Importance of Staying Active During Virtual Learning of DuPage Nursing Student Silvia Delgado shared with Healthy Lombard that Virtual learning can be very stressful, but exercise is one of the most important activities to fight stress during these challenging times. Although it may seem a bit harder to stay active during a global pandemic and a massive shut down, it is extremely important for health. Children especially, require physical activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2020) children between 3 and 5 years of age need physical activity throughout the day for growth and development. Children and adolescents age 6 through 17 years should get at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.

There are many ways and activities to motivate your child to stay active. Virtual PE (physical education), a website featuring links for physical activity, is a great resource to help the family stay active while at home. This website includes, Just Dance, a YouTube channel that has dance challenges as part of a music video that provides an easy way for adults and children to get moving and dancing. Another link featured on this website is Cosmic Kids Yoga, which provides videos with yoga moves for younger children. A different option that may be more appropriate for older children is the Nike Training Club app, which provides free workout content. Selecting the right activity for your child is important as different ages are appropriate for different interests and abilities. It is much easier to motivate your child to exercise when they perceive it as a fun activity. Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Protecting Your Child Online in 2020

Little girl and boy sitting on sofa with a laptop computer at home. Happy children playing indoors using PC.So many Online Child Safety guides are just scaring parents, without telling them what they can actually do; and this is why we came together, a group of cybersecurity experts and parents, to create a different guide. It’s updated for October 2020, and it’s all about steps you can take to protect your child from Sexual predators, Cyberbullying, Mobile phone addiction, and hurtful content. While we don’t think you should panic as a parent, you do need to be aware of the risk’s magnitude, as every kid could be affected.


What can we do as parents? Instead of using technology just to keep kids occupied, we need to educate them about it. Instead of sticking phones in their tiny hands at younger and younger ages, we need to tell them about the dangers of online life. And instead of hoping everything will be just fine, we need to take action, check our kids’ activity, and make sure it actually will be fine.

This comprehensive guide will show you how. In it, we’ve outlined eight areas that you should pay attention to as you navigate this complex online world – from mobile devices to social media, gaming, cyberbullying, and information security. Read more

Teal Pumpkin Project

FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education)  shared that food allergy awareness and offering the option of non-food trinkets and toys in a separate bowl makes Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick-or-treaters.

Take the Pledge

This spooky holiday is going to look a little different this year but no matter how you choose to celebrate, we are going to give you the tools to make it safe. Take the Teal Pumpkin Pledge! Sign up to tell your friends and neighbors that you want Halloween to be safe for everyone. Submit the form to receive your official Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge certificate to display on your window or door for the entire neighborhood to see.  We have resources galore for you to explore and tips to make the most of the entire month of October! Read more

Today Is Apple Crunch Day – Join In!

On and around Food Day 2020, millions of people around the country will crunch into an apple in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers. Hundreds of thousands of school students will crunch into an apple at lunchtime, joined by Americans at public Food Day events, in cafeterias, and at home.

The Apple Crunch originated in New York City in 2012, with approximately 400,000 New Yorkers biting into a locally grown New York State apple at the same time on Food Day. In 2013, the Big Apple Crunch in New York City set a world record with 1,000,000 people participating. The activity has spread across the country, and thousands of locations had Apple Crunches for Food Day 2014.

Healthy Lombard is extending the invitation today to be part of their Crunch Bunch to everyone!  And thanks to Jewel/Osco who provided FREE apple coupons and IRV & SHELLY’s Fresh Pick who donated TWO bushels of apples from Mick Klug Farm from Saint Joseph, Michigan, to a local school, everyone can easily. participate at any time as well as anywhere today – classroom, home, office.

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Back to School (or Virtual School) Tips for a Healthy Year Ahead

Education activities in classroom at school, happy children learningThe Obesity Action Coalition shared that whether you are home for virtual school or sending the kids off with a mask and hand sanitizer, back to school looks different this year. While we are not rushing to the stores for back to school shopping like most Augusts, the re-setting of routines remains a priority.

Considering life hasn’t been “normal” since March, we may need a BIG reset. With family time now meaning spending 100% of your time with the kids, try creating a democratic environment and have your kids weigh-in on a new set of parameters for a school year routine.


#parentapproved tip:

Please consider this while reading these tips: give yourself some grace. If you plan to serve healthy meals and snacks and set a schedule for when to eat, the rest is up to your kids. Model by example by building a balanced plate for yourself, but know that the rest is up to the kiddos. If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, it’s to realize how little control we really have.

For a more tangible tip, get the kids involved. Have them each pick a dinner once per week, and possibly one they can help with. In my house, my kids have some power over snacks – they pick the snack, but they know it needs to contain a fruit or veggie as a component.

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Childhood Obesity: It’s Up to Us!

The Area Health Education Center posted that as parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members, we are at the forefront of ensuring the health of our children and reducing their risk of chronic health conditions. We can do this by supporting and encouraging children to participate in physical activities that get them moving for at least 60 minutes a day, providing nutritious food and beverage options, and making sure they get adequate sleep. This sounds much easier than it is, and the reality of convincing our kids to step away from the television or computer and make healthy food choices is a daily struggle. Childhood obesity has become a major problem in the United States and it is crucial that we adults step up to the plate (in more ways than one) and show children that making even small changes can make a big difference to their future.

In the United States, approximately 1 in 6 (18%) youth ages 2-19 are obese. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines obesity in children and young people as BMI (Body Mass Index) at or above the 95th percentile for young people. This number puts these children at higher risk for asthma, diabetes, heart disease, bone, and joint problems, and sleep apnea. If we do not make changes now, they are more likely to have obesity as adults and continue to increase their risk of physical and mental health problems. Read more

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

The CDC shared that about 1 in 5 (19%) children in the United States have obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.

Childhood Obesity Is a Major Public Health Problem

  • Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone, and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal-weight peers.
  • Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal-weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.
  • Children with obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems. Adult obesity is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many types of cancers.

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The Impact of the Pandemic on Pregnancy: A Research Response

This information was presented by Dorothy Fink, M.D, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, Director, Office on Women’s Health and Diana W. Bianchi, M.D, Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Maternal health and health disparities are key priorities for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Our commitment continues through ongoing research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address life-threatening pregnancy complications. The statistics surrounding maternal mortality and morbidity are staggering: On average, every 12 hours, a woman dies from complications from pregnancy or giving birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 60% of these deaths are preventable. Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women are about three times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause, compared to white women, Hispanic women, and Asian/Pacific Islander women.

In May, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) together with the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health hosted researchers across the country for a two-day virtual NIH workshop exploring the conditions that increase the risk of maternal deaths and pregnancy complications.

Now, with the added concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, there is much more we need to know to help ensure healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Because SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is new, we want to learn about its short- and long-term impact on pregnant women and their infants. NICHD recently launched a study to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic during and after pregnancy. Read more

Flat Apple Is In Full Swing

This summer we have over 30 students registered to participate in Flat Apple 2020.  This FREE summer program is designed to incentivize kids to stay active during the summer months outside of school.  The 2020 program runs June 1- August 7.  The program allows participants to earn tickets for eligibility to win a variety of prizes at the end of the summer.  Prize winners are typically contacted in September.

Flat Apple provides various opportunities to earn “tickets” for eligibility for raffle prizes at the end of the summer.

Earning tickets is as easy as 1, 2, 3.:

  1. Registered participants can log their physical activity for the summer and complete the activity tracker.  A copy of the activity tracker is on the backside of this note and additional copies can be downloaded at  Every 300 minutes counts for one raffle ticket.  Participants are encouraged to log as many hours as they wish, but please note the max number of tickets earned for completing the activity tracker is ten (3,000minutes).
  2. Registered participants may earn tickets by posting a “Healthy Selfie” on THEIR Facebook with #HealthySelfie.  Or email it to Participants may earn a total of 10 tickets by submitting “Healthy Selfies.”
  3. Kids can make a Healthy Video and send it to  After review, the videos will be posted on our YouTube Channel.  Each video accepted counts for 3 tickets.

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Announcing: Flat Apple 2020!

As a way of encouraging healthy choices, we are going forward with plans for this summer’s Flat Apple 2020 since it can easily be adapted to a virtual format.   So, I am asking for your help to get the word out to every child you know from ages preschool to high school.

They can register online under the Quick Clicks on the main page of this website as well as find the download link for the Activity Tracker Sheet.

In addition, both forms are also available on this website’s Flat Apple Page under Programs.

If it is appropriate for your organization, please download and print both the Application and Tracker Sheets to distribute as paper copies to your clients/customers.

To help kids get started, our website has some at home, on-line, and virtual suggestions for activities that kids can log on their sheets.

They can earn tickets by posting “Healthy Selfie” and sending us their Healthy Videos.

We will again offer a bike as our grand prize and many types of gift cards for the other prizes.

So please help us encourage kids to stay active from June 1 to August 9.

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