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Integrative medicine is topic of presentation

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GENEVA—The LivingWell Cancer Resource Center will host a talk on the ways which an integrative approach can enhance the benefits of standard medical treatments on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Michelle Haugen, of the Rush University Medical Center Cancer Integrative Medicine Program.

“The purpose of integrative medicine is to help patients address the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of health and illness,” Haugen said. “Integrative medicine therapies can help to reduce anxiety, pain, fatigue, and the undesirable side effects of cancer treatments and increase quality of life and a feeling of well being.”

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center provides free information and support services that address the challenges of people living with cancer, their family members and their friends. The center is at 1803 W. State St. in Geneva and online at www.LivingWellCRC.org. LivingWell is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be called at (630) 262-1111.

Mustaches for prostate cancer

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SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold is participating this month with Movember, to raise awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.

Movember started in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. The organizers’ plan was to bring back the popularity of the moustache as a way of doing something for men’s health. The guys behind the Mo (slang for moustache) realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.

To join Arnold in participating in Movember, register at www.movember.com and then grow a moustache for the entire month of November. The moustache is the “ribbon” for men’s health and helps raise awareness for cancers and other health issues that affect men.

“Men are less likely than women to seek medical care and are nearly half as likely as women to pursue preventive health visits or undergo screening tests,” Arnold said. “But if we can raise awareness about the importance of routine check-ups and screenings, especially in such a visible way as growing a moustache, hopefully we can improve the health of men all over.”

Arnold, a prostate cancer survivor, is among Movember participants growing a moustache this month.

The number-one cause of death in men is heart disease, followed by cancer (lung, prostate and colorectal).

Some of the things men should talk with their doctor about include:
• Prostate health
• Obesity
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Colorectal cancer
• Recommended screenings

Eating a healthy diet, regular exercise and keeping up with exams and screenings are some of the things men can do to live longer, healthier lives.

Men’s health
For more information on
men’s health, log onto
www.idph.state.il.us/
menshealth/tips.htm
For information on the Movember campaign, log onto
www.movember.com

Delnor Hospital sleep disorder program earns accreditation

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GENEVA—Delnor Hospital Sleep Disorders Center recently earned program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

The AASM is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers and other health-care providers in the field of sleep medicine and is considered to be the gold standard, according to Delnor.

To receive accreditation, the center underwent a detailed inspection of both the facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training, to ensure it met or exceeded all AASM standards.

“Successful accreditation is a recognized benchmark to demonstrate adherence to quality standards,” said Dr. Sunil Desai, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center. “Accreditation is ongoing process that ensures our sleep center will meet or exceed accreditation standards as set forth by the AASM. My colleagues and I are very proud to be able to offer this service to this community as a part of Delnor Hospital ancillary services.” states , and board certified in sleep medicine.

For more information about Delnor’s Sleep Disorder Center visit www.delnor.com or call (630) 463-4545.

LivingWell hosts talk on learning about your family medical history

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GENEVA—LivingWell Cancer Resource Center will host Scott Michalski, M.S., a certified genetic counselor, and the Kane Country Geneological Society, to talk about how to tackle the challenge of learning one’s family medical history, from 7 to 8:30 p.m on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

“An accurate family medical history is the most useful and cost-effective tool in genetics,” Michalski said. “Knowing one’s family medical history can help their physician to tailor customized recommendations for health screenings and prevention.”

The presentation will explain the importance of medical genealogy, detail how to trace your family history, and demonstrate how this information is used in your medical chart to assess your risk of certain diseases, especially cancer.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center provides free information and support services that address the challenges of people living with cancer, their family members and their friends.The center is at 1803 W. State St., Geneva and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be called at (630) 262-1111.

Delnor celebrates Patient-centered Care Awareness Month

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Geneva—Delnor Hospital joined Planetree hospitals and health care organizations around the world in October are celebrating the fourth annual Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month.

This year’s theme, “Transforming the Healthcare experience for Patients through Communication,” represents a significant organizational cultural change and transformation to patient-centered care.

Delnor is the sixth Planetree Designated hospital in the United States and the first Planetree Designated hospital in the state of Illinois.

What is patient-centered care?

“Communicating effectively with patients and families is a cornerstone of providing quality health care and the single most important criteria by which patients judge their caregivers,” said Diane Ball, Planetree coordinator at Delnor. “Really listening to our patients so we can address their unique needs during their course of illness is what patient-centered care is all about.”

Planetree is founded on 10 guidelines, or care concepts, beginning with close personal interaction between patient, family and Delnor’s professional staff and emphasizes social support through family members and friends, which Ball said is vital to healing.

Delnor began using this model and saw the increase in satisfaction in the patient experience. Delnor became a Planetree affiliate in 2005. Teams of staff, physicians and former patients formed committees and set the wheels in motion. And in September 2008, after four years of hard work, Delnor achieved Planetree Designation. Delnor is the sixth Planetree Designated hospital in the United States and the first Planetree Designated hospital in the state of Illinois.

Delnor Hospital, located at 300 Randall Road in Geneva, is part of Delnor Health System, which provides a broad range of health care and wellness services for the community.

VNA seeks flu shot clinic volunteers

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Kane County—VNA of Fox Valley is seeking volunteers to work at flu shot clinics in the Tri-Cities area. Volunteers assist customers with registration and paperwork. Their role is essential to keeping the clinics running smoothly. Volunteers typically work 3-4 hour shifts at various locations and are required to provide their own transportation to the site. Training is provided; applicants should enjoy working with the public and providing good customer service.

For more details and upcoming training dates, please call Linda Reiter at (630) 482-8112 or lreiter@vnafoxvalley.com.

TriCity Family Services presents program on early childhood therapy

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Geneva—Attention parents and caregivers of children birth through five years of age: Join TriCity Family Services for a Parent Support & Education Series presentation.

“Making the Most of Early Childhood Therapy for Parents and Providers” will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the TriCity Family Services offices, located at 1120 Randall Court, Geneva. This presentation will be delivered by Tracy Muklewicz, M.S. Ed, NCC, LCPC.

This presentation is ideal for parents and childcare providers of children 0-5 years old. It will answer the following questions: what is involved in finding a therapist, how might parents and family be involved in treatment, how might childcare providers be involved in treatment, what are some common disorders and treatments, and how might those disorders impact children in their homes and schools? If you have considered therapy for a child 0-5 years old but wanted to know more, then come to this presentation.

Advance registration is preferred. Entrance fee is $10 per attendee; however, fee waivers are available based on need. Call TriCity Family Services to register at (630) 232-1070.

Annual 5K for set for Oct. 23

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Batavia—In its second year, the annual 5K for Batavia United Way was designated “An Emerging Race” by the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), according to Jody Haltenhof, executive director of Batavia United Way. In addition, the Batavia course is certified by USA Track and Field (USATF), meaning the distance has been certified for accuracy.

“The emerging race designation by CARA indicates we are adhering to CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines,” said Haltenhof. “It is our intention to become a CARA Certified Race next year. Races with CARA certification ensure runners a quality, safe and accurate racing experience.”

With the designation, runners can be assured the Saturday, Oct. 23, event will be accurately timed and those who are CARA members receive a $3 discount. Registration fees are $20 per runner or walker, and $13 for children under the age of 13. Day-of-race fees increase to $26 and $16. The first 100 registrants will receive Live United T-shirts and goodie bags. Registration for the 5K run and/or walk is available online at www.signmeup.com or at www.bataviaunitedway.org.

The 5K run will begin on Houston Street at 8 a.m., with pre-race registration and check-in beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, located at the Batavia Riverwalk. Runners will be started first, with walkers beginning approximately 15 minutes later. Awards will be given to the best overall male and female finisher. Additionally, age-group prizes will be awarded, with the awards ceremony taking place at approximately 9:15 a.m.

All profits raised through the event helps support the programs of 17 charities and nonprofit organizations in the local area.

“Because this is a fundraiser, we would love to see lots of area companies sponsor teams, as well as families and individuals come out to support us,” Haltenhof said. “We are also looking for volunteers, and have event sponsorships available at various levels.”

For more information, to register or to volunteer; call (630)879-4041 or e-mail jody@bataviaunitedway.org.

Delnor, CDH announce planned merger

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Hospital officials say combining would improve services
GENEVA—Delnor Health System (Delnor) in Geneva and Central DuPage Health (CDH) announced Tuesday that they desire to come together and create a single, integrated health system to improve services at both hospitals.

Officials from both hospitals signed a memorandum of understanding expressing that intent. They have not established a timeline for the merger, but over the next several months, management teams from Delnor and CDH will establish a formal agreement and refine their vision for the new health system.

Delnor spokesman Brian Griffin said Wednesday that patients will benefit from the joining of the two organizations through access to a greater depth and breadth of care, expanded local access to services and improved quality at a lower cost.

“One of the overall goals is the expansion of services at both hospital campuses with continued investment in state-of-the-art facilities, technology and clinical capabilities to meet the growing healthcare needs of the communities served,” Griffin said.

CDH is the parent company of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., a surgical hospital and center for medical technology that is affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hospital for pediatric care and the Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery, among other healthcare organizations.

“Together, Delnor and CDH would provide exceptional healthcare by working with top-notch physicians in an integrated system made stronger by the expertise of affiliations with Children’s Memorial Hospital and the nationally renowned Cleveland Clinic,” Griffin said.

Griffin said it is too soon to know exactly what, if any, staffing changes will come from the affiliation, but the new organization will pursue a growth strategy.

“As is the case with both hospitals today, the new health system will manage expenses and staffing levels to keep the organization financially strong while continuing to deliver the best healthcare for the community,” Griffin said.

Delnor’s and CDH’s names and identifies will remain the same under the new health system, Griffin said. He added that officials of the new health system will develop a name for the system in the future.

The memorandum of understanding names CDH President Luke McGuinness as CEO of the new health system. Delnor President and CEO Thomas L. Wright will continue as both president of Delnor and as an executive leader of the new health system.

Also under the memorandum of understanding, the new health system would be governed by a board of directors with equal representation from Delnor’s and CDH’s current boards.

When Delnor and CDH officials reach an agreement, it will require approval by both hospitals’ boards of directors. Certain regulatory approvals also are required from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and the Federal Trade Commission.

In a press release that Delnor and CDH released on Tuesday, Wright said, “Combining the two organizations holds great potential for making healthcare even better for our patients, physicians and staff at a time of unprecedented change in the industry.”

Suicide Prevention Services celebrates National Depression Screening Day

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Batavia—Suicide Prevention Services will offer free depression screenings on Thursday Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for anyone age 6 or older. SPS is located at 528 S. Batavia Ave.

For more information, call (630) 482-9699 or visit www.spsfv.org.

Untreated depression is a major contributor to suicide. A screening is often the first step toward recovery. One in six adults have a mental illness, yet less than half seek treatment.

Mental Illness Awareness Week is held annually in October. National Depression Screening Day raises awareness and screens people for depression as well as related mood and anxiety disorders. A validated screening questionnaire and referral information for treatment are provided. Over half a million people are screened each year.

Suicide Prevention Services provides training, outreach, education and prevention programs. The agency normally has free or low-cost confidential screenings by appointment.

SPS also offers counseling services & 24 hour telephone assistance:

Depression Hotline—(630) 482-9696
National Lifeline—1-800-273-8255

Food or supplements? What do you need?

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What is a dietary supplement? Should you take a supplement? Will a supplement interact with your prescription medication? Answers to these questions and more will be presented at the local leader lesson “Supplements or Food,” sponsored by University of Illinois Kane Extension Unit.

University of Illinois Nutrition and Wellness Educator Lynnette Mensah will present the program on Monday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. in St. Charles. This program is open to the public; call (630) 584-6166.

Participants will learn about vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, nutraceuticals, probiotics and flavonoids, and where these substances can be found in the foods we eat. Each participant is asked to bring a list of all medications and supplements they are currently taking.

VNA launches annual flu shot clinic

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St. Charles—VNA of Fox Valley will launch its annual flu shot clinic program on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26, at the Pheasant Run Home Show in St. Charles.

“When deciding when to get a flu shot, I urge people to consider the fact that the peak flu season in Illinois occurs in January and February,” said Dr. Robert Manam, VNA’s Medical Director.

It takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the antibodies to develop and provide protection against infection.

“I recommend that most people get their flu shot in the early fall,” he said. “Studies do not show a benefit of receiving more than one dose of vaccine during a flu season, even among the elderly.”

In 2010, VNA will conduct 85 public flu shot clinics in 40 different communities in Kane, Kendall, DuPage, McHenry, Lake, and Will counties.

VNA’s community flu shot schedule is posted at www.vnafoxvalley.org/flu-shot.html. Those who are homebound and in need of a flu vaccine are encouraged to contact VNA’s Customer Care Department at (630) 978-2532 for details on VNA’s at-home immunization service.

Immunization costs are as follows: flu shot—$25; pneumonia shot—$50; Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) shot—$35. VNA accepts cash, checks (payable to VNA of Fox Valley) or Medicare Part B for flu and pneumonia shots.

VNA of Fox Valley
flu shot clinic program
Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 25 & 26
Pheasant Run Home Show
St. Charles

Those who are homebound
and in need of a flu vaccine are encouraged to contact
VNA’s Customer Care Department
at (630) 978-2532

Annual flu season—What you need to know

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Flu vaccine is starting to arrive
Illinois—The upcoming annual flu season is anticipated to be unlike last year, but similar to previous years.

You only need one flu shot. During last year’s influenza pandemic, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended both a 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination and a seasonal influenza vaccination.

This year, the H1N1 strain, as well as two other flu strains, is included in one vaccine. This is similar to previous years in which three different flu strains were rolled into one vaccine. However, children younger than 9 who have not been vaccinated for influenza in the past will need two doses of the flu vaccine.

Both the IDPH and the CDC recommend everyone 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older should make getting vaccinated a priority.

“Every flu season is different, and people are affected by the flu differently. Even healthy children and adults can become very sick from the flu,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold. “There are some people who cannot be vaccinated, such as babies younger than six months and those who are allergic to the vaccine. That’s why it is important for those of us who can get our influenza vaccine, to do so and protect those vulnerable populations who could become seriously ill.”

The flu vaccine is starting to arrive in Illinois. It will be available at local health departments across the state, as well as some doctor’s offices, health clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. The cost of the vaccine will vary by location, but it is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and by some insurance companies.

This year’s flu vaccine is made in the same way as past flu vaccines and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 100 million doses of influenza vaccine has been used in the United States each year and has an excellent safety record.

It is not too early to get your flu vaccine. You can be vaccinated in September and be protected throughout the entire flu season. The season typically runs from October through May, with the peak in January.

The vaccine is available in two forms, a flu shot or nasal spray. The flu shot contains inactivated, or killed, viruses. The nasal spry contains live viruses that are weakened. Neither vaccine will cause influenza.

To reduce the spread of influenza, it is also important to practice the 3 C’s:
• Clean—properly wash your hands frequently
• Cover—cover your cough and sneeze
• Contain—contain your germs by staying home if you are sick

For more information, visit www.idph.state.il.us/flu/index.htm.

State agencies strive to save lives

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Groups announce efforts to raise suicide prevention awareness
Illinois—The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are working together on suicide awareness. Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 5-11. More than 1,000 people die by suicide in Illinois every year.

“Mental health problems can affect anyone and are serious illnesses that demand the same urgency and compassion as any other illness,” said IDHS Acting Secretary Grace Hong Duffin. “We all need to learn how to support our friends and relatives who may be feeling suicidal. It only takes one person to prevent a tragic death. All persons with mental illnesses can recover and participate fully in life.”

“It Only Takes One” is the slogan of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance (ISPA). It refers to the huge impact one person can make in preventing a death by suicide. ISPA plays an advisory role to Illinois’ Department of Public Health, and contains a broad array of public agencies, private groups and concerned individuals.

“With this combined public awareness campaign, we show how screening, identification and treatment can save lives and guide persons in crisis towards recovery,” said IDPH Director Damon Arnold, M.D. “It is crucial that Illinoisans become more aware that death by suicide is preventable and lives can be saved if suicidal tendencies are detected early.”

For more information on resources and actions that you can take, visit www.dhs.state.il.us or call 1-866-880-4459.

By the numbers
• Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States.
• Every 15 minutes, someone dies in this country by suicide.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds in the U.S. It is the third leading cause of death among youth; the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65, and the fifth leading cause of death among children who are 5-14 years old.

In the moment
If you are in crisis now, or if you or someone you are concerned about is in a crisis state and at risk of harm to yourself, others or property, or at risk of psychiatric hospitalization, you should:
• Call 911—Police and fire department personnel are trained responders to situations involving mental health issues.
• Go to the emergency room at a local area hospital
• Contact the nearest provider of crisis psychiatric services.

State says alcohol statistics improve

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Data shows fatalities from alcohol-related crashes on the decline
Illinois—The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety this week released data showing a lower number of alcohol-involved, motor vehicle fatalities in Illinois. The reduction in alcohol-involved fatalities has occurred steadily since 2002, with the largest decline occurring between 2007 and 2008.

The announcement comes as the Illinois State Police join local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois for the impaired-driving crackdown that will coincide with the Labor Day holiday.

Now through Labor Day, law enforcement throughout Illinois will be conducting more patrols designed to enforce impaired driving and safety belt laws, especially during late-night hours. For more information about the impaired driving program in Illinois, visit www.drivesoberillinois.org.

Group offers exercise program for autistic

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Aurora—Beginning Wednesday, the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association offers the Exercise Connection Program to the residents of Sugar Grove, Fox Valley, Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and Oswegoland park districts, and the South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department.

Each participant will have a complete health and motor assessment that will set the foundation of a personalized program by identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Once the assessment is complete, parents will be educated on the next step of the program, individual or group sessions. The program will last throughout the fall, winter and summer of 2011. Call (630) 907-1114 or e-mail carolynn@fvsra.org for more information.

DayOneNetwork offers annual 5K Run, Family Walk

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Geneva—The DayOneNetwork will hold its annual 5k Run and Family Walk at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles on Sunday, Sept. 12.

This year’s event is titled “Going the Extra Mile … Just Because.” In an effort to raise awareness and funds for people with developmental delays and disabilities and bring DayOne families closer together, DayOne will have a 5k race starting at 8 a.m., a family 1.5-mile walk starting at 9:30 a.m., and games, moonwalks and activities for kids all morning.

This year, DayOne is featuring one of its own—Brad Torrence. Brad was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. Through the help of DayOne, Brad’s family has secured home-based funding and is hoping to receive ISSA services. Brad also volunteers at DayOne and will be heading up a scanning and shredding project in the fall. This project was funded by Gordon Flesch and the Kane County Riverboat Foundation.

The Run for DayOne is for people just like Brad who have benefited from DayOne’s efforts to provide services and opportunities to enrich their lives. Participants can register online at www.dayone2010.dojiggy.com and create their own fundraising web page. Each participant has the ability to raise additional funds for their team, where friends and family members can donate online from their webpage.

DayOne hopes that each participant can raise $250 to reach the event goal. Thanks to sponsors such as North Central Labor Council, Feece Oil, and Stumm Insurance, Dick Ponds Athletics, Dicks Sporting Goods, and New Balance Geneva, DayOne expects a couple of hundred people to participate.

Each participant will receive goodie bags filled with coupons, freebies and a T-shirt from Aurora’s Arch Printing. Vendors who specialize in helping families with special needs will have booths to showcase their services. These businesses include Hanger Prosthetics, Fruitful Yield and Kim’s Blackbelt Academy. Moon jumps and SeeMore the Safety Eagle will also come and entertain the children.

After medals and awards are presented to the winners, participants and families can enjoy Kuiper’s apples, Panera bagels and General Mills granola bars. The River 95.9 will announce the event and play music.

DayOneNetwork is a nonprofit, community-based agency located in Geneva providing service coordination and advocacy services to children and adults with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. Persons residing in Kane and Kendall counties, as well as Township of Cook County, are eligible for services at no cost to the individual.

For more information about DayOne services, call (630) 879-2277 or visit www.dayonenetwork.org.

Illinois 4-H help students exercise brains, bodies

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Illinois—Illinois 4-H will introduce an innovative classroom-based exercise program when the new school year begins.

Wisercise! will be implemented in schools across the state to get students moving while remaining on task with academics.

“Today’s child obesity rates are reaching all-time highs,” said Melinda States, a 4-H Extension educator in Youth Development. Wisercise! lessons promote nutrition and health messages and provide needed energy breaks using the different learning styles of students. They get the students moving and make learning fun. They also align with core subject matter areas of math, language arts and nutrition and health.”

The energy breaks are designed to fit into the time constraints teachers are under to accomplish the important lessons that students must master in the core subject matter areas. Dynamic activities may be used over and over again to keep students exercising at moderate to vigorous levels for seven to eight minutes while learning academic objectives.

“University of Illinois Extension staff will assist in helping to identify volunteers who will be screened and trained to lead these activities in their local classrooms,” States said.

The volunteers will teach the Wisercise! cadences and activities to a class of fifth-grade students. The fifth-grade students will then schedule times with the third- and fourth-grade classrooms in their school. Teams of three to four fifth-graders will take turns leading the activities with the younger students for 10 minutes per day in each third- or fourth-grade classroom for four to five weeks.”

“Student leaders will learn planning and public speaking skills and be role models for the younger students,” said States. “And from these activities, all the students will learn habits to take charge of their health, become more focused and productive in the classroom, and have fun while doing it,” she concluded.

If you would like more information about the Wisercise! program and how to start the program in your local school, please contact University of Illinois Extension in Kane County at (630) 584-6166.

Learning about stress management

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Geneva—Adults interested in learning about stress management are invited to join TriCity Family Services for a seminar, “Stress Management for Adults,” on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This seminar will be provided at the TriCity Family Services offices, located at 1120 Randall Court, Geneva. Attendees will learn what stress is and when it becomes a problem, ways to de-stress, and prevention techniques.

The fee for this presentation is $10. Fee reductions are available based on need. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, call TriCity Family Services at (630) 232-1070.

‘Hogwild’ about a cure

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Hogfan Party
Saturday, Sept. 11, 4-10 p.m.
St. Charles Moose
Adults $25,
Children age 6-15 $10
($5 more at the door);
younger than 6 free
www.friendsofjasongould.com
visit the Hogfan booth at Elburn Days Friday through Sunday, Aug. 20-22
To donate a dessert, contact Arlene Gould at (630) 552-7765 or e-mail her

Pig roast and auction will raise money for leukemia, and lymphoma research
by Paula Coughlan
ELBURN—“Live for today, life is a gift” is a saying that Jason Gould lived by and one that his mother, Sandy Gould of Elburn, will take to heart as she hosts the 2010 Hogfan Party in his honor.

Jason, formerly of Elburn, died in January 2006 at age 36 after a successful bone marrow-stem cell transplant for leukemia left his system immune suppressed, and he contracted viral related lymphoma.

“Organizing this event and knowing that the proceeds will promote research that may end this complication is one of the things that has saved me since I’ve lost my son,” Gould said.

She added that the support she has received from the community, friends and family has been instrumental in helping her cope with the loss of her son, who was a husband and father.

After Jason married and had a family of his own, Gould spent less time with her son, but as his illness progressed she spent many hours at his side, watching his favorite TV programs with him and playing board games that he enjoyed.

“It was a very intense time, and the family valued every minute that we were given,” she said.

Having won his battle with leukemia, Jason was taken with lymphoma just when he felt he had found his calling as a fifth-grade teacher in Oswego. His mother commented that his personality won students over, and those with problems benefited from his attention and concern.

After his death, she received several letters from his former students, telling her how he had affected their lives. She said the letters were heartwarming and difficult to read at the same time.

Fifth-grade student Mike Morrell and his parents, Mitch and Jeanne Morrell of Yorkville, were so impressed by Jason that they offered to handle the pig roast for the Hogfan event, through their business, Upper Crust Catering.

Also helping out with Hogfan is the Moose Lodge in St. Charles, which is supplying its facility at no charge for the second time.

The Hogfan dinner will include the pig roast, lots of of side dishes and a huge array of donated desserts.

“Last year, people must have been afraid that there wouldn’t be enough, as instead of bringing two dishes apiece, they brought four and we had a wonderful assortment,” Gould said.

Several people and businesses already have offered desserts for Hogfan, one of those being LillyCakes of Maple Park.

Aside from the pig roast, the evening will feature returning speaker Dr. Rob Baiocchi of Ohio State University’s Cancer Research Center. Baiocchi has been involved in research on how viruses affect immune-suppressed transplant patients. His research team is attempting to develop a vaccine to prevent this complication.

Hogfan donations help to support his team’s research, clinical trials, FDA approval and finally getting the vaccine into transplant centers. Last year’s Hogfan event raised just under $24,000, which Gould delivered in person to Baiocchi in Ohio.

“There are no middlemen, no one else that needs to make a salary as with other charitable groups,” Gould said. “All proceeds go directly to Dr. Baiocchi’s innovative research lab at the university.”

The reason the event is called Hogfan was because Jason loved the Arkansas Razorbacks, which also led to his mother’s motto for the fundraiser, “Going hogwild about a cure.”

Gould said volunteers and sponsors still are needed for Hogfan, along with donations for the silent auctions. So far, the auction items include sports memorabilia, team jerseys and game tickets. Due to the economy, some previous sponsors have withdrawn this year, she said.

To be listed in the Hogfan event book, sponsors must sign up within the next week, as the book’s scheduled for printing Aug. 25.

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