Apple Crunch Day is Coming – Join Us!

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 11. 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 2017 and, now that the community is aware of this special day, we are looking forward to much more participation.”

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The latest on reducing belly fat


Overweight and obesity

acking on pounds around your midsection is easy. Losing them takes a lot more work. Here’s the latest evidence on what (and what not) to do.

Sitting & belly fat

The time you spend in a chair, on the sofa, or in a car may affect the size of your belly.

Scientists did MRI scans of 124 people at risk for type 2 diabetes.1

Eachwore an accelerometer for a week.

Among those who were inactive (they averaged 13 minutes a day of at least moderate-intensity exercise), each hour of sedentary time per day was linked to an extra 1.9 quarts of abdominal fat. But sedentary time wasn’t linked to belly fat in people who were active (they averaged 40 minutes a day).

This type of study, on its own, can’t prove that sitting on the couch boosts belly fat, but it’s one more reason to get out of your seat.

How to trim bad belly fat

Israeli researchers randomly assigned 278 sedentary adults (mostly men) with oversized waists or high triglycerides and low HDL (“good”) cholesterol to one of two diets with equal calories—low-carb Mediter­ranean or low-fat—for 1½ years.2

For the last year, half were also assigned to an exercise program (45 minutes of aerobic plus 15 minutes of strength training) three days a week.

The low-carb Mediterranean group was told to eat more vegetables, beans, poultry, and fish instead of beef and lamb. And they were given an ounce of walnuts to eat each day. Their carb limit was 40 grams a day for two months, and up to 70 grams a day thereafter. Read more

How long does your vacuum sealed food last?

Sarah Archer, who supports Your Best Digs with content development and PR effort and is passionate about evaluating everyday home products to help consumers save time and money, shared that storage is everything when it comes to keeping your food fresh.

Throughout more than 50 hours of testing vacuum sealers and discussing with food-safety experts, her group has also learned the length of time that popular food items last in the freezer, refrigerator, and pantry.

Learn more about how long your food will last if vacuum sealed and stored properly by downloading their guidelines. shown below.

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What is metabolic syndrome?

Neha Shah, M.D., who specializes in bariatric & obesity medicine and internal medicine at Edwards-Elmhurst Health share that if you carry a lot of weight around your waist, you’re boosting your risk for heart disease.

If you have high blood pressure or diabetes you are also at a higher risk.

When you have all three, you have what we call metabolic syndrome.

A metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that increase your chance of developing certain conditions. It’s not a disease in itself but describes the condition of having symptoms that could spur serious disease—such as heart attacks and stroke—down the road.

There are some things that put you at risk for metabolic syndrome (and, thus, a higher risk for future heart disease, diabetes or stroke). The more of these you have, the higher your risk: Read more

Sleep paralysis, is it always awful?

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College of DuPage Nursing Student Sarai Lopez discovered that sleep paralysis is a phenomenon involving a lack of ability to move your body, just before sleeping or as you are waking up. Right off the bat; an experience that sounds like it should be terrible every time, and is even worse when it happens on more than one occasion. But what if that isn’t always the case?

A recent study published by Lišková, M., Manková, D., & Bušková, J. (2017), demonstrated fear is not always the reaction that individuals experience when this occurs. In a study involving 189 participants, 39 actually experienced pleasant sleep paralysis. Factors contributing to the experience of pleasant sleep paralysis include how often fear occurs; minimally, or never, lucid dreaming, and the ability to, “influence the course of the episode”. As a result, sleep paralysis – though it sounds awful – doesn’t have to be a scary event. The possibility of pleasant sleep paralysis as a pleasant experience improves if the predictive factors can be identified in psychotherapy. Read more

45% of teens are online ‘almost constantly.’ But is it good for them?

Abby OhlheiserThe Washington Post shared that forty-five percent of teens say they are online “almost constantly,” according to a new Pew Research Center study on teens and social media use. That percentage has nearly doubled in just a few years: In a 2014-2015 Pew survey, just 24 percent of teens said the same.

Pew’s survey, released on Thursday, asked American teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 about their social media use.

“One of the questions we wanted to examine was how teens evaluate the impact of social media on their lives,” said Monica Anderson, a Pew research associate and the lead author of the study. After conducting the survey, Anderson said, Pew found that “there’s not really a strong consensus” on what that impact is.

In all, 89 percent of teens surveyed in 2018 said they were either online “almost constantly” or “several times a day,” with just 11 percent telling Pew they were online once a day or less.

That rise in the “almost constantly” category is likely linked to “a pretty big jump” in teens who have access to smartphones, Anderson said. Ninety-five percent of teens have access to a smartphone in 2018. Three years ago, Pew reported that 73 percent of teens said the same. Read more

Let’s Garden Together


College of DuPage Nursing Student  Rhiannon Gibson shared that community gardening can be fun and beneficial to your physical as well as mental health. Community gardening also gives people access to fresh fruits and vegetables while providing accurate information about growing and taking care of the plants. The community garden doesn’t just have to be used for fruits and vegetables, it can be a place where you plant flowers or create rock designs for everyone to enjoy.

While the fruits and vegetables provide a benefit to physical health, a community garden offers enhanced benefits such as, the opportunity to get out of the house and socialize with the people of your community; the community garden is beneficial for walks or just sitting and enjoying nature.

The simple act of gardening can be therapeutic by taking your mind off disturbing thoughts and the physical work involved can help to focus and facilitate relaxation.

Everyone can enjoy the community garden! Even those individuals with health or developmental impairments. In a journal article, It’s not therapy, it’s gardening, the authors suggest that in the garden, “solace safety and comfort were still experienced by people,  Read more

How Music Helps with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Music Therapy

Music has been with us for thousands of years as a form of entertainment, communication, celebration, and mourning. There are so many different emotions that music can help us to express, and it is a language that we share universally, as well as one that everyone can understand.

The style of music that we listen to most and enjoy may change every decade, but that sense of communication and feeling always remains. If you, or someone close to you, suffer from mental health conditions, you may find that they listen to music quite a lot, or even play it.

Music has a way of helping us express emotions that we don’t even understand ourselves, and can put these feelings into meaningful lyrics, or just a tune that resonates with every fiber of our being.

For many, music is a lifeline that keeps them tethered to the world, and without it, so many of us would be lost entirely. It is because of this link that music therapy was developed, and it is a great way to learn how to channel your feelings and combat mental illness. As someone who suffers from crippling anxiety and waves of depression, I have always been interested in trying this form of therapy out.

Whether you like to play the music or listen to it, you might be surprised to discover how beneficial this form of treatment can be, and in this extensive article, we look at the different ways in which music therapy can boost mental health. Read more

West Nile Virus ALERT

Over the last few weeks, West Nile Virus (WNV) has been found in mosquito traps in Wheaton and surrounding towns during routine testing by the DuPage County Health Department.

The DuPage County Health Department encourages residents to follow the 4 D’s of prevention:

Drain: Drain those items that collect standing water around your home, yard or business. Scrub and refill pet water dishes and bird baths regularly.
Defend: Use an insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors and reapply according to directions.
Dress: Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes when outside to cover the skin.
Dusk & Dawn: Wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.

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