Stay Active This Summer and Win Prizes

The Healthy Lombard Foundation Board is pleased to announce that its 2017 Flat Apple Summer Activity for kids ages preschool through high school will begin June 1, and extend until August 12. 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 may click on the Facebook link at the top of the Healthy Lombard website at and then click “Sign Up” or he/she may use the link on the Flat Apple 2017 Page of the website. WHEN REGISTERING, Once registered a confirmation email will be sent with a link to the 2017 Flat Apple logo. Downloading or printing the logo speeds check in makes check in at events.

Second, the parent or guardian “Likes” Healthy Lombard on its Facebook Healthy Lombard Selfies page, to enable posting Selfies and Videos.
Third, the student participates in any or all of the Flat Apple Activity. There are 4 ways to have fun:

  1. Go to a designated site BETWEEN June 1 and August 10. (i.e. Guest Services Desk, Located Lower Level below The Eatery at Yorktown Mall, (the list can be found on both the Healthy Lombard’s Flat Apple 2017 webpage and Calendar Page), show the Flat Apple logo, participate in their activity, and then fill out a raffle ticket.
  2. Find the Flat Apple 2017 Geocache sites. (The coordinates will be listed on the Flat Apple web page and emailed out to participants.) Take a selfie with the Flat Apple Geo Sign, post it on the Facebook Healthy Lombard Selfies Page. (Healthy Lombard will fill out one raffle ticket for each participant per site/per day.)Continued …
  3. Create a 1-minute or less video on a healthy topic using Facebook Live, Instagram, or similar app. (ideas are on the Healthy Lombard Flat Apple 2017 website). Post it to the Facebook Healthy Lombard Selfies Page or the Facebook Healthy Lombard Page. (Healthy Lombard will fill out one raffle ticket for participants for each posting that is approved.)
  4. Take a selfie of the participant doing something healthy (swimming, playing ball, etc.) using Instagram or a similar app. Post it to our Facebook Healthy Lombard Selfie Page. (Limit – 1 photo per day.)



  • The participant (preschool – high school age individual) MUST BE registered by a parent or guardian to win.
  • Although Flat Apple activities are open to children from preschool to high school, some events are age-specific so please check event information on the Flat Apple 2017 Page of the Healthy Lombard website.
  • Individuals participate in activities at their own risk.
  • Students may participate in more than 1 activity per day but cannot repeat an activity (i.e. student could do 1 geocache photo, 1 selfie photo, 1 video, and 1 site activity each day but cannot do 2 or more of the same type of activity each day.)
  • Registering grants permission for photo of participation (not name) to be posted on the Healthy Lombard Internet sites.
  • Raffle drawing will be held at the August Healthy Lombard Partner Board Meeting. Winners will be notified by email or phone and their FIRST names will be posted on the Flat Apple 2017 page of the Healthy Lombard website. If the ticket belongs to a child that is not registered, he/she cannot win and the prize will go to a child that is registered.



According to Healthy Lombard Foundation Board President Jay Wojcik, “We are hoping to attract both athletic and non-athletic child and, through having a great experience, motivate those kids to stay active during the summer.


Raffle Prizes will include a bike, Beat headphones, exercise equipment, gift cards, etc. Winners will be selected at the August Healthy Lombard Partner meeting.

If a child is not pre-registered they may be registered any time prior to August 12. However to save time, it is highly recommended that participants preregister.


Wojcik added that, “Everyone who participates is a winner since they will be rewarded with a summer full of healthy activities. Flat Apple 2017 is an easy way to have a fun time this summer and spread the message that if we are going to win the challenge to curb Childhood Obesity everyone needs to be involved. Children mimic adult behavior so everyone needs to model a healthy and active life style.”

Plan to Attend Healthy Kids Day

For families looking to spring clean their lifestyles, the Tri-Town YMCA offers Healthy Kids Day to get them up and moving and give them ideas to improve their health and well-being.

The event, part of the Y’s national initiative, aims to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active with games and activities, healthy snacks and prizes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Madison Elementary School, 150 W. Madison St., Lombard. Admission is free.

Participants will be able to learn bocce ball with Pinstripes, experience the benefits of karate with Sky Centers Martial Arts, sample healthy snacks, play games, win prizes and more. Families can bring home healthy routines and gear up for summer.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated by more than 1.2 million participants at more than 1,600 Ys nationwide, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically.

This summer learning loss is more pronounced among students from low-income families. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

Healthy Kids Day is a reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on “charging” kids up with enthusiasm for themselves and their potential.

“We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves,” Tri-Town Y Executive Director Joanne Mitrenga said.

“A child’s development is never on vacation, and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.”

In conjunction with Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

• High-five the fruits and veggies: Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.

• Foster an early and ongoing passion for books: Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.

• Team up for athletic events: Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides and more.

• Volunteer together: Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.

• Make sleep a priority: Doctors recommend 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5 to 12 and 7 to 8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

Pro Active Kids


Come and try a kickass goal building workshop with a twist

Join Melissa of Personal Gains, on Friday, February 24, from 7 – 9 PM  at Peak Training, 716 S. Main Street for the “Personal Goals Workshop”, a kickass goal building workshop with a twist! Cocktails & healthy appetizers included. All guests will receive a customizable “Personal Goals Binder” & killer swag bag filled with goodies from local businesses.

Free chair massages, raffle prizes, Infinite Possibilities Candles, DIY essential oil crafts & much more!

Bring a guest, get a special gift.  So, grab your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, co-workers, Starbucks barista, whatever!

The cost is only $5 per person* You can register at:

 The workshop is free for all Personal Gains’ clients, but you must reserve your spot!

  Client Reservation

 To download an informational flyer, click here.


Congratulations to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

The Midwest Business Group on Health announced that ten Illinois hospitals were recently named to the Leapfrog Group’s 2016 list of Top Hospitals, which honors the highest performing facilities on the Leapfrog Hospital Patient Safety Survey.

This year, 115 Top Hospitals were honored. Of those, nine were recognized as Top Children’s Hospitals, 56 have been named Top General Hospitals, 21 were named Top Rural Hospitals, and 29 were named Top Teaching Hospitals. In Illinois, the following hospitals were recipients of the Top Hospital Award:

• Amita Health Hoffman Estates, Hoffman Estates

• Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago

• Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst

• Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, Geneva

• OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington

• Presence Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center, Chicago

• Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney

• Rush Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park

• Rush-Copley Medical Center, Aurora

• University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago

“Hospitals that receive the Top Hospital distinction have demonstrated excellence at providing safe and high quality care,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

November is National Diabetes Month

english-2-versions_lgThe DuPag County Health Department shared that 86 million adults have prediabetes (that is, are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes) and most don’t know it. The good news is that prediabetes can be reversed.

The Prediabetes Risk Test can be used to see if you, or your employees or clients, are at risk. It only takes a minute. See below for ways you can share the Risk Test with your employees and clients.

Again, the good news is that prediabetes can be reversed. Losing just 5 to 7 percent of one’s body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200 pound person) by improving food choices and increasing physical activity can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half. Find more lifestyle tips here.

The Prediabetes Risk Test is available online (English and Spanish), as a printable survey (English, Spanish, and Chinese), and as a widget (English) for your website. Helpful resources listed below and available here, including additional talking points. Read more

Healthy Lombard Receives Grant From TCF Bank


The Healthy Lombard Foundation recently was the recipient of a $1000 grant from the TCF Foundation in recognition of the difference the organization is making to address the epidemic of childhood obesity and promote a healthier lifestyle for the entire community.

Pictured above (l to r) are Happy Apple, the mascot of the Healthy Lombard Foundation, Jay Wojcik, Founder and Board President; Fawad A. Agha, TCF Branch Manager in Lombard; and Bernard Bucholz, Foundation Treasurer.

Healthy Lombard will use these funds to support its Triple A Approach to making a change that consists of Awareness, Activities, and the celebration of Achievement. Some of these activities include a Fitness February Fair, the cable show Health Local, a website with over 1.9 million hits since 2015, sponsorship of healthy kid-focused events, and the yearly presentation of Health Hero awards.

Begun in 2010, Healthy Lombard has expanded from its original 8 partners to now include more that 40 community groups and organization interested in creating a healthier environment for kids (and their families) to learn how to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

The TCF Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TCF National Bank, provides charitable contributions to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in education, human services, community development and the arts. The Foundation allocates grants to organizations located within the communities in which TCF offices are located, and to organizations engaged in nonprofit activities designed to improve the economic and social well being of local communities.

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Learn the Benefits of Shopping Smart on May 5th

grocery shopping

Healthy Lombard Partner DuPage Health Care Ltd is offering a workshop entitled:


DATE: 05/05/2016    TIME: 6:00 PM    LOCATION: 45 S Park Blvd | Glen Ellyn , IL

Because shopping smart for nutrition can seem like a daunting task. How can you  ensure healthy purchases for your family? What foods do you avoid?

Maximized Living will teach you how to perfect the shopping process so that nutrition is second nature, and health is a first priority. The workshop will cover how to:

  • Read labels the smart way
  • Avoid the top ten toxic foods and learn healthy alternatives
  • Become a better shopper with practical tips to get the most out of your nutrition
  • Find out the truth about the hottest nutrition topics, such as organic foods, food budgeting and low fat myths

REGISTER NOW:      PHONE: 630.238.8200

Nutrition Shopping Smart Flyer

News From Prairie Food Co-op



Prairie Food Co-op Owner, Emily Saurino, owner of Art Life Gallery, wants Prairie Food Co-op to reach 500 Owners as soon as possible. When we reach 500 Owners, we will raffle-off a Wine & Paint party for up to 8 people ($280 value!) at Lombard’s new Art Life Gallery & Studio! All new Owners and referrals are eligible!

Prairie Food Co-op Ownership is a smart choice for you, your family, and your community. Here are a few reasons to buy in today!

  • Prairie Food Co-op received a competitive $10,000 grant from Food Co-op Initiative because we are one of the strongest food co-op start ups in the nation. Less than 10% of co-ops receive this annual grant; a ringing endorsement from a national organization!
  • Becoming an Owner is a great investment! For a one-time payment of only $200, you help build a grocery store focusing on local, organic, sustainable products. The store will benefit you, your family, and the community – fresh produce, local & sustainably sourced food, cost-saving bulk offerings, workshops and educational classes, jobs and so much more.
  • Prairie Food Co-op is already at work in the community! This summer, we are offering a series of educational workshops to help YOU live a healthier, happier life.

Still have questions about Ownership? Please join us at one of our events or call Jerry Nash at 630.501.7444.

Find out more about Ownership.