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  • Sugary Beverages & Your Health Here’s another reason you may want to ditch sugar-sweetened beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup or table sugar. A new study finds these types of drinks can ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:21 PM by H. Connor
  • Safest Cars for Teens to Drive IIHS issues recommendations on used vehicles for teens after research finds many aren't driving the safest ones (IIHS News) ARLINGTON, Va. — Many teenagers are driving vehicles that don't ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2015, 1:07 PM by H. Connor
  • Healthy Weight - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle! From the CDC:When it comes to weight loss, there's no lack of fad diets promising fast results. But such diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:46 PM by H. Connor
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Sugary Beverages & Your Health

posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:15 PM by H. Connor   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 12:21 PM ]

Here’s another reason you may want to ditch sugar-sweetened beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup or table sugar.

A new study finds these types of drinks can lead to excess weight gain and a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers conducted what they call the most comprehensive review of the evidence on the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages to date. They looked at the role fructose and sucrose play on the development of these conditions and found that consuming one or two servings a day is associated with a 35 percent increased risk of heart attack or fatal heart disease, a 16 percent increased risk of stroke and as high as a 26 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study suggests that water is the optimal beverage. Other alternatives outlined include coffee and tea; and while artificially sweetened drinks may be a reasonable alternative in the short-term, the researchers say little is known about their long- term health effects. The lead author says, “Although reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages or added sugar alone is unlikely to solve the obesity epidemic entirely, limiting intake is one simple change that will have a measurable impact on weight control and prevention of cardio-metabolic diseases.”

Safest Cars for Teens to Drive

posted Feb 3, 2015, 1:05 PM by H. Connor   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 1:07 PM ]

IIHS issues recommendations on used vehicles for teens after research finds many aren't driving the safest ones (IIHS News)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Many teenagers are driving vehicles that don't offer good crash protection and lack important safety technology, new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. To help guide parents toward safer choices, IIHS has compiled its first-ever list of recommended used vehicles for teens.

IIHS is known for its ratings of new vehicles, but for many families, a 2014 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ isn't in the budget. In a national phone survey conducted for IIHS of parents of teen drivers, 83 percent of those who bought a vehicle for their teenagers said they bought it used.

With that reality in mind, the Institute has compiled a list of affordable used vehicles that meet important safety criteria for teen drivers (see below). There are two tiers of recommended vehicles with options at various price points, ranging from less than $5,000 to nearly $20,000, so parents can buy the most safety for their money, whatever their budget.

"A teenager's first car is more than just a financial decision," says IIHS President Adrian Lund. "These lists of recommended used vehicles can help consumers factor in safety, in addition to affordability."

Among the 500 parents surveyed, 43 percent said the vehicle their child drives was purchased around the time he or she began driving. Minicars or small cars were the most commonly purchased type of vehicle, with 28 percent buying from this category. A little more than half of newly purchased vehicles were from the 2006 model year or earlier. That's a problem because older vehicles are much less likely to have safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC) and side airbags.

Teenagers who drove a vehicle that the family already owned were even more likely to drive an older vehicle: Two-thirds of those parents said the vehicle was from 2006 or earlier.

A separate IIHS study shows that teenagers killed in crashes are more likely than adults to have been behind the wheel of small vehicles and older vehicles. Among fatally injured drivers ages 15-17 in 2008-12, 29 percent were in minicars or small cars, while 20 percent of fatally injured drivers ages 35-50 were. Eighty-two percent of the young teen drivers were in vehicles that were at least 6 years old, compared with 77 percent of those in the adult group.

The recommendations on teen vehicle choice are guided by four main principles:

  • Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower. Vehicles with more powerful engines can tempt them to test the limits.
  • Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash. There are no minicars or small cars on the recommended list. Small SUVs are included because their weight is similar to that of a midsize car.
  • ESC is a must. This feature, which helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, reduces risk on a level comparable to safety belts.
  • Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible. At a minimum, that means good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front test, acceptable ratings in the IIHS side crash test and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In the survey of parents, the mean purchase price for a teen's vehicle was about $9,800, while the median was just $5,300. There are many options on the recommended list for under $10,000, but just three that cost less than $5,300.

"Unfortunately, it's very difficult to get a safe vehicle for a teenager at the prices most people are paying," says Anne McCartt, IIHS senior vice president for research. "Our advice to parents would be to remember the risks teens take and consider paying a little more."

All the recommended used vehicles have standard ESC and provide good protection in moderate overlap front crashes. Those considered "best choices" for under $20,000 also have good ratings for side crash protection, good head restraints and seats for rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes. Vehicles considered "good choices" for under $10,000 have good or acceptable side crash protection and head restraints rated better than poor. Prices on the best choices list start at $7,300, while the cheapest good choice is $4,000.

Vehicles rated by NHTSA were included in the recommended lists only if they earned four or five stars in the front and side tests under the agency's original testing regime or an overall rating of four or five stars under the newer, more stringent rating system that began with 2011 models. One vehicle, the Hyundai Santa Fe, was excluded from the list of best choices because its 2012 model had an overall rating of just three stars.

High-horsepower vehicles also were left off the list, but many of the recommended models have high-horsepower versions that should be avoided. The base engines of all the listed vehicles have adequate power for teens.

Parents who don't find a suitable vehicle from either list should seek out a midsize or larger car, an SUV, or a minivan with the most safety they can afford. Besides ESC, specific things to look for in a used vehicle are side airbags and low horsepower. In some cases, it may be possible to find an ESC-equipped vehicle for a model on which the technology was optional. Those models aren't included in the recommended lists because equipped vehicles can be difficult to locate. Keep in mind that SUVs and pickups are particularly risky when not equipped with ESC because they are the most prone to rollover crashes. Information about the availability of ESC and side airbags can be found here.

Healthy Weight - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:42 PM by H. Connor   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 12:46 PM ]

From the CDC:

When it comes to weight loss, there's no lack of fad diets promising fast results. But such diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run.

The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't about short-term dietary changes. It's about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses.

Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age.

Proviso SBHC Annual Report

posted Nov 4, 2014, 8:31 AM by H. Connor   [ updated Nov 4, 2014, 8:37 AM ]

Please take a look at our Annual Report to find out all that we do at the Proviso SBHC.

SmartPhone App Helps ID Concussions

posted May 30, 2012, 11:57 AM by H. Connor   [ updated May 30, 2012, 11:58 AM ]

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have designed an application for smart phones that helps identify whether a person has suffered a concussion. The app is available through iTunes and the Android Market. Developed by UNC-Chapel Hill assistant professor Jason Mihalik and Gerry Gioia of Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, the app is nominated for a national 'Appy' award by MediaPost.

The app is intended for coaches and parents. Here is some background information on the developers, Jason Mihalik and Gerry Gioia.

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Advocates For Youth

posted May 7, 2012, 7:35 AM by H. Connor   [ updated May 7, 2012, 8:18 AM ]

Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.

Our Vision: The 3Rs

Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource.

The core values of Rights. Respect. Responsibility. (3Rs) animate this vision:

RIGHTS: Youth have the right to accurate and complete sexual health information, confidential reproductive and sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.

RESPECT: Youth deserve respect. Valuing young people means involving them in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies that affect their health and well-being.

RESPONSIBILITY: Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health, and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves from too-early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

How We Are Different

Advocates for Youth is the only organization that works both in the United States and in developing countries with a sole focus on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.

Advocates for Youth occupies a unique niche because it:

  • Brings youth development strategies to the field of adolescent sexual health and sexual health strategies to the field of youth development
  • Integrates strategies related to STIs, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy prevention, fields that often operate in isolation from one another
  • Uses its domestic and international work for learning about and disseminating lessons across borders
  • Provides printed and electronic resources, technical assistance, and training to promote research-based best practices in the field of adolescent sexual health.

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

posted May 2, 2012, 1:52 PM by H. Connor   [ updated May 2, 2012, 1:56 PM ]

The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage you to enjoy your teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. The more you know about issues like sex, relationships, waiting, and contraception, the better prepared you will be to make informed choices for your future. We're not telling you how to live your life...we just want to give you some food for thought and the latest facts. It’s up to you to make your own smart decisions.

Poison Prevention Week

posted Mar 19, 2012, 6:55 AM by H. Connor   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 7:00 AM ]

U.S. poison centers answer more than four million calls each year. That’s one call every eight seconds!

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.

Spread the Word!  In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, EPA urges parents and caregivers to help raise awareness of the dangers of poisonings.  It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent poisonings.  We encourage you to post Administrator Jackson’s video message about poison prevention on your website.  To see the message, click here:

Prevention is Key!  Accidental poisonings are preventable.  Re-seal pesticides, other household chemicals, and medications and keep them away from children.

Call First!  The Poison Help line (800-222-1222) connects you to experts at your local poison center 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Help is available in more than 150 languages.  Program the poison help line number into your phone and post it near your phone.

Use and Store Products Safety!  Store all household products up high, out of children’s reach, in locked cabinet.  Use child resistant safety latches.  Read the label first and follow product instructions.

Visit EPA’s poison prevention website for free consumer resources to help raise awareness about preventing poisonings and exposures to household cleaners and pesticides in your home and community:

Maywood Ceasefire

posted Sep 19, 2011, 1:22 PM by H. Connor   [ updated Sep 19, 2011, 1:28 PM ]

Maywood Ceasefire works with the communities of Maywood, Bellwood, and Broadview to reduce street violence in all forms. They have weekly group meetings for men and women. Please go to the Maywood Ceasefire site for more information.

Ceasefire started in 2000 in Chicago's West Garfield Park. Between 2000 and 2004, CeaseFire was implemented in 6 of the most violent communities in Chicago. In the first year of implementation in each of these communities, shootings decreased. There are now Ceasefire organizations throughout the Chicago area and nationally.

High School and Sports Physicals

posted Jul 14, 2011, 10:04 AM by H. Connor   [ updated Jul 14, 2011, 10:10 AM ]

The School-Based Health Center in Proviso East High School
provides school and sports physicals at No Cost to students.
Call 708-449-9522 to schedule an appointment.

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