Reminder about Ageless Grace Training

ageless grace logoAgeless Grace: A cutting-edge Body & Brain Fitness Program based on Neuroplasticity, Movement, Mindfulness and Music…21 Movement Tools address the 21 Factors needed to maintain lifelong optimal function…for you, your KIDZ! and your people!

Attend Ageless Grace Seminars and Educator Certifications in St Charles, Il May 22-24, Park Ridge, Il May 29-31, Chicago, June 6-7, La Grange Park, Il July 17-19, Pine Mountain, California August 20-23, Palos Heights, Il September 11-13,, Dublin, Ireland, October 3-4 and London, October 7-9.

Learn how to become…and stay “functionally youthful”and share with others. Attend an Introduction to Ageless Grace for yourself, invite Peggy to your facility to do an Ageless Grace demonstration/presentation or become a Certified Ageless Grace Educator and teach others.

Change the Model of Aging…for KIDZ! 5-105, all populations…in any facility…anywhere in the world!
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I hope you will join us.

AGELESS GRACE Seminars and Educator Certifications
Friday, May 22, 2015 to Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Is Advertising Making Your Kids Fat and Sick?

largeThe television series Mad Men, set in the early 1960s, shocks young parents today with scenes of children riding in station wagons without seat belts and putting dry cleaning bags over their heads for fun. Thank goodness we know so much more about keeping our kids healthy, we chuckle. But as any one of the smooth advertising executives from the show would tell you, don’t underestimate the power of a well-crafted sales pitch.

Today, one of the most troubling and fastest growing threats to our children’s health is their diet. Pediatricians have seen an astounding jump for their patients in dangerous, diet-related ailments, such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and asthma.

The best-documented cause is the increased consumption of fast food. It’s a trend propelled in large part by sophisticated and pervasive advertising aimed at children too young to understand the difference between marketing and facts. Don Draper would be proud. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that “advertising directed toward children is inherently deceptive and exploits children under eight years of age.” This past June, a study published in the journal Pediatrics reported that children significantly preferred the taste of food when it was packaged with cartoon characters, and that effect was magnified for calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods.

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Healthy Eating Habits for Children

Healthy SnackThe editorial Team from “Onlymyhealth” shared that proper nutrition and balancing calories is about choosing the right food stuffs and calorie conscious foods. Making children aware of what they are putting in their mouth and what it is doing to their body is important. Do not scare the child but make him aware of healthy eating choices and substituting calorie ridden food with low-cal options when temptation strikes. Also find ways to make everyday food both nutritious and palatable, innovate with your child’s favorite dishes with healthier options.

    Plenty and variety of fruits and vegetables. Sauté or steam them rather than frying and consider a low fat, packed with nutrition food. Avoid fried foods at all times.
    Low fat dairy products like double skimmed milk, low-fat butter etc. Cut down on all the unnecessary calories from everything.

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DuPage County selected as a Roadmaps to Health Action Award Recipient

Zumba_JAMDuPage County was one of 20 communities nationwide to receive a Roadmaps to Health Action Award. The Action Awards are designed to strengthen the capacity of communities to make effective and lasting change that builds on existing efforts to improve health.

The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) applied for the Action Award, which is part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. As a Roadmaps to Health Action Award community, DCHD, and several community partners, will receive a year of direct, customized support from a Roadmaps to Health community coach and be able to participate in a national learning network. Awardees also receive $10,000 to accelerate local health improvement efforts.

“This prestigious national award strengthens our resolve to improve the health of everyone living in DuPage County,” said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of DCHD, “It is an honor to be recognized for what we have accomplished and our plans to improve everyone’s health.”

“The Roadmaps to Health Action organizations are well-positioned to leverage the networking opportunities, coaching and this funding will help them build on their existing momentum,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, co-director of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. “These organizations are committed to better health.”

The Roadmaps to Health Action Award was developed in collaboration with Chapel Hill, NC based Action Living By Design and is part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. The Rankings show communities where they can improve, and the Roadmaps show communities how to take action to expand opportunities for healthier choices.

GPS Parent Series and Health Fair on May 7

gpsThe Glenbard Parent Series presents a day of talks featuring acclaimed clinical psychologist Robyn Silverman, Ph.D onThursday May 7.
Dr. Robyn Silverman knows how to inspire greatness in parents and their teens.  After spending years researching the areas of leadership development, wellness, and most recently, grit and fulfillment — here is a positive approach to parenting filled with strategies to help youth set goals, realize their gifts, and achieve their dreams.


Dr. Silverman is an award-winning featured expert for the national media, regularly seen on The Today Show, ,the CBS Morning Show, and Good Morning America.


Dr. Silverman is engaging, motivational, and passionate about helping youth overcome their barriers to achievement and success. She has been the consultant for 18 books on topics such as health, relationships, bullying, and child/teen development. Her book Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It is based on her commitment to help all girls reach their potential, and expands upon her groundbreaking research on body image as an obstacle to accomplishment and acceptance.


“Helping Girls Thrive : Developing Their Confidence, Goals, and Leadership”12:00-2:00 p.m.Community Consolidated School District #93, Administration Center, 230 Covington Dr. in Bloomingdale.


“Thriving Under Pressure: How to Help Youth Set  Goals, Discover Their Strengths, and the Strategies for Motivation, Leadership and Good Health”. Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Glenbard South 23W200 Butterfield Rd. In Glen Ellyn.    A 6:15 p.m. A Wellness Expo with over 20 vendors will precede the 7 p.m. program.


These free events are open to the public.
CPDUs are available for education professionals.


GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage,DuPage Medical Group, the Emmy Gaffey Foundation, and Trust Company of Illinois, with additional support from Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health at Central DuPage Hospital, FORWARD and Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence.


  For information regarding GPS programs, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator,
   at 942-7668 or


Bad Breath (halitosis)



Dr. Michael Cerone, DDS, who has an office in Lombard, IL shared that an estimated sixty-five percent of Americans have bad breath. Over forty-million Americans have “chronic halitosis,” which is persistent bad breath. Ninety percent of all halitosis is of oral, not systemic, origin.

Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on over the counter halitosis products, many of which are ineffective because they only mask the problem.

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by a variety of factors. In most cases, it is caused by food remaining in the mouth – on the teeth, tongue, gums, and other structures, collecting bacteria. Dead and dying bacterial cells release a sulfur compound that gives your breath an unpleasant odor. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, contribute to breath odor. Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs, where it is exhaled. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash only mask the odor. Dieters sometimes develop unpleasant breath from fasting.

Periodontal (gum) disease often causes persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, and persistent bad breath may mean a sign that you have gum disease.

Gum disease is caused by plaque – the sticky, often colorless, film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. Dry mouth or xerostomia may also cause bad breath due to decreased salivary flow. Saliva cleans your mouth and removes particles that may cause odor. Tobacco products cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods and irritate your gum tissues. Bad breath may also be a sign that you have a serious health problem, such as a respiratory tract infection, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment.

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World Asthma Day 2015: May 5

wad logoWorld Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. World Asthma Day 2015 is taking place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 and will again have the theme “You Can Control Your Asthma.” GINA will also encourage organizers to use the sub-theme, “It’s Time to Control Asthma,” by completing the sentence “It’s Time to…” as relevant to their event and target audience.


Volunteers Eligible for Free Care in Research Study on Chronic Low Back Pain

backpain2If you experience chronic low back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 85% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life. If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you may be eligible for free care in exchange for your participation in a research study.

Researchers at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) are conducting the study and need volunteers. Each eligible patient who chooses to participate in this research study will undergo a low back examination and receive custom-made shoe orthotics. In addition, some patients may also receive chiropractic manipulation. All exams and treatments received as part of the study are at no cost to the subject. If you are 18 years of age or older and you have had low back pain for a duration of three months or longer, you may be a candidate for this research study.

For more information, please call the Clinical Studies Office at (630) 889-6849, or visit

Mental Health First Aid

mental health

Did you know that you’re more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack? The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking help and, if they do want help, they often do not know where to turn. Mental Health First Aid training equips the public with the tools needed to identify and help someone who is facing a mental health crisis and connect them to professional care.

Mental Health First Aid Training Dates

Interested in
MHFA Training?Contact Denise Elsbree:
(630) 646-5154

YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training – April 6 & 13, 2015

  • 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Ann Reid Early Childhood Center, 1011 South Naper Blvd., Naperville, 60540
  • To register contact: Lois Cuevas, 630-305-5140 or
  • Fee*:$40.00

Mental Health First Aid Training – Saturday, April 11 & 18, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Windsor Park, Learning Center Room, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream
  • To register contact: Keith Cocking 630-653-1717
  • Fee*:$30.00

Mental Health First Aid Training – Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • New Lenox Village Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox
  • To register contact: Dan Martin, 815-462-6128
  • Fee*:$30.00

YOUTH Mental Health First Aid – Friday, April 24, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • DuPage County Health Department, 111 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
  • To register contact: Lori Carnahan
  • Fee*:$30.00


Mental Health First Aid Training – Tuesday, April 28 and May 5, 2015

  • 4:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
  • Naperville Park District, 2244 W. 95th Street, Naperville
  • To register contact: KidsMatter at
  • Fee*:$30.00

Mental Health First Aid Training – Saturday, May 30, 2015

*Mental Health First Aid trainings are open to Linden Oaks at Edward, Edward Hospital, and Elmhurst staff free of charge.