Don’t Let the Holidays Derail Your Healthy Lifestyle

Turkey.3jpgNovember is a great time of the year, with the leaves changing and our attention turning to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This month is also National PTAs Healthy Lifestyles Month – a time when PTAs are encouraged to celebrate health and wellness in their schools and communities.

In their new brief, the PTA shared that many folks may think: “How can I possibly think about promoting healthy eating and physical activity during a time of year that brings families together to eat lots of delicious food, watch football, and stay warm and cozy inside?” Families may think: “It’s simply not possible to eat healthy or have time to exercise until after the New Year.” And, everyone may think: “Healthy food tastes bad and exercising is too hard.”

Simple Steps to avoid Diabetes

diabetes-ribbon-2Twenty-four million American’s have diabetes, 25 percent of whom are not even aware of the fact.  This growing disease, also referred to as adult onset diabetes, is affecting a large number of the adult population. Even more alarming is the rate in which this disease is showing up in teenagers and children.

There is good news.  Type 2 diabetes (the most common form of diabetes) is preventable. In fact, roughly 90 percent of cases could have been totally avoided simply through a healthier lifestyle.
The Mayo Clinic has published five steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes:
Get more physical activity. Adults should get about 30 minutes of exercise a day and children and adolescents should get about an hour of exercise a day in order to maintain a healthy weight.

  • Get plenty of fiber. Foods high in fiber include; fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Replace chips and candy with these healthy snacks throughout your day. Read more

Ten Healthy Eating Tips

yogartRobert Alan Anderson, an AFAA certified personal trainer and martial arts instructor working out of the Washington, D.C. area, and Claire M. LeBrun, M.P.H, R.D., L.D.  a registered dietitian specializing in weight management working out of the Washington, D.C. area tweeted these tips. They are worth sharing!

Healthy Eating Tip No. 1
Start by changing the “snack ratio” in the house. Slowly and gradually have more fruit and healthier snack choices around, rather than the typical, higher-calorie junk food. For instance, have three types of fruit (apples, oranges, grapes) to replace some of the small bags of chips or candy bars. Or simply start replacing unhealthy snacks with alternative choices, such as oatmeal bars, granola bars or peanuts and yogurt.
Healthy Eating Tip No. 2
When shopping at the grocery store, spend more of your time in the outer aisles. That’s where you’ll find the healthier foods, such as fresh fruits, fish and vegetables, which are naturally lower in fat and cholesterol and have not been filled with sugar, salt and other preservatives that add on the pounds. Read more

GBE Basketball Team's Clean Up Efforts Make Lombard a Healither Town

BaseballCommunityServiceRecently, Glenbard East’s baseball team hit the streets of Lombard to help clean up the community.  This is the team’s second annual garbage pickup day, which is aimed to help the streets of Lombard look great. “Community is a big part of our program,” said coach Joel Pelland.  “It is great to see all the guys out here helping out the community that has provided so much for them and for us.”  The baseball team picked up 65-75 pounds of garbage. Alex Ostrowski said his group alone picked up more than 500 cigarette butts.  The baseball team looks forward to its next community service event in November when they go on their 3rd annual food drive for the local food shelter in Lombard.  Nice job, boys.

Calling all Husbands, Fathers, Sons, Brothers and Friends!

healthcare-icon-e1381192487648The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is looking for all men who have a connection to ovarian cancer are interested in supporting NOCC and each other by joining our new men’s group.

Men who have lost their spouses have asked NOCC to form a men’s group. If your spouse or relative is in treatment, or is a survivor, and you would like to be a part of this effort, then please consider joining us!

This male-centered group will be all about support and information services our men need to care for their wives and partners, for sharing losses, celebrating survivors and getting the word out about ovarian cancer – because ovarian cancer is more than a woman’s disease. Read more

Sugar Math for Halloween

halloween_cupcake_with_a_bat_on_top_an_trick_or_treat_written_on_it_0515-0912-1919-4745_SMUPosted on 10/29/13 in the Health & Wellness Section of the Wall Street Journal.

By BONNIE ROCHMAN
Research into candy and children helps explain why they love it and, despite some contradictory theories, offers a few guidelines for this time of year.

Children may be more partial than adults to sugar because of the way their taste buds are clustered. “Children have the same number of taste buds as adults, but their tongue is a whole lot smaller, so the flavors are more intense the younger you are,” says Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, which researches why we eat what we do. “That’s why little kids don’t like bitter foods and really like sweet foods. The effect is magnified.”

Americans eat far more added sugar—white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrups and honey, among others—than is recommended. The average person consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or 355 calories. Boys, ages 14 to 18, take in 34 teaspoons, or roughly 550 calories, according to the American Heart Association. Researchers say children and teens should follow recommendations for adults of no more than 9 teaspoons a day for men and 6 teaspoons for women. Read more

Woman Health Magazine's Calorie Guide

weight-loss-manteca-caThere’s no getting around this fundamental truth: You can’t have weight-loss success unless your calories burned are more than your calories in. Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., a sports nutritionist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, recommends these formulas for figuring out how many calories your nutrition plan should include.

Everyone is different, but it will give you a basic idea.

Lazy-Day Calorie Goal
(use on days when you’re taking it easy/not exercising):
A. Your weight, in pounds: ____
B. A x 15 = _____
C. B – 500 = _____

Busy-Day Calorie Goal
(use on days when you’re active/exercising):
A. Your weight, in pounds: ____
B. A x 18 = ____
C. B – 500 = ____

Aim for these numbers and you’ll lose 1 pound per week, a weight-loss rate that’s healthy and super-easy to maintain. And … don’t forget to exercise too!

FREE Parent Education Classes! Maintain a Healthy Weight!

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Balance! is pleased to announce our first Parent/Caregiver education sessions.These classes are FREE and based on the We Can! curriculum (a program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

When:
Saturday, November 9, 2013
9:00am-12:00noon
Where: Balance! Pediatric and Family Weight Management Specialists
2525 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Register online at www.balanceweightcenter.com

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NUHS Encourages Everyone to "Get Vertical"

October is National Chiropractic Health Month. National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) and chiropractic physicians across the country are promoting the importance of joint health and the vital role physical activity plays in keeping joints healthy and pain free. This year’s theme—“Get Vertical”—focuses on getting off the couch or out of the office chair, and standing or moving more each day.  Getting vertical is a great way to prevent joint problems later in life.

Most people know someone with joint pain or someone who has had joint replacement surgery. Joint problems, particularly involving hips and knees, are very common. What many do not know, is that simple lifestyle changes can help prevent the needing for this type of surgery and keep joints healthier longer. Read more

The Best Healthy Snacks in Your Supermarket

10776734-healthy-cranberry-snack-bars-on-white-backgroundSnacking has gotten a bad rap, thanks to our tendency to choose empty-calorie snack foods like candy or chips to ease between-meal cravings. But when your stomach starts growling hours before your next meal, a healthy snack is actually a good idea, to hold off hunger and keep energy levels high. 

The supermarkets are full of new products advertised as healthy snacks, many of which come packaged in individual bars, microwaveable cups, and 100-calorie pouches. But which ones pass the test of being both tasty and healthy (or at least not unhealthy)?  These may not be “perfect” snacks, mind you. Some are a bit higher in sugar, saturated fat, or sodium than I would like. But most have:

  • Enough calories to be satisfying, but not so many that the snack becomes a meal.
  • Less fat and saturated fat than other similar snacks.
  • Whole grain and fiber, protein, and/or other nutrients that give them staying power. Read more