Remember West Nile virus protection while preparing for July 4th fun

west nileWhile preparing for the July 4th holiday make sure you are also protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites that could lead to West Nile virus (WNV) infection. With all of the rain recently there are mosquitoes everywhere and they may be “unwanted guests” at your holiday activities.

The DuPage County Health Department encourages residents to follow the “4 Ds of Defense,” which include draining standing water, using insect repellent to defend yourself, dressing with long sleeves and pants to cover your skin and being especially careful between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Following those simple steps will go a long way toward keeping your family healthy. The Health Department also encourages residents to check the Personal Protection Index (PPI) widget on its website to get the most current information on WNV in DuPage County. This easy-to-understand alert system informs people about the risk of contracting WNV, as well as the steps that should be taken to protect themselves and their families.

The PPI widget provides a real-time snapshot of WNV activity, which ranges from zero to three, zero meaning there is no risk and three announcing a high level of risk with multiple confirmed human cases of WNV.  View the PPI widget at www.dupagehealth.org. Many community partners including townships, municipalities and park districts, also have posted the PPI widget on their websites. Residents who click on the widget will be linked to the Health Department’s “Fight the Bite” page for additional information.

The Health Department monitors WNV activity by collecting and testing mosquitoes in traps located throughout the county.  The PPI widget is updated at 3 p.m. each Wednesday throughout the WNV season by the Health Department’s vector-borne disease surveillance experts.

Hot Spot #3 is on July 1 at the Taste of Lombard

TOL NEW logoBGOur third  “Hot Spot” will be at the Taste of Lombard on Tuesday, July 1.

We will have a table near the Carnival entrance where you can fill out your raffle ticket for attending.

Then, if you participate in our Fitness Challenges (by the musical stage)  at 6 PM, 6:45 PM, 8 PM and/or 8:45 PM you will receive another ticket! The challenge includes  activities such as jumping rope, using a hula hoop, and doing jumping jacks – all easy and fun activities.

Reminder: use your copy of our logo (Flat Apple) when you take your “Healthy Selfies” during the challenge to be credited with two additional raffle tickets!

All you have to do is send the photos to us at jay@healthylombard.com and we will fill out the e-tickets for you.

Happy Farhers' Day from Healthy Lombard

imagesHealthy Lombard Partner and MSTOM, LA.c, Board Certified Herbalist Jennifer McGrath, shares this advice for keeping Dad Healthy for Years to come.

Many of the everyday foods you eat and not so common ones are heart healthy.

Cinnamon (Gui Zhi) helps to lower blood sugar.  Hawthorne Berries (Shan Zha), garlic (Xie Bai) and celery seed help to #ower blood pressure and cholesterol and improve heart function.

Acupuncture is wonderful for hypertension.

Clinical studies show it very effective in reducing blood pressure.

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/06/12/keep-dad-healthy-for-years-to-come

We Kick Off Flt Apple Tonight!

ZumbaHealthy Lombard is sponsoring the Flat Apple Program as a way to motivate kids to keep their bodies moving when they are on summer break from school.

Lisa Mc Daniels, from Zumba with Lisa, a Healthy Lombard Partner and Board Member, will lead off with a FREE Family Zumba session at 5:45 PM at the Lombard Cruise Night Stage at Park & St. Charles. We’re including ALL the family because adults are the role models.  If adults follow healthy habits, so will the kids!

Registered participants in the event,  will earn one (1) bite at the apple.  The “bites” are raffle tickets that give participants a chance to win great prizes. Like, a bike from J&R Cycle, an iPad mini, Beat Headphones, a 3-month enrollment at Sky Center Martial Arts, and signed jerseys from the Chgo. Red Stars Soccer team.

So join us tonight for some upbeat, healthy fun!

The more “bites” you and or your child earns, the greater the chance to win a prize.  At the end of the program, winners will be selected at random in a raffle.

To register, just click on the link in the blue bar at the top of the Healthy Lombard website.

    What Sunscreen Work Best?

    sun-clipart.1-wt3ukbConsumer Reports recently issued its annual sunscreen rankings. The consumer magazine ranked Coppertone Water Babies and Walmart’s Equate SPF 50 highest for lotions in terms of price and protection from UV rays; for sprays, Bull Frog WaterArmor Sport and Target’s Up & Up took the top rating.New research may provide a little extra motivation to use sunscreen.

    Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Channing Lab examined survey data from more than 100,000 nurses and found that those who had at least five blistering sunburns when they were 15 to 20 years old had a 68 percent increased risk for common skin cancers like basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas and an 80 percent increased risk of the deadlier melanoma by the time they reached middle age, The Boston Globe reports. Read more

    What aerobic exercise does for your health

    DSCN0833The Mayo Clinic shared that regardless of age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic activity is good for you. As your body adapts to regular aerobic exercise, you’ll get stronger and fitter. Consider the following 10 ways that aerobic activity can help you feel better and enjoy life to the fullest.

    Aerobic activity can help you:

    1. Keep excess pounds at bay
      Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise helps you lose weight and keep it off.
    2. Increase your stamina
      Aerobic exercise may make you tired in the short term. But over the long term, you’ll enjoy increased stamina and reduced fatigue.
    3. Ward off viral illnesses
      Aerobic exercise may activate your immune system. This may leave you less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.
    4. Reduce your health risks
      Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke and certain types of cancer. Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, such as walking, reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
    5. Manage chronic conditions
      Aerobic exercise may help lower blood pressure and control blood sugar. If you have coronary artery disease, aerobic exercise may help you manage your condition.
    6. Strengthen your heart
      A stronger heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more efficiently, which improves blood flow to all parts of your body.
    7. Keep your arteries clear
      Aerobic exercise boosts your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good,” cholesterol, and lowers your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad,” cholesterol. This may result in less buildup of plaques in your arteries.
    8. Boost your mood
      Aerobic exercise may ease the gloominess of depression, reduce the tension associated with anxiety and promote relaxation.
    9. Stay active and independent as you age
      Aerobic exercise keeps your muscles strong, which can help you maintain mobility as you get older.Aerobic exercise also keeps your mind sharp. At least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three days a week appears to reduce cognitive decline in older adults.
    10. Live longer
      Studies show that people who participate in regular aerobic exercise live longer than those who don’t exercise regularly.

    Read more

    ProActive Kids Summer Session at Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center

    logoProActive Kids teaches kids and their families fun ways to improve health through Exercise, Nutritional Lessons, and Open Discussion over 8 weeks. This life-changing experience is offered FREE to kids ages 8-14 who want to learn new exercises, lose weight, eat right and be more confident. (BMI must be in 85th percentile or above to participate).

    UPCOMING SESSIONS
    Summer 2014 June 9 – August 1
    Fall 2014 September 15 – November 7
    DAYS AND TIMES
    Monday and Wednesday
    Fitness and Lifestyle (Kids Only): 5:00 – 6:30 pm
    Friday Family Day
    Fitness, Nutrition and Lifestyle: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    WHERE
    Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center
    3551 Highland Avenue
    Downers Grove, IL 60515

    For more information and to enroll, please go to: www.proactivekids.org.
    Please submit any inquiries to info@proactivekids.org or call 630.681.1558

    Take the first step toward a healthy future. Sign up today to enroll your child and family in ProActive Kids’ next session.   Read more

    Celebrate Mom's Day in a Healthy Way!

    blueberry-cake-ck-1734304-lBlueberry Coffee Cake – less than 300 calories per slice
    (recipie yields 8 slices)

    Studded with plump, juicy berries, the cake also features a sprinkling of turbinado sugar on top that adds another dimension of texture. Ideal for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or as a snack to savor with coffee, it’s a recipe you’ll make more than once.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 large egg white
    • 1 1/3 cups low-fat buttermilk
    • Cooking spray
    • 2 cups fresh blueberries
    • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

    Preparation

    1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
    2. 2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
    3. 3. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes). Add vanilla, egg, and egg white; beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.
    4. 4. Spoon half of the batter into a 9-inch round baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup blueberries. Spoon remaining batter over the blueberries; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 cup blueberries. Sprinkle the top evenly with 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
    5. Note: If using peak-season fruit, use 1 1/2 cups blueberries instead of 2 cups, and only 1 cup buttermilk instead of 1 1/3 cups. This will make the batter thicker so the berries won’t sink to the bottom.

    3 Steps to Healthy Eating For Teens

    Between media messages (including social media) and commercials that distort ideas of acceptable body images, glorify junk food and fast food and hype crazy fad diets that are all too accessible for impressionable teens, it’s vital for parents to take extra steps to ensure their teen maintains healthy eating habits that can make it easy to maintain a healthy weight and good health for life.  The following are some important steps to healthy eating for teens.

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    1.  Breakfast is a Must

    Many teens skip breakfast, but it’s not a good idea because breakfast helps teens (and everyone else in the household for that matter), with doing well in school through its impact on brain function, concentration and energy, and it helps with maintaining a healthy weight.

    An ideal healthy breakfast includes high quality protein like smoothies with whey protein, eggs (more egg white in proportion to whole eggs to balance cholesterol if they have them frequently) which can be made to go in a whole wheat pita, tortilla or English Muffin, turkey bacon (nitrate free if possible) or a quality energy bar like Quest Nutrition bars made from whey protein.

    2.  A Clean Plate is Not Always a Good Thing

    Many of the weight loss coaching clients I work with today who struggle with weight issues can trace the messages of “clean your plate” drilled into them as a child, and often with the addition of “don’t you know there are children starving in the world” to magnify the guilt of leaving the table without finishing everything.  While you want your kids to have sufficient nutrition, it’s really beneficial to help them develop the good habit of using their own body cues to tell them when they have had enough food.

    3.  Don’t Stigmatize Food

    Don’t tell your teens that a food is “bad” or “good.”  All food is fuel, of course some fuel is a better choice than others, and what we have is simply a matter of choice.  You want to refer to foods in a context like “everyday” or “always” instead of “good,” and “sometimes” or “every now and then” foods instead of “bad.”

    This is another common thing I have to work on with my coaching clients who have weight challenges that’s been ingrained since they were very little who often refer to themselves as “being bad” or “being good” when they consume certain foods.  When a food is dubbed as “bad” teens can end up with guilty feelings about it which could lead to eating disorders.  It also can become more desirable as something forbidden or rebellious and can foster cravings that lead to overindulgence or even bingeing that would not be the case if the food was not given special status.

    Healthy Lombard Partner and Certified Health and Wellness Coach Melanie Jordan specializes in helping others get back to their dream weight for good without gimmicks or deprivation.  Weight Loss Coach Melanie really “gets” those who are challenged with losing and maintaining their weight as she has successfully overcome her own weight struggles and kept off 48 pounds.  Melanie is also an ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Silver Sneakers FLEX Instructor specializing in Senior Fitness (Zumba Gold® Licensed, Ageless Grace® Certified Educator and Silver Sneakers® Classic Exercise and Circuit Training Certified).

    Copyright 2014 Your Healthy Life Made Easy LLC

     

    National Infant Immunization Awareness Week, April 26 – May 3

    cartoon_vaccine125The DuPage County Health Department shared in a press release this week that National Infant Immunization Week is April 26-May 3.  Therefore, it is  reminding parents to vaccinate their children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended immunization schedule for safe, proven disease protection.

    Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their infant is up-to-date on immunizations.

    Immunizations not only provide individual protection to each child, but protect the health of the entire community. Immunizations have been so successful, in fact, that many people may not have seen cases of the serious diseases they prevent. Read more