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Beyond Trim

There are many important aspects of your life that affect your health and well-being. Improving one area, such as diet, exercise, sleep, physical surroundings, relaxation, and more, can not only benefit other areas, but also influence your overall physical, emotional, and mental health. In fact, when it comes to health and wellness, it's the smallest and consistent efforts that bring the best results.

Please join Sherry DeWalt, CGH Health Foundation Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator and ACE Certified Health Coach, as she shares information and tips that will help you lead a better and healthy life. For questions, contact her at 815.625.0400, ext. 5716.

Defend Yourself Against Breast Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Despite the current focus on genetics, only a small number of cancers are actually “inherited”. The same holds true for the various forms of breast cancer. You can defend yourself against breast cancer by going on the offensive with these healthy lifestyle tips.

Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

You may have experienced food poisoning at some time in your life. It happens to about 1 in 6 Americans every year! With September as Food Safety Education Month, it’s a good time to remind everyone about the steps you can take to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Train Your Brain

When is the last time you attempted to learn something new? When I was in high school my dad once told me “Never stop using your brain”. It sounds like obvious advice, but he may have been onto something.

Deflating Your Food Budget

Many of us are feeling a pinch in our wallet, so I thought I would give you some food for thought about the cost of food and various ways to save money on your grocery bill.

Sweet Corn Season

A simple ear of corn is delicious on its own, but why not try it in other ways while it is fresh and in season? Here are two of my favorite fresh corn recipes.

Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease which none of us wishes to contract. Age is the greatest risk factor and that’s something you can’t change, but there are modifiable risk factors over which you have some control or for which you could seek treatment.

Frozen Treats

There is nothing that tastes better on a hot summer day than a frozen dessert. Ice cream and fruity popsicles can really hit the spot, but commercially made treats contain unhealthy amounts of fat and/or sugar, plus other questionable ingredients. Luckily, you can enjoy healthier versions of cold frosty treats by making them yourselves. These recipes are easy enough to make with the kids and you can enjoy them all summer long.

Prepare to Eat Better

One of the most powerful habits you can develop to ensure that you are eating better is to plan and prepare most of your meals in advance. Knowing what you are going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day relieves stress, keeps you from making bad last-minute decisions, and can save you time and money in the long run.

A Heads Up on Health Observances

Every day on my way to work the announcer on my favorite radio station makes sure to mention that it is national something or other day. For example, last Sunday was National Paper Clip Day and this coming Friday is National Donut Day. I don’t care about celebrating paper clips or crullers, but I do see value in days, weeks, and months devoted to recognizing health conditions.

Dirty Secret

Have you ever driven through the countryside and caught a whiff of a freshly plowed field? Part of what we might be smelling is Mycobacterium vaccae, a type of bacteria found in soil. Recent scientific research is digging up interesting facts about exposure to this dirt-born microorganism.