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

Say "YES" to Good Health

National Public Health Week is April 1-7 and the DuPage County Health Department is celebrating the work of public health professionals and reminding DuPage County residents to take small steps to protect their health.

Since 1995, communities from coast to coast have observed National Public Health Week every April as we raise awareness of issues that are important to everyone’s health. This year’s daily themes will be:

    Monday, April 1: Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family: Health and safety begin at home. Make prevention a fun family tradition.
    Tuesday, April 2: Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School: Schools are the perfect setting for improving child health. Plus, children’s health is a rallying point few can ignore.

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Opportunity for Health Care Providers to Learn About Preventing Childhood Obesity

Healthcare providers are invited to learn more about preventing and treating childhood obesity on April 11, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hotel Arista in Naperville. 

The Summit, “Strategies for Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Control,” is free and is intended for healthcare professionals working with children and their families. Continuing Medical Education credits are available. Registration is at 7 a.m. with the program from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and a local Resources Fair from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Read more

Dr. Tim Shares Information on Chiropractic Health

Dr. Tim Weselak is a guest on the April 2013 edition of SchoolScape, the District 44 cable television program. In order to share his presentation with a wider audience, it has been uploaded to the Healthy Lombard You Tube Channel.

You can view it by clicking here.

Spring Into Action Against Allergies

Spring arrives today and the DuPage County Health Department has suggestions for people with hay fever to limit their exposure to pollen and mold.

Spring marks the beginning of symptoms for people who cope with this allergy. Seasonal hay fever is one of the most common kinds of allergies. About 35 million Americans suffer from hay fever. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose, and itchiness in your nose, the roof of your mouth, throat, eyes or ears. Sometimes the symptoms can turn into chronic respiratory problems, such as asthma. Read more

Good Habits Are the Foundation to Good Health

WaiLana.com shared this healthy tip:

Good health is like growing a garden—we must actively cultivate it. You can’t just throw a bunch of seeds out the back door and expect a garden to appear. Healthy plants require good soil, sunlight, water, and weeding. If you neglect these basic principles for even a couple of days, your once perky plants will be drooping on the dirt.

Likewise, we can’t neglect the body’s basic requirements and expect to stay healthy. Cultivating good health requires proper nutrition, hydration, exercise, and rest. While the signs of neglect may not show up overnight, failing to establish good habits will catch up with us sooner or later. So if you’re feeling lethargic, irritable, or see other symptoms creeping up, it’s time to get back to the basics.