The mission of the Healthy Lombard Foundation is to address the epidemic of childhood obesity and promote a healthier lifestyle for all community members through the “Triple A Approach” of awareness, activities, and achievement.
With that mission in mind, Healthy Lombard developed the Flat Apple program to incentivize kids to stay active during the summer months outside of school. The 2019 program runs June 3-August 9. The program allows participants to earn tickets to make them eligible to win a variety of prizes at the end of the summer. Prize winners are typically contacted in September.
ONE OF OUR FEATURED PRIZES IS A SIGNED SOCCER BALL FROM CHICAGO FIRE!
So, to register your child, please visit www.healthylombard.com and click on the Flat Apple link on the right-hand side under Quick Clicks. There is no fee to register for Flat Apple. Children must be registered by an adult to participate in the program.
Flat Apple provides various opportunities to earn “tickets” to be eligible for raffle prizes at the end of the summer. Tickets may be earned in the following ways:
On April 6, Healthy Lombard offered a FREE event during the Lombard Park District’s Time for Tots for the 3rd time in a row. The activity, known as “Go Fly A Kite,” provided a free kite kit and volunteers to help toddlers decorate and assemble their personalized creations.
Armed with kite flying instructions and a Health-Aide kit, provided my MedExpress, participants were encouraged to go and fly their kites in the grassy area of Sunset Knolls, the location for Time for Tots. Several did with the help of their parents and siblings and easily it can be said a great time was had by all.
Healthy Lombard would like to thank the volunteers who assisted with project namely, students from the Islamic Foundation School, National University of Health Sciences, and Healthy Lombard Board Members. Because of their efforts, almost 100 kids had a healthy and fun-filled experience. Read more
Take Time for Tots Day will be held Saturday, April 06 from 10 am-noon at the Sunset Knoll Recreation Center (820 S Finley Rd.) and sponsored by Gianorio’s Pizza and Pasta, State Farm Agent Bob Goldin Sr, and Culver’s of Lombard.
Healthy Lombard will be providing 200 FREE “Go Fly A Kite” Activity where every child will receive a FREE kite kit and have assistance assembling their kites after they decorate them with stickers and markers.
This is a fun event that we did last year and we are looking forward to repeating it this year.
Healthy Lombard is now accepting nominations for its annual Health Heroes recognition, which honors individuals families, and/or businesses who have made a noticeable effort to improve their health and wellness during the past year.
The individuals who are chosen for the Health Heroes recognition will receive their awards at the Mach 2019 Healthy Lombard partners’ Meeting that will be held at Maxfields Restaurant on Roosevelt Road in Lombard, IL.
To make a Health Heroes nomination, please write a one-paragraph (150 words or less) explaining what an individual or family has done to get healthy this past year or what a business has done to help the community or individuals in their workplace lead a healthier life in 2018. Winners will receive a certificate of acknowledgment and a $50 gift card.
Email nominations to Healthy Lombard’s Health Hero Chair, Jenn McGrath at email@example.com or mail the information to her 128 South 3rd Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148 no later than. January 14, 2019. In addition, please include contact information for BOTH the nominator and the nominee (name, address, phone number, email). Read more
Flat apple runs until August 18! So there is still time to participate!
The Flat Apple Summer Program is designed to encourage kids to keep their bodies moving when they are on summer break from school.
The summer activity is called Flat Apple because participants need to show the Healthy Lombard logo (a one-dimensional apple) to receive their participation tickets for taking part in an event such as the Healthy Lombard table at the WTTW Kids’ Fun Food Fest, the Lombard Park District’s Open House at the pool, and the Kids’ Corner at Lombard Cruise Night. They also earn a ticket each time a student completes 90 minutes of personal summer activity, like swimming, playing soccer, riding their bike, etc. The tickets are collected at events and also awarded for answering the Weekly Challenge Questions.
Imagine a world in which you learn something is good for you and immediately find the motivation to follow through with it. Say, exercise. What a dream, right? No one’s disputing the fact that regular exercise leads to healthier bodies and happier minds. However, so many of us still find ourselves in and out of workout routines, skipping our morning run for a few extra minutes of shut-eye, and feeling frustrated when we realize we’re back where we started, huffing and puffing after a few weeks away from the gym.
So, how do we get out of this start-and-stop rut? A recent study at Iowa State University shows that people are more likely to continue exercising if there is something intrinsically rewarding about the process. This could be something physiological, like the endorphin rush, or it could be the quality time you spend with a friend in the same workout class as you. It takes time for your mind to recognize this reward, but once you’ve created a habit of working out, you won’t have to think about whether or not to work out—you’ll simply prefer to do so.
In starting a workout routine, it’s important to find something you’ll enjoy that is also beneficial to your body and mind. A good place to start is cycling. (Full disclosure: cycling has always been one of my favorite workouts because you can sit, instead of standing like you do when running. Whatever gets you out the door, right?) Cycling has a number of benefits, including:
- It’s low impact. You’re not pounding the pavement, and thus, are not stressing out your bones.
- It’s fun. Remember when you first learned to ride a bike? After you crashed into the bushes a couple of times and finally went soaring? The feeling of cycling, whether indoors or outdoors, resurrects that elation you felt the first time your dad let go of the handlebars.
- You’ll have increased cardiovascular fitness and muscle flexibility with regular cycling. Sign me up.
- Cycling regularly will improve your posture. When you cycle, you’re working out all the major muscles in your body, including those core muscles that hold up your spine. You probably won’t even notice you’re doing it.
- Your bones will grow stronger. The prevalence of osteoporosis is on the rise, as people are continuing to live longer. Consider how grateful you’ll be when you know you’ve done what you can do prevent this.
- People who cycle regularly have lower levels of fat. Need I say more?
- Regular cycling can lead to decreased levels of anxiety and depression. Over and over studies have proved that people feel better when they’re exercising. It’s the least you can do to improve your mental health.
On “Apple Crunch Day”, Healthy Lombard is encouraging everyone to 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 in Illinois will crunch into an apple at lunchtime on October 12. Parents and other healthy-minded individuals will also join in the fun by crunching into an apple either in corporate cafeterias, their place of business, or at home.
Last year over 600 Lombard Elementary School District 44 and Glenbard High School District 87 students as well as parents, residents and employees at local businesses participated.
Healthy Lombard Foundation Board President Jay Wojcik is hoping to greatly increase that number this year. “We are so grateful to Jewel/Osco on Main Street (in Lombard) who has agreed to provide District 44 students with FREE Apple Coupons,” said Wojcik. “They partnered with us in Apple Crunch Day 2016 and, now that the community is aware of this special day, we are looking forward to much more participation.”