By BONNIE ROCHMAN
Research into candy and children helps explain why they love it and, despite some contradictory theories, offers a few guidelines for this time of year.
Children may be more partial than adults to sugar because of the way their taste buds are clustered. “Children have the same number of taste buds as adults, but their tongue is a whole lot smaller, so the flavors are more intense the younger you are,” says Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, which researches why we eat what we do. “That’s why little kids don’t like bitter foods and really like sweet foods. The effect is magnified.”
Americans eat far more added sugar—white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrups and honey, among others—than is recommended. The average person consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or 355 calories. Boys, ages 14 to 18, take in 34 teaspoons, or roughly 550 calories, according to the American Heart Association. Researchers say children and teens should follow recommendations for adults of no more than 9 teaspoons a day for men and 6 teaspoons for women. Read more
There’s no getting around this fundamental truth: You can’t have weight-loss success unless your calories burned are more than your calories in. Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., a sports nutritionist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, recommends these formulas for figuring out how many calories your nutrition plan should include.
Everyone is different, but it will give you a basic idea.
Lazy-Day Calorie Goal
(use on days when you’re taking it easy/not exercising):
A. Your weight, in pounds: ____
B. A x 15 = _____
C. B – 500 = _____
Busy-Day Calorie Goal
(use on days when you’re active/exercising):
A. Your weight, in pounds: ____
B. A x 18 = ____
C. B – 500 = ____
Aim for these numbers and you’ll lose 1 pound per week, a weight-loss rate that’s healthy and super-easy to maintain. And … don’t forget to exercise too!
A good scare can be fun on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. A scary but true fact is that children are more likely to get hit by a car, and receive candy that has been tampered with, while out trick or treating. The DuPage County Health Department offers the following safety tips to help your family have a safe and fun Halloween.
• Make children visible to cars by decorating costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup instead. Read more
When Certified Health and Wellness Coach Melanie Jordan, a Healthy Lombard Partner was going through the entries she received for The Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest, she was so touched by an email from one of the last contest entrants, she decided to add a second contest winner and made her a runner-up!
Meet Cheryl Behrens, who works in the Youth Services area of The Helen Plum Library. Cheryl gets great joy from helping young readers and getting them hooked on the joy of reading. Cheryl has had some health challenges, but she’s ready to put them behind her and make herself a priority. While she definitely would like to lose some weight and will be working on that with Coach Melanie, for Cheryl, it’s all about having the energy and strength to do all the activities she wants to accomplish. Read more
The Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest Winner is Cindy Musiel of Lombard. Cindy’s a nurse and manager who has been through many personal challenges over the last two years, but she’s now ready to tackle her weight loss struggles head on with a positive attitude and lose the weight for good with the help of Certified Health and Wellness Coach Melanie Jordan, a Healthy Lombard Partner.
Cindy won 6 months of personal coaching at the Deluxe Level with Coach Melanie, so over the next few months we’ll look forward to hearing about Cindy’s progress from time-to-time on our blog. Best of luck Cindy and congratulations!
Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness, a personal training studio located in Schaumburg specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition. He shared the following information on October 7, 2013 the Daily Herald Newspaper’s Health & Fitness Section:
Often overlooked, yet an important component of nutrition, herbs pack a big punch from a small package. Most people use culinary herbs or spices to flavor their food, but herbs have many benefits in addition to being taste enhancers.
Herbs have been used for centuries as medicine to treat or alleviate symptoms of disease, so don’t underestimate their potency. Many herbs have either anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-bacterial, or antioxidant effects when consumed. This makes them ideal for helping to fight the signs of aging, cell deformities, infections, and even the common cold. Read more
The Travel Clinic at the DuPage County Health Department can help you prepare for a safe and healthy trip to any destination in the world. Travel immunizations and health information for foreign travel are available by appointment only. Charges for immunizations vary and are subject to change. For information or appointments please call (630) 682-7400. The Health Department accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO for travel vaccines.
The Health Department Travel Clinic offers:
• Travel health information
• Recommendations or requirements for immunizations
• Immunizations and pricing
• Information on foreign countries
Please go to the web site, www.dupagehealth.org for Travel Clinic information.
Some of the following immunizations/medications need to be taken two to four weeks prior to travel:
• Hepatitis A Vaccine
• Hepatitis B Vaccine
• Malaria Medication (information only)
• Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine
• Meningococcal Vaccine
• Polio Vaccine
• Rabies Pre-exposure Vaccine
• Tetanus / Diphtheria / Pertussis Vaccine
• Typhoid Fever Vaccine
• Varicella Vaccine
• Yellow Fever Vaccine
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and FORWARD, a county-wide, public-private partnership of the DuPage County Health Department, has released its most recent report on the rates of overweight and obesity among children in DuPage County.
Data were analyzed for 30,559 kindergarten, sixth and ninth grade students for the 2012-2013 school year. Among public school students, 29.9 percent were overweight or obese and 14.4 percent were obese. Our data reflect an improvement over the previous school year for public school students whose rates were 31 percent overweight or obese and 15.4 percent obese. Private schools were added to the sampling for the first time this year.
FORWARD has been collecting body mass index (BMI) data since the fall of 2010 and now has over 90 percent of public schools and 15 percent of private schools participating. Further surveillance is needed to fully assess any trends in overweight and obesity in DuPage County. FORWARD is now collecting data for the 2013-2014 school year.
Despite a small improvement, FORWARD will remain steadfast in its efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice for DuPage County with the help of parents, healthcare providers, educators, civic leaders and other organizations.
Through a broad-based network of more than 1,000 committed partners, FORWARD’s goal is to implement changes by identifying resources, harnessing expertise, promoting education and advancing opportunities for policy, system, and environmental change.