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

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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.

Fitness Fair at Glenbard East High School a Success!

IMG_5534 (1)A fall Fitness Fair was held at Glenbard East during the lunch periods on November 22nd to kick off their participation in Fuel Up to Play 60. The District Wellness Committee organized this event supported by a grant from the Midwest Dairy Council and Glenbard East’s Action for Healthy Kids, ‘Students Taking Charge’.  The event encouraged physical fitness and healthy eating.  Students participated in hula hoop, jump rope and plank contests, and prizes were awarded to the winners.  Sodexo sponsored a nutrition quiz with fresh fruit give aways. Students are encouraged to participate in Students Taking Charge by joining Fuel Up to Play60 to help plan future events.

PROACTIVE KIDS Offered at 5 Locations

logoThe PAK PLAN is a FREE 8-week program for children ages 8-14 who are considered obese or at risk, offerings FITNESS, NUTRION and LIFETSYLE education.

Designed by a respected group of health care, education, nutrition, and athletic leaders, it is much more than a simple diet or exercise program. It is a comprehensive, all inclusive program to treat the whole child…emotionally, physically and nutritionally, built around the stability and commitment of family. 

If you have any interest in signing up for this winter session or would like more information, please contact Nicki Klinkhamer at 630-681-1558 or enroll directly at


  • Downers Grove at/funded by  Advocate Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center
  • Oak Lawn at/funded by Advocate Christ Hospital
  • St. Charles at St. Charles Park District, funded by Cadence Health
  • Woodridge at Edward Health and Fitness Center – Seven Bridges funded by Edward Hospital
  • Niles/Park Ridge at Gemini Junior High School funded by Advocate Childrens Hospital Park Ridge Read more

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.