What is the importance of recovery?

In the August issue of HealthTrack Sports and Wellness newsletter, Annie Flint, HTSW Certified Personal Trainer N.A.S.M., shared that one of the most important physical activities for recovery is plenty of stretching. If your body doesn’t recover properly, than you won’t see any further progress and it might be very harmful for your overall wellbeing. What happens to our muscles after a very high intensity workout is that they become stiff and sore as a result of micro tears. If you slack on your cool down and stretching, your muscles can experience blood pooling which means the blood that carried oxygen and nutrients to the muscles won’t return back to the heart and the waste product called lactic acid stays in the muscles. This is why we experience swelling and pain, sometimes even for a few days, after an intense workout. When experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness try to keep moving and stay active. Read more

Midwest Dairy Shares Good News

Midwest Dairy is proud to report a number of recent successes in the News section of our July issue.  Our campaign for Feeding America exceeded its page view goal and met its fundraising goal of $20,000.  Eighteen student ambassadors from our 10-state region gathered in Charlotte, NC to attend a national Summit.  And a newly published research study has found that whey protein does a better job building muscle tissue compared to soy protein.

We are making headway in improving child health and wellness. Recent studies show that obese children are more likely to use calorie labels than healthy weight peers.  In addition, eliminating junk food in schools had reduced consumption of unhealthy snacks. And there is evidence that offering flavored milk in schools drives overall milk consumption.  Increasingly, the public is seeking healthier food choices but are challenged to change their habits and eat more healthfully. The Boomer generation is an opportunity market for active lifestyle products.

Get Ready For School On August 7th!

The annual Back to School Fair, a “one stop shop” for health and social services for DuPage County families, is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park and will include the DuPage County Health Department offering services and school supplies to eligible families.

The School Fair is sponsored by Catholic Charities and features a variety of health and social services from organizations throughout the County.

The Health Department will offer dental screenings for children under the age of 19, school dental exams, which are required for children in kindergarten and grades 2 and 6, and vision screenings.

We will also have information available on other Health Department programs and services for low-income families. Health Department programs with tables at the School Fair include nutrition and general health information, child car seats and All Kids Health Insurance.

Parents attending the School Fair will need to bring proof of income, proof of address and identification of their children. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Vaccine Requirements for Students

Immunization requirements for the next school year have changed and the DuPage County Health Department is informing parents that all students entering 6th through 12th grades are now required to provide proof of one dose of Tdap vaccine which combines tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis  (whooping cough).

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Health Department RECEIVES Grant to Assist IN ACA Outreach and Enrollment

The DuPage County Health Department is pleased to announce it is one of 44 community-based organizations around the state of Illinois that was selected to participate in the outreach and enrollment effort for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The selected organizations will be conducting outreach, providing education and facilitating enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.  Enrollment in the Marketplace will begin on Oct. 1, with pre-enrollment activities beginning this summer.

“We are very proud to have been selected to participate in the effort to launch the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Maureen McHugh, Executive Director. “We know that there is a great need for affordable health coverage, and we look forward to working with our partners to help educate the public about the options that will be available through the Marketplace.”

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Tips To Beat The Heat!

With hot and oppressive heat settling over the region, the DuPage County Health Department wants to share with residents some simple to follow tips that can help them stay cool and beat the heat.
Here are some tips from the Health Department:

  • Always wear light-weight clothing that has plenty of ventilation – the fabric should “breathe.” Stay well hydrated; always ensure you consume an abundance of liquids in the summer.
  • Exercise or schedule other strenuous activities when the heat and humidity are lowest, usually early morning and late evenings.
  • Rest in cool, shady places frequently. If you’re hot, go cool down – get indoors, drink cool liquids, enjoy the air conditioning for a few minutes, or take a cold shower.
  • Eat light, heart-healthy foods to replace minerals and nutrients that may be lost. Give your heart a little extra break during the summer months with a healthy diet.
  • Watch out for those at greatest risk such as very young children, the elderly, persons who may have health conditions. Certain medications may put you at greater risk of heat-related illnesses so be aware of how medications may interact with the heat.
  • For information on DuPage County Cooling Sites visit: [ http://www.dupageco.org ]www.dupageco.org.

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Flat Apple Shares How Screen Time Can Be Healthy

Although limiting screen time is often thought of as an unhealthy activity, a Healthy Lombard partner is offering a great way to change that outlook!  Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Lombard resident Melanie Jordan is offering for free a brand new E-Course called 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success at http://www.YourHealthyLifeMadeEasy.com.

Each lesson, packed with valuable tips and strategies, is conveniently and privately delivered via email over a 5-day period.

Among the topics included in 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success:

  1. Four keys to the successful kick-off of your healthy weight loss journey
  2. The thing people find most challenging about healthy weight loss and what to do about it
  3. A little known secret about healthy weight loss
  4. The biggest reason most people fail at achieving healthy weight loss
  5. A healthy weight loss success essential you’re missing from your efforts

“I’ve seen first-hand in my own family the tragic health impacts of a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and obesity, and it is this desire to see no one unnecessarily live a life of disease and disability that’s easily preventable, that drives me as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and fitness professional.  So one of the ways I’m delivering on that mission is with the free 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success E-Course,” said Jordan.

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Gain Freedom From Tobacco on July 4th!

July 4 is Independence Day and the DuPage County Health Department urges smokers to call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline to stop smoking and gain their freedom from tobacco.

 

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things that people can do to improve their health. Call 1-866-QUIT YES (784-8937) to speak with a trained smoking cessation counselor. The counselor will help you:

  • Assess your needs.
  • Customize a quit plan.
  • Find free local resources.
  • Check with you to keep track of your progress.

Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke.

There are many benefits to quitting:

  •  Quitting smoking will lower your chance of a heart attack, stroke and cancer.
  •  It will help you live longer and better.
  • Your family will be healthier by avoiding second-hand smoke.
  • Quitting will save money.If you are pregnant, quitting smoking will improve your chances of having a healthy baby.

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a service of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association of Illinois.

 

DuPage Among America's 50 Healthirst Counties for Kids

The DuPage County Health Department is proud to announce that DuPage County is ranked among “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids,” as reported by U.S. News and World Report.

DuPage County is the only Illinois county on the list, which highlights communities that are safe and child-friendly. DuPage County is No. 20 on the list with a score of 87.2 out of a possible 100 points.

“America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids” is a new set of rankings by U.S. News that identifies counties that feature, among other child-friendly data, fewer infant deaths, fewer low-birth-rate babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births and fewer children in poverty.

“This ranking is a result of the Health Department’s commitment to the healthcare needs of all DuPage County children and families,” said Linda Kurzawa, President of the DuPage County Board of Health. Read more

A Safe Way To Enjoy Fairs and Festivals

The summer is full of fairs and festivals and the DuPage County Health Department offers a few tips that will keep you and your family safe from foodborne illnesses while eating the many types of foods available at these events.

Foodborne illnesses increase during the summer months when people are eating outside so it is important to follow food safety recommendations, especially at fairs and festivals.

Here are some tips before buying food at a festival:

  • Does the vendor have a clean and tidy workstation?
  • Does the vendor have a sink for employees to wash their hands?
  • Do the employees wear gloves or use tongs when handling food?
  • Does the vendor have refrigeration on site for raw ingredients or pre-cooked foods?
  • Has the vendor been inspected? Temporary and mobile vendors, like those at fairs and carnivals, should have a license to sell food and beverages. You can check with the DuPage County Health Department to see if the vendors are licensed and if a food inspection has been completed. Read more