Smoking at Home

The Team at  Porch recently surveyed 1,000 people to see how they felt about smoking in the home and uncovered some surprising trends.  In an article they posted at they stated that shared that by now, you probably don’t need anyone telling you smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. With the U.S. implementing “no smoking” laws, running mass media campaigns designed to educate people on the dangers of cigarettes, and increasing access to quitting helplines and solutions, the number of adults who still smoke regularly has declined dramatically in recent years.

But it hasn’t stopped everyone, and there’s more than just smoking combustible cigarettes. In fact, many people now have relatively easy access to marijuana as mainstream acceptance (and laws)surrounding it continues to evolve.

Have you ever wondered about smoking on more than just your health? We surveyed over 1,000 people—smokers and nonsmokers alike—about their perceptions of smoking around the house, whether involving combustible cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars, or marijuana. Keep reading to see what we learned.

How dangerous does it seem?

When asked how well they understood the dangers of smoking to their health, both men and women rated cigarettes as the most dangerous form with ratings of 4.4 and 4.6, respectively. Most people perceived other exposures to smoking, like cigars and secondhand smoke, as less dangerous, though. All tobacco smoke (including secondhand smoke), however, contains dangerous chemicals that have been linked to cancer and lung and heart conditions, as well as other oral and dental diseases. Read more

New flu recommendations

Advocate Children’s Hospital shared with the Daily Herald that fall may have just arrived, but a warning has already been issued about the upcoming flu season.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released flu vaccine recommendations for the 2018-2019 flu season that advise all children ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot as soon as possible, and no later than the end of October.

They also recommend the injectable flu vaccine be used as the first choice for children rather than the nasal spray vaccine, which has not provided consistent protection against all strains of the flu virus in past years, per the AAP. The nasal spray has limitations on who can use it, and due to unclear effectiveness, especially against influenza A, the injectable form is preferred.

“The very best defense against the flu is the annual flu vaccination, and the sooner your child is vaccinated, the sooner they will be protected,” says Dr. Shrinal Vyas, a pediatrician at Advocate Children’s Hospital.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are a sad reminder of what can happen when children are not vaccinated. Last flu season, 180 children died of flu-related deaths, and thousands more were hospitalized.

The CDC reports that about 80 percent of children who died had not been vaccinated. Read more

How to motivate yourself to exercise

According to Angie Ruggiero, ACE Certified Personal Trainer with Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness, we all have our own fitness goals, including weight loss, muscle gain or just wanting to be healthier. Though we set out to reach these goals, many of us struggle to stay motivated.

Here are few fitness tips to keep you focused:


  • Create a workout schedule. Let’s be honest, our schedules can get hectic. When you make time on your calendar for exercise, it becomes part of your regular routine. It may be rough the first few days, but you’ll be less likely to decline a workout once it’s become a habit. How do you do it? Review your upcoming week and figure out the most practical time to exercise. For instance, exercising before work may give you time to relax and complete other tasks later. Or, hitting the gym after work may make more sense for you.
  • Use S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. These are elements that help you create effective goals.
  1. Specific – What muscle groups are you targeting? What exercises are you doing to target those muscle groups? Avoid being vague.
  2. Measurable – How much are you lifting, running, etc.? How many sets or repetitions are you completing? How much distance or time? Make sure you can measure your baseline and future progress.
  3. Attainable – Can you reach your goal? Pick a goal that you will be able to achieve, yet one that still challenges you.
  4. Relevant – Why does this matter to you? What is the purpose behind your goal? Make sure you have a reason behind what you are doing.
  5. Timely – When do you want to accomplish this goal? How long will it take? Identify your timeline and make an appropriate progression.

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How Important Is Stretching Before Training

Luke S. Mitchell is an MS Undergraduate in Sports Journalism shared that before training, it’s incredibly important to properly stretch your joints. There are countless benefits that come with flexibility training, including to reduce pain and stiffness, reduce the risk of injury, lower stress levels, improve bodily functions, and improve range of motion.

Some of the stretches you should consider doing includes dynamic and neck/back stretching.

Here’s what you need to know about stretching before working out your body and just how important it is.

1. Reduce Pain and Stiffness

Muscular tension can cause several problems and common discomfort to your body if you don’t stretch before working out. Recent studies have shown that stretching can help reduce stiffness and pain levels in your back and neck. Flexibility training can even lower the risk of developing muscle cramps as well. Stretching can also minimize wear on your joints while you are working out too.

As muscles tense and tighten, other muscle groups become weakened, which can cause wear and tear on different joints. However, regularly stretching before working out or training can help protect muscle groups from becoming sore or stiff and help prevent damage to your joints. If you have pre-existing joint problems, stretching prior to a workout is even more essential. But remember, stretching after your workout is just as important as stretching before.

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FREE Health Fair – October 17, 2018

The Glenbard Parent Series will host a  pre-meeting Health Expo at 6:15pm-7pm prior to Brain Rules for Peak Performance / Attack of the Teenage Brain with Dr. John Medina on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Glenbard North.

Eye rolling. Moodiness. And of course, the drama. Teens can be hard to parent. The good news: It’s not you. It’s not them. It’s their brains. In this humorous, and enlightening presentation, University of Washington neuroscientist, and authority in brain science Dr. John Medina will explore the factors that drive behavior and affect peak performance, achievement, and engagement. Here are the surprising brain rules to help both teens AND adults thrive and survive. We will examine executive function (the best predictor of academic success), and the importance of ” Rules” such as exercise and sleep to learn how the brain and body really work for optimal healthy functioning to assist us all!

Through the use of Medina’s fascinating and entertaining stories, all will benefit from the transformative ideas and practical information to enhance our mind and body to get the most from it.  Dr. Medina is the best -selling author of ten books including “Attack of the Teenage Brain”, ” Brain Rules”, Brain Rules for Baby, and Brain Rules for Aging Well,

Health Expo 6:15p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Arrive early at Glenbard North High School, and receive free health assessments and giveaways from over 20 organization-in partnership with Healthy Lombard.

Drug abuse and mental health top concerns in DuPage County

Assistant City Editor  wrote for the Daily Herald that drug abuse and mental health problems rank as the two most important health concerns in DuPage County, according to a recent survey of residents.

The survey was conducted by Impact DuPage, a group of community organizations committed to creating a common understanding of local needs, gaps, and priorities that will advance the well-being of county residents. The poll of 1,577 people was conducted between February and April as part of Impact DuPage’s 2018 community assessment.

“Part of the whole process for Impact DuPage is to get the community voice,” said Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage Health Department and the co-chairwoman of the Impact DuPage steering committee. “We want the factors and priorities that are important to our residents so we can create a responsive framework.”

According to the survey results released Friday, the three most important health concerns in DuPage are drug abuse (44 percent), mental health (43 percent), and too much screen time/technology use (21 percent).

Survey respondents also listed the top three risky behaviors in DuPage to be drug abuse (58 percent), alcohol abuse (34 percent) and too much screen time/technology use (30 percent).

The fact that residents are concerned about drug abuse and mental health problems doesn’t surprise Ayala.

“There’s an increasing recognition — not only across DuPage County but across the country — that behavioral health issues impact and influence the health of a community,” Ayala said. “So I think it is something that we’re coming to grips with as a country.”

DuPage in recent years has been trying to combat the opioid crisis. In May, the county announced it is contributing $100,000 to kick-start two new projects. Read more

Culver’s of Lombard to Support Special Olympics

Culver’s of Lombard, 1155 S. Main St., is partnering with Special Olympics Illinois this August with several in-store activities planned, most notably the 4th annual ‘ButterBurgers & Badges’ fundraising event on Thursday, August 30, from 4-8 p.m.

ButterBurgers & Badges will feature local law enforcement officers providing table service for guests dining inside, and also delivering the chain’s famed burgers and fresh frozen custard desserts to those visiting the drive-thru.

The officers will collect tips for their service, which along with one dollar for every purchase of any size Culver’s Concrete Mixer, will benefit Special Olympics.  In addition, local Special Olympics athletes will be on-hand to meet and greet guests and sign autographs.

ButterBurgers & Badges is part of a month-long initiative by more than 30 Culver’s locations across Chicagoland that includes participating stores proudly displaying ‘Change for Champions’ donation canisters near counter areas.

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7 Effective Stress-Busting Techniques for Salespeople

Dan Sincavage, a Co-Founder of Tenfold and current Chief Strategy Officer shared with Healthy Lombard the following article:

Your alarm clock goes off for the nth time this morning. Snooze button abused.

You’re late for work — so you miss breakfast and grab a coffee on the way – which, of course, you spill on your suit.

Arrive at the office, sit down and start calling customers who just aren’t too enthusiastic about your company’s offer. You try your best to strike up new leads, do everything you can to keep the sale on the line, and then all of a sudden, the client decides to go to your biggest competitor instead. You keep on going, mindful of the weekly, monthly and yearly quotas that you need to meet to keep your family well-provided for.

If you’re a sales professional, chances are you’ve experienced this scenario at least once in your career. While salespeople are often expected to be lively and energetic at all times, the long hours, the growing list of responsibilities and the pressure to meet quotas can all add up and take its toll.

In fact, sales professionals are considered by some experts as highly overworked.

“As technology automates much of the function, there is simply no need for a human interface,” said Roy, a career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide. “Since the products are now not much more than commodities, salespeople are seeing shrinking spreads and fewer opportunities to generate rich commissions.”

More stress= less sales?

We all know that too much stress is bad. It can make us overeat, sleep too much or too little, lose focus, and if left untreated can lead to diseases like diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular illnesses.

But did you know that apart from its ill-effects on your personal health, stress also has economic consequences? An article released by the Farleigh Dickinson University shows that “workplace stress costs U.S. employers an estimated $200 billion per year in absenteeism, lower productivity, staff turnover, workers’ compensation, medical insurance and other stress-related expenses.”

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