The Ultimate Guide To Drinking More Water, that provided simple and easy health & fitness tips for the unathletically inclined shared with Healthy Lombard some great information on the benefits of drinking water.

Drinking more water can seem like a daunting task in your busy schedule, but the simple fact is, it needs to be a priority. With all the functions your body carries out, water is the essential ingredient for performing those functions properly and giving you the most energy. Without water, your body does not work at its best self.

Dan Barcelon writes that as an endurance athlete in his early twenties, he was pushing his body week after week to perform feats of distance running both in training and in racing.

Knowing very little about diet and nutrition, he was not fueling himself as well as he should have been and was struggling with low energy levels, slow muscle recovery, and joint pain on a consistent basis.

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The mystery of lupus

Nina Lundberg, MD Specialty: Internal Medicine at Edwards Elmhurst Health shared in their Healthy Driven blog that Lupus is a difficult diagnosis.

Not only are the symptoms tough to deal with, but diagnosing the disease takes some detective work.

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, meaning your body’s immune system starts attacking your own healthy body systems. The cause can be related to genetics, hormones, medication or exposure to chemicals.

The symptoms vary and can be different for each person. Often symptoms of lupus mimic other diseases, and they can change or disappear for a while, then reappear. Read more

Lombard Pharmacy Announces its Pharmacy RxLocal App!

Lombard Pharmacy has adopted RxLocal to provide the tools and services needed to create a better pharmacy experience for everyone. With RxLocal, prescriptions are easily managed,  patient information is made readily available, and you’re connected with the right people.

RxLocal™ Customer Suite is designed to connect LombardPhamacy to its patients, providers, and other stakeholders. The ultimate goal is improving patient health and equips LombarfdPharmacy with tools so that customers can:

  • Create patient profiles with prescription information
  • Access information from your mobile device
  • Set up reminders when refills are needed
  • Easily request a refill right from your phone
In addition,  the RxLocal™ Customer Suite is designed to fill specialty pharmacy medication more efficiently. Your doctor can send a specialty prescription to Lombard Pharmacy and PioneerRx automatically routes the prescription to a partner specialty pharmacy based on network affiliations and drug distribution capabilities.
The specialty pharmacy then ships medicine back to you after consulting with the patient. This allows you to pick up all your medicines at the same time from the same place. Saving everyone time and providing a better customer experience.

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Counties with more trees spend less on Medicare


DIANA YATES  | LIFE SCIENCES EDITOR, U. OF I. NEWS BUREAU shared with Children and Nature Newsletter that a new study finds that Medicare costs tend to be lower in counties with more forests and shrublands than in counties dominated by other types of land cover. The relationship persists even when accounting for economic, geographic or other factors that might independently influence health care costs, researchers report.

The analysis included county-level health and environmental data from 3,086 of the 3,103 counties in the continental U.S.

Urban and rural counties with the lowest socioeconomic status appeared to benefit the most from increases in forests and shrubs, said University of Illinois graduate student Douglas A. Becker, who led the new research with Matt Browning, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism at the University of Illinois. Read more

Parents and children: The power of play

Stress Health, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness based in San Francisco’s Bayview district, asks,  “Did you ever wonder if you should have spent more time checking homework than playing tag or shooting hoops with your kid on the basketball court?”

Well, cross that worry off your list. It turns out you gave your child one of the best possible gifts for adulthood: the power of play.

And that’s especially important these days, when kids are glued to their cell phones, kindergarten has replaced play with workbooks and a lot of elementary schools have gone so far as to slash recess.

But the American Academy of Pediatrics has an important message: It’s time to put the play back in childhood.

Playtime that stimulates young brains and gets young bodies moving is too important to lose. The exercise kids get when playing helps protect them against obesity and makes it easier for them to learn and concentrate during school.

In addition, play can have special benefits for children who’ve had a tough childhood marked by abuse, neglect or other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). A recent report from the Academy notes that the mutual joy and shared bonds that parents and children can experience during play can calm the body’s response to stress. That makes play a healthy antidote to aggressiveness and uncontrolled emotions. Read more

Child Abuse Prevention

April is National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Children and families thrive when they have access to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Learn how to prevent child abuse and neglect before it begins with CDC’s resources!

Facts about Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse and neglect are significant public health problems in the United States:

  • In 2017, an estimated 1,720 children died from abuse and neglect.
  • About 674,000 children were identified as victims of child abuse or neglect by child protective service agencies in 2017.
  • An estimated one in four children has experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives.

Child Abuse and Neglect Are Preventable

Children’s lives are shaped by their experiences, including what happens in their environment and the types of relationships they have with parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Children who experience abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are also at increased risk for negative health consequences and certain chronic diseases as adults. Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to preventing child abuse and neglect. Additionally, policies and programs that are supportive of children and families can help prevent such abuse and neglect. Read more

Allergies or a Cold? – An Early Allergy Season May Make It Hard to Tell

MedExpress Urgent Care Advises on The Differences and Symptoms

The sun is shining. And you’re miserable. Runny nose, aches, sneezing. This cold keeps hanging on but you aren’t sure why. But is it a cold? According to MedExpress Urgent Care, a neighborhood medical care provider with more than 250 centers in 20 states, an early allergy season paired with a late cold and flu season can cause symptoms such as runny noses, sinus pressure, and headaches to overlap − making it difficult to tell the difference between late winter colds and early spring allergies.

“It’s easy to understand how cold and allergies symptoms can be confused, particularly during ‘in-between months’ such as March and April,” said Dr. Dheeraj Taranath, Regional Medical Director, MedExpress. “If you notice that you typically develop a ‘cold’ during this time of year, your cold may, in fact, be allergies, which can begin as early as February.”


5 Tips to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Allergy sufferers may have a few more weeks of reprieve before allergy season is well underway, but according to Dr. Taranath of MedExpress, individuals suffering from allergies can help prepare themselves for the upcoming season by:


  • Keeping windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from getting into the home once warm weather hits.
  • Showering and changing clothes before bed to remove allergens that might cause irritation overnight.
  • Regularly monitoring local allergy forecasts for high pollen counts.
  • Avoiding early morning outdoor activity − a peak pollen time.
  • Avoiding dry, windy days, which can send pollen flying into eyes and nostrils. A walk after a rainstorm can provide relief since rain washes away pollen.

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Fitness Tips from Go4Life

The National Institute on Aging asks, “Did you know that people with chronic conditions such as heart disease and arthritis can benefit from regular exercise?”

In some cases, regular, doctor-approved exercise can even improve conditions such as:

  • Heart health—For a healthy heart, exercise or be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most or all days of the week. Follow a heart-healthy diet and keep a healthy weight.
  • Type 2 diabetes—You can take small steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes such as being active and making smart food choices. If you already have type 2 diabetes, exercise and physical activity can help you manage the disease and help you stay healthy longer.
  • Arthritis—Regular exercise can reduce joint pain and stiffness. It also can help with losing weight, which reduces stress on the joints.
  • Osteoporosis—Your bones and muscles will be stronger if you are physically active. Weight-bearing exercises done three to four times per week can help prevent osteoporosis.

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Make fitness “me time” during pregnancy

Mary BielawskiACE certified personal trainer shared in the Edwards Elmhurst Healthy Driven Blog that when you’re pregnant, your body is constantly working hard growing another little human being. It’s very important to take excellent care of your ever-changing body during this special time.  As long as your doctor, midwife or nurse practitioner gives you the OK to exercise, you should carve out time to exercise and stay active throughout your pregnancy.

Here are some helpful tips to stay active, keep moving, and create a healthy physical routine:

  • Walking. This is such an easy, inexpensive way to stay active!  Try to walk at least once a day or as many days per week as you can (I know some days are harder than others. Thank you, pregnancy symptoms!). Walking outside not only helps your circulation, but you also get that added bonus of breathing fresh air, which is especially refreshing if you’ve been feeling queasy. Too hot or too cold out for you? Take your walks indoors to your gym or to a mall.
  • Stretching. With your muscles, tendons and ligaments stretching and pulling in every direction to support your growing baby, adding some light-to-moderate stretches could ease that discomfort. You can also use this time while you stretch to quiet the mind. Create a comfortable space somewhere in your home (mine is in my bedroom) with a yoga mat, blankets, pillows, etc. Sometimes you might feel like binging on a Netflix show. In that case, perform a few stretches while watching TV. Start with a few different stretches, repeat each stretch 2-3 times. Once you get in a routine, add more stretches.

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Plan to Stay Safe, Mobile, and Independent

The Center for Disease Control asks, “How would you get to the grocery store if you suddenly found yourself unable to drive? Would you be able to get to doctor appointments, social engagements, or church? Does your community have reliable public transportation or rideshare services?”

Mobility is the ability to get where you want to go when you want to go there. Many people make financial plans for retirement, but not everyone plans for the mobility changes that may come with age. One in four Americans now 65 years old will live into their 90s. It makes good sense to plan for what’s ahead.

CDC developed the MyMobility Plan to help older adults address possible changes and stay safe, mobile, and independent longer. This planning tool is aimed at adults nearing retirement age and provides information and tips in three main sections:

  • MySelf – a plan to manage personal health to maintain mobility and stay independent
  • MyHome – a home safety checklist to help prevent falls
  • MyNeighborhood – a plan to get around in the community

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