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

10 Things to Know Before You Start Yoga

yogaLizzie Fuhr shared the following information withPOPSUGAR Fitness on January 6, 2014: When you’re new, the scene at a yoga studio can feel intimidating! These 10 insider tips will help you feel more confident, comfortable, and prepared when entering class for the very first time.

  1. Don’t take class on a full stomach: Trying to do yoga right after mealtime will hinder your practice. In order for your body to twist and hop into poses, the stomach can’t be digesting something heavy. Yoga teacher Kristin McGee suggests eating an hour before practice, but if you aren’t able to and are starving, she suggests having a banana no less than 20 minutes before class.
  2. Arrive early: Head to the studio at least 10 minutes before the scheduled class in case there’s paperwork to fill out or if you want to ask about any introductory discounts for new students. Arriving early also gives you a chance to set up in a prime location and perhaps even connect with the teacher. Be sure to say it’s your first time! Read more

Please Support Us on NBC

1545669_567030156722124_835518872_aHealthy Lombard has submitted it’s name to NBC as a candidate for the Shine A Light Contest.   We would love to have NBC  give their support to the work Healthy Lombard is doing to address childhood Obesity and promote healthy living for everyone.  Please click on this link and “LIKE” our request.  Thank you very, very, much!

7 Surprising Reasons People Pack on the Pounds

healthy-vs-junk-food11Christina Ianzito, from AARP, shared these seven pitfalls to keeping a healthy weight:

1. Poor planning at the buffet – Researchers at Cornell University observed patrons at all-you-can-eat buffets. They found that only 33 percent of obese customers checked out the full buffet before serving themselves, while 71 percent of normal-weight diners did so. So look before you leap: You’ll be less likely to overfill your plate.

2. A lack of sleep – A University of Colorado study found that although insufficient sleep can actually increase your body’s metabolism, people who spent a week sleeping only five hours a night ate far more than those who slept nine hours. The short-sleepers gained an average of two pounds. Read more

Healthy Lombard Announces TWO Categories for Health Heroes Awards

image001Healthy Lombard is now accepting nominations for its annual Health Heroes recognition, which honors individuals who have made a noticeable effort to improve their health and wellness during the past year. For the first time ever, greater Lombard area companies who have made positive, healthy changes in their work environments can also be nominated.

The individuals and companies who are chosen for the Health Heroes recognition will receive their awards at the 2014 Healthy Lombard Fitness February Fair, February 22, 2014 at the Yorktown Center Mall at 1:30 PM from Staley, the Chicago Bears’ Mascot.

All members of the greater Lombard area community are invited to attend The Fitness February Fair from 10 AM – 1:30 PM, which will features health-related displays, free health screenings, and the opportunity to participate in interactive presentations.  This fun health and fitness event is made possible through the sponsorship of Partners of Healthy Lombard, a 501c3 Foundation established in 2009 to address childhood obesity and promote healthy living for everyone.

To make a Health Heroes nomination, please compose a one-paragraph explanation describing what the person has done to get healthy, or the company has done to make their workplace healthier for its employees this year.  In addition, contact information for BOTH the nominator and the nominee (name, address, phone number, email) should be included.

EMAIL the nomination and contact information to Jay Wojcik, Healthy Lombard Founder, at Lombard by January 31, 2014.

Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to the same email address.