Healthy Holiday Tips for those with Diabetes

Holiday time is a busy time. It’s also a time for parties and dining out more often. However, for good blood glucose control, it’s important to keep a regular eating schedule. Choosing wisely when snacking and dining out can also help with weight control, blood pressure control and overall heart health.

For snacking and dining out, use these tips as a guide, from Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RD, CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator, and spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association:

Sound Immersion in Gong Meditation, in Woodstock on Nov 14

The Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple will be hosting a Gong Meditation at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Woodstock on Sunday, November 14, from 3:00-4:30pm.

Led by Sacred Sound Practitioner Mark Placzkowski, and utilizing a 36′ Pluto gong and 38′ Sun gong, the sounds of varying frequencies wash over, around, and through the participants much as the waves of the ocean.

Walk with a Naturalist in the Raven Glen Forest Preserve on Nov 13

The Lake County Forest Preserves are offering “Walk with a Naturalist” — one-hour guided nature hikes held at a different forest preserve each month.

The November 13 Walk with a Naturalist will be held from 9:00-10:00am at the Raven Glen (Old Mill Grove) Forest Preserve, in north-central Lake County, between the villages of Antioch and Old Mill Creek.

Small Changes, Big Difference: tips for American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month. The CDC says diabetes will double or triple in U.S. by the year 2050. That means up to one third of adults could have diabetes by then, due in part to weight gain and sedentary lifestyles.

However, there is much you can do to manage diabetes and live a healthy life. Small changes and healthier lifestyle habits really can make a big difference. Here are some tips from Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RD, CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator, and media spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association.

Chicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers’ Market

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers’ Market moves indoors – Chicago Wellness @

The popular Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers’ Market has moved indoors, and will be held on the first and third Sundays of November and December, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market is free to Garden visitors and takes place in the Garden View Room located in the Visitor Center.

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Strength training for children works safely

Strength training for children works safely: study | Reuters

Regular workouts with free weights or exercise machines can help children and teenagers boost their muscle strength, in some cases by as much as 40 percent, according to a German review of recent studies.

Although strength training was long thought to pose an injury risk for school-age children and adolescents, studies in recent years have shown there is actually no greater risk than with other types of exercise or sports — and in some cases, less.

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