / GERD – The Ultimate Guide

David Gray had big problems with LPR(Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) sometimes known as silent reflux and pretty much all the symptoms in the book.

The problem for him and many others was getting healthcare assistance that actually helped my problem – so he spent over a month creating a resource that goes in massive depth about everything acid reflux because believe it or not, 15-30% of Americans suffer from some form of acid reflux.

For some, it will be minor only affecting them on rare occasions, whereas for others it could be much more troublesome. Acid reflux is due to acid refluxing up out of the stomach and into the esophagus and even the throat where it shouldn’t be.

If you didn’t already know GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease which is basically the bad form of acid reflux. Typically speaking someone who has more severe acid reflux may be deemed to have GERD.

One of the more common symptoms that affect people with acid reflux is things like heartburn and chest pain but you can also be affected with things like hoarse voice or sore throat which is usually more related to another form of acid reflux called silent reflux which in fact should be treated differently than regular acid reflux and GERD.

I will be covering everything about acid reflux and GERD below – including what causes acid reflux, the symptoms you may have, how to diagnose it and how it can be treated both naturally, medically and even surgically in more extreme cases. Read more

Paleo Diet Meal Plan

Alex from WellnessCaptain.com, a blog about how people can optimize their body, feel great and look better, shared with Healthy Lombard that right now, Paleo is one of the most popular diets worldwide – and for good reason. It’s simple, versatile and it can be adopted by mostly everyone regardless of age or gender. But what are the real benefits of this diet and how can you actually implement it into your lifestyle?

What is the Paleo diet?
To understand the philosophy behind this diet, let’s think of our ancestors: the cavemen. They hunted for meat and ate whatever fruits and vegetables they could gather. Almost every meal they ate was raw and dairy, grains or legumes didn’t exist yet (as farming only appeared 10,000 years ago).

The Paleo diet, or Stone Age diet, claims that people would be much healthier if they returned to the very beginning of humanity and its eating habits. A theory known as discordance hypothesis suggests that we aren’t genetically made to eat processed meals or foods resulted through farming (dairy, grains, and legumes). Recently, more and more studies proved that these foods may contribute to today’s most common physical conditions: diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Most of the times, a paleo diet should come with an active lifestyle; once again, think of our ancestors who put in plenty of effort to hunt, build shelters and travel. Aside from this reason, practicing sports is particularly important because paleo diets may be high in calories (depending on how you design yours).
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Why is Extra Salt Injected into Meat?

There are two other major reasons the food industry adds salt to food. “The other 2 reasons, however, are entirely commercial and for most foods are the real reason the food industry wants the intake of salt to remain high.” If salt is added to meat, it draws in water, so the weight can be increased by about 20 percent. Since meat is often sold by the pound, that’s 20 percent more profit for very little cost.

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