DuPage Among America's 50 Healthirst Counties for Kids

The DuPage County Health Department is proud to announce that DuPage County is ranked among “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids,” as reported by U.S. News and World Report.

DuPage County is the only Illinois county on the list, which highlights communities that are safe and child-friendly. DuPage County is No. 20 on the list with a score of 87.2 out of a possible 100 points.

“America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids” is a new set of rankings by U.S. News that identifies counties that feature, among other child-friendly data, fewer infant deaths, fewer low-birth-rate babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births and fewer children in poverty.

“This ranking is a result of the Health Department’s commitment to the healthcare needs of all DuPage County children and families,” said Linda Kurzawa, President of the DuPage County Board of Health. Read more

A Safe Way To Enjoy Fairs and Festivals

The summer is full of fairs and festivals and the DuPage County Health Department offers a few tips that will keep you and your family safe from foodborne illnesses while eating the many types of foods available at these events.

Foodborne illnesses increase during the summer months when people are eating outside so it is important to follow food safety recommendations, especially at fairs and festivals.

Here are some tips before buying food at a festival:

  • Does the vendor have a clean and tidy workstation?
  • Does the vendor have a sink for employees to wash their hands?
  • Do the employees wear gloves or use tongs when handling food?
  • Does the vendor have refrigeration on site for raw ingredients or pre-cooked foods?
  • Has the vendor been inspected? Temporary and mobile vendors, like those at fairs and carnivals, should have a license to sell food and beverages. You can check with the DuPage County Health Department to see if the vendors are licensed and if a food inspection has been completed. Read more

June is Men’s Health Month

The DuPage County Health Department reminds men that just a few lifestyle changes will result in a healthier and longer life.

Statistics show that men die earlier than women, but more than half of these early deaths can be prevented.  The Health Department recommends these changes

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep serving sizes in check; watch your intake of salt, fat and empty calories.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Protect yourself from injuries at work, home or play.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days.
  •  Quit smoking.
  • If you drink, do so in moderation. Read more

Opportunity for Health Care Providers to Learn About Preventing Childhood Obesity

Healthcare providers are invited to learn more about preventing and treating childhood obesity on April 11, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hotel Arista in Naperville. 

The Summit, “Strategies for Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Control,” is free and is intended for healthcare professionals working with children and their families. Continuing Medical Education credits are available. Registration is at 7 a.m. with the program from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and a local Resources Fair from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Read more

Help Support Smart Snacks in Schools

Parents, students, school staff, community partners and others are invited to comment on USDA’s newly proposed rule supporting “Smarter Snacks in Schools.” These new nutrition standards will ensure that schools offer healthier snacks for our children, while limiting less nutritious foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, snack carts, a la carte, and school stores during the school day.

Parents and schools can and should work together to make certain children are eating healthfully. Many children consume up to half their daily calories at school, and most are eating a snack. Let’s make sure our children are eating healthy options!

The proposed rule:

    Promotes snack foods with whole grains, low-fat/fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein as the main ingredient. Read more

Good Habits Are the Foundation to Good Health

WaiLana.com shared this healthy tip:

Good health is like growing a garden—we must actively cultivate it. You can’t just throw a bunch of seeds out the back door and expect a garden to appear. Healthy plants require good soil, sunlight, water, and weeding. If you neglect these basic principles for even a couple of days, your once perky plants will be drooping on the dirt.

Likewise, we can’t neglect the body’s basic requirements and expect to stay healthy. Cultivating good health requires proper nutrition, hydration, exercise, and rest. While the signs of neglect may not show up overnight, failing to establish good habits will catch up with us sooner or later. So if you’re feeling lethargic, irritable, or see other symptoms creeping up, it’s time to get back to the basics.