Flat Apple Shares How Screen Time Can Be Healthy

Although limiting screen time is often thought of as an unhealthy activity, a Healthy Lombard partner is offering a great way to change that outlook!  Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Lombard resident Melanie Jordan is offering for free a brand new E-Course called 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success at http://www.YourHealthyLifeMadeEasy.com.

Each lesson, packed with valuable tips and strategies, is conveniently and privately delivered via email over a 5-day period.

Among the topics included in 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success:

  1. Four keys to the successful kick-off of your healthy weight loss journey
  2. The thing people find most challenging about healthy weight loss and what to do about it
  3. A little known secret about healthy weight loss
  4. The biggest reason most people fail at achieving healthy weight loss
  5. A healthy weight loss success essential you’re missing from your efforts

“I’ve seen first-hand in my own family the tragic health impacts of a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and obesity, and it is this desire to see no one unnecessarily live a life of disease and disability that’s easily preventable, that drives me as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and fitness professional.  So one of the ways I’m delivering on that mission is with the free 5 Essential Keys to Healthy Weight Loss Success E-Course,” said Jordan.

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Gain Freedom From Tobacco on July 4th!

July 4 is Independence Day and the DuPage County Health Department urges smokers to call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline to stop smoking and gain their freedom from tobacco.

 

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.

There are many benefits to quitting:

  •  Quitting smoking will lower your chance of a heart attack, stroke and cancer.
  •  It will help you live longer and better.
  • Your family will be healthier by avoiding second-hand smoke.
  • Quitting will save money.If you are pregnant, quitting smoking will improve your chances of having a healthy baby.

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a service of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association of Illinois.

 

DuPage Among America's 50 Healthirst Counties for Kids

The DuPage County Health Department is proud to announce that DuPage County is ranked among “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids,” as reported by U.S. News and World Report.

DuPage County is the only Illinois county on the list, which highlights communities that are safe and child-friendly. DuPage County is No. 20 on the list with a score of 87.2 out of a possible 100 points.

“America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids” is a new set of rankings by U.S. News that identifies counties that feature, among other child-friendly data, fewer infant deaths, fewer low-birth-rate babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births and fewer children in poverty.

“This ranking is a result of the Health Department’s commitment to the healthcare needs of all DuPage County children and families,” said Linda Kurzawa, President of the DuPage County Board of Health. Read more

A Safe Way To Enjoy Fairs and Festivals

The summer is full of fairs and festivals and the DuPage County Health Department offers a few tips that will keep you and your family safe from foodborne illnesses while eating the many types of foods available at these events.

Foodborne illnesses increase during the summer months when people are eating outside so it is important to follow food safety recommendations, especially at fairs and festivals.

Here are some tips before buying food at a festival:

  • Does the vendor have a clean and tidy workstation?
  • Does the vendor have a sink for employees to wash their hands?
  • Do the employees wear gloves or use tongs when handling food?
  • Does the vendor have refrigeration on site for raw ingredients or pre-cooked foods?
  • Has the vendor been inspected? Temporary and mobile vendors, like those at fairs and carnivals, should have a license to sell food and beverages. You can check with the DuPage County Health Department to see if the vendors are licensed and if a food inspection has been completed. 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

June is Men’s Health Month

The DuPage County Health Department reminds men that just a few lifestyle changes will result in a healthier and longer life.

Statistics show that men die earlier than women, but more than half of these early deaths can be prevented.  The Health Department recommends these changes

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep serving sizes in check; watch your intake of salt, fat and empty calories.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Protect yourself from injuries at work, home or play.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days.
  •  Quit smoking.
  • If you drink, do so in moderation. Read more

Avoid The Sun; Avoid Skin Cancer

In honor of “May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month,”  the DuPage County Health Department  reminds residents to protect themselves from the sun, which can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection.
Take precautions against sun exposure every day of the year, especially during midday hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest and do the most damage. UV rays can reach you on cloudy days, and can reflect off of surfaces like water, cement and sand.

The Health Department recommends these precautions:

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as many rays as possible.
  • Put on sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. The UV rays from them are as dangerous as the UV rays from the sun.

National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28

National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28 and the DuPage County Health Department is reminding parents to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect their children from disease.

Each year, approximately 170,000 babies are born in Illinois and they need to be immunized against 14 diseases before the age of two.

Immunizations not only provide individual protection to each child, but protect the health of the entire community. Vaccines have been so successful that parents may not have heard of some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent. Read more

Get Moving: Adding Activity for Better Health

Do you want to make everyday tasks easier? Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is hosting a seminar that will educate you with simple ways to add extra movement into your daily life thereby improving your overall health and fitness. These new ideas can also improve the quality and enjoyment of your workout. 

Learn easy ways to add small amounts of activity throughout your day whether you’re stuck at work or do not belong to a workout facility. 

Already exercising?  You will be provided with ideas on how to revamp your workout using technology tools such as heart rate monitors and phone applications.  This will make your workout more interesting which can boost your results and keep you coming back for more fun. 

This lecture will run Tuesday, April 2nd from 1pm-2pm and Wednesday April 3rd from 7pm-8pm.  Everyone is welcome as this is a free event to all community members.

Call or check out the website for information on additional educational seminars that are hosted weekly at Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center. Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is located at 3551 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove.  Check in at the front desk and head upstairs to learn something new!

Healthy Lombard Will Participate in District 87's GPS Series

On April 10, 2013, preceding  a special GPS (Glenbard Parent Series) presentation entitled, ” Navigating Healthy Parenting” that will focus on how to combat the growing obesity epidemic and action items parents can take to make the health choice the easy choice, Healthy Lombard will participate in Glenbard’s Second Annual Wellness Expo.

Visitors to the Healthy Lombard booth will have the opportunity to “hunt” for the “Key To Good Health”  and have an opportunity to share, on camera,  a Healthy Hint.  The “hints” will be used on Healthy Lombard’s new cable show, “Health Local.” Read more