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, healthylombard.com. The program is open to children who live outside of Lombard as well as to residents.

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Registration for Flat Apple 2018 Starts June 1

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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 info@healthylombard.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. 

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Come Fly A Kite With Us

The Kiwanis Club of Lombard and Healthy Lombard are are hosting “Go Fly A Kite” during the Lombard Park District’s Time For Tots event on April 7 from 10 – noon at Sunset Knolls. Each child will receive a free kite to decorate and info on Kite Month. Then they will be encouraged to go out into the park and try to fly their kites or take them home and fly on another day during April.
Healthy Lombard’s mission is to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. Kiwanis is all about helping kids have a better life experience. So combining these two organizations for this “Healthy” and “Child-Focused” event is a win-win -win event (win for Healthy Lombard, win for Kiwanis, win for the kids!)

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 jay@healthylombard.com 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.

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#TealPumpkinContest

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!

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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: 

  1. Snap a photo of your teal pumpkin. Upload it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
  2. 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!

Read here for Terms and Conditions 

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.

Great Apple Crunch Support from INLAND Bank

Wow – Healthy Lombard really appreciates the support our Apple Crunch Day received from INLAND Bank. Even their CEO took time to support this healthy activity. Thank you very, Very Much!

The Apple Crunch originated in New York City in 2012, with approximately 400,000 New Yorkers biting into a locally grown New York State apple at the same time on Food Day. In 2013, the Big Apple Crunch in New York City set a world record with 1,000,000 people participating. The activity has spread across the country, and thousands of locations supported Apple Crunch Day in 2016.

 

 

Apple Crunch Day is October 12, 2017!

The Illinois Great Apple Crunch is a daylong celebration of Midwest produce. Schools across the state participate by serving local apples on the lunch tray and crunching into them together as a school.  It is a fun event that lets schools support Illinois farmers and teach their students about healthy, fresh, and local food. Educational supplements are provided for use in the cafeteria and the classroom to teach students about Illinois apples.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 12th, 2017 and join participants across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio on Thursday, October 12, 2017, for the fourth annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Participants of all ages are invited to help us reach our goal of ONE MILLION CRUNCHES this year!

 

Last year, Healthy Lombard partnered with Jewel/Osco on Main Street to provide apples for community members, and students in Lombard Elementary School District District 44 and Glenbard High School District 87.

Over 3000 apple coupons were distributed making this event a HUGE success.

Please join us this year and crunch an apple on October 12yth

Come and Join In The Fun TODAY At the Lombard Senior Fair

The Village of Lombard hosts an annual Senior Fair where area senior citizens can learn about programs, events and local residence options. While attending, seniors can have their blood pressure checked by the Lombard Fire Department, get a flu shot or take advantage of free massages, snacks and giveaways. The event is hosted by the Community Relations Committee.

The 2017 Senior Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 4, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lombard Community Building located at Lombard Common Park.

Lombard’s Senior of the Year will also be announced at approximately 10 a.m. The award aims to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors in the community. Nominees must have a Lombard mailing address and be 65 years of age or older.

The winners, selected by the Village’s Community Relations committee, will receive the Village President’s Award along with a gift certificate to a local restaurant. The “Senior of the Year” award winner will also be honored by riding in the 2018 Lilac Time Parade.

The 2017 Senior Fair is full.  There is no cost, however vendors must represent a community organization, service, or business that provides useful and beneficial information to seniors. Vendors are chosen on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the 2017 Senior Fair, the deadline to sign up as a Senior Fair vendor is September 15, 2017. Please send information on what types of service or information you would be able to provide to attending seniors to Communications Coordinator Avis Meade at meadea@villageoflombard.org.

Below is a list of 2017 Vendors:

Lombard Community Organizations will provide information on events, classes, and opportunities for seniors. 

  • Alcoholics Anonymous will share information on their support group and meetings
  • DuPage Homeownership Center is a non-profit organization that provides a full range of services to promote responsible sustainable home ownership, and assists individuals in homeowner crisis.
  • DuPage Senior Citizen Council’s Meals on Wheels provides food services for house bound individuals.
  • Healthy Lombard will share information on healthy habits for every age.
  • Helen Plum Library offers classes for seniors as well as reading devices for individuals with vision restrictions.
  • Lombard Park District hosts classes to help keep seniors active and involved and to enjoy an active and social lifestyle.
  • Lombard Senior Men’s Club will share about information about their club.
  • Lions Club‘s mobile unit will be on site to offer hearing tests.
  • Senior Suburban Orchestra representatives will provide information about their all senior orchestra.
  • Tri Town YMCA offers seniors the Senior “Sunshine” Program.
  • B.R. Ryall YMCA will share information on Senior Programs.
  • York Township representatives will provide information on this unincorporated area of Lombard.

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