Sneak More Movement Into Your Workday

Our Healthy Lombard Partner, DuPage Healthcare, LTD suggests that if you drive to work and park yourself in your office chair for hours, fitting exercise into your daily routine may seem daunting. But it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some easy ways to get moving:

Talk and walk. Whether you’re on a conference call or engaging in a brainstorming session, walk during the conversation.

Take the stairs. By choosing the stairs, you can add some significant steps to your day, depending on what floor you work on.

Just dance. If you have a standing desk, dance while you work. Put your headphones on and crank up your tunes. This approach, however, may be best for those working from home. Read more

Congratulations to our winners!

Healthy Lombard would like to express its appreciation to many businesses and organizations for making our Flat Apple 2018 Summer Program huge success.  We were able to engage 196 students, ages preschool through high school, this summer in a variety of activities that kept them moving during the summer months.


First a huge Thank You to Lombard Historical Society for allowing us to distribute the prizes from Flat Apple Summer 2018. Sarah Richardt their Executive Director, is fantastic to work.  She allowed us the use of the William J. Mueller Memorial Gazebo for our Prize Presentation.  Bill Mueller, the former President of the Village of Lombard, was the co-founder of Healthy Lombard and being able to conclude our summer activity at the Gazebo erected in his memory makes it seem that he is still participating in providing opportunities for kids and their families to get and stay active thus helping to reduce the Childhood Obesity statistics in DuPage County.

We would also like to say a special thank you to the National University of Health Sciences for providing two volunteers.  The students checked in the winners, played outdoor games with them, and help distribute the prizes.

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Tips to Prevent Drowning

The United States is losing its children to accidental drownings at an alarming rate. In fact, drowning remains the leading cause of death for children under the age of 4 in most southern states, with the majority of deaths occurring in backyard pools and spas.

“Sadly, many of these deaths can be prevented with proper swim skills and survival tools taught to children before they even learn to walk,” says Bloom, founder of Baby Otter Swim School, which has taught thousands of children as young as 8 months old how to swim and prevent accidental drowning since 1978.

Baby Otter’s water survival lesson plan gets completed in just five, 30-minute private lessons and includes a graduation of sorts—a child is dropped into the water and must turn, kick and reach themselves back to safety. This ‘Turn, Kick, Reach’ methodology was designed and licensed by Bloom and serves as the program’s hallmark.

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WTTW Kids Fun Food Fest

Come join in the Fun with WTTW at Mariano’s in Lombard on Roosevelt Road.  The event educates parents, grandparents, caregivers, and children about proper nutrition and delivers the message in an interactive, 2 hour performance that includes singing, dancing, healthy food sampling and one-on-one nutritional guidance and education.

The events goes from 10 AM – noon and takes place near the entrance of the store within the WTTW Kids Village which has a stage area, sampling canopies and a learning tent.

There will be a Healthy Lombard table where registered participants can earn  i 1ticket for finding the Fair Location, 1 ticket for attending, the event, and 1 ticket for participating in the Flat Apple activity!

This is a FREE event so please share this information with your friends and neighbors.

To register for Flat Apple go to:

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6 tips to help you get slim for good

Steve Thurston, Program Manager, Edward-Elmhurst Health and Fitness, shred in their Edward-Elmhutst Healthy Drived Blog that  people often go about weight loss with a short-term plan to drop some pounds. They set a goal, achieve it and that’s it. Soon the weight creeps back on. This is commonly referred to as yo-yo dieting (weight up-weight down-weight up).Sustained weight loss is not a quick weekend trip. It is more like a journey around the globe in a row boat (a long-term effort with physical activity at the helm).

The weight-loss equation on paper sounds quite simple: use more calories than one consumes. The reality is much more complex — physiological, psychological and social factors all impact weight loss success.

Edward Elmhurst Health & Fitness (EEHF) uses a behavior modification approach to weight loss. Someone who needs to lose weight (be it 20 lbs. or 100 lbs.) can have long-term success following our path to weight loss.

Commit to lose

The first step is to commit to losing weight by becoming a member of EEHF and scheduling a complimentary appointment with one of our fitness specialists. The fitness staff will design a program tailored to your current capabilities and advise you how often/how much/what to do when starting.

Generally, this program includes cardiovascular exercise (working toward at least 150 minutes per week) as well as strength training to increase your fat-free mass. The consultation will also help define specific goals. “I will exercise three times a week” is vague. “I will walk for 20 minutes on M-W-F after work for four weeks” is specific.

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Registration for Flat Apple 2018 Begins June 1

The free Flat Apple Summer Activity encourages children to be physically active and rewards them with a prize drawing.

The Healthy Lombard Foundation wants kids to stay fit this summer, and kids who keep track of their activities just may win a prize or find a bit of local fame.

The foundation is launching the Flat Apple Summer Activity, which aims to keep kids moving through the warm weather. From Friday, June 1, through Aug. 25, kids are encouraged to take part in Healthy Lombard-sponsored activities at community events such as a Lombard Cruise Night and keep a log of the time they spend doing things that will keep their bodies healthy.

Play sports? The game goes on the log. Spend the afternoon swimming? Log it. Ride your bike with friends and take a family walk? Log and log again.

“Flat Apple is for both (the) athletic and nonathletic child,” foundation board President Jay Wojcik said. “Our goal is for kids to have a great experience and be motivated to stay active during the summer.”

To take part in Flat Apple, children between the ages of 4 and 16 must have their parents register them for the free program on the Healthy Lombard website, The program is open to children who live outside of Lombard as well as to residents.

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