The 25 Most-Pinned Healthy Dinners

popsugarPOPSUGAR shared that if you spend hours scouring Pinterest for the most delicious healthy recipes out there, it’s time to spend some time checking out the following delicious dinners — all 25 of these healthy meals have each been pinned thousands of times! Whether you follow a gluten-free, vegan, or Paleo lifestyle, there are a number of dishes here that deserve a home on your healthy-recipe board.

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DuPage County Continues To Be Ranked Among The Healthiest Counties in Illinois

3495411871-1The DuPage County Health Department is pleased to announce that DuPage County has once again been recognized as one of the healthiest counties in Illinois.  The rankings are based on quality of life factors such as longevity and overall health status, including physical and mental health.

The rankings—covering counties in all 50 states—were developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The model has two separate rankings including Health Outcomes (how healthy we are) and Health Factors (how healthy we can be). DuPage County ranked No. 3 in Health Outcomes and No. 1 in Health Factors out of 102 counties in Illinois. The current rankings also show that DuPage County has rated best for length of life and overall health behaviors of its residents. The ranking process looks at the most up-to-date data available from educational and governmental sources. Counties are then scored based on comparison to a national standard.

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5 easy steps to weight loss success (honest!)

Shaklee, 5stepsthe nutritional company, posted    thoughts about weight loss in Health Wise.  She writes about  five simple principles from the people who she has seen have weight loss success:

  1. Make the Commitment:  The first step for any change in your life is to commit to that change—and it seems to work best if it is a public commitmentPermanent weight loss takes a long-term commitment (really, for the rest of your life), but it also starts with the first step. So, decide what you can bite off—maybe that is two weeks or maybe you can commit to two months. I strongly urge you to try to commit to ninety days because that is a meaningful amount of time to change some habits AND to see results! Read more

FREE Cooking Class Offered by Humana

julie-marie-304x300Our very own Healthy Lombard Partner, Educator, Public Speaker, and Chef Julie Marie Christensen will be teaching a cooking class on Friday, April 4th at 12:00 noon at Humana in Naperville.
It will also  broadcasting live.
Click here for that link.
She’s fantastic!
You’ll enjoy  the class.

Rethink Your Drink

o-KID-DRINKING-SODA-facebookFORWARD shared that if you need ideas on how to educate people about the harmful effects of sugary beverages, the  Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity has created the “Rethink Your Drink” Toolkit with lots of ideas and activities for both kids and adults.

Great Resource!

Cooking Challenge Runner Up

HappyFacesBallsThe top two recipes that were sampled in theHealthy Cooking Challenge were only  separated only by 40 votes!  So there is the recipe for the runner up:

Homemade Pasta Salad

  • 12 oz. whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 1 c. grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 c. finely chopped spinach
  • 2 c. finely chopped broccoli
  • 4 c. part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 c. rinsed and drained light red kidney beans
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 1 c. red wine vinegar
  • 2 t. minced garlic
  • ½ t. dried basil
  • ½ t. dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Cook whole wheat pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cool water. Drain.
  • Prepare veggies as directed above.
  • Combine pasta with tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, cheese, beans, and green pepper.
  • Mix pasta and vegetable mixture together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, basil and oregano using a whisk. Pour over pasta and mix well.
  • Serve chilled.

Cooking Challenge Winner

Glenbard87LogoChrista Gifford, Family and Consumer Sciences, Glenbard North High School. and District Wellness Committee Chair shared with Healthy Lombard that the Nutrition and Fitness students did a terrific job creating and making delicious healthy recipes for this year’s Healthy Cooking Challenge!

The recipes were  tasted by students and staff and they voted the Cheesy Broccoli Rice Bake the winner.  Here is a copy of that recipe:

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Bake

 3 c. cooked brown rice
1 T. butter
1/2 onion, diced
1 ½ c. shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 c. milk
2 c. finely chopped broccoli florets
1 can Healthy Request Cream of Mushroom soup

 Directions:

  • Spray 9 x 13” pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter. Add diced onion and cook until transluscent.
  • Stir in cream of mushroom soup and milk, then add cheese. Stir until melted.
  • Pour cheesy mixture over rice and broccoli and stir until mixed.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 – 35 minutes or until light brown and bubbly.

Yoga Diet

yogzfoodYoga expert Wai Lana, who has a daily exercise program on public television shared

According to the science of yoga, we can compare our bodies to vehicles that we use to travel the path of life. The food we eat is like the fuel we put in the gas tank—the better the fuel, the better the vehicle performs. What we eat has a huge impact not only on our physical well-being, but also on our mental and our spiritual well-being. So our diet is a vital component of the yoga lifestyle.

The ancient yoga texts describe the foods that benefit our physical health and stamina, our mental clarity, and our spiritual well-being, as sweet, juicy, palatable, and easy to digest.  They include fruits and vegetables, milk products, sugar and honey, grains, and nuts and seeds, as well as beans and other legumes.

Research confirms that a diet centered on the foods that comprise the yoga diet can help prevent obesity and diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritis and reduce LDL cholesterol levels. These foods also help maintain a healthy body weight, boost our immunity, and may even slow the aging process.

These foods and the countless delicious preparations made from them form the basis of the yoga diet. Because of their inherent qualities of goodness and natural health-giving properties, they are ideal for anyone wanting to live a healthier, happier life.

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Being Healthy is as easy as 5-4-3-2-1 Go! ®

54321_Exclamation_PointMarch is National Nutrition Month and the DuPage County Health Department s encouraging residents to live the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® lifestyle in order to be healthy and reduce the risk for obesity. Nationally, nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese. Kids who are overweight are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, like high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes. Children who are overweight are also more likely to suffer psychological effects such as bullying and depression.  Fortunately, everyone can take steps toward leading a healthier lifestyle. The 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message  was created for children ages 3-5 as an easy way to remember the goals to try and meet every day in order to be healthy, but this message also applies to anyone who is striving to live a healthy lifestyle.  The components of the health education message are: eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, drinking 4 glasses of water per day, eating 3 servings of low-fat dairy per day, getting 2 hours or less of screen time per day, and getting 1 hour or more of exercise every day. The 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message was created by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and adopted by FORWARD, the Health Department’s obesity prevention initiative. Since adopting this message, FORWARD has distributed 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® posters, stickers, flyers, and magnets across DuPage County to raise awareness and  free 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® health education programs have been offered in daycares and schools across the county. For ideas and resources on how to use the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message in your organizationor classroom, please visit [ http://www.forwarddupage.org ]www.forwarddupage.org. 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® is a registered trademark and Copyright © 2004 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. All rights reserved. [ http://www.clocc.net ]www.clocc.net

Lead By Example

Scott427The  “A Year of Being Well” e-newsletter shared that leaders come in all shapes and sizes, ages, and races. Someone in your home must assume the role as leader and start the process of getting healthy or continue being an example for others. People learn best through the examples of others, so it’s important that as parents and role models we demonstrate good habits for our children.

 Kids will do what they see adults do.  If we simply preach about instilling healthy habits but we don’t practice good habits ourselves, we’ll never succeed in helping kids eat better, get more sleep, or get more physical activity.

 Being a positive role model means you have to break the unhealthy mold and make better choices for yourself, then teach your kids to do the same.  Just by drinking more water, eating a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables, and staying active you can be someone’s hero!