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 https://healthylombard.com/activity-tracker-2020/  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 jay@healthylombard.com. Participants may earn a total of 10 tickets by submitting “Healthy Selfies.”
  3. Kids can make a Healthy Video and send it to jay@healthylombard.com.  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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Healthy Kids Running Series

To combat increasing rates of childhood obesity in America, Healthy Lombard is sponsoring a running program called, Healthy Kids Running Series,  that provides a fun environment for kids that also builds self-esteem.

HKRS is a national, community-based non-profit that provides a fun, inclusive five-week running series for ages 2-14, designed for kids to get active, feel accomplished and lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Because of Cvid29, this year’s series will be conducted as virtual runs. The advantage, in addition to the obvious one of staying safe distances from others, is that YOU can schedule your run at a time that is most convenient for your family! So, we encourage you to take this opportunity to run with your kids and have some good, healthy, family fun.  Read more

HKRS Goes Virtual This Spring

It is springtime and that means Healthy Kids Running Series Virtual!  Even in these unique times and more than ever we need to encourage kids to stay active. I miss the smiles and high fives but Healthy Kids Running Series has been hard at work so we can still deliver our mission of inspiring kids to be active!

So, what does HKRS Virtual mean?  Each participant will still get to race their age-appropriate distance, upload their time, receive the new T-Shirt and earn their new spring-only medal.  The only difference is your child(ren) can race from wherever you choose (safe place, please) and do it with your family.

Our registered families are excited and teachers are now using Healthy Kids as their virtual recess!  As more of our world is forced to go virtual, Healthy Kids’ decision to go virtual keeps kids moving and allows us to continue to serve our communities in the future.  HKRS, like other non-profits, relies on community support.  I am asking you to join me in keeping our Vision, Mission & Values alive. Read more

Obesity Awareness Week Was a Success!


Kelly Murillo, the Marketing Manager for OAW sent a note to Healthy Lombard thanking us for supporting Obesity Care Week 2020. They also expressed their appreciation for sharing their information on our social media posts and overall communication efforts that helped raise awareness about this important week. 

The flyer below summarizes the amazing support they received.



To download a copy of this flyer, click here.


The Power of Parents in Preventing Childhood Obesity

Harper, a freelance writer from the beautiful ‘City of Sails’ – Auckland, New Zealand, shared with Healthy Lombard that childhood obesity is a global epidemic that people are starting to realize isn’t limited to any particular country. There are many potential causes of obesity in children, and it usually isn’t the case that just one factor leads to it. It’s easy to throw all of the blame on parents, but sometimes a child can become obese despite the best efforts of their parents to keep it under control. Whatever the cause is, good news points to there being a variety of solutions too. Parents have the power to prevent childhood obesity, and here’s how.

The Family Diet

Getting your child to eat healthily can be a pain, it’s the classic scene of them refusing to eat whatever healthy greens you have served up. This attitude can be exacerbated if healthy foods are not a regular part of the family diet. As a parent, it’s important to create the expectation of healthy foods as an integral part of what’s on the dinner table. For the child, healthy food shouldn’t be seen as healthy food at all, it’s just-food.

For the parents, this means cooking the same meal for everyone. No deviations. If the child is old enough to be eating regular meals, then they deserve the same dietary attention that their parents do. Chances are, if everyone is sat at the dinner table eating the same meal, then the child shouldn’t have to be enticed into eating. Simply seeing their parents tucking into the same meal they have should entice them enough to join in. Of course, this doesn’t always happen, and some children are fussier than others. In this case, involving them in the meal process has the potential for much better results.

Consider the idea of cooking with children. This can often be difficult, as parenting is busy and very stressful. Being so focused on providing for the child, it’s easy to overlook these Read more

How Martial Arts Can Help With Child Obesity

Asen from FighterCulture, shared with Healthy Lombard that Children obesity becomes a more serious problem with every year that passes.

Only about 20 years ago children had a very different childhood and today’s kids. Generations of children were spending most of their childhood outside playing and enjoying various activities.

However, with the quick development of technologies, the fun gets a lot more reachable. Literally, a hand away from everyone – you just need to grab your phone. This in result, leads to a global spike in obesity amongst children.

The good news about that? It’s preventable. And one of the best ways to prevent obesity is to implement healthier habits in your children’s lifestyle. 

Why Martial Arts are a Great Way to Deal With Obesity? Plus Other Benefits

Consumes Plenty of Calories

Sports like MMA are proven to burn a lot of fat and on top of that provides your metabolism a much-needed boost.

Punching a heavy bag is super fun for kids and it helps them spend a lot of energy.

In case you don’t know, martial arts is a full-body workout. That means your kid will be exercising and utilizing almost every part of his body whenever techniques are executed.

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Organic Food Solves Health Problems with Kids

Karthik Reddy, Community Manager at Webmasterjury shared with Healthy Lombard that conventional food has been scientifically proven to contain over 2,000 chemicals that can be detrimental to a child’s health. It can cause numerous health problems such as hormonal disorders, kidney stones, gout, brain damage, obesity, and even cancer.

To prevent various diseases that may arise from eating conventional food, many parents try to encourage healthier eating habits in their children by buying organic products. According to the insightful infographic composed by HealthCareers, 40% of them try to preserve their children’s wellbeing early in childhood by purchasing organic food for their babies.

Diseases Caused by Bad Eating Habits

Did you know that 57% of children are well on their way to becoming obese by the age of 35? This is a staggering number, especially considering that parents nowadays have the opportunity to buy food that is healthy and will not harm their child’s health in any way. Although more visually appealing, conventional food is not nutritionally rich, causing a temporary feeling of satiety in children.

Excessive calorie intake and lack of physical activity can cause obesity in children of all ages. Furthermore, many conventional food producers add a variety of preservatives and additives to keep the food fresh for a longer period of time and make it more attractive to consumers. These chemicals can have a long-lasting negative effect on your children’s health.

Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. The number of children with various types of cancer is one the rise. The CDC records about 15,000 pediatric cancer patients each year. It may be hard to believe, but food can be a cause of cancer.

A study was conducted in France, which followed a group of 70,000 adults over a 5-year period. People who consumed organic food were found to have 25% fewer diagnoses of cancer. These benefits would apply to children as well. Just imagine how many children’s lives can be saved with a simple change in eating habits?

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Join Us in Supporting Obesity Care Week 2020!

Healthy Lombard is a proud Champion of Obesity Care Week (OCW). We strongly support this awareness week, set for March 1st-7th, 2020 and encourage you to join us in supporting Obesity Care Week 2020!

About Obesity Care Week (OCW)

Obesity Care Week is an annual public awareness effort supported by more than 50 countries worldwide and more than 55 healthcare-focused organizations. From advocating for fair treatment of obesity to ending weight bias, OCW aims to raise awareness, educate and advocate for a better world for people living with obesity.

Mark Your Calendars!

OCW2020 is set for March 1st-7th, 2020 and each day is dedicated to a specific topic to highlight issues impacting people with obesity:

  • March 1st: Launch Day
  • March 2nd: Weight Bias Day
  • March 3rd: Obesity Treatment Day
  • March 4th: World Obesity Day
  • March 5th: Access to Care Day
  • March 6th: Childhood Obesity Day
  • March 7th: “I Care” Day

Learn How You Can Get Involved!

Sign-up for OCW2020 Alerts and stay up-to-date with the latest news and information on how to get involved and change the world for people living with obesity during Obesity Care Week, taking place from March 1st-7th. Read more