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.
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, healthylombard.com. The program is open to children who live outside of Lombard as well as to residents.
The Healthy Lombard Foundation Board is pleased to announce that its 2018 Flat Apple Summer Activity for kids ages preschool (age 4) through high school (age 16) will begin June 1, and extend until August 25. Participants do not have to be residents of Lombard but do need to register.
Participation is as easy as 1, 2, and 3.
- First, a parent or guardian just clicks on the Quick Link on the right of our website at www.healthylombard.com and then clicks “Sign Up,” OR the parent/guardian may use the link on the Flat Apple 2018 Page on our website. WHEN REGISTERING, PLEASE REMEMBER AFTER YOU FILL IN THE STUDENT INFORMATION YOU STILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION. Once registered you will receive confirmation and a link to the 2018 logo. Downloading or printing the logo speeds check in makes check in at events.
- The Student participates in any or all of the Flat Apple Activity. There are 3 ways to have fun:
- Go to a designated site BETWEEN June 11 and August 25. (The list can be found on both the Healthy Lombard’s Flat Apple 2018 webpage and Calendar Page), show the Flat Apple logo you downloaded when you registered, participate in their activity, and then fill out a participation ticket.
- NEW THIS YEAR: Log in YOUR activities on our Flat Apple 2018 Tracker Sheet (A link to download the form is available on the Flat Apple 2018 webpage – or use QR code below). Each time you accumulate 90 minutes you earn a Participation Ticket. Sheets due back August 18, 2018.
- Take a selfie of YOU doing something healthy (swimming, playing ball, etc.) Send it to us at email@example.com – DON’T FORGET to add in your family password so we can fill out a participation ticket for you. Photos will be posted on our Healthy Lombard Selfie page.
IF YOU CAN’T JOIN US ON APRIL 7TH, Go fly a kite anyway. Every year in April kite enthusiasts across North America celebrate the history and the future of the world’s favorite pastime by letting their kites fly. It is a month to celebrate the joy and happiness that comes from letting out the line, letting your kite catch the wind, and letting that kite soar high into the sky.And, if you like, take a photo of your child with their kite an send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting on the Healthy Lombard Selfie Page (www.facebook.com/healthylombardselfies) AND on the Kiwanis Club of Lombard website (www.kiwaniscluboflombard.org).
All entries will be entered into a drawing at the end of April. Two winners will be selected at random. The winners will each receive a $25 gift card to Yorktown Mall.
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
Is your teal pumpkin one of a kind? Auggie Maturo, FARE’s National Ambassador, wants you to show it off for a chance to win an official Teal Pumpkin Project® prize pack!
Last year over 200 photos were submitted in the Teal Pumpkin Project Contest, showcasing the creativity and innovations of the Teal Pumpkin Project community. We can’t wait to see this year’s submissions. Entering is easy!
Follow these two steps to enter:
- Snap a photo of your teal pumpkin. Upload it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
- Share your submission using #TealPumpkinContest and @FoodAllergy before October 23, 2017.
That’s it! Entries are judged on a mix of creativity and number of likes so spread the word about your submission to your friends and encourage them to enter too!
P.S. – More than 4,000 homes are now on the Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Map. Is yours? If you know other households participating in your area, make sure they also know to drop a pin for their home.