Its National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

group-pictureIt’s National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. And this year we’re not asking you to be aware of childhood obesity, we’re asking you to be aware of what’s at stake. And what’s at stake is time – the time that makes up the futures of our nation’s youth.

 If obesity among kids continues to increase at its current rate, this might be the first generation of young people in U.S. history to live shorter lives than their parents.

 How much shorter? We can’t say. We don’t have a formula available yet to calculate how many days of lives will be lost by excess caloric intake and too many hours of inactivity. But whether it is two years, five months, six weeks, or a handful of days, if living healthier can give us more time to live our lives and achieve our dreams, we think that’s reason enough to take action today.

 And our action today will make the difference for our kids’ futures. This MIGHT be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. “Might” means there’s time to change. “Might” means we have the power.

So this month, we’re asking you to dream and dream big and answer the question, “What would you do with more time?” And what actions are you willing to take today for more time?

  Take one small step today.

Check out these Healthy Hints for Back To School

pancakeHealthy lunch and snack ideas for the first week of school can be found at:
http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/healthy-lunch-and-snack-ideas-for-the-first-week-of-school

FOX10TV also hs a great video about packing a healthy school lunch.  Go to:

http://www.fox10tv.com/news/packing-a-healthy-school-lunch#.UhEW1feel60.twitter

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Lombard Roller Rink presents.. Summer Family ZUMBA!

Untitled-1Bring the whole family (ages 4 & up) and join us for a fun, family friendly ZUMBA fitness party! Every one in your family will enjoy this fun-filled workout party (we will not be on skates J) ! No pre-registration required.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, please.

Admission: $5 per person at the doorEach attendee will receive a “special” goody bag!

Please wear comfortable clothing and carry in a clean pair of shoes
for your workout and bring a water bottle.

Date: Thursday, August 8thdancing
Time:   7 -8 p.m.
Location:   
Lombard Roller Rink
201 West 22nd Street
Lombard
630-953-2400

For more info: www.LombardRollerRink.com or Contact Lisa McDaniel, Zumba Instructor

Email:  LisasZumba@Gmail.com
or Cell: 630-660-8298

 

 

 

 

 

 

IOM Report Urges Daily Hour of Activity for Youth

The FUTP50 Partner Newsletter reported that the Institute of Medicine advocates for at least 60 minutes per day of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity for K–12 students. The agency recommends including activity during physical education class, recess, classroom activity breaks and active-learning opportunities. Only half of American children meet the recommended daily activity standards and 44% of administrators report cutting physical education to devote more time to tested subjects.  As reported in Education Week, research studies show that structured recess prompts healthier outcomes for children, including better behavior. New evidence shows 60 minutes of physical activity each day reduced the likelihood of obesity by 4.8%; reduction in weight was particularly successful among boys.

 

DCHD Launches Index To Track West Nile Virus

To help DuPage County residents protect themselves against West Nile virus (WNV), the DuPage County Health Department has created a Personal Protection Index (PPI) that will inform residents of the amount of WNV activity in the county, as well as the steps they can take to protect themselves.

“This groundbreaking alert system the Health Department is launching will educate the public about the potential risk of contracting West Nile virus,” said Linda Kurzawa, President of the Board of Health.  “The PPI will alert residents of WNV risk levels and advise them of the precautions they should take to protect themselves and their loved ones.”  Read more

Summer Travel Tips

Summer vacation season is arriving and the DuPage County Health Department reminds residents not to leave health and safety behind while on vacation.  The Health Department recommends these travel tips:

  • Ask your doctor or other healthcare provider about vaccinations you may need for any international areas you’ll be visiting. Plan early for international travel. The Health Department offers an international Travel Clinic. Call (630) 682-7400 for information.
  • If you regularly take any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, pack more than you think you’ll need. Carry important medicines with you in your purse or carry-on bag. Bring a copy of your prescriptions. Make sure your medicines will be allowed into the areas you’re visiting. Read more

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day

The DuPage County Health Department reminds smokers that they can get help to quit by calling the Illinois Tobacco Quit line.

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things that people can do to improve their health. Call 1-866-QUIT YES (784-8937) to speak with a trained smoking cessation counselor. The counselor will help you:

  • Assess your needs.
  • Customize a quit plan.
  • Find free local resources.
  • Check with you to keep track of your progress.Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke.

Read more

Great Western Trail Bridges Ribbon Cutting POSTPOSED

Posted by: Village of Lombard
The ribbon cutting ceremony and bike rally scheduled for May 25 has been postponed until August 6 and will be held in conjunction with National Night Out. The event could not be held as the project is not completed due to the large amount of rainfall and the lost work days.

Raw Food Workshop!

Prairie Food Co-op is kicking off the 1st of many food-related workshops, with a “Raw Foods Kitchen” workshop.

When? Saturday, April 20th 10:30am-12:00 noon
Where? Lombard location to be provided upon registration
Registration? Register here

Why Raw Food?
Raw food, generally defined as food not heated above 110-120 degrees, is believed to preserve many of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients essential for the growth, repair, and maintenance of our bodies. Raw foodists propose that a diet high in raw foods has an alkalizing effect on our bodies that, along with the retained nutrients, can prevent and treat many diseases as well as slow down the signs of aging, create a toned glow to the skin and eyes, improve energy levels and mental clarity, erase musculo-skeletal aches and pains, even out emotional imbalances and weight fluctuations, and improve the quality of sleep. Join us as Prairie Food supporter Ginger Rubinstein teaches about this way of eating for optimum health.

Americans are some of the most overfed and yet undernourished people on the planet, and it shows.

Shaklee shared the following information:

The United States ranks 40th in the developed world for life expectancy even though we spend far more per person on health care than any other country. A new study from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine says that the life-expectancy gap between the US and other developed countries is only getting larger.

Shocked? We should be! Read more