Program helps kids and families get healthy

downloadDaily Herald writer Marie Wilson did a great story on Pro-Active Kids.  I though you might like to read about this fantastic program:

Families struggling with weight issues and obesity typically don’t have the advanced degrees it takes to understand the chemical complexities of food and nutrition, but suburban hospitals might have a solution.

Programs that teach the principles of healthy eating to a combined audience of overweight kids and their parents are available through hospitals such as Alexian Brothers andAdvocate Good Samaritan, and participants say they’re taking the mystery out of developing a healthy lifestyle.

Health professionals say bringing children and parents together for lessons on weight loss and exercise helps families change in unison.

“If you isolate the kids, the family doesn’t get the same kind of information and it’s not reinforced,” said Marcy Traxler, who has run the Fit Kids program at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for the past five years.

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Obesity Ups Women’s Cancer Risk 40%

obesity Deputy Editor at Yahoo Health posted on March 16, 2015 that obesity increases cancer risk by around 40 percent in women, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK.

And the list of obesity-related cancers isn’t short. The data show that obesity increases the risk of at least seven different kinds of the disease: bowel (colon) cancer, womb (uterine) cancer, post-menopausal breast cancer, gallbladder cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

Specifically, the data show that out of 1,000 obese women, 274 will be diagnosed with cancer — a much higher number than the 194 out of 1,000 women of normal weight who would be expected to be diagnosed with cancer.

“We know that our cancer risk depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and other aspects of our lives, many of which we can control — helping people understand how they can reduce their risk of developing cancer in the first place remains crucial in tackling the disease,” Dr. Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, said in a statement. “Lifestyle changes — like not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and cutting back on alcohol — are the big opportunities for us all to personally reduce our cancer risk. Making these changes is not a guarantee against cancer, but it stacks the odds in our favour.”

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Our Daily Circle

4242828-9911304714-Yoda.-300x288Dave Kuhlman NASM/CPT at EliteXTraining Lombard shared this post with Healthy Lombard.

-”Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by it’s immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.”                              Nicola Tesla-   

This past weekend I was unwrapping the Christmas lights from my deck railings. The constant circular motion of unwinding the strands from the spindles, which annoyed me greatly at first, finally got me thinking…..Everything around us is constantly spinning in a never ending circle… The blood coursing through our veins, the air we breathe in and out, the clock ticking away time on our kitchen wall, our daily circadian rhythm, the moon around our own planet, mother earth, constantly rotating, while she speeds along a giant invisible track around the sun.

If we feel like we’re just going around in circles in this life it’s because we are, literally. Most people are concerned with making progress, moving forward in a straight line, and getting ahead. Maybe time or even the ever expanding universe itself isn’t as linear as we’ve been programmed to think, maybe there is no “making progress” or “getting ahead.” Maybe the real key to living full a life is finding the good and the joy we can extract from the seemingly endless whirling ride we’re all experiencing… Choosing to take comfort from our daily rituals, our daily meetings, the trips to the grocery store, the sun going down in the evening and rising once again in the morning. Taking time to feel the laughter, the love, and the kindness all around us and forwarding that positive energy to others. Full circle.

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Four Major Myths and Truths About Gluten

breadThe SELF website shared that a glance around your local grocery store will confirm that gluten-free eating has gone from trendy to mainstream. An estimated 30 percent of Americans say they’re trying to reduce gluten in their diets—and we’re pretty confident the reason has something to do with the fact that the wheat-derived protein has been blamed for everything from weight gain to weakened bones.

But while a whopping 63 percent of Americans believe a gluten-free diet can improve their health (are you in the majority?), there’s a wealth of confusion and misinformation surrounding the topic. Below, we dispel common myths about gluten.

Myth: Gluten-free foods are healthier
Truth: Processed gluten-free foods often contain more sugar, fat and salt to make up for the gluten, which adds chewiness to foods. Compared with most regular bread, gluten-free types are not usually fortified with iron or essential vitamins.

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6 Reasons To Stock Your Kitchen With Blueberries

blueberryDaisy Melamed from East This Not That says ….It’s about time: The humble blueberry has never really earned proper praise.

Recently, though, researchers and nutritionists alike have been supporting the small blue fruit, informing health-conscious eaters everywhere that this average-looking berry packs a laundry list of health benefits (including weight loss) that’s anything but. We asked Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN to explain the recent blueberry buzz and discuss why, exactly, the blueberry is poised to become the next kale-level trend. Here, some of the top reasons to stock your kitchen with plenty of them, fresh or frozen:

THEY’RE GOOD FOR THE HEART

Blueberries fight the risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome, according to an early study performed on lab rats at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. After a 90-day trial, the rat fed a blueberry-enriched powder making up 2 percent of their diet had lower triglycerides and cholesterol, as well as better insulin sensitivity. (For a 1300-calorie diet, that’s a mere 1/2 cup a day of the berries.) This is due, Moskovitz details, to the high phytonutrient and flavonoid content. “These are called anthocyanins, which help protect against degenerative diseases such as heart disease and cancer,” she explains. Another study conducted at Harvard Medical School found that young women who had at least 1 1/2 cups blueberries per week were 34 percent less likely to have a heart attack. Those are powerful stats for such a petite berry!

Get the Benefits: Enjoy a Zero Belly-approved smoothie to jumpstart your day. Use your favorite combination of fresh or frozen fruit that includes blueberries, add unsweetened almond milk, and some spinach if you’re feeling uber healthy.

BLUEBERRIES CAN HELP YOU BURN THAT STUBBORN BELLY FAT BY TURNING ON YOUR GET-LEAN GENES.

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Rethink Your Drink Video Sweepstakes Ends Friday!

IAPO

OFFICIAL RULES

General Sweepstakes Information

  • The sponsor of this sweepstakes is the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), which administers the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO). IPHI is located at 954 West Washington Boulevard, Suite 405, Mailbox 10, Chicago, IL
  • This is a sweepstakes to illustrate for Illinois residents that it is easy to make low-sugar beverages — and delicious too!

Who May Enter

  • The sweepstakes is open to all residents of the State of Illinois who are 18 years old or older as of February 16, 2015.
  • Employees of the Illinois Public Health Institute and Obesity Action Roadmap endorsing member organizations of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses), and persons living in the same household of such employees (whether related or not) are not eligible to enter this sweepstakes.

How to Enter

  • Online submissions will be accepted beginning on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:00:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time and ending on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time, according to IPHI’s computers. Mailed submissions must be postmarked between February 16, 2015 and March 6, 2014 and must be received by IPHI no later than March 12, 2015.

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Watch 21st Century Sky Centers Ninja Live at the Fair TODAY

Sky Centers Team Elite recently starred in The Fold’s music video “21st Century Ninja” for LEGO brand toys. The music video is viewable on Youtube and the music is  available on iTunes. Today,

Team Sky Centers Team Sky Elite will be performing 21st century ninja live for you for the very first time at 12:50 PM.  Come watch their awesome presentation.

Come Zumba with Lisa Tomorrow at 12:30 PM

Lisa McDaniel from Zumba with Lisa will host a FREE Zumba experience at the Healthy Lombard Fitness February Fair on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Yorktown Center in LOmbard.  Come join in at 12:30 PM in the center court of the Mall.

Stage performances are being sponsored by Elite Training and the major sponsors for the Fair include Adventist Health Partners, Balance Weight Centers, and the Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group.

How to Flu-Proof Your CrossFit

bearexerciseIn a SELF Health article, by Alyssa Giacobbe it was stated that Wall Ball is a CrossFit staple, a multi-part exercise consisting of a full squat to launch a medicine ball vertically up the wall. You catch the ball in front of your face and then repeat the whole thing, squatting and launching again and again, often in multiples of 500, or so it seems.

I’m not especially new to CrossFit, and I’m not all that uncoordinated, and yet I can’t seem to Wall Ball without scraping the medicine ball against my face, often on the way up and then again on the way back down. When I think about what exactly I’m repeatedly brushing my mouth against—not just the well-worn ball but also everything that has touched the wall, the floor (where it rested before the workout began), my hands, and the hands of whomever handled the ball before me… well, you can see why I try not to think about it.

If you assumed plane travel had the lock on germ incubation, you’ll want to consider what happens at your gym this winter, and particularly at your CrossFit box, where packed classes of gung-ho athletes work with multiple forms of shared surfaces and hand held equipment, catching them, wheezing on them (or maybe that’s just me), and tossing them up again. At my CrossFit box, we’re given antibacterial wipes to clean up our sweat after we’re done, but that doesn’t do much to protect you during class, or in the case of partner WODs that have you sharing kettlebells with the neighborhood anti-vaxxer. What’s more, your body may be more susceptible to invasion during and post-workout, when it’s in recovery mode from all the physical exertion, while CrossFitters—a particularly type A lot—are often reluctant to take a day off from the gym even if they’re not feeling 100 percent.

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Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets

saltThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued “Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets: The Pressure is on to Keep Blood Pressure Down.” This CDC Vital Signs report shows that 9 in 10 U.S. school-aged children eat more sodium than recommended. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

To improve cardiovascular health and help to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 the CDC is asking everyone to  join them in sharing this information and encouraging action.

The CDC suggests:

  • Sharing information on your organization’s social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and/or Instagram
  • Following and sharing CDC’s social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, andInstagram as well as Million Hearts® posts on Twitter and Facebook
  • Adding the Vital Signs fact sheet to your website news section
  • Posting this information on your website
  • Including an article in your next e-newsletter
  •  Adding a post to your blog