Healthy lesson plan for back to school

DuPage County children are heading back to school and the DuPage County Health Department offers some tips that will make 3495411871-1this school year healthy and happy for all children.

According to the Health Department, the following guidelines can help parents prevent the spread of illnesses in classrooms:

  • Make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations and sports physicals, and receive an annual flu shot.
  • Make sure your children have plenty of rest and a nutritious diet to help them fight germs.
  • Make sure your children are dressed properly if they are involved in outdoor activities at recess or gym.
  • Notify the school if your child has been diagnosed with an infectious condition such as strep throat, chickenpox, scarlet fever, or pertussis.
  • Teach your children the proper way to wash their hands. Make sure they use soap and water, rub their hands for at least 20 seconds, and thoroughly rinse and dry their hands.
  • Teach children the importance of covering their coughs and sneezes.
  • Keep your child home if he or she is ill. One sick child can spread germs to all of his or her classmates.
  • Keep your child home if he or she has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, has nausea or vomiting, has a sore throat with fever, has a persistent cough (dry or productive), has diarrhea (three or more episodes in 24 hours), has a rash, or has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school such as fatigue or lack of appetite, headaches, body aches, earache or sore throat.

Ideas On How To Lose Those
Last Five Pounds

stepping_on_the_scalePOPSUGAR, Inc. offered this article on weight loss by Jenny Sugar for its viewers on August 10th:

In the beginning of a weight-loss journey, pounds melt away like ice cream on a hot Summer’s day. But as you get closer to your goal, it’s not unusual to hit a plateau. Here’s how to keep those pounds dropping and keep the weight off for good.

Beef Up Your Workouts

If you’ve been steadily working out and following the same schedule, your body has probably grown accustomed to the routine. Rattle your body’s chain a little and kick up the intensity of your workouts to further challenge your muscles. Work out longer or harder, increase the size weights you’re lifting, do more reps of strength-training moves and vary the order, or try doing two workouts in one day.

Go For Fiber

Since your metabolism is already working pretty efficiently, eat fibrous foods that take longer to digest so your body has to expend more energy to break them down. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and legumes are where it’s at, but focus on these foods with the highest amounts of fiber. Continue reading

Balance Weight Center Presents
Nutrition Session on October 4th.


Click on the graphic above to download the informational flyer.

Registration and a participation fee  is required for this event. It will be held at the Balance Weight Loss Center located at 2525 Ogden Avenue. Downers Grove, IL 60515, Phone: 630-929-3009, Web:

Parent Education Session

  • Food demonstration

Learn about:

  • Energy balance
  • Portion size
  • Maintaining healthy weight

Kid Education Session

  • Hands on activities
  • Nutrition Education
  • Kids make a healthy snack.

Gripe Water and Colic

baby-colicYoshinao Dipl ABT (NCCAOM) and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Intern at National University of Health Science shared the following information with me recently and I thought our visitors might also find it interesting. Yoshinao wrote: A young mother asked me if commercial gripe water formula were any good. She was giving her 1 month old son a commercially prepared gripe water for his excessive crying and constipation and wanted to know if it would work. Gripe water is an herbal based liquid given to babies for teething, colic and intestinal pain. Some contain bicarbonate and sugar. Today’s commercial formulations omit the alcohol of the original formulas and are available over the counter. Many of the products claim their product is recommended by pediatricians for various reasons but studies suggest that there is no evidence that commercial gripe water formula’s work. Just be aware of what it is that you are giving your baby. Should one choose to use a commercial preparation look at the amount and source of the sugar and sodium on the label, they should be relatively low or not at all. Sugar given at such a young age might contribute to obesity or dental problems later in life.
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Watercress packs a nutritional punch

watercrestA recent study at William Paterson University in New Jersey ranked the top “powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” based on the nutrients they provide per calorie.

What topped the list? No, not kale or spinach (though they didn’t do too badly). The most powerful of the powerhouses was watercress, The Washington Post reports.

The ranking used Agriculture Department data based on fruits’ and vegetables’ content of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and other nutrients, all considered important to our health.

Watercress, a cruciferous vegetable, received a score of 100 (51 points higher than kale). At only four calories per cup, every bite packs a huge dose of vitamins and minerals.

Watercress, used as a cleansing medicine since ancient times, is a delicate and tender leafy green known for containing high levels of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, riboflavin, niacin and folate. All of these nutrients help to protect against cancer and heart disease. Watercress is also a good source of calcium.

Watercress is usually found in the herb section of the grocery store.

Avoiding Medical Identity Theft

doctors2The Daily Herald ran this interesting article on August 4th and I thought I’d share it with our visitors.  It shared that everyone knows to be on the lookout for financial identity theft, but in reality, stolen medical credentials are more valuable on the scammers’ black market than financial information.

While personal data sells for about $25 — stolen health insurance and medical records can fetch about $2,000.  To help those at risk, AARP Bulletin scam expert Sid Kirchheimer gives tips to avoid having your medical identity stolen.

  • Read every letter from medical insurers and health care providers, including those that say “this is not a bill.” If you see a doctor’s name or treatment date that isn’t familiar, speak up.
  • Once a year, ask your insurers for a listing of benefits paid out in your name. Make sure everything is accurate, including your address.
  • Guard your health insurance card and number as carefully as you would a credit card or bank account number. If you lose your wallet, immediately contact your insurance provider.
  • Ask all of your doctors to make copies of everything in your file (you may have to pay for them) so you’ll have a “paper trail” if needed.