Last Flat Apple Event – August 18, 2018

Kids ages pre-school through high school are invited to visit the Lombard Cruise Night Kids Corner Area on Saturday, August 18 from 6 – 9 PM and earn Flat Apple participation tickets for great prizes like a mini iPad, a bike, sports equipment, gift cards, etc.

Participants do not have to be residents of Lombard but do need to register. Registration can be done online at or in person at the event.

This is the final Foat Apple event for 2018 since the drawing for prizes will be held at the  September 8 Healthy Lombard Partners’ Meeting.

Winners will be notified by email or phone and their FIRST names will be posted on the Flat Apple 2018 page of the Healthy Lombard website.  The prizes will be distributed on September 29 at the William J. Mueller Gazebo, located between the Lombard Historical Society building and the Coach house.

If a ticket selected belongs to a child that is not registered, he/she cannot win and the prize will go to a child that is registered.

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Eating balanced snacks help control blood sugar

Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness, a personal training studio located in Schaumburg specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper that if you want to permanently take control of your weight, your best option may be to eat more — more often, that is.

Eating more often does not necessarily mean eating more calories, but spreading out your calories into more portioned meals and snacks.

Your food intake should be timed every few hours — alternating meals and snacks to fuel your body consistently throughout the day, rather than eating once you actually feel hungry.

Of course, the types of foods you eat have a huge impact as well.

Snacking on sugary foods that hold no nutritional value will do nothing more than starve your body of nutrients while enhancing fat storage.

Eating balanced snacks between meals will help control your blood sugar — something your body is constantly trying to stabilize so you can perform efficiently.

If your blood sugar drops too low, you’ll feel a crash in energy levels, you may become moody, shaky, or irritable, and you’re more likely to reach for something sugary or unhealthy. Your ability to make sound food choices at this point becomes more difficult.

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Eating Well Away from Home

Lynn Dugan – MyPlate2Yours shared that while on vacation or traveling away from home, it may seem difficult to keep up the healthy eating habits! Don’t worry, with these tips you won’t have to sacrifice good nutrition. Here are a few important reminders to help us eat healthy while we are on the road:

Bring healthy snacks

  • On a road trip?  In a cooler, pack plenty of water, fresh fruit, single-serving yogurts and cheese sticks.

  • Snacks that don’t require refrigeration include whole grain crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, nuts, and bananas (items which are readily available at convenience stores while traveling). Also available in many grocery stores are hummus and peanut butter packed in ‘to-go’ individual containers.

Tips to remember while eating meals at restaurants:

  • Share entrees.

  • Pick menu items that are broiled, grilled, and baked (instead of fried).

  • Opt out of the french fries and ask for a side salad, fresh fruit, or vegetable side instead.

  • It’s always a good habit to ask for salad dressing ‘on the side’ to control the amount added.

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Are Friends Important?

Clare Ansberry asked in the Wall Street Journal’s Turning Point section, “Are baby boomers anti-social?”Here is her answer:  Members of the baby boom generation, especially those 55 to 64 years old, are less socially engaged than people the same age 20 years ago, according to researchers at the Stanford Center on Longevity.

The big question is why, says Tamara Sims, a Stanford research scientist, who is collecting more data with her colleagues to figure out the answer.

Theories are already emerging. Boomers, especially women, are working more or devoting themselves to caring for parents, leaving less time to see friends or help out at church. They are interacting differently, perhaps joining an online literacy initiative rather than volunteering at a library. “They may be engaging in virtual ways not captured by the data,” says Dr. Sims, 41, who is organizing a conference on the role of social media in engagement.

Cathy Jones Parks would like to be more engaged but cares full-time for her 84-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s and lives with her. Ms. Parks still tries to go to church on Sundays, relying on her husband to stay with her mom but has cut back volunteering there as a lector. Going to a movie, attending a wedding or taking trips means finding people to stay with her mom. In the rural area where they live, about 180 miles from Albuquerque, N.M., there aren’t many support services, like respite care.

“You just start not accepting invitations,” says Ms. Parks, 55, who gave up her job as director of a regional educational cooperative to care for her mother. “Your social life becomes doctors’ appointments and those sorts of things.”

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Get Prepared for Back-to-School

While kids are enjoying the long days of summer, the new school year is fast approaching.

For parents and students managing food allergies, back-to-school season is the time to get ready for a safe, successful year. FARE has the tools to help you prepare your family and your school for the year ahead.

  • First, find everything you need at Your Back-to-School Headquarters. has your one-stop destination for all the essential documents, forms, training and information to launch the new school year safely.
  • Next, share vital knowledge by sending a food allergy resource packet to a school. When you donate $30 to our poster drive, we will send an age-appropriate packet of posters, handouts, and resources to the school or community building of your choice to help educate and raise food allergy awareness.

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The numbers that matter most in staying healthy

What’s your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or micronutrients)?

The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don’t matter very much for our overall health. Or worse, we ignore numbers that do matter.

I was curious about which numbers my fellow dietitians consider the most important. I sought feedback from 20 experts who work in either hospitals or private practice. Here are the data that have the most clinical importance, and the ones they tell their patients to ignore.

Important numbers

Half your plate

Instead of counting every calorie, dietitians recommend that clients simplify food decisions by using a plate model, where you choose the right proportions of each food.

That means filling half your plate with vegetables and some fruit; one quarter with protein-rich foods such as fish, poultry or beans; and the final quarter with whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice. The Healthy Eating Plate from Harvard University is a great example of a plate model.

25 to 35 grams

That’s how much fiber a day we need for optimal health, but most Americans get just 16 grams per day.

Getting enough fiber helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, prevents certain cancers, eases constipation and keeps you feeling full for longer, which is helpful for weight management.

Get more fiber from vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains (or just follow the healthy plate model, mentioned above).

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Heart attack signs in women

Ann Davis, M.D. whose specialty is Cardiology with Edward Hospital and Midwest Heart-Advocate Medical Group shared in the  Edward-Elmhurst Health, Healthy Driven newsletter  that we’ve seen it on television and movie screens; the camera focuses on a pained look on a man’s face, he grabs his chest dramatically and then falls to the floor. This is what we think a heart attack looks like — and it does sometimes — but it can come on much more subtly, especially for women. Sure, both men and women can experience a classic presentation of extreme pain or pressure in the chest, sometimes described as the feeling of an elephant on the chest. In fact, chest pain, pressure or tightness is the most common heart attack symptom for both men and women. But there are other ways the body may tell us something is wrong.

Although men and women can have atypical symptoms, women are more likely than men to experience them. Understanding these heart attack warning signs, and reacting to them, can mean the difference between life and death.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a heart attack — the cessation or drastic reduction in the flow of blood that delivers oxygen to the heart. That statistic represents about 790,000 people, 430,000 of whom are women according to the American College of Cardiology.

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The Overprotected American Child

Andrea Petersen, author of “On Edge:A Journey Through Anxiety,” shared with the Wall Steet Journal the following article:

Why not let them walk to school alone? Parents and communities are figuring out ways to give their children more independence—and it just may help them to become less anxious, more self-reliant adults.

A few weeks ago I left my 9-year-old daughter home alone for the first time. It did not go as planned.

That’s because I had no plan. My daughter was sick. My husband was out of town. And I needed to head to the drugstore—a five-minute walk away—to get some medicine for her. So I made sure my daughter knew where to find our rarely used landline phone, quizzed her on my cellphone number and instructed her not to open the front door for anyone. Then I left. Twenty minutes later I was back home. Both of us were a bit rattled by the experience—her first time completely alone, with no supervising adult!—but we were fine.

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How to raise smoke-free kids

Advocate Children’s Hospital shared with the Daily Herald Newspaper that the sad truth is that most smokers picked up the bad habit during their teenage years.

Nearly nine out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and on a daily basis, 2,100 young adults become regular cigarette smokers.

“No teenager, or adult for that matter, is immune to nicotine addiction. Teens can get hooked after smoking just a couple cigarettes for the first time, not realizing they are on the path to a lifelong addiction,” says Dr. Sai Nimmagadda, a pediatric allergist and immunologist with Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge.

Nimmagadda urges parents to do everything in their power to decrease the chances of their child reaching for a cigarette. He recommends parents use the following strategies to discourage teen smoking:

• Don’t Smoke: Not only are you saving your children from inhaling secondhand smoke, but you are also serving as a good example by not normalizing smoking in the home. Don’t allow visiting family members or friends to smoke in your house either.

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Want to be a health hero?

Upload a photo of your family’s healthy lifestyle to, and Dole will donate $2 to Action for Healthy Kids to help us build healthier families, communities, and schools.

Even better? If you upload your photo on June 27, National Pineapple Day, your impact will be doubled! That’s right: Dole will donate $4 for every photo uploaded on June 27, even if it’s not pineapple-related.

That’s all you have to do. Just submit a photo of your family’s favorite healthy activity—cooking healthy meals, biking, swimming…anything—now through Labor Day. You can help us even more by (1) spreading the word to your friends and family, (2) sharing on social media using the hashtags #DoleHero and #DoleFamily, and (3) consider making a donation yourself here.

It couldn’t get any easier to make an impact on the schools and students we serve, so take three minutes, find or snap a photo, and go to to upload your photo and check out other incredible families like yours.

Together, we’ll inspire others and save the world, one healthy kid at a time. Read more