Get in the swim of safety this summer

6a00e554e81be38834015433ca697b970cSummer is in full swing and the DuPage County Health Department reminds swimmers and pool owners to remember the following safety tips to keep everyone healthy and in the swim of things all summer long:

All swimmers:

  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
  • Shower with soap before you start swimming.
  • Use rest rooms and not the pool.
  • Don’t swallow the water.

Young swimmers:

  • Take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes; check diapers every 30–60 minutes.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to swim. Use life jackets appropriately.
  • Provide continuous, attentive supervision with young swimmers.
  • Know cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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Did you Know Being a Massage Therapist is a Great Career?

Interest in massage is booming, and massage therapists are enjoying a wider variety of career options. You can complete the education you need to start a career as a massage therapist in just one year of convenient evening classes.

Massage therapy not only feels great, it can be a rewarding career.

Massage therapy not only feels great, it can be a rewarding career.

National University of Health Sciences will hold an Information Night and open house for its Massage Therapy Certificate and Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy Degree programs on Wednesday, July 16th, at 6:00 p.m. in Building D, 200 East Roosevelt Road in Lombard. The event will include: an overview of National’s massage therapy program; a tour of the clinic, technique and anatomy laboratories; application and career information; and a question and answer session.

NUHS massage therapy programs offer a thorough curriculum, outstanding facilities, work experience in an on-campus integrative medical clinic, and excellent career preparation. In addition, NUHS massage students score exceptionally well on licensing board examinations.

For information, or to make a reservation, call the Office of Admissions at 630-889-6577.

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.

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    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