Great Video About Chiropractic Care

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Dr. Tim Weselak, from West Suburban Wellness in Lombard, IL, has created a great video that explains the benefits of Chiropractic Care.You can view it on YouTube at :  http://youtu.be/gwa7x_gJz4M

 

Stay Safe During Record Breaking Freeze

safe_imageCandy Sagon, who writes about health topics for AARP, says this isn’t just cold, this is a life-threatening freeze that’s breaking decades-old records across a huge swath of the country. So far, 16 storm-related deaths have been reported.

 

(Photo from District 1 Facebook Page – thanks, Dan :->)

Called a “polar vortex,” for the whirlpool of bitterly cold air that has descended from Minnesota to Alabama, residents are being warned to stay indoors and take precautions if they need to venture outside. Even Southern states are bracing for record low temperatures this week.

The sub-zero temperatures and wind-chill warnings mean exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes, and hypothermia — when the body’s temperature falls dangerously low — can quickly set in.

Here’s what you need to know to stay safe:

Protect your skin. At temperatures of 15 to 30 below, exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes. Frostbite most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For older adults with reduced blood circulation or those improperly dressed, the risk is even higher.

Try not to stay outside more than 20 minutes. Wear a hat that comes down over your ears and be sure and protect your face and neck. Brian Mahoney, medical director of emergency services at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, added these tips: Mittens are better than gloves, layers of clothing are best, and anyone who gets wet needs to get inside immediately, he told the Associated Press.

If you think you may have suffered frostbite (skin is numb, with grayish-yellow patches), do not thaw using hot water or a heating pad. This can damage the skin more, as can rubbing it. Use lukewarm water or your own body heat to thaw (for example, use heat of your armpit to gently warm frostbitten fingers).  Seek medical attention.

Wear layers the right way. If you must go outside, wear layers to protect against heat loss and wetness. As USA Today reported, the layer closest to your skin should be a wool, silk or synthetic material — not cotton. Cotton stays wet if you sweat, which makes you lose heat. The next layer should be a sweater or fleece. Then put on your coat, ideally one that is waterproof and insulated. And don’t forget your hat — a large portion of body heat is lost through the head. Read more

New Year – New Exercise Ideas

fave-exercise-800x600Jenny Sugar posted at POPSUGAR  that if f you’ve been doing the sam strength-training workout forever, it might be time for some new ideas. She suggests choosing an entirely different routine to do each time you hit the gym, or picking a new exercise to add to your existing routine. Here are some links to check out:

7 Surprising Reasons People Pack on the Pounds

healthy-vs-junk-food11Christina Ianzito, from AARP, shared these seven pitfalls to keeping a healthy weight:

1. Poor planning at the buffet – Researchers at Cornell University observed patrons at all-you-can-eat buffets. They found that only 33 percent of obese customers checked out the full buffet before serving themselves, while 71 percent of normal-weight diners did so. So look before you leap: You’ll be less likely to overfill your plate.

2. A lack of sleep – A University of Colorado study found that although insufficient sleep can actually increase your body’s metabolism, people who spent a week sleeping only five hours a night ate far more than those who slept nine hours. The short-sleepers gained an average of two pounds. Read more

Five common exercise mistakes to avoid

exercise-14Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness, a personal training studio located in Schaumburg shared the following information in a article posted in the Daily Herald Newspaper on December 30, 2013:

Thinking of hitting the gym in search of a healthier body in January? If your workouts include strength training, and they should, don’t make these common mistakes that many times cause unnecessary injury and hinder results. Read more

Boost Metabolism With These Everyday Foods

Lizza Fuhr on PopSugar shared that you can  give your metabolism a little jump-start is not a difficult task — or even a big commitment! Take for instance, adding any of these six foods to your day. It’s such a simple way to get the body going.

  1. Hot peppers: The compound capsaicin that gives chili peppers their kick has long been connected with boosting metabolism and curbing cravings.
  2. Whole grains: Whole grains offer loads of dietary fiber and complex carbs that help speed up your metabolism. Just make sure to reach for real whole grains; don’t be blinded by pretty multigrain packages. Read more

Rise In Obesity Leading To An Increase In Knee Replacements


Knee replacement surgery (also known as knee arthroplasty)
, where the joint is literally article-2182691-1458F731000005DC-813_468x425removed and replaced with an artificial one, was once thought of as an older person’s surgery or for those with sporting injuries.  But the trend towards people under the age of 65 being referred is on the up, and new research has now pinpointed rising levels of obesity as the culprit.

The study, carried out by The University of Massachusetts Medical School, looked at 9,000 knee replacement patients and found that 55% of patients in the under 65 age group were obese, compared with 43% in the group who were 65 or older.  And of the patients in the under 65 years age group, 11% were classified as severely (morbidly) obese, compared to 5% in the older age group.  Read more

Five More Years – YEAH!

mou-landing-photosFive years ago, National Dairy Council and America’s dairy farmers teamed up with the National Football League and other powerful partners to empower kids to make their schools a healthier place. Since then, Fuel Up to Play 60 has reached over 38 million kids in 73,000 schools, encouraging them to choose good-for-you foods and get 60 minutes of play a day.

 The NDC and NFL, along with GENYOUth Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education are proud to announce a renewed $250 million public-private partnership to benefit America’s youth.

A celebration of the program’s success and commitment to its future kicked-off in bright lights with a halftime vignette during the Jacksonville Jaguars game on NFL Network and continues with the founders of Fuel Up to Play 60 coming together in Chicago onMonday, December 9 for the formal announcement.

Glenbard District 87 has joined FUTP60 and has received over $16,000 in grants.  Hopefully their Elementary Feeder School Districts will also start to explore the advantages of being part of this fantastic opportunity.

Meet The League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB)

logo_0The League of Illinois Bicyclists is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions in Illinois. They are the statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety. Their vision is :  “Illinois – Land of Safe and Enjoyable Bicycling for all.” 

In addition to great information about biking, their website provides  helpful quizzes for Adult Bicyclists, Motorists, and Child Bicyclists at www.bikesafetyquiz.com

The League of Illinois Bicyclists has also developed bike safety sheets focusing on safe riding skills. The single-page format can easily be reprinted in newsletters, copied for bike rodeos, etc. There are two versions: one for younger elementary school kids (Grades K-3), one for older elementary and pre-teens (Grades 3-7).  The back of each has further details for parents.

The sheets may be downloaded and printed for your use.  Limited quantities of printed copies are also available from LIB (630-978-0583).  To print a copy go to: http://www.bikelib.org/safety-education/kids/bike-safety-sheet/League of Illinois Bicycls

Holiday Hint: Eat Breakfast

cerealChristina Fitzgerald, a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian nutritionist, is the owner of Nourished, Nutrition and Wellness, nourishedliving.com and stated in the December 4, 2013 edition of the Daily Herald Newspaper that breakfast is the key for all of us to survive the day in a mentally and physically healthy way. No matter what the schedule is going to be, I insist that we all sit down for a family breakfast. That doesn’t mean that we always sit down at the exact same time, but it’s known that we’re not jumping into obligations/chores/playdates without having a substantial and healthy breakfast. When we’re really in a pinch, my on-the-go breakfasts include:

• Whole wheat waffle and peanut butter banana sandwich. Wrap this in a paper towel, hand them a milk box, and you’ve got a nourishing breakfast.

• Protein smoothies. Add cottage cheese or peanut butter to almost any fruit smoothie and not only will it blend the flavors nicely, but it will add a punch of protein that will keep the engines running

• Overnight oatmeal. If it’s a holiday morning and I need to clean or cook first thing and don’t want to deal with cooking breakfast, I serve up overnight oats. The base is equal parts oats to milk and yogurt; my kids like the blend of milk and yogurt for the added creaminess. The base is great because you can then mix and match flavor toppings to each family member’s taste.