Can we actually slow the appearance of aging?

College of DuPage aNursing Student Aimee Masi, who is also a licensed aesthetician, and laser technologist. shared with Healthy Lombard that she is often asked if the creams and potions, or the many treatments that we put on the skin, are the secret to anti-aging? If we strip away all the fancy logos and name brands and review the science, there are only a handful of components necessary to keep skin looking its best. Aside from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, at-home tips and non-aggressive treatments may actually help to slow the progressive disease called, ‘aging.’ To understand what is really successful we first have to understand how skin ages.


As the skin ages, the proteins that keep a tight junction begin to slowly loosen. The exfoliation of our skin and the birth of new, healthy skin cells also begin to slow. As this process takes place, the skin becomes asphyxiated with dead skin cells and cell turnover is reduced. This may cause the skin to look dull and uneven, become rough, and break down faster. The connective tissues that lose the tight bond begin to disintegrate; generally, this is observable under the eyes so an obvious line may be found separating the eyes from the cheeks. The mid-face then falls and sort of adds a ‘parentheses’ around the mouth. Finally, the tissue rotates further down so jowls are formed. While these rotations are happening, the cells that were sun-damaged during our youth have now had the time to climb up to the surface and say “hello” as they present as brown spots. In addition, the muscles between our brows and forehead become more pronounced due to years of deep concentration; staring at books and computer screens, leaving a permanent indentation sort of like that of an angry grouchRead more

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Tobacco is a, ‘no no!’

College of DuPage Nursing Student Alana Jackson wrote for Healthy Lombard that moke is here, smoke is there, smoke is everywhere! Growing up, she would always see tons of smoking in a restaurant, at a family gathering, at an event, etc. She used to cough a lot because the smoke would inhale into her lungs due to second-hand smoking. Even though she was young, she knew that inhaling anything besides oxygen inside her body was not right and her breathing wouldn’t feel right either. Now that she is older she has learned to follow signs that say “No smoking” and to watch out for any smoking as she is out and about. Health is a priority and we want to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to keep our bodies healthy and secure so that we may live long lives.

According to the CDC, smoking consists of tobacco, which is very addicting and is the leading preventable cause of death in America. An average estimation of 480,000 deaths happens every year due to smoking by CDC studies. When someone inhales tobacco into their lungs they are damaging their airway and the alveoli. Smoking harms almost every organ in the body and we need our organs to function properly in life in order to live. CDC even discusses that tobacco increases the risk of heart diseases, bladder cancer, lung cancer, stroke, and even death. Read more

How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure

 shared on that high blood pressure is the number-one risk factor for death in the world. In the United States, it affects nearly 78 million people, one in three adults. As we age, our blood pressures get higher and higher, such that by age 60, high blood pressure strikes more than half of us.

Given that it affects most of us when we get older, could high blood pressure be less a disease and more just an inevitable consequence of aging? No. We’ve known since the 1920s that high blood pressure need not occur, which I discuss in my video How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure.

Researchers measured the blood pressures of a thousand people in rural Kenya, where their traditional diet included more whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruit, and dark leafy greens. Though our pressures go up as we age, their pressures actually go down. Read more

Five reasons you won’t regret getting a flu shot this year

Chris Howard, DO and Vice President, Medical Operations at MedExpress Urgent Care shared with Healthy Lombard that the flu virus, a highly contagious respiratory illness, is often misunderstood. Those who have had the flu understand just how debilitating it can be, however, if you’ve never had it, getting immunized might not be a high priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), manufacturers distributed a record number of flu vaccine dosages during the 2018-2019 flu season, and experts are hoping to continue that upward trend and encourage even more people to get vaccinated this year. Here are five reasons you won’t regret following their advice:

1. Australia’s flu season has been worse this year

The severity of flu season can’t be predicted with precision; however, the flu strain that recently affected the Southern Hemisphere, in particular, Australia, is a good indicator of what is to come our way. Traditionally, flu season in the Northern Hemisphere (which includes the United States, Europe, and Canada) mirrors the preceding season in the Southern Hemisphere. According to the CDC, we should prepare for a more severe season based upon the strains seen in Australia. The current vaccine, now widely available, is the best defense against this strain and the flu in general. Read more

Please Join Us and Celebrate Teal Pumpkin

What’s the Teal Pumpkin Project®?
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. The nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. The steps to participate are:

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness –in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map.
  4. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family. Social media is one of the best and easiest ways you can spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project®. Be sure to use #tealpumpkinproject each time you post!

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Illinois Adult Obesity Rates Steady but Significant Disparities Remain

New data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and highlighted in a new report today from Trust for America’s Health show that Illinois adult obesity rates remain steady at 31.8% in 2018, up slightly from 31.1% in 2017. The 2019 state-specific data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a participant self-report survey, showed significant disparities in adult obesity rates by race/ethnicity for 2016-2018: The prevalence of self-reported obesity among non-Hispanic White adults was 30.8%, compared to non-Hispanic African American adults at 40.1% and Hispanic adults at 35.6%.
Adults with obesity are at an increased risk for many serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, poorer mental health, and more. Obesity is a complex disease with many risk factors. Differences in obesity may reflect differences in social and economic advantage, behaviors, or community or environmental factors.
“Disparities in obesity are strongly driven by the social determinants of health such as income and social status, employment and working conditions, housing, and education. This CDC report shows that communities of color and low-income populations continue to disproportionately bear the burden of obesity and its related consequences in the United States,” said Dr. Angela Odoms-Young, Associate Professor, the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Congratulations To Our 2019 Flat Apple Winners


Prize Winners


Abby B. Picaboo Photo, Tennis Balls
Stella F. Studio Movie Grill
Wesley F. Culvers Sports Pack
DJ  H. Culvers Sports Pack
Viyaan J. Culvers Sports Pack
Maryam K. Medieval Times
Sumaiya K. Culvers Sports Pack
Anthony K. Lombard Golf Course Golf for Two
James K. Culvers Sports Pack
Collin L. Fox Bowl
Colton L. Addison Ice Rink
Connor L. Lombard Golf Course Golf for Two
Cora L. Culvers Sports Pack
Braden L. Sky Centers Martial Arts
Madison L. Culvers Sports Pack
Michael L. Picaboo Photo, Tennis Balls
Drake M Gym Bag, Soccer Ball, Shin Guards
Shayla M. Lombard Roller Rink
Scarlett P. Enchanted Castle
Blake P. Culvers Sports Pack
Morgan P. Soccer Goal, Signed Ball
Jovie S. Picaboo Photo, Tennis Balls
Maya S. Picaboo Photo, Ball, Tennis Balls
Calvin S. Navy Pier
Ravyn V. Culvers Sports Pack
Scarlett V. Picaboo Photo, Tennis Balls
Luke W. Tent, Chair, Cooler
Grand Prize
Scarlett V. Bike


Winners will be contacted the week of September 30 as to the place and time for Prize Distribution.

Paleo Diet Meal Plan

Alex from, a blog about how people can optimize their body, feel great and look better, shared with Healthy Lombard that right now, Paleo is one of the most popular diets worldwide – and for good reason. It’s simple, versatile and it can be adopted by mostly everyone regardless of age or gender. But what are the real benefits of this diet and how can you actually implement it into your lifestyle?

What is the Paleo diet?
To understand the philosophy behind this diet, let’s think of our ancestors: the cavemen. They hunted for meat and ate whatever fruits and vegetables they could gather. Almost every meal they ate was raw and dairy, grains or legumes didn’t exist yet (as farming only appeared 10,000 years ago).

The Paleo diet, or Stone Age diet, claims that people would be much healthier if they returned to the very beginning of humanity and its eating habits. A theory known as discordance hypothesis suggests that we aren’t genetically made to eat processed meals or foods resulted through farming (dairy, grains, and legumes). Recently, more and more studies proved that these foods may contribute to today’s most common physical conditions: diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Most of the times, a paleo diet should come with an active lifestyle; once again, think of our ancestors who put in plenty of effort to hunt, build shelters and travel. Aside from this reason, practicing sports is particularly important because paleo diets may be high in calories (depending on how you design yours).
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