Health Insurance Reminder

santaThe holiday shopping season is in full gear, and while shoppers are looking for that perfect gift for a loved one, the DuPage County Health Department wants to remind residents it is the perfect time to get themselves the gift of health insurance.  Residents now have until Dec. 23 (previously Dec. 15) to sign up for coverage that will ensure their plan starts on Jan. 1, 2014.

To help residents enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Enroll DuPage will be extending appointment hours at its main office (111 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton) Monday-Thursday between 4pm-8pm and on Saturday between 8am-1pm.

There are two ways residents can enroll for health coverage this holiday season.  First, if they’re comfortable navigating the marketplace on their own (and online) they can visit  If a resident wants some help in enrolling, they can call 888-724-0077 to schedule an appointment with an Enroll DuPage navigator.  At their appointment, they’ll receive in-person assistance in enrolling in the marketplace.


Harvest Pumpkin-Apple Soup from HTSW

Looking for a “Healthy and Easy” soup to serve on Thanksgiving?
Try this one that is featured on the Healthy Lombard YouTube website!

Be A Quitter Today !!!!

No-Smoking-Logo-WallpaperThe Great American Smoke-out is being observed on Thursday, November 21  this year and the DuPage County Health Department is encouraging smokers to use that date to kick off their attempts to quit smoking.

Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 43 million Americans still choose to smoke. By quitting, even for one day, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life and reduce their risk of disease.  The health benefits of quitting smoking happen immediately:

  • 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
  • 1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker.
  • 5 years after quitting: Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
  • 10 years after quitting: The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx and pancreas decreases.
  •  15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker. Read more

Cut Calories With Better Chewing

eb-thanksgiving-boxHeidi Mitchell, in the November 18, 2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal shared that over the holidays, Americans will undoubtedly overindulge, gulping down their first plateful and racing back for seconds. But is there an optimal way to masticate? One expert, Klaus Bielefeldt, director of the Neurogastroenterology & Motility Center at the University of Pittsburgh, chews on the subject.
Break It Down:
Digestion starts in the mouth, says Dr. Bielefeldt, and chewing initiates the process. “Mechanically, chewing breaks down the food into tiny pieces so that it is easier to digest,” he says. “Chemically, chewing releases saliva, a lubricant that helps food to slide down the esophagus and begin the breakdown of carbohydrates with the help of the enzyme amylase.” The longer you chew, the more fragmented food particles become, which eases the digestive process in the gut and stomach. “And you won’t swallow a whole toothpick that someone left in the turkey, which I’ve seen,” says Dr. Bielefeldt.

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An Unwanted Thanksgiving Gust

turkeyThe U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 1 in 6 Americans will get some kind of foodborne illness this year and one of the highest risk times is this time of year: Thanksgiving. Therefore, the DuPage County Health Department urges residents to learn how to prevent foodborne illness and avoid sending their guests home with anything but leftovers. The improper thawing, storing, cooking and servings of turkey and other dishes can lead to harmful bacteria like salmonella that is sure to ruin even the best tasting Thanksgiving feast. Keep in the mind the following five tips for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.

1)      Thaw Your Turkey Correctly. Many Americans thaw their turkeys in the sink but this can cause uneven thawing and cause harmful bacteria to grow. Instead, Thaw your bird in the refrigerator or in cold water that you change every 30 minutes. Read more

Wild Blueberries May Fight Heart Disease & Diabetes

blueberries Lisa Collier Cool reports that there  is a brand new study on the health benefits of wild blueberries, coming out of the University of Maine and published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

The researchers found that eating two cups of wild blueberries regularly can improve or prevent metabolic syndrome, a deadly gang of metabolic thugs that double risk for heart attack and quintuple it for type 2 diabetes.

Fifty million Americans, many of them undiagnosed, suffer from metabolic syndrome, marked by such disorders as high triglycerides, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and a large waistline. Read more

Just a Reminder that You Can To Become A Certified Ageless Grace Instructor

Peggy AG Retreat movement pictureLearn to teach Ageless Grace… “Timeless Fitness for the Body & Brain”… a “timeless, fun fitness for body & brain”…in a chair…for KIDZ! aged 5 – 105.

The 4-hour class will cover: 21 Tools to Stay Youthful, to Live with Comfort and Ease through Movement & Neuroplasticity and 21 Anti-Aging Routines that can be done in a Chair…for ages 5 – 105.

Once certified you will be qualified to teach in Fitness Facilities, Senior Residents, at Community Programs, Assisted Living, Schools, in Home, Hospitals, Rehab, etc.

16 CE Contact Hours Available


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November 15 -17, 2013

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March, 2014

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Sugar Math for Halloween

halloween_cupcake_with_a_bat_on_top_an_trick_or_treat_written_on_it_0515-0912-1919-4745_SMUPosted on 10/29/13 in the Health & Wellness Section of the Wall Street Journal.

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

Woman Health Magazine's Calorie Guide

weight-loss-manteca-caThere’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!