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.


proactive-kidsA new school year has begun and school physicals are well under way!  As a clinician, you will see many overweight children over the next few weeks and we hope you remember to tell them there is a place where they can get help –

ProActive Kids is a health education program offered FREE to children ages 8-14 who are considered obese or overweight and their families.

 Click here for more information on the complete program.  

There is a ProActive Kids program in your community where you can refer your patients. We will help them learn how to live a healthier lifestyle!

TO REFER A CHILD OR FAMILY   Please refer patients, students or parents to the ProActive Kids website at  or ask them to call 630-681-1558.

LOCATIONS FOR FALL 2015 (Sept 21 – Nov 13)
ProActive Kids locations are made possible by the following generous funding sources. 

Addison, IL — At Club Fitness at Addison Park District, Funded by Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare

Downers Grove, IL  — At Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, Funded by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Melrose Park, IL — At Gottlieb Memorial Hospital,  Funded by Loyola University Health System

 Oak Lawn, IL — At Oak Lawn Ice Arena – Oak Lawn Park District, Funded by Advocate Children’s Hospital Oak Lawn

Park Ridge/Niles, IL — At Gemini  Junior High School, Funded by Advocate Children’s Hospital Park Ridge

 Woodridge, IL — At Edward Health and Fitness Center, Funded by Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare


Important Announcements from the DCHD

child getting shotSchool immunizations: new certificate of religious exemption requirement 

Parents or legal guardians who object, for religious reasons, to their child being immunized for school entrance must submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which now must be signed by a health care provider.  Signed into law on Aug. 3, 2015, this new legislation requires a health care provider to sign the certificate confirming they have provided education to the parents or legal guardians about the benefits of immunizations and the health risks of not vaccinating students.

“Vaccines not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because vaccines are not always 100 percent effective, it is important that as many people as possible are immunized to decrease the amount of disease circulating and help prevent illness and possibly even death.”

Educational information given by health care providers may include nationally accepted recommendations from federal agencies such as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, information from vaccine information statements, and vaccine package inserts.

“We recognize the importance of providing an option for religious exemption, but we also understand there must be a balance between family rights and the health of all students,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D.  “This certificate ensures that parents and students are fully aware of the risks of not being immunized.”

The certificate also reflects the parents or legal guardians understanding that their child may be excluded from school in the case of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or exposure.  Parents or legal guardians must submit the certificate to their local school authority prior to children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade.  This new requirement will be in place for religious exemption requests beginning Oct. 16, 2015. The new Certificate of Religious Exemption form will soon be available on both the IDPH and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) websites.