Avoiding Medical Identity Theft

doctors2The Daily Herald ran this interesting article on August 4th and I thought I’d share it with our visitors.  It shared that everyone knows to be on the lookout for financial identity theft, but in reality, stolen medical credentials are more valuable on the scammers’ black market than financial information.

While personal data sells for about $25 — stolen health insurance and medical records can fetch about $2,000.  To help those at risk, AARP Bulletin scam expert Sid Kirchheimer gives tips to avoid having your medical identity stolen.

  • Read every letter from medical insurers and health care providers, including those that say “this is not a bill.” If you see a doctor’s name or treatment date that isn’t familiar, speak up.
  • Once a year, ask your insurers for a listing of benefits paid out in your name. Make sure everything is accurate, including your address.
  • Guard your health insurance card and number as carefully as you would a credit card or bank account number. If you lose your wallet, immediately contact your insurance provider.
  • Ask all of your doctors to make copies of everything in your file (you may have to pay for them) so you’ll have a “paper trail” if needed.

Knee Pain – The Closest You'll Ever Get to a Panacea

lDerek Unnasch, (Derek@elitextraining.com)
the Owner and a Trainer at Elite X Training in Lombard, IL shares this information about knee pain:

For the last 25 years, I have exercised consistently without ever taking off more than a week  – including the two months I spent recouping from a catastrophic ankle break on crutches. Up until a couple years ago, I went to extremes to maintain big and powerful legs, hoping to keep that condition indefinitely. I pounded my joints mercilessly and without rest, never pondering the consequences of such punishment

Not surprisingly, the price I paid for a quarter century of overtraining was knee pain – bad knee pain! Walking down stairs was the worst. I was resolved to the idea that I must cease training my legs. That was until my mother came to town for a visit. She comes from a long line of bad knees. Her brother just had double knee replacement surgery and my mother had been seeking treatment for her own bad knees. She happened to relate to me something that her doctor had suggested that intrigued me. He recommended that she take massive doses of fish oil pills every day, noting that its daily consumption was accompanied by impressive therapeutic results. Now, I don’t know what constitutes a massive dose, as each horse pill looks like a massive dose in and of itself, but I thought I’d give it a try. Read more

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