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.

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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

Eating vegetables instead of meat lowers heart risk

Andrea Gerlin reported in the Daily Herald Newspaper on March 4th that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish, scientists at England’s Oxford University reported. The researchers followed almost 45,000 adults, one-third of them vegetarians, for an average of 11½ years and accounted for factors such as their age, whether they smoked, alcohol consumption, physical activity, education and socio-economic background, according to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“Probably most of the difference is accounted for by the fact that the vegetarians had lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure,” Francesca Crowe, one of the authors of the study and a nutritional epidemiologist at Oxford, said in a telephone interview. “Diet is an important determinant of heart disease.” Read more