Reality Illinois

Reality Illinois is a youth coalition dedicated to positive youth development and prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. There are currently two chapters of Reality in DuPage. One group is comprised of high school students and led by Gilda Ross. The other is fairly new and is comprised of Middle School students and is led by Liz Seybold.

 

Reality Middle School chapter is the newest chapter, beginning in April of 2018. Since the group’s inception, they have already accomplished a great deal. Students have worked with the Lombard Park District and posted the smoke-free park signs, cleaned up cigarette butts and other debris at Madison Meadows park and participated in a Sticker Shock campaign meant to educate adult consumers of alcohol that providing alcohol to minors is dangerous and illegal. Outside of these community projects, the group has regular meetings where they are educated about topics such as; prescription drug abuse, harmful effects of nicotine/tobacco products, the dangers of vaping, and on the opioid crisis, our community is currently facing.

 

Youth who participate in Reality benefit from:

  • Learning how to identify and advocate for environmental and policy changes that will lead to the reduction of youth substance use.
  • Gain important research, analytical, critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills.
  • Work on REAL community change projects to promote and strengthen policy on smoke-free public areas.
  • Create programs to encourage smoke-free public places and encourage peers to stay smoke-free.
  • Most importantly, learn to become advocates to help themselves and teach others to lead a healthy lifestyle.

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Don’t forget to Display Your Teal Pumpkin Today!

Born out of one mom’s desire to help ensure that children with food allergies would not feel left out on Halloween, the Teal Pumpkin Project®, now in its fourth year as a national awareness campaign led by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), has spread far and wide – reaching millions across the U.S. and beyond — in an effort to help create a happier, safer Halloween for all.

For millions of children with food allergies and their parents, the Halloween trick-or-treating tradition can sometimes be fraught with anxiety because many candies that are handed out contain major food allergens such as milk, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat. FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety and inclusion for all trick-or-treaters by encouraging people to provide non-food treats on Halloween. A pumpkin painted teal, the color for food allergy awareness, signals that children will find a fun, non-food treat that anyone can enjoy.

“One in 13 children in the U.S. has at least one food allergy, and reports show that anaphylactic food reactions have climbed dramatically in recent years,” said Lois A. Witkop, Chief Advancement Officer at FARE. “It’s clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously. The Teal Pumpkin Project provides an opportunity for all of us to show empathy for kids who often feel excluded. We would love to see at least one teal pumpkin on every block – and it’s a terrific way for communities to come together to celebration inclusion.”

For Westlake, OH mom Vikki Meldrum, the Teal Pumpkin Project has already provided an unforgettable experience for her and her 4-year-old daughter Lyla. Meldrum spread the word about the initiative among her neighbors, who have now shown their support for the last two years, with at least 30 teal pumpkins in her own neighborhood. Read more

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: http://healthylombard.com/flat-apple-2018/

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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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