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

Key Strategies for Staying Healthy This Winter

staying-healthyThe Shaklee Corporation asked, “Why is it that science is still no closer to a cure for colds and flu?”  Their conclusion was that  It’s because we’re dealing with smart viruses. Any one of hundreds of viruses could launch a cold or flu attack, and chances are that this year’s flu virus won’t be the same as last year’s making it nearly impossible to develop a simple cure. But Shaklee says  there’s still much you can do to stay strong and healthy all winter.

For example:

  • Take Good Care of Yourself: As always, the best place to start to maintain a good immune system is with the basics. Make sure to keep exercising, sleep well, reduce stress, drink alcohol in moderation, and eat a low-fat, low-sugar diet.
  • Wash Your Hands: Washing hands remains the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from colds and flu. Lather, rinse, repeat throughout the day. Do it long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Boost the Beneficial Bacteria: 80 percent of your immune system surrounds your digestive system. Research supports a healthy gut flora and overall immunity. 1 Read more

Childhood Obesity – Half of Parents With Obese Kids Don't Consider Them Obese

A new study just published in the March issue of Pediatrics says that half the time parents are turning a blind eye to childhood obesity–they simply don’t see, or want to see, that their child is severely overweight, and consider him/her to be normal weight.

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The review of 16,000 children ages 2-18 across 69 studies also shared that parents of children aged 2-5 were more likely to underestimate the weight of children who are overweight in elementary school or beyond.

So why the disconnect regarding childhood obesity?  Some parents think kids just have baby fat, or that they’ll grow out of it.  In addition, parents that have have not yet faced up to their own weight problems are going to be less likely to see their kids as having one.

Currently, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), one-third of children are overweight or obese, and this puts them at risk for all the health problems that impact overweight adults–Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, sleep apnea and more–but at a much earlier age.

So how does a parent know if their kid is overweight or obese?  Numbers don’t lie.  A child who is in the 85th – 95th percentile of a BMI chart is overweight, and above that, they are considered obese.  While there are deficiencies in BMI charts, it’s usually only thrown off by a very athletic child with lots of muscle mass, and that’s an obvious exception.

The lesson here is to be honest about your child’s weight situation and work with your medical professional to help him/her healthfully lose the weight so they can grow up to be healthy adults without health issues.  The time to act is now, as another study recently documented that children who are overweight in kindergarten, are four times more likely to be obese by the time they hit 8th grade.

Some easy fixes include:

  • Limit TV and video game time and get your child to move more and be more active
  • Don’t let them drink their calories in the form of juices and sodas
  • Makeover favorite junk foods and comfort foods to their healthiest versions or find an equally acceptable healthier alternative
  • Limit junk foods to be real treats–not everyday items
  • Teach your child about proper portions
  • Make fruits and vegetables fun
  • Help your child make better choices when eating school lunches and eating out

Healthy Lombard Partner and Certified Health and Wellness Coach Melanie Jordan specializes in helping others get back to their dream weight for good without gimmicks or deprivation.  Weight Loss Coach Melanie really “gets” those who are challenged with losing and maintaining their weight as she has successfully overcome her own weight struggles and kept off 48 pounds.  Melanie is also an ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Silver Sneakers FLEX Instructor specializing in Senior Fitness (Zumba Gold® Licensed with Ageless Grace® and Silver Sneakers® Strength Training Certifications pending).

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Bert and Ernie Are Speaking "Healthy!"

muffitMarilynn Marchione in an Associated Press article on January 24, 2014 shared that Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids’ health, too?

A three-year experiment in South America suggests it can. Now, the Sesame Street project is coming to the United States.

Already, a test run in a New York City preschool has seen results: Four-year-old Jahmeice Strowder got her mom to make cauliflower for the first time in her life. A classmate, Bryson Payne, bugged his dad for a banana every morning and more salads. A parent brought home a loaf of bread instead of Doritos. Read more

Just To Make You Smiles

thumb_COLOURBOX3811033I usually post serious and practical information and I think you, our visitors, appreciate that since this site  receives so many hits.  However, because the Wind Chill Index in Lombard is going down to 40 degrees below zero tonight, I though I would share something a good friend sent me.  I hope it will make you smile a little.

It is an Exercise for Folks Over 60:

Begin by standing on a  comfortable surface, where you have plenty

of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato  bag in each hand, extend

your arms straight out from your sides and hold  them there as long

as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then  relax.


Each day you’ll find  that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of  weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags .   Then try 50-lb

potato  bags and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb

potato  bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than

a full  minute.  (I’m at this level).


After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in  each  bag.


Enjoy, and Stay Warm

and Safe!


Governor Designates January 26 as Kawasaki Awareness Day

Gov. Pat Quinn has passed a proclamation designating Sunday, January 26 as KD Awareness 2014Kawasaki Awareness day in Illinois. According to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation, an estimated 4,200 children are diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease (KD) each year. KD is a serious illness that causes an inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body and primarily affects young children under 5 years of age. More importantly, KD is a leading cause of acquired heart disease in children.

It is still unclear what causes KD and due to the fact that there is no test to detect this disease in children, it is important to understand the common signs and symptoms of this disease. Treatment within 10 days after the initial symptoms appear is essential to decrease the risk of heart problems.

A high fever lasting at least five days is the initial symptom of KD. Other signs and symptoms that many, but not all children will develop include;

  • Large, swollen glands in the neck
  •  A rash that often peels
  • Red shiny of dry cracked lips
  • Red, lumpy tongue (strawberry tongue)
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Swollen / red hands or feet
  • Joint pains
  • Extreme irritability

Read more

School lunches have never been healthier

SchoolLunchJohn Benson wrote in an “Action For Healthy Kids” article on January 13  that when the news came out earlier this month that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) tweaked requirements for the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, there were plenty of raised eyebrows among parents wondering if high fructose corn syrup and dye-heavy foods were returning to school lunches across America.

Instead, the restriction change was more of a common sense variety relating to grain
and protein limits – a slice of cheese, chicken on a salad, sandwich bread, et. al. – for
school cafeteria lunch trays.

“It’s a very significant announcement, “School Nutrition Association (SNA)
spokesperson Diane Pratt-Heavner told VOXXI. “There has always been a minimum
amount of grains served, to make sure kids are getting large enough meals to fuel their
school day. What was new about these standards was the weekly maximum, limiting
the amount that could be served.”  Read more

Americans' Eating Habits Take a Healthier Turn

images2girlsAmy Schatz and Melinda Beck shared in the WSJ on January 17, 2014 that years of warnings by health officials and grim news on the bathroom scale appear to finally be having an impact on the nation’s eating habits. While there is no sign the high level of obesity has fallen, Americans say they are consuming fewer calories and cutting back on fast food, cholesterol and fat.

Working-age adults consumed an average of 118 fewer calories a day in the 2009-10 period than four years earlier, according to a study released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Americans also reported eating more home-cooked meals with their families and fewer in restaurants—though the economy played a role—and reading nutritional labels on food at grocery stores more often. Read more