Tips and Tricks for a Safe Halloween

pumpkingirlsmallA good scare can be fun on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. A scary but true fact is that children are more likely to get hit by a car, and receive candy that has been tampered with, while out trick or treating. The DuPage County Health Department offers the following safety tips to help your family have a safe and fun Halloween.

•    Make children visible to cars by decorating costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup instead. Read more

Meet the Runner-Up of The Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest

BEFOREWhen Certified Health and Wellness Coach Melanie Jordan, a Healthy Lombard Partner was going through the entries she received for The Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest, she was so touched by an email from one of the last contest entrants, she decided to add a second contest winner and made her a runner-up!

Meet Cheryl Behrens, who works in the Youth Services area of The Helen Plum Library.  Cheryl gets great joy from helping young readers and getting them hooked on the joy of reading.  Cheryl has had some health challenges, but she’s ready to put them behind her and make herself a priority.  While she definitely would like to lose some weight and will be working on that with Coach Melanie, for Cheryl, it’s all about having the energy and strength to do all the activities she wants to accomplish. Read more

Meet the Grand Prize Winner of The Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest

The Your Healthy Life Made Easy!™ Greater Lombard Area Weight Loss Transformation Contest Cindy 9-24-13Winner is Cindy Musiel of Lombard.  Cindy’s a nurse and manager who has been through many personal challenges over the last two years, but she’s now ready to tackle her weight loss struggles head on with a positive attitude and lose the weight for good with the help of Certified Health and Wellness Coach Melanie Jordan, a Healthy Lombard Partner.

Cindy won 6 months of personal coaching at the Deluxe Level with Coach Melanie, so over the next few months we’ll look forward to hearing about Cindy’s progress from time-to-time on our blog.  Best of luck Cindy and congratulations!

Get Healthy – Add Some Herbs!

Herbs22Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness, a personal training studio located in Schaumburg specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition.  He shared the following information on  October 7, 2013 the Daily Herald Newspaper’s Health & Fitness Section:

Often overlooked, yet an important component of nutrition, herbs pack a big punch from a small package. Most people use culinary herbs or spices to flavor their food, but herbs have many benefits in addition to being taste enhancers.

Herbs have been used for centuries as medicine to treat or alleviate symptoms of disease, so don’t underestimate their potency. Many herbs have either anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-bacterial, or antioxidant effects when consumed. This makes them ideal for helping to fight the signs of aging, cell deformities, infections, and even the common cold. Read more

Before You Plan Your Next Trip

The Travel Clinic at the DuPage County Health Department can help you prepare for a safe and healthy trip to any destination in the world. Travel immunizations and health information for foreign travel are available by appointment only. Charges for immunizations vary and are subject to change. For information or appointments please call (630) 682-7400.  The Health Department accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO for travel vaccines.
The Health Department Travel Clinic offers:
•    Travel health information
•    Recommendations or requirements for immunizations
•    Immunizations and pricingboywithsuitcase
•    Information on foreign countries
Please go to the web site, for Travel Clinic information.

Some of the following immunizations/medications need to be taken two to four weeks prior to travel:
•    Hepatitis A Vaccine
•    Hepatitis B Vaccine
•    Malaria Medication (information only)
•    Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine
•    Meningococcal Vaccine
•    Polio Vaccine
•    Rabies Pre-exposure Vaccine
•    Tetanus / Diphtheria / Pertussis Vaccine
•    Typhoid Fever Vaccine
•    Varicella Vaccine
•    Yellow Fever Vaccine

Obesity Rates Decline in DuPage County – Yeah!

healthy_choices(1)September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and FORWARD, a county-wide, public-private partnership of the DuPage County Health Department, has released its most recent report on the rates of overweight and obesity among children in DuPage County.

Data were analyzed for 30,559 kindergarten, sixth and ninth grade students for the 2012-2013 school year. Among public school students, 29.9 percent were overweight or obese and 14.4 percent were obese. Our data reflect an improvement over the previous school year for public school students whose rates were 31 percent overweight or obese and 15.4 percent obese. Private schools were added to the sampling for the first time this year.

FORWARD has been collecting body mass index (BMI) data since the fall of 2010 and now has over 90 percent of public schools and 15 percent of private schools participating. Further surveillance is needed to fully assess any trends in overweight and obesity in DuPage County. FORWARD is now collecting data for the 2013-2014 school year.

Despite a small improvement, FORWARD will remain steadfast in its efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice for DuPage County with the help of parents, healthcare providers, educators, civic leaders and other organizations.

Through a broad-based network of more than 1,000 committed partners, FORWARD’s goal is to implement changes by identifying resources, harnessing expertise, promoting education and advancing opportunities for policy, system, and environmental change.

Aiming to Get 3,000,000 Moving

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHelp set the second annual JAM World Record (JWR) and raise awareness about the importance of physical activity. On September 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in your local time zone, pause for Just-A-Minute (JAM) and take a quick fitness break from wherever you are.

Help us reach 3 million JAMmers!

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:

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

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