Healthy People 2030 – Goals for the Next Decade  

On August 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled the latest iteration of Healthy People.

Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. On the newly launched Healthy People 2030 website, you can see the new objectives and leading health indicators for the decade.

The Healthy People program was first launched in 1979, developing new objectives every decade. Healthy People 2030 represents a substantial revision, going from 1,300 separate objectives to 355 core objectives to avoid overlap, to prioritize the most pressing public health issues, and to make it more manageable for those who need to find the objectives relevant to their work. The current objectives, which represent continued as well as new objectives, were proposed by 42 workgroups.

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Together in Teal  

Karen Young & Sandra Cord, Illinois Chapter Managers for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) are inviting the public to become part of the Together in Teal® – No Boundaries on September 26th as an act of “tealness” that shows commitment to making a difference.
Our communities and our world look very different today and while the traditional Together in TEAL events are not able to take place in the interest of safety and public health, NOCC is launching a nationwide campaign and event that will enable our community to unite from coast-to-coast, including places we’ve never before been able to reach.

On September 26, kick off the day with an activity of  YOU CHOOSE. Run, walk, ride, skip, jump — whatever gets you moving safely. Then come together with family, friends, and supporters and watch their online National Broadcast Celebration featuring stories and celebrating the accomplishments of our TEAL community.

NOCC is also using the time leading up to the event to share “tealness” with communities and neighborhoods across the country by performing #randomactsoftealness.  For example:


  • Find opportunities to carry out random acts of kindness within your local community – maybe deliver a meal, volunteer, leave flowers on a neighbor’s doorstep, or post an inspiring message in your window.
  • Take a photo of your act, post, and tag it with #randomactsoftealness

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Sunscreen: Which SPF Should I Use?  

Toby Dash, an editor at that blogs all about the world of skincare, health & beauty recently shared a post by Anne Matea about sunscreen.   It begins by stating that we all know we need protection from the damaging UV rays. We also know that we need a cream, lotion or moisturizer with a high SPF. But what does high SPF actually mean? And what does SPF stand for? Could you prevent skin cancer if you choose a higher SPF? And what sunscreen protection would actually be recommended for you?

Let’s discover together how we can use the sun protection factor to reduce premature skin aging and prevent sunburns. More than this, we will have a look at how long SPF can actually protect you from the damaging effects of sun exposure and how to use the sunscreen to get the best possible benefits. But first …

Why do you need SPF?

Sunscreen has multiple benefits for the skin, such as:

  • It helps prevent the occurrence of premature signs of aging at the level of the skin;
  • It helps keep the skin hydrated, even during prolonged sun exposure;
  • Can help prevent skin burns;
  • It reduces the risk of developing skin cancer.

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5 facts about your heart that may surprise you  

Edward-Elmhurst Health shared in their Healthy Driven blog that pumping more than 100,000 times a day, your heart is the hardest working muscle you have.

Though not the largest — it’s the size of your two fists clasped together — it is a workhorse, pumping about 1.5 gallons of blood each minute. With each beat, your heart sends oxygen-rich blood throughout your body.

Heart disease, however, remains a leading cause of death. On average, cardiovascular disease claims one life every 37 seconds in the United States.

That’s why it’s important to know how your heart works and what you can do to keep it healthy.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms  

DR. MICHAEL FREEDMAN  wrote on the Premiere Formula site that Vitamin D supplementation has gained some popularity over the last few years and rightly so. It interacts with over 900 genes in the body. This is about 4% of all the genes in our genome! Having so many functions, you can imagine it acts in several different ways, sometimes like a hormone, sometimes like a vitamin, other times like a vasodilator.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a vital substance that helps the body absorb calcium and helps maintain bones, muscles, nerves and the immune system. While there are many ways to get vitamin D (through your skin from sunlight, from vitamin D-rich foods such as some mushrooms and salmon and from supplements), if you are not taking a vitamin D supplement, it is very likely that you have vitamin D deficiency. Yes, you.


Vitamin D is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins, meaning it is absorbed with fat and stored in fat cells throughout the body. Although it is called a vitamin, vitamin D it is not technically a vitamin because it is produced in the human body and must be synthesized by the body before it can provide a benefit. It is actually a hormone, providing messaging signals to many parts of the body. Read more 

Your Guide to Food Storage for Healthier Eating  

Kelli Gardener, a blogger at, a healthy lifestyle blog that is on a  mission to help reduce food waste by teaching people how to properly store food.

To help us spread the word about this topic, they created an in-depth, comprehensive guide on storing food that they feel will help others decrease their food waste and prepare better meals.  Here is what they shared:

Organizing the food storage in your home is a great way to simplify meal preparation and planning while keeping your food fresh for longer. It gives you the convenience of grab-and-go food with all the nutritional benefits you gain from your at-home cooking, whether it’s the simple meals, canning meals you put together to please the whole family or your personal culinary masterpieces.

Additionally, having methods for proper storage can help you cut down on food waste. Decreasing your food waste is good for the environment and good for your wallet. After all, it can be a drag on your finances to continually buy food that you won’t ever get to eat.

Each type of food has its own storage needs, including tips or tricks that will keep it in peak condition for longer. The best way to preserve your food is, of course, the method that works best with your lifestyle and eating habits.

Nonetheless, if you find that you’re throwing away a lot of spoiled food, it might be time to experiment with new storage techniques and even some home preserving, such as pickling or canning, to help you keep healthy snacks in your kitchen and allow your food budget to go further. Read more 

How To Have Fun While Cooking?  

Ilse Dumont and her hubby run Culinary Ambition, a blog about food and travel. They recently put together an article on How to have fun while cooking and shared it with Healthy Lombard.  The article states that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

It also asks, “How often do you invite friends over and everyone ends up in the kitchen?”  It happens to the authors all the time and they love it. They add that the chef of the evening can easily join the party! It is usually also a time to share a few recipes, which is always a win! (yes, their friends also still inspire us with their cooking ideas)!

Therefore the couple is happy to share a few hints and tips to make your cooking experience fun without stress.

  • The first and most important decision to know is obvious but not always easy for many; decide what you would like to cook! Don’t wait until the last minute to choose and don’t make last-minute changes either.

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How much sleep do kids need?  

Most parents would agree that establishing healthy sleep habits is absolutely essential for growing kids. But how much do you really know about sleep? How much sleep do kids really need, and what’s the impact if they miss out on an hour or even half an hour?

Most that establishing healthy sleep habits is absolutely essential for growing kids. But how much do you really know about sleep? How much sleep do kids really need, and what’s the impact if they miss out on an hour or even half an hour?

Kids need different amounts of sleep, depending on how old they are, to support their mental and physical development. Sleep allows our bodies to absorb new information and solidify long-term memories. While we rest at night, our bodies work on muscle development, tissue growth, and organ repair and our brains eliminate disease causing-toxins.

Science shows that kids thrive on a regular bedtime routine. When children get the sleep they need, there are boatloads of benefits, including better memory, better behavior, better school performance, and a healthier immune system. Read more