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  • Other important facts you should know about heart disease

    Heart disease is the U.S. #1 cause of death, responsible for one in every four deaths.

  • Seven simple steps towards heart health

    In 2010, the American Heart Association introduced “Life’s Simple Seven,” which were steps the public could take to reduce their risk of developing heart disease. A new study informs us that over the span of 11 years, people who met three or four of the heart health steps had a 55% lower risk of cardiac mortality than those who adhered to two or fewer of the criteria.

  • It’s healthy snack time!

    Most of us engaged in big-time snack eating throughout the recent exciting Super Bowl football game. The question remains: Did we control the calories and nutrition level of what we devoured?

  • Winter low-impact fitness routines

    Now that we are thoroughly entrenched in the cold, cloudy days of the Midwest winter, what are we to do to lift our physical and mental health?

  • Visiting your doctor as your own best patient advocate

    As we age, office visits to our health providers will inevitably become more numerous. With today’s average of 15-20 minutes allotted for doctor visits, it behooves us to become our own best patient advocates.

  • Gratitude is an attitude that can continue to make us happy

    Chuck Swindoll, an 82-year-old Evangelical Christian pastor and author of 70 self-help books, is also a radio and audio preacher who gives people, especially seniors, insight for living daily with difficult situations. Here is one of Swindoll’s outstanding poems to help guide us through life under situations that we wish were different.

    With the correct attitude, you can still be in control of your happiness!

  • Oh, the weather outside is frightful

    With the first polar vortex arriving this December, and temperatures already plunging into the single digits and below, winter has arrived without much warning. With winter’s grand entrance, what can Huntley residents do to cope with sudden snow and cold? Whether it’s what to pack in your car or how to stock your home, both the Huntley Fire Department and the Neighborhood watch have some answers.

  • Ring out the allergies this holiday season!

    The Winter Holidays can be an extremely stressful time of the year for the 50 million Americans (one in every 5 adults and children, often otherwise healthy) who suffer from runny noses, breathing problems, itchy eyes, and headaches – all or any of which may be symptoms of allergic reactions during Christmas/Hanukah festivities.

  • Cranberries: The super food of the holidays

    Found often on hostess tables throughout November and December, cranberries may appear in a variety of sauces, jells, and drinks, as well as in fresh or dried cranberry form added to yogurt, salads, casseroles, stuffing, or dessert. Because Native Americans used cranberries not only for food, but also for medicine and clothing dyes, the fruit’s connection with the holidays seems to be a natural derivation.

  • A psychological boost from the Cubs’ win

    What a past week this has been (November 2 through November 8)!

    With two exciting news media results, I would like to discuss the one dearest to sports fans here in the Chicago area: our Cubbies’ World Series Victory!

  • Low-impact fitness

    Sun Citians should ALL be aware of the benefits of regular exercise and physical activity: improved mobility, stamina and independence, improved mental health, reduced cholesterol and blood pressure levels, increased bone health, and reduced risk of falls.

  • Stop the sneezing!

    Ever get itchy, watery eyes and a constantly running nose, and of course, a scratchy throat caused by seasonal (fall and spring) allergies? You’re not alone.

  • Discover your very own wellness center and walk-in clinic

    Recently, our Sun City community rejoiced with the opening of the new state-of-the art 128-bed Centegra Hospital located on Haligus Road. Did you know that the same Centegra Health System supporting this large major medical facility is available in Prairie Lodge as a walk-in clinic treating lesser health issues amongst our residents?

  • Finding relief from Fibromyalgia

    My husband’s and my older son, Jim, has been suffering from Fibromyalgia for at least 12 of his nearly 45 years of life. Any newly-injured part of his body seems to trigger more of the disease’s extreme discomfort.

  • 10 Late-summer health tips

    Here are an abundance of health tips (AARP Magazine June/July 2016) to help you survive Huntley’s late summer Dog Days.

  • Fur-st Aid

    It is difficult enough for us, humans, to keep cool in these months of August and September (especially this year), but the heat is truly no picnic for our beloved animal friends. Because dogs and cats do not sweat like we do, heat affects them differently. Here’s why

  • Why tanning is still a bad idea for seniors

    Although summer is two thirds completed, the unusually warm temperatures are continuing to beckon many of us to romp in the “great outdoors” where tennis/pickelball/bocce courts, golf courses, and, of course, swimming pools (with their higher rate of reflected UV radiation) continue to await us.

  • Safety from summer bugs

    Summer annually brings warnings for Americans to be vigilant of bugs that can bite and cause harmful consequences to their victims. This year’s newest villain is the mosquito spreading the Zika virus in South and Central America.

  • Why we choose to live in an active senior adult community, part 2

    It was most pleasing to discover in our last newspaper publication that Sun City/Huntley ranks #5 in popularity among other U.S. senior communities, according to After viewing The Feeling Great Is Ageless Expo located throughout our Prairie Lodge recently, this ranking probably comes as no surprise to the expo’s participants.

  • Why we choose to live in an active senior adult community, part 1

    Sun City Huntley residents, YOU have made the wise decision to move into our fabulous, active senior community. The Daily Herald explains it well with the following statements they printed on June 4, under the title “Be Active, Be Healthy.”

  • Healthy Eating, part 2: Healthy foods you can say “Yes” to!

    With so many foods to choose from, which ones are the best for a healthy summer menu?

  • Healthy Eating Part 1: Savor the flavor  

    Obesity has become a major problem of epidemic proportion in the U.S. today. This growing disease is found among all age groups. Thus, the every five-year findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published dietary guidelines become critical knowledge for all of us to absorb.

  • The ABCs of making one’s life (mentally and spiritually) a successful one

    Recently Mike Iwinski and his son, Michael, wrote a eulogy remembering the inspirational life of their wife and mother, Sue Iwinski. 

  • Relieving acid reflux without medicine

    The term, heartburn refers to stomach acids being released up into the body’s esophagus (food tube) by an inadequately closing valve or muscle. This lower esophageal sphincter controls the passage between the food tube and the stomach.

  • Early signs

    Our five predominant senses (hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch) take information from our environment and send it to our brain. It is a known fact that as we age, the way our senses give us this info changes.

  • Early Signs

    Do you find that the TV remote needs to be raised to higher and higher volume levels each time you use it? Are you having difficulty understanding everything that may be said in friends’ conversations? Do you avoid certain noisy restaurants?

  • The amazing human-body machine

    These scientific FACTS will probably read as part of a “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” column. Compiled in The Beacon (a Burnt Store Marina, Florida newspaper), columnist Bob Bottel writes about “The Wonders of the Human Body.” Here then are fascinating excerpts from his January/February/2016 column:

  • Beating leading diseases in 2016, part 2

    In addition to cancer and heart disease (discussed in Part 1 of this topic), two other major illnesses pose a huge threat to our healthy aging. They are diabetes and obesity.

  • Beating leading diseases in 2016

    The AARP Magazine’s October/November 2015 publication gives us a multitude of tips on how to forestay the threat of four major diseases as we age. Healthy aging is based on combating these four major debilitating players of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. In my two-part article on the subject, I repeat most of the magazine’s latest and critically extensive research summarized by Robin Westen and Joe Kita.

  • Maintaining your independence in 2016, part 2

    No doubt you’ve heard the quote: “Move it or lose it.” Mayo Clinic, in their 2015 book on Healthy Aging, reveals the following startling facts: “Many of your basic bodily functions start to decline at a rate of about 1 to 2 percent a year after age 30.