4 Ways To Make Fitness Fun For The Whole Family

Sara Hall, one of America’s premier distance runners,  the 2012 US National Cross Country Champion and a Gold Medalist at the Pan American Games in the steeplechase, and who has also represented the US at three World Indoor Track and Field Championships as well as a World Cross Country Championship wrote for FitBit  that as professional athletes, physical fitness has become a lifestyle for Ryan and me. But having recently become a mom, I had to rethink the best way to impart my love for physical challenges and a healthy lifestyle to my kids. We adopted our four daughters from Ethiopia after they’d spent three very inactive years in an orphanage. We knew we needed to get them started with physical activity for their own health, but we also wanted to find the right balance; we wanted them to grow to love fitness, not get burnt out and resent it. It’s been a journey, but we’ve managed to find a sound middle ground as a family. Here are some lessons I’ve learned along the way:

1. Lead By Example
Kids naturally want to try things they see their parents doing, so the greatest thing you can do to get your kids involved in fitness is do it yourself. Soon after bringing my kids home from Ethiopia, they were curious to see all my different self-massage and stretching tools and try them out. They approached them with the same fun and curiosity kids bring to toys.   Read more

Come and Meet Andre Dawson

Donate and Dine!

Visit Culver’s of Lombard,  at 1155 S. Main St. on MONDAY, MAY 21, from 4 – 8 pm and a percentage of group sales will be donated to
TRINITY CHRISTIAN NURSERY SCHOOL in Villa Park to help in the purchase of new indoor play equipment for preschoolers.

As an added bonus, Culvers have partnered with The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center and its brand-new BABY OTTER ANDRE DAWSON AQUATIC CENTER, that provides a one-of-a-kind water safety & swimming program for children as young as eight months old.

COME MEET & TAKE PICTURES WITH

BABY OTTER AMBASSADOR & BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER ANDRE DAWSON

FROM 5 – 7 pm
(no autographs will be signed)

Please use this link to download the attached filer and bring

it with you in order for the school to receive credit.

 

Food Allergy Awareness Week

The iconic Empire State Building will be lit in teal this Sunday night, May 13, to kick off Food Allergy Awareness Week, an initiative founded by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network — now Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) — to raise awareness about the severity of food allergy and anaphylaxis.

This is the third time that the Empire State Building is lighting up teal for Food Allergy Awareness Week. As millions of New Yorkers and tourists look up from the streets on May 13, they will be greeted with the sight of the Empire State Building shining in the signature color of food allergies. This represents an incredible opportunity to showcase the importance of food allergy awareness and help others understand the seriousness of this disease nationwide. If you are in the New York City area on May 13, be sure to take a picture and share on social media with the hashtag #FoodAllergyWeek! Read more

The 1 Thing Happy People Do Every Day

 wrote for POPSUGAR that growing up with a mother as a counselor definitely had its perks: she was incredibly patient, a supportive listener, and always gave the best advice. Even though my mom is retired, she continues to help others by sharing her years of wisdom on what it takes to be truly happy. She’s told me time and time again that while material goods might make me happy in the moment, that feeling is fleeting. I’ve learned people who are the happiest don’t have the most money or aren’t the most attractive, but they all share one thing in common:

Happy people practice gratitude every day.

While this may seem simple enough, our minds tend to focus on what we’re missing out on instead of being grateful for everything we already have. Our generation has it even harder because we are living in a social world where we are constantly connected. It’s easy to feel like you don’t have enough when everyone on your social feed appears to be doing cooler things than you.

Good news: there are ways to practice gratitude each day to live your best life. Here’s how. Read more

DuPage Country Health Department shares important information

Recently, the DuPage County Health Department

was featured on WGN sharing this important message:

 

Illinois health officials warn of synthetic pot after 22 people report severe bleeding

Understanding Prediabetes and How to Prevent it

Julie Sanfilippo, RD, LDN, Lifestyle Coach for the Diabetes Learning Center EDWA wrote for Edwards Elmhurst Health’s blog that  chances are you or someone you love is living with prediabetes. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates one in three Americans have the condition. But close to 90 percent of those with prediabetes don’t know they have the condition because there are usually no signs or symptoms.

Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed diabetes. If steps are not taken to improve your blood sugar level, it’s likely you’ll progress to type 2 diabetes.

The risk factors are the same for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and include older age, family history, ethnicity (African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American), being overweight or obese, poor nutrition, inactivity, and carrying excess weight around your waist.

Because there are usually no signs or symptoms, the best way to discover the condition during its earliest, most reversible stages is to undergo routine blood glucose screenings. An annual screening is especially recommended for adults 45 years and older or if you’re overweight with additional risk factors.

The good news is you can successfully manage prediabetes – or even reverse it. This is possible by getting your blood sugar under control through lifestyle changes, including: Read more

5 Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

Kim Hayes, AARP shared that loss of appetite and unintended weight loss can be warning signs of pancreatic cancer.

Although pancreatic cancer can be treated if caught early, the signs are often subtle, and the disease is usually missed until it is in later, more serious stages. But there are some warning signs that you can watch out for.

The pancreas has two main jobs in the body: to make juices that help digest food and to make hormones, such as insulin and glucagon, that help control blood sugar levels. The digestive juices are made by exocrine pancreas cells, which is where about 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin. The disease accounts for approximately 3 percent of all cancers and about 7 percent of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the risk goes up with age. About two-thirds of patients are at least 65 years old, and the average age at the time of diagnosis is 71, according to the ACS.

Only 8.2 percent of pancreatic cancer patients survive for five years, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The pancreas is deep inside the body, and early tumors can’t be detected by standard physical exams. People usually have no symptoms until the cancer has already spread to other organs. Even so, the NCI advises people to consult their doctor if they have any of the following symptoms:

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Stop Dieting if You Want to Lose Weight

Chloe Pearson <info@consumerhealthlabs.com> shared that fad diets won’t help you take control of your weight. Studies suggest that most people who lose weight by resorting to drastic no-carb, no-fat, eat-only-celery-for-a-week diet trends only see a temporary drop in the numbers on the scale. If you really want to beat obesity, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way by eating the right foods, staying in motion and being consistent.

For many, the biggest obstacle is simply finding a sustainable exercise and nutrition routine. The best way to accomplish this is to make small changes one at a time. For instance, you might swap your high-carb, sugar-laden breakfast cereal for a small meal of protein-rich eggs and Greek yogurt. Stop purchasing high-calorie snack foods and opt for healthy alternatives, such as baby carrots or cherry tomatoes, instead of salty popcorn when watching television. ChooseMyPlate.gov offers a number of healthy swaps for common snack foods in this online chart. You can also look into enhancing your diet with high-quality nutritional supplements that promote metabolism and weight loss.

Avoid diving head first into a hard-core strength or cardiovascular training regimen as this can damage your muscles and soft tissues, which will make it more difficult – and more painful – to exercise. There are numerous apps, such as the 30-Day Fitness Challenge by Leap Fitness Group, that can help you create a sustainable exercise regimen that’s right for your activity level and individual needs.

By starting slowly, you give yourself the opportunity to make diet and exercise a habit instead of an obligation. And in case you’re wondering, the old 21-day-rule for creating new habits doesn’t hold up – science suggests it actually takes closer to 66 days for an action to become second nature. Read more

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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Food allergy bullying is no laughing matter

Dr. Sai Nimmagadda shared with Advocate Children’s Hospital that there is a new trend that is endangering children with allergies called food allergy bullying.

Researchers estimate that 5.9 million children under age 18 in the United States have a food allergy. That’s 1 in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. And more than 40 percent of them have experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction. That’s why food allergy bullying is so dangerous.

It is happening in schools all over the country. In a recent case near Pittsburgh, three teenagers were charged with intentionally exposing a classmate to pineapple despite knowing she had an allergy to the fruit. The student had to receive immediate treatment. And a 7-year-old Utah boy came home in tears after his classmates threatened to make him eat peanuts — knowing he was severely allergic. Others report having food thrown at them.

These incidents are not rare. A recent study by Mount Sinai Medical Center found that nearly a third of kids with a food allergy have experienced similar bullying. Read more