Happy 2022!

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Healthy Lombard wishes

You and Your Family

Good Health, Happiness,

Love and Peace!

 

Flat Apple (Summer) Fitness is Returning for 2021

Flat Apple logo 2021It’s almost time for Flat Apple Fitness!  This year, we have added some new features like “Mindfulness Mondays” to promote Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Foodie Fridays. That means that in addition to earning tickets for healthy selfies and healthy videos, kids can complete a BINGO Sheet and/or try a recipe to earn extra participation tickets each week.  We have also added “Wellness Wednesdays” to encourage more physical activity. All three components will be highlighted in a weekly newsletter sent to the families of registered participants.
REGISTRATION:
To register your child, AFTER JUNE 12, 2021, please visit www.healthylombard.com and select  Flat Apple 2021 under the Quick Clicks Column on the right-hand side of the page. This link will take you to the registration site. There is no fee to register for Flat Apple.  Children must be registered by an adult to participate in the program.

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Why NOW is a GREAT Time for Frosted Apple

Winter fun kid playing having a fun in snowDr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez and Dr. John Rausch, shared with CNN that pediatricians like them have seen it over and over again in the last few months — kids who have put on 5, sometimes 10, at times even 20 pounds — since the onset of the pandemic.

In a year filled with so much tragedy and suffering, it would be easy to dismiss a few extra pounds in a child or to think of weight gain as a problem to be solved once the pandemic recedes. But the weight gain we are seeing in kids is neither trivial nor can it wait.
The specifics leading to weight gain vary. Sometimes it’s Dad, who recently took over the cooking and may be overfeeding the kids; other times it’s Grandma, who has been spoiling them now that they’re home; for still others, favorite sports are no longer an option, or they’ve stopped going outside altogether.
Through the many stories they hear in their practices, one fact remains: The pandemic created the perfect conditions for kids to gain weight, and they have.

Deprived of nutrition and activity

What they are seeing in their offices — which serve mainly Black and Brown children — was predictable. As a result of what became an unnecessarily prolonged crisis, countless kids in this country have been deprived of the nutrition and opportunity for physical activity they previously received in school.
The loss of structured in-person learning has, in turn, disrupted other aspects of children’s lives — what was previously an 8 p.m. bedtime on a school night became 9 p.m. or later, until there was no bedtime. As parents juggled working from home while overseeing online learning, mealtimes changed, portion sizes became bigger, and snacks became more common.
One way to address this dilemma?    Sign up for Frosted Apple Fitness.   It’s easy, and it’s FREE.  Just click here.

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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.

When you do participate, send us a selfie (jay@healthylombard.com) or post it on our Facebook Page. Read more

Our First Flat Apple 2020 Video!

Check it out !!!!!
Watch this fun Relay Race.
This is the first video submission for Foat Apple 2020.
These three wonderful participants decided to run back and forth and counting each lap to see who could be the first to complete twenty laps.
Wow!

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Have You Registered for Flat Apple ?

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:
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Having Some Healthy Fun!

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

Join Us at Time for Tots!

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.

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Healthy Valentine Alternatives

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and that means lots of valentines day treats.
It seems as though this time of year is filled with chocolate and sweet treats, but the good news is, there are healthy treats that can be used as alternatives.
You don’t always have to give candy themed gifts to kids (and adults), and to get you started here are 5 healthy alternatives to Valentines Day treats to consider:
1. Oranges.
Oranges are not only sweet and juicy but they are full of vitamin c. Why not give your Valentine a basket of oranges along with the note “Orange you glad you are my Valentine?” This is a great way to stay healthy while still having a little fun. You can even include a memo like this with a snack cup of mandarin oranges.
2. Glowsticks.
Head to the dollar store and grab a package of colorful glow sticks. Give a glow stick to your Valentine along with a note that says, “I am glowing for you, Valentine!” Everyone loves playing with glow sticks, and they make the perfect non-candy treat.
3. Pretzels.
Give your valentines snack bags of baked pretzels. You can even include a memo along the lines of, “You have me in knots, Valentine!” Pretzels are a healthy, low-fat treat that your recipient is sure to love.

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