1Climb, adidas Build Walls for Boys & Girls Clubs

Nate Mitka shared with Children and Nature network that with his ascent of the Dawn Wall in 2015, Kevin Jorgeson made climbing history. And it seems the Californian climber continues to push the climbing envelope beyond Yosemite Valley.  1Climb, a nonprofit Jorgeson co-founded to introduce kids to climbing, recently announced an initiative to build 10 climbing walls in Boys & Girls Clubs across the U.S.

The partnership hopes to introduce 100,000 kids in urban areas to their first climb. According to the plan, 1Climb intends to build climbing walls in L.A., Chicago, and New York City to help thousands of urban youths access climbing by the end of 2019. And, it intends to open the six more in 2020.

“Our belief is that through sport, we have the power to change lives and this partnership is a perfect example that brings those words to life,” said Stephen Dowling, VP of marketing at Adidas Outdoor. “We are incredibly excited to partner with 1Climb in order to bring the benefits of the outdoors to the city, building climbing walls to break down social barriers, and create an equal starting line for tens and thousands of girls and boys across America.” Read more

Does it need stitches?

Kimberly McKinnon, D.O.Specialty: Family medicine, shared in the Edwards Elmhurst Healthy Driven Blog that cuts and scrapes are part of life. If you have kids, they’re part of everyday life.

Most of the time we don’t hurt ourselves that badly. A scrape or a minor cut usually requires a little home treatment and heals on its own.

Sometimes, however, we end up with a doozy. Not all injuries need stitches to heal, but some do. And it’s not always easy to decide whether you need a doctor.

First, when you get a cut or puncture wound:

  • Gently wash it with soap and water
  • Put pressure on the injury and elevate it if possible to stop the bleeding
  • Once the bleeding stops, examine the wound. If the edges stay together during your normal body movement, and it’s not very deep, you probably don’t need further medical treatment
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment (e.g., Neosporin®) and cover the cut with gauze or a bandage

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Why Parents Should Vaccinate Their Chlldren

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health shared that vaccines are essential for protecting children against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough.  Many of these diseases are largely forgotten in our country.  Before vaccines became available, however, these diseases exacted a huge toll.  For example, before the measles vaccine was licensed in 1963, the virus infected at least 2 million Americans a year, causing 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations.

It may be upsetting for parents to see their babies or young children receive several vaccinations during a medical visit. However, these shots are necessary for protection from multiple dangerous—and sometimes deadly—diseases. Vaccinations typically cause only mild side effects, such as redness or swelling at the injection site; serious side effects are very rare. The public health benefits of vaccination far outweigh the possible side effects.

When children are vaccinated, their immune systems develop infection-fighting antibodies to protect them from contracting the targeted disease if they are exposed to it later in life. The full course of recommended childhood vaccinations, largely completed for most children by age 6, not only protects the vaccinated child but also contributes to a larger umbrella of protection known as “herd immunity.” By doing so, it helps prevent the spread of disease to those who cannot be vaccinated, including newborns who are too young to be vaccinated, and people with compromised immune systems, who cannot effectively develop antibodies to fend off disease.

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Ginger for Migraines


College of Dupage Nursing Student EugeniaKim wrote for Healthy Lombard that “Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep” (www.mayocloninc.com). Even if you get back to sleep, you may feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can affect not only your mood and energy level but also your health, work performance and quality of life. Chronic insomnia is a health problem that may lead to more serious chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355167).

Some animals can live without sleep for about a month, but for a human being, one sleepless night is enough to feel very tired, anxious and irritable (https://animalogic.ca/wild/up-all-night-7-animals-that-hardly-ever-sleep). When we go without sleep or have insufficient sleep, our bodies struggle to perform to their full potential. As a result, we experience impairments to our physical and mental performance the next day.

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Oat Milk

College of DuPage Nursing Student Tanya Vargas wrote that various types of milk have been introduced into our grocery stores recently, such as; almond, cashew, hemp, rice, soy, coconut, kefir, in addition to the good ole’ cow’s milk. A new type of milk has also entered the market as well as our coffee shops; say hello to oat milk.


What exactly is oat milk?

As stated in the Mother Nature Network (date?), oat milk has its origins in Sweden as a nondairy and lactose-free alternative of milk made by soaking steel-cut oats in water, blending, and straining the oat pulp through a cheesecloth to produce its milk as described by www.shape.com. You can even try to make it at home using Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen recipe (https://www.karissasvegankitchen.com/homemade-oat-milk/). Because oats are able to retain so much water, the bits of oats get passed through during the straining process, allowing for a creamier consistency that is usually desired in an alternative. Read more

Together In Teal

Together in TEAL®  is the name of this year’s Walk to raise funds vital to continuing support for the women and their families living with ovarian cancer.
Yes, Walk day is a fun day. But this year it’s more important than ever that we raise funds to make sure that research into new treatments can continue and our families have the support network they need – when they need it!
When you join us, Together in TEAL®, you:
● Show support for someone you love living with ovarian cancer.
● Connect with the only people who truly understand your ovarian cancer journey.
● Raise funds vital to supporting programs to educate communities and increase awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

● Have our profound appreciation and the gratitude of families benefiting from your impact.

The 2019 event will feature some of the iconic Chicago connections including fun activities from the Bulls & the Hawks in our NEW Family Fun & Fit Zone. Additionally, our route will take in a fabulous view of the famous Chicago skyline and amazing NOCC branding all lit up at the United Center!

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Aspirin Regimen

College of DuPage Nursing Student Randall J. Rooney wrote for Healthy Lombard that for years now, folks at risk of heart attack have been told to take low-dose aspirin daily for prevention of heart disease. Well, hold on to your hats because things are about to change.

As reported by NY Times1 on March 18th, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) changed their recommendations for aspirin regimens. In their 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease 2, published March 17, the ACC states:


Aspirin should be used infrequently in the routine primary prevention of ASCVD because of lack of net benefit.


“Lack of net benefit?!”, you might say, “But aren’t I taking my baby aspirin because there IS a benefit??”.

For years doctors have recommended daily low-dose aspirin (100 mg or less) for primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in patients aged 70 years and up. ASCVD, in a nutshell, is the buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries, which chokes off the blood supply to vital organs like your brain, kidneys, and heart, which places you at risk of things like heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

Now, aspirin regimens have been recommended for years to prevent the buildup of these arterial plaques because aspirin has the very neat property of making stuff in your blood ‘slippery’. Aspirin is known to prevent blood platelets from aggregating, which is good if you’re at risk of clots (and bad if you’re at risk of bleeding). The same mechanism that prevents platelets from sticking to each other is believed to work on fats in your blood. By making the lipids in your blood more slippery, aspirin prevents them from sticking together and forming plaques on the walls of your arteries. And it does this for a bargain. Aspirin is much cheaper, available over the counter, and has fewer side effects and risks than prescription blood thinners. Read more

Can we really prevent ovarian cancer?

College of DuPage Nursing Student Kelia Zanko wrote for Healthy Lombard that being a Cancer patient can be one of the hardest things someone can go through. No one wants to be in that position of finding out that you have cancer, especially Ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers in terms of death rate. The reason behind it is that it doesn’t get diagnosed until later stages. It usually happens to women between the age of 50 and 60, but it can also happen to women as young as 20 years old. There is always a fear that it might happen to you and it might be too late. Cancer survivors that have had cervical or breast cancer are in greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. According to a Mayo Clinic post about Ovarian Cancer (Dec. 13, 2018), some of the risk factors developing ovarian cancer, are older age, having BRCA1 and BRCA 2 gene mutated, having a family history of ovarian cancer, long term use of estrogen replacement therapy, having an early menstruation and a late menopause. Read more

How to Sleep Well During Pregnancy

Andrea Pisani Babich from Mattress Advisor shared that  the warm feeling of new life growing in your belly; the knowing smiles from family, friends and strangers as they congratulate you on your leap into this miraculous adventure of a lifetime; the anxious anticipation of adding a new person to your family — there is no other time in your life when you will feel so revered and honored as when you are pregnant.

Too bad Mother Nature didn’t get the memo! Along with all the wonders of pregnancy come a few unpleasantries that herald the arrival of the tiny newcomer who is about to rock your world. Frequent bathroom breaks too numerous to count, new aches and pains, unabated nausea, and an ever-widening girth can make this prelude into motherhood challenges. And all of these bumps on the smooth road into motherhood can make a good night’s sleep a thing of the past.

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