How To Raise A Healthy Child

Children-eating-apples-006Buzzle posted this great article on how to raise  healthy kids. Here is their advise … With pediatric health problems on a rise, it’s important you keep a few crucial tips to maintain your child’s health. With the help of these tips, you can inculcate crucial habits in your child’s lifestyle.

In today’s times, health problems like diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure are not restricted to adults, but have become a common phenomenon among children too. The main culprit for this can be attributed to their inclination towards fast food and lack of activity. Kids love to gorge on fast foods like burgers, pizzas, etc., and with the introduction of video games and a host of interesting programs on television, they are more than happy to watch television instead of playing outdoor games.

Due to this lack of activity and no control on the food they eat, many children suffer from the problem of obesity at a very young age, which further leads to other serious diseases or illnesses. Hence, it becomes the responsibility of the parents to teach children important ways to remain healthy.

The three most important factors that are necessary for the kids to remain healthy include:

  • a healthy diet
  • regular exercise
  • proper rest

Habits we learn during our childhood stay with us throughout our life; it is thus necessary that parents teach these three factors to children as soon as possible. However, you do not need to force them to learn these habits; set an example for them by following these things yourself.

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Summit for Healthcare Providers: Strategies for Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Control

salutations_scallop_you_re_invitedYou are invited by FORWARD to a pediatric obesity healthcare summit featuring Reginald Washington, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children; Vincent Bufalino, MD, Sr. Medical Director of Cardiology at Advocate Medical Group; David Dungan, MD, Pediatrician and Internist at DuPage Medical Group; Romina Gieseman, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Pediatric Health Associates; Carolyn Lopez, MD, President of the Chicago Board of Health; Ann Marchetti, MS, Consulting Director for FORWARD; Courtney Southwood, RDN, LDN, Pediatric Registered Dietitian at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn; Patrick Tortorici, BS, NASM-CES, Personal Trainer at Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness; and Timothy Wall, MD, Pediatrician at Pediatric Health Associates.
Date:  Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time:  7 am – 11 am (Presentations are 7:30 – 10:30 am)
Location:  Medinah Shriners, 550 Shriners Dr, Addison, IL 60101 (near I-355 and Army Trail Rd)   Free CME, Breakfast Provided

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G-Free Pizza – Really!

polenta-caprese-pizza-fore296SELF Magazine shared this great
Gluten-Free pizza recipe:

The polenta crust needs to chill at least 2 hours before baking, so prep it the night before (or in the morning before you run to work—it’s that easy). Serves 8


    • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 3 cups 1 percent milk
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
    • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
    • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 3/4 lb fresh mozzarella, cubed

Lightly coat a large rimmed baking sheet with 1 tbsp oil. In a large pot, bring milk, 3 cups water and salt to boil over high heat. Whisk in cornmeal in a gentle stream and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring often, until polenta is thick and no longer gritty, about 20 minutes. Working quickly, pour polenta into prepared pan, spreading evenly to the edges. Let stand 10 minutes; cover with plastic wrap and press polenta along sides of pan to form edges of crust. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.Heat oven to 450°. Bake chilled crust until it begins to brown at edges, 45 minutes to an hour. Heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan. Sauté shallots and garlic over medium-high heat until soft, 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 5 minutes. Mash with the back of a spoon and cook until thickened, 3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce onto the crust, top with cheese and bake until cheese is bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes. Top with basil and cut into squares.

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.