The Danger of Sunburn Art

sunburn-artA dangerous new behavior is trending on social media, warns the Skin Cancer Foundation.

“Sunburn art” is a type of body art created by exposing certain parts of the body to the sun without using proper sun protection. The result is a sunburn in the shape of a particular image, design or pattern.

In response to this growing trend, The Skin Cancer Foundation has released the following statement:

“The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly advises the public to avoid sunburns at all costs. A sunburn is not only painful — it’s dangerous, and comes with consequences. Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin aging, and increase your lifetime skin cancer risk. In fact, sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.”

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends adopting a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use.

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How To Truly Clean Your Sweaty Gym Clothes

runnerSELF Magazine shared that the words synonymous with summer workouts: sweat and stink. And it’s not something that happens just when you’re working out—just taking a quick stroll from your car to the studio is bound to result in a little sweat. It’s gross, but it’s a reality. While regular detergent might work on a pair of jeans, it didn’t hold up for one PopSugar Fitness editor’s soaked-in-sweat workout gear.

After playing around with plenty of DIY solutions and testing every detergent she could get her hands on, she found three solid choices that work for her most delicate sports bras, leggings and tops. These tested picks won’t leave a weird residue behind or harm the technical properties of good workout gear—and most importantly, they eliminate that tell-tale funk that you just had a killer session at the gym. Here’s how her sweat-test panned out:

Nathan Sport-Wash

After years of being disappointed with how traditional detergents cleaned—or didn’t clean—my gear, I happened upon Nathan Sport-Wash ($19). While it’s a little dramatic to say this about laundry detergent, Nathan’s changed my life. No matter how gross I get while exercising, Nathan Sport-Wash eliminates any odors that are lingering in my gear. Case in point: After sweating it out in a Tabata class, I accidentally left my wadded-up gear sitting in my gym bag. As you can imagine, it was not pleasant when I found it all almost a week later. After washing everything in Nathan’s, every trace of foul odor was gone. What I most appreciate about this detergent is that it doesn’t cover up odor with flowery perfumes; it has a neutral scent.

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Please take a Moment to Make A Difference


iapoOver the next few weeks, state legislators and the Governor will be working on a Fiscal 2016 budget. Right now, we have a unique opportunity to include the provisions of the Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Act in the final package.

The Healthy Eating Active Living Act: The Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Act provides kids, families, and communities the tools to live healthier lives through investment of funds from a small excise tax on sugary drinks. The HEAL Act will provide Illinois communities with opportunities for physical activity and affordable healthy food, like healthier and tastier school lunches, enhanced physical education, farmers markets, and safe places for kids and families to be active.

A critical part of the HEAL Act is a sugary drink tax that would generate $600 million in fiscal year 2016. This revenue would be used to restore cuts to Medicaid and fund critical prevention programs like healthier school lunches, walking and biking paths, and “double bucks” LINK Up Illinois programs for low-income families at farmers markets.
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A recent poll showed a remarkable level of public support (65%) among Illinois voters for a penny-per-ounce sugary drink tax if it is invested in health as outlined in the HEAL Act, including strong support in all regions of the state, and across African American, Latino and white Illinoisans.

If we keep doing what we’ve been doing – paying for healthcare for people after they get sick with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases – we will continue to face rising and unsustainable health care costs. Today, obesity costs the Illinois health care system $6 billion per year, with over $1 billion of that coming from Medicaid. We need to invest in prevention.

We need to keep building momentum by going to townhalls, contacting legislators, and rallying new groups and individuals to join the campaign. We need to make it clear that we want a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks to be included in the 2016 budget for an Illinois Wellness Fund including:

  • Funding for community heart disease, diabetes, and obesity prevention programs as outlined in the HEAL Act, with at least 50% of funds going to the highest need communities.
  • Funding for Medicaid to cover obesity treatment for children, diabetes prevention and education services provided through community health workers, restore service cuts such as adult dental and podiatry, and restore other proposed cuts to providers. Of course, any funds dedicated to Medicaid will also draw down federal match, potentially adding $1 billion dollars to the state budget.
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Trees Are Good For You!

bird-in-treeIn a new paper published Thursday, a team of researchers present a compelling case for why urban neighborhoods filled with trees are better for your physical health. The research appeared in the open access journal Scientific Reports.

The large study builds on a body of prior research showing the cognitive and psychological benefits of nature scenery — but also goes farther in actually beginning to quantify just how much an addition of trees in a neighborhood enhances health outcomes. The researchers, led by psychologist Omid Kardan of the University of Chicago, were able to do so because they were working with a vast dataset of public, urban trees kept by the city of Toronto — some 530,000 of them, categorized by species, location, and tree diameter — supplemented by satellite measurements of non-public green space (for instance, trees in a person’s back yard).

They also had the health records for over 30,000 Toronto residents, reporting not only individual self-perceptions of health but also heart conditions, prevalence of cancer, diabetes, mental health problems and much more.

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Guide to Grilling Veggies this Summe

grilling-vegetablesJenny Craig representative Staci Amend shared that she thinks it just FEEL more like summer the first time you fire up the grill? And if that doesn’t already put you in a better mood, here’s another reason to smile: fresh, grilled veggies are almost always a great complement to your Jenny Craig weight loss journey—they’re high in nutrients and fiber, low in calories and fat, and their high water content can help you feel fuller, faster. What’s more, grilling vegetables is something anyone can do! Follow these simple tips for perfectly cooked sides.

No-fuss sides, all summer long
Grilled veggies don’t need much encouragement to be delicious—just some light seasoning and some non-fat cooking spray, and you’re good to go. Grilling brings out most foods’ natural flavors without a lot of fuss, so you don’t have to worry about marinating anything in oil, which can add quite a bit of calories and fat. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different fresh herbs; rosemary, oregano, garlic and ginger are all great options. You can also try brushing your veggies with bit of balsamic vinegar while they’re on the grill. Yum!

Slice well, sear and shift
Cook times will vary by individual grill, as they’ve all got their own unique environments. But in general, in order to prevent burning, make sure to slice wisely—dense vegetables like potatoes should be thinner, while high-water-content veggies like zucchini, which cook much faster, should be a bit thicker. If you want yours to have visible char marks, sear them first on both sides over high heat, then move them to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking. This will prevent veggies that are burned on the outside and raw inside.

Contain smaller veggies
If you’re grilling something tiny, like cherry tomatoes or squash blossoms, consider using a skewer or a grill basket. This will keep them from rolling around or falling into the fire. If you don’t have either of these, it’s easy to make an impromptu “basket” by doubling a piece of aluminum foil and rolling up the edges. Foil can also be helpful if you’re cooking root vegetables; fold the sides into a tent, and they’ll cook much faster.

Try something new every week
With so many great vegetables in season this time of year, now’s a great time to be adventurous with your eating. Asparagus, corn, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, squash, tomatoes and zucchini are all great options for the grill. You can even slice cauliflower lengthwise to make hearty “cauli-steaks.” Bon appétit!


College of DuPage Laps with the Chaps Sunset 5K Run/Walk


Sat., Sept. 26, 2015
2 to 7 p.m. COD Food Truck Rally
4:30 p.m. 5K Race start:
5:30 p.m. 100-yard Youth Dash start

Register now!  All proceeds from this event will benefit the College of DuPage Foundation Student Emergency Fund established to alleviate day-to-day expenses such as bus passes and meals for COD students who are at risk of dropping out due to unanticipated financial strains.

Advance Registration Fees:

·       $5- Current COD Students (*Limitations apply)

·       $10- Seniors (60+) and Kids (ages 5-12)

·       $20- COD Employees, COD Alumni, & CARA Members

·       $25- General 5K Registrations

·       $5- Youth Dash (both age divisions)

·       Children under 4 are free. Strollers are welcome.

What’s the big deal?!

·       $200 Visa gift cards will be awarded to the Top Overall male and female runners and the “Middle of the Pack” winner.

·       All 5K participants are eligible to win a free iPad.

·       Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female age group winners.

·       $2.00 COD Food Truck Rally voucher included in each race packet

·       New course (no hairpin turns)!

·       Teams of at least three people can compete for Best Time and “Luck of the Draw”. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Whole Foods gift card! 

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proactive-kidsProActive Kids is a health education program offered FREE to children ages 8-14 who are considered obese or overweight and their families.

As a doctor, nurse, dietitian, trainer or other industry professional, you will see many overweight children this summer, and we hope you will remember to tell them about ProActive Kids 8 Week Program. Click here for more information on the complete program.

We are reaching out to you to let you know there is a ProActive Kids program in your community where you can refer your patients or clients.

Please refer patients, students or parents to the ProActive Kids website or give them a flyer and tell them to contact ProActive Kids for more information: or 630-681-1558.

We are also happy to send you a packet of flyers or posters to promote the program at your location – just make the request by responding to this email. Click to download the general flyer and physician referral form and distribute at your organization.

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Water – Some interesting observations

drinking-water-standardsVeggie Girl (follow), A Vegetarian Around The World Nutrition (150)   shared that we often hear about how drinking water is important to our health. Our body needs water to function properly and prevent dehydration.But there are a few tricks to follow when drinking water to get the best from that humble glass of natural drink to stay healthy

1) Drink a warm glass of water first thing in the morning.
Drinking water on an empty stomach is an old Ayurvedic ritual which has been followed by many for years; it helps cleanse your internal body system and get rid of toxins. Many prefer to add lemon and honey to it for extra health benefits.This simple morning ritual has helped me with my constipation and acne which was bothering me for a long time.Others claim that this has helped them with headaches, bodyaches, excess body fat, menstrual disorders etc.The best way to drink it is before brushing your teeth. Drink one or two glasses if possible. Brush your teeth and wait for 45 minutes before eating anything.

2) Do not drink water while eating or directly before or after a meal.
Drinking water before, after or while eating a meal makes us think we are full therefore we do not eat as much as we should. Although some might think this is a good way for weight loss, you are never going to feel satisfied with what your eat and may binge eat later. There is also a theory that water dilutes your digestive juices and inhibits healthy digestion.

If you must drink water while eating, try to only drink warm water or green tea. Cold water or cold drinks can slow down our digestive process and turn the oils in our stomachs into bad fats which can clog our arteries; warm water may help to break the fats and oils.

3) Drink water at room temperature.
Ayurvedic tradition believes water must be consumed at room temperature. Cold water is believed to drench our digestive system and also assit in weight gain.While drinking water do not chug it down your throat in a hurry but sit down and drink it slowly as it helps our body to absorb what we drink. And last but not least, drink as much as you can as sometimes our body confuses hunger with thirst, so drinking a lot of water might help you stay away from those calorie loaded snacks.

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Healthy Lombard included on Impact DuPage Dashboard

The Impact DuPage Dashboard Committee has chosen to include Healthy Lombard on its  website as one of its Community Coalition partners.impact-dupage

The Community members are working together to improve everyone’s well-being, tackling complex issues such as obesity, homelessness, and substance abuse.  To learn more and join in the effort, check out the coalition’s website or reach out to their contact person.

 The Healthy Lombard info can be found under Wellness and Lifestyle header at