You're Invited …

Perceptive logo for Word_192x140You are invited to attend a  fun and interactive FREE class on “Nature’s Superfoods.” This class is scheduled for, Saturday, May 3rd at 11:30 A.M.  at the Forward Fit Gym in Carol Stream, IL, 26W535 St. Charles Rd., Unit B Carol Stream, IL.
The class will include some of Brooke’s  favoriteTOP Superfoods and why you need to be eating them! At the end of the class, you will be able to:Explain what a “superfood” is

  • Identify and explain the unique nutritional value and composition of each superfood
  • Identify and explain the disease preventative and healing properties of each superfood
  • Identify and apply ways to incorporate them into your diet

*Spots are limited!  To reserve a space email Brooke at

no later than Monday, April 28, 2014.

"Get Educated" About Heart Disease – Are You at Risk?


An alarming fact about heart health is that 50% of heart attacks and strokes occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.  What you may not know is that inflammation is actually the key contributor to heart disease and cardiac events. Have you checked your inflammation levels lately?

Experts at National University of Health Sciences will explain how a series of simple blood tests can detect inflammation and other markers of heart attack risk.

Whether patients are in their twenties or forties, these tests can give a reliable report on their cardiac risk profile. They can determine whether a heart attack is likely in the next year, or whether healthy patients can make small lifestyle changes to avoid a heart attack twenty year’s from now.

Learn more on April 28 at 7:00 pm at the “Get Educated” community wellness series on”Heart Disease: Are You at Risk?”

Come to the NUHS Whole Health Center in Lombard at the intersection of Highland Ave and Roosevelt Road, Bldg. B, Room 539.

Ageless Grace Certification May 4, 2014

DSCN0837Relaxation Plantation, Oak Park, Illinois is hosting an Ageless Grace Educator Certification May 2-4 including a KIDZ! Playshop. You are invited to attend and experience the world of Ageless Grace “timeless, fun fitness for body & BRAIN”…that “almost anyone can do!”… in a chair… based on the Science of Neuroplasticity and Movement.

If you cannot attend, please share this invitation with others who want to learn about Ageless Grace, to teach…to help themselves and the world become a healthier place while changing the “model of aging”!

For details email Peggy at:   or   630-916-9677


Detoxification Can Boost Your Health – Free Presentation

detoxificationHave you heard the new health buzzword “detoxification?” Detoxification can give your body the boost it needs for optimal function. Experts at National University of Health Sciences will explain how you can benefit from simple and natural detoxification principles in a free community presentation on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 pm at the NUHS Whole Health Center in Lombard at the intersection of Highland Ave and Roosevelt Road, Bldg. B, Room 539.

NUHS Research Department Seeking Participants for Research Study on Chronic Low Back Pain

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Approximately 85% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life. Even low levels of back pain can reduce a person’s quality of life. However, necessary treatment can be costly and time consuming.

Researchers at the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), a not for profit educational and research institution in Lombard, have conducted several studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for chronic low back pain. One of the most recent NUHS studies indicated that chronic low back pain patients may experience relief from pain and disability after using custom-made shoe orthotics for a 6 week period (Cambron et. al.
2011). A larger study is needed to verify these results; therefore, the researchers at NUHS are initiating a new research study on chronic low back pain.

Each eligible patient who chooses to participate in this research study will undergo a low back examination and receive custom-made shoe orthotics. In addition, some patients may also receive chiropractic manipulation. All exams and treatments received as part of the study are at no cost to the subject. If you are 18 years of age or older and you have had low back pain for a duration of three months or longer, you may be a candidate for this research study.

For more information, please call the Clinical Studies Office at (630) 889-6849 or visit this web page to fill out a form to join the study.

Cambron JA, Duarte M, Dexheimer JM, Solecki T. Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. Manipulative Physiol Ther 2011; 34: 254-260.

Senior Fair – March 11th

Come visit with Healthy Lombard at the Fair and share your

“Healthy Hint” for airing on Health Local.


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Cooking Challenge Runner Up

HappyFacesBallsThe top two recipes that were sampled in theHealthy Cooking Challenge were only  separated only by 40 votes!  So there is the recipe for the runner up:

Homemade Pasta Salad

  • 12 oz. whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 1 c. grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 c. finely chopped spinach
  • 2 c. finely chopped broccoli
  • 4 c. part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 c. rinsed and drained light red kidney beans
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 1 c. red wine vinegar
  • 2 t. minced garlic
  • ½ t. dried basil
  • ½ t. dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook whole wheat pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cool water. Drain.
  • Prepare veggies as directed above.
  • Combine pasta with tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, cheese, beans, and green pepper.
  • Mix pasta and vegetable mixture together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, basil and oregano using a whisk. Pour over pasta and mix well.
  • Serve chilled.

Fitness February Fair – A HUGE Success

Fitness-February-logosmallWow – what a great event.  We had 26 interactive tables for folks to visit, healthy, upbeat demonstrations on stage every 20 minutes, and six well-deserving Health Heroes.  It was an exciting and motivating event.  To see more, check out the Fitness February Fair photos at:

Film & Sitka Salmon Tasting


“Know your fisherman, know your food!” Sitka Salmon is your Illinois connection to family fishermen in Sitka, Alaska. If you are committed to purchasing high-quality, sustainably harvested salmon and other fish, please join us. You will learn about Sitka’sCommunity Supported Fishery and will also be able to taste Sitka’s amazing salmon. During March, Sitka Salmon Shares will donate a portion of all Chicago-land share sales to Prairie Food Co-op. Admission is free, but RSVPs are appreciated. Fill out the form below let us know if we should expect you!

  • Date: Sunday, March 2
    • 2:00 – “End of the Line” film
    • 3:15 – Wild Alaskan Salmon tasting & Presentation by Nic Mink, founder of Sitka Salmon Shares
  • Location: Helen Plum Library Auditorium at 110 West Maple St, Lombard
  • Cost: FREE, but RSVPs are appreciated.

To register, click here.

Thinking About Going Gluten Free?

gluten-freeMy favorite Yoga site, Wai Lana, posted this article.  I thought I would share it with you ….

With so many new gluten-free products on the market, if you haven’t already cut gluten out of your diet, you may be considering it. Are gluten-free products healthier? Who can benefit from eliminating gluten from their diet? What’s wrong with gluten? We’ll take a look at these and other questions to help you make the best decision for yourself.

Why Reduce Gluten?

Gluten is a combination of proteins found in certain grains, including wheat. The modern wheat that we grow and eat is quite different from the type of wheat that was consumed 100 years ago. Modern scientific methods of cross-breeding and hybridization, as well as industrial agricultural techniques, are suspected of contributing to the explosion in the rates of celiac disease as well as gluten sensitivities. On top of that, the modern Western diet has a huge emphasis on refined wheat products. Eating too much of anything can be unhealthy—especially an allergenic food like gluten. Read more