Archive for Health

Free Hearing Screening – October 24

Girls Play Sports – 4th – 8th Grade Winter Basketball Tournament – REGISTER NOW

January 4, 2017 – 9:00am at ETHS

clubgps_3cThis tournament will begin with a skills segment to ensure the proper fundamentals are
taught. Girls will register as individuals and then teams will be assembled to provide competitive
balance. Rules are implemented throughout the tournament to reinforce the importance of
proper fundamentals. This tournament consists of pool play, followed by a bracketed
tournament. The GPS Basketball Tournament will expand and deepen our girls’ connection and
interest in sports while giving them the hands-on experience to strengthen their confidence to

1. Visit the Girls Play Sports website at
2. Select “GPS Leagues and Tournaments” from the drop down menu.
3. Select “Basketball Tournament”, enter the required fields and click Submit.
4. You will receive a confirmation email with additional information before the first session.

If you are unable to register online, use this form: gps-basketball-tournament-registration-form2-2016-2017

Healthy Kids Day – Sat. April 30

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Join us on Saturday, April 30,  for Healthy Kids Day®. HKD is a free, community-wide event and is designed to help kids get a jump start to their summer. Our goal and commitment to the community is to raise awareness about health and encourage families to get active. We have a fun day of activities and demonstrations planned, as well as participation from more than 30 community organizations.

Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 9am-Noon
Location: McGaw YMCA, Sebring-Lewis Center Gym, 1000 Grove St., Evanston
Admission: FREE

Questions? Please email Marcelina Tobar at

Northwestern Heart Study Seeks 8th Graders

NU HeartThe “My World, My Heart” study aims to better understand various risk factors for cardiovascular disease that may begin to emerge in teens.

What we know:

  • Many mechanisms that give rise to heart disease begin in childhood.
  • By adolescence, increasing numbers of American youth display risk factors for heart disease.
  • Early risk factors and pre-clinical signs of heart disease are more prevalent in lower income, compared to higher income, adolescents.
  • And yet, we know little about why these disparities emerge and how they unfold developmentally in youth.

Ultimately, we want to understand what helps adolescents develop successfully and keeps them healthy, as they transition into adulthood. This knowledge will help us begin to address the health-related inequality that exists between youth growing up in high- versus low-income households.

Eligibility for participation:

  • Healthy 8th graders (must be in or entering 8th grade)
  • Children can also participate the summer before starting high school (9th grade)
  • No permanent metal braces or retainer

Our two-year study involves:

  • Two 3.5-hour visits to our research center at Northwestern University in downtown Evanston
  • Two one-hour brain scans at a Northwestern research facility in downtown Chicago
  • Sleep & activity monitoring via a Fitbit wristband
  • Phone calls every six months for two years
  • Compensation, with families earning up to $450

Sign up and get more information at

Family Fun & Safety Fair – Sun. Sept. 20

Presence Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave., will host a Family Fun & Safety Fair on Sun., Sept. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. Bring the whole family as we celebrate our community with refreshments, activities, rides, music, and information about how you can lead a healthy lifestyle. Click here for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 20
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Presence Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave

McGaw YMCA Healthy Kids Day – Sat. April 25

Join us on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00A – 1:00P for Healthy Kids Day®. HKD is a free, community-wide event and is designed to help kids to get a jump start to their summer. Our goal and commitment to the community is to raise awareness about health and encourage families to get active. We have a fun day of activities and demonstrations planned, as well as participation from various community organizations. Hope to see you there!

The first 100 youth will receive a Healthy Kids Day backpack!

Want to volunteer? Sign up here.

Have questions or want to support this event? Email Marcelina Tobar at

Performance Schedule:

10:15-10:45 WERQ® – a fiercely fun dance fitness class based on pop, rock, and hip hop music
10:45-11:15 Martial Arts – Connelly’s Academy All Ages Taekwon-Do
11:15-11:45 Urban Beat – Dance to the beat of hip-hop, break dance, and more!
11:45-12:15 Chicago Family Fit – Fitness challenges for all ages
12:15-12:45 Family Yoga – Balance, strength, and stretch
12:30-1:00 Music Institute of Chicago – Viola Studio performance

Breastfeeding Support

Jeni Gentry is a Certified Lactation Consultant working on board level certification.

She is offering services to all breastfeeding families by phone or email for free. She will also come to your home for a weight check or any hands on help you might need for $30.
Contact her at:

CPR Workshop – Sat. March 1

This workshop will go over all the CPR guidelines, skills, and techniques for handling emergencies involving adults, children, and infants. The workshop is designed for the general public, babysitters, day-care providers, lifeguards, teachers, Scout leaders, and anyone else involved in programs where individuals could require emergency care. The course is taught by certified instructors who are all licensed paramedics with real life experience. The certification is good for two years.

Date: Sat. March 1, 9am-12pm
Location: Ridgeville Community House, 908 Seward St.
Fees: RPD Residents $50 / Non-Residents $55

School Gardens & Wellness Policy – Tues. Feb. 18

Did you know . . .

  • Students can no longer do a fresh tasting from the food they have grown in their school garden?
  • PTA sponsored events must have a person certified at the same level and cost as a restaurant if the food is to be sold or served to the community?

Are you confused about what the rules truly are? Are you frustrated how this has
impacted wellness initiatives at your school and added costs to your PTA?

Michele Hayes (Wellness Council) and Lynn Hyndman (SAGE School Gardens) have been actively working with the city and D65 administration to try to develop a solution that both considers the safety of the children as well as goals of the Wellness Council and PTA.

Lynn will also be sharing new garden activities related to wellness initiatives.

Then this is your chance to come and share your cares and concerns with the
City Health Department. Please encourage your parent community to come
to this PTA Council meeting, Tuesday, February 18th, 7:00pm, Orrington School, 2636 Orrington Ave.

Halloween Candy Buy-Back & Sugar Addiction Workshop


ADD/ADHD Non-Drug Solutions – Weds. Nov. 13

ADD_ADHDADD and ADHD are a prevalent and growing problem in our schools today. If you have ever felt uneasy about medicating your child for ADD/ADHD, find that medication has undesirable side effects, or just want to improve your child’s attention in a natural way, join Dr. Archana Lal-Tabak for this informative talk. Dr. Lal-Tabak has seen first-hand the bias of doctors and school districts toward medicating children versus working with kids and their parents toward a non-drug solution. You will learn about diet and supplements that support healthy attention levels, mind-body techniques to enhance learning, the impact of sleep habits and electromagnetic radiation, and more.

With Archana Lal-Tabak, M.D., Dr. of  Integrative Medicine, Psychiatry, Homeopathy & Nutrition

Space is limited so please make a reservation (847) 864-1600. Cost is $15, payable upon sign up.

November 13th, 7:00PM-8:15 PM
Walsh Natural Health, 2116 ½ Central St., Evanston (847) 864-1600

Belly Dance and Pilates for Teens @ EPL

Wednesday, October 9, 4:30-5:30 pm, Community Room, Main Library alt

Sunday, November 24, 3-4 pm Community Room, Main Library

No bare bellies required! Your hips won’t lie after learning the basics of bellydance from a local Hip Circle Studio instructor. This teens only class is perfect for beginners and will focus on bellydance isolations and techniques. Sign up, wear comfortable clothes and bring your friends.   Make sure to register for the October 9 class, the November 24 class or call 847-448-8623.! This class is made possible through a partnership with Evanston’s own Hip Circle Studio.

Want to strengthen those core muscles with Pilates? Here’s your chance. October 23 and December 15. Register today.

Nurture and COPE Offer Nutrition Education

NSHC SUMMER 16Nurture is initiating a new partnership with Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston (COPE) /District 65 – Kingsley Elementary School due to a grant from The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club and the Fuller Grant from St. David’s Episcopal Church,

Families will attend a 4-class series including nutrition, fitness, and cooking education. Each family will be given a slow cooker, meat thermometer, and 4 bags of nutritious groceries. Families will also enjoy a light, healthy meal together as part of each class.

Family exercise programs will include gentle yoga, stretching, aerobic activities like jumping jacks, and other exercises that can be done in a small space. In addition, families will share ideas about how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routines.

Adult nutrition and cooking classes will demonstrate how to make inexpensive, delicious meals in a slow cooker while participants learn strategies for increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean and plant-based proteins, and home cooked meals. Families will also learn tips for portion control, the importance of breakfast and healthful ingredient substitutions to improve the nutrition profile of their family favorites.

Click here to see how Family Program alumni from 2012 have increased consumption of nutritious foods, physical activity and energy and healthy while saving money on food.

Classes will be held from 6 – 7:45pm on Wednesdays September 25, October 9, 23 and 30 at Kingsley Elementary School at 2300 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201. If you would like to attend, volunteer or observe one of these classes, please contact Rebecca Weiland at

Build a Better Lunch Box – Sat. Aug. 24

20130821-165357.jpgOn Saturday, August 24th from 12-4pm at Whole Foods, children are invited to taste and grade a delicious array of healthy snack samples, fill out a Lunch Box Report card, and receive a free back to school gift.

This event is free and is taking place at both Whole Foods Evanston locations this Saturday from 12-4pm.

Erie Community Health Center

Erie Community Health Center will offer pregnancy testing services on a walk-in basis starting Monday, August 12.

The federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services recommends that women begin receiving prenatal care during the first trimester so providers can identify and address potential issues as early as possible.

The new pregnancy testing service will include counseling, benefits assistance and linkage to Erie as a medical home.

Erie also provides immunizations, dental and physical exams and sports physicals to make sure children start school healthy and ready to learn.

Dental exams are required for students entering kindergarten and second and sixth grades.

Physical exams are required for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth grade and before entering high school, as well as for all students who are new to the school district.

Parents can call 847-666-3494 to make an appointment.

Construction is continuing on Erie’s new permanent location on Hartrey Avenue in Evanston with move-in there scheduled for November. Until then the center is operating from the Evanston Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave.

Find more information on our Pregnancy, Childbirth and Adoption page.

Community Wellness Fair – Weds. July 31

A community-wide wellness fair will be held on Wednesday, July 31 at Evanston Township High School (ETHS), 1600 Dodge Avenue. The free event is open to the public during two sessions: 9:00-10:00am and 12:00-1:00pm.
The educational and interactive fair, led by students and community health professionals, will address local health concerns on the following topics:
  • Achieving Wellness
  • Stress & Stress Management
  • Nutritional Health
  • CPR Basics
  • Disease Prevention
Community members are invited to talk to professionals regarding health advice and services. Interactive games with prizes will be featured and food and refreshments will be served.
The wellness fair will be held in the gym wing of the high school and entrances are at the rear of school, through Door 31 or Door 50. ETHS is wheelchair accessible.
For more information, contact Mr. Wilburn ( or Mr. Vargas ( or call (847) 424-7656.

Childbirth and Parenting Classes

pregnant womanPregnant? New parent? There are many classes in and around Evanston to help you through pregnancy, labor and beyond.

Find more resources on our Pregnancy, Childbirth and Adoption page

Cooking for Kids at Downtown Evanston Farmer’s Market – Sat. June 29

Bring the kids and join in the fun on Sat. June 29, when Lisa Waldschmidt shows you how to make fun, delicious and healthy foods that kids love to eat!  Lisa will be doing demos and offering samples between 9 to11 am in the Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets Tent.
Joining Lisa will be some wonderful Dist. 65 teachers, members of DEC, orchestrating the fun MARKET BINGO game with lots of tasty prizes donated by the farmers. There are now three versions of the game, with different levels of difficulty for different ages. It’s educational as well as fun, and you might win some berries! Or beans! Or broccoli!!

Come have a taste in the Friends Tent from 9 am to 11 am this Saturday, south west corner of the market.

Upcoming events for kids:

JULY 27: DEC (D65) teachers- kid activities + Chef Lisa Waldschmidt – Cooking with Kids

AUG. 17: Bee-Wise – Heller Nature Center Bees & DEC (D65) teachers- kid activities

More info at:

District 65 Bilingual Parent Forum – April 27

I am pleased to announce our inaugural Bilingual Parent Forum planned for April 27, 2013. This all day “mini-conference” has been in the works for several months. The forum, similar to the curriculum forums that we and the PTA Council have sponsored throughout the year, offers a way to connect with families outside the school day and provide information and resources to help them as active partners in their children’s educational success.

The upcoming Bilingual Parent Forum will be held at Washington School on the 27th.  It begins at 8:00 a.m.  Local experts, including community partners, members of the District’s Bilingual Education/ESL department, and Two-Way Immersion teachers, are presenting topics that range from social networking to success in school, from the importance of family involvement to engaging students in science and biology, from financial literacy to motivational workshops, and from immigration topics to addressing Hispanic obesity issues.

Many families and community members have already registered to participate in sessions during this five-hour conference for Hispanic parents.  An invitational video is available on the district’s Facebook page.  The event is free. Childcare is available.  And there is still time for parents to register. If you are interested in participating, please contact Manuel Aleman at or 847 859-8108.

In closing, I wish to thank the Bilingual Education Department staff and Washington Elementary School for planning this exciting event.


Hardy Murphy

Hardy Murphy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

17 abril 2013

Estimadas familias del Distrito 65,

Me complace el anunciar a ustedes nuestro FORO inaugural para padres hispanos programado para el sábado 27 de abril del 2013. Este medio día de “mini-conferencias” se  ha estado planeando por varios meses. Este FORO (al igual que los foros de programas de estudio que hemos patrocinado junto con el Consejo de PTA a lo largo del año escolar), ofrece  una oportunidad para conectarnos con las familias en un ambiente fuera del salón de clases y proporciona información y recursos para ayudar a los padres dentro de su papel de colaboradores activos en el éxito educativo de su hijos.

El próximo FORO para padres hispanos se llevará a cabo en la escuela primaria Washington, el sábado 27 de abril y dará inicio a las 8:00 AM. Expertos en distintas áreas y de organizaciones a nivel local, miembros del Departamento de Educación Bilingüe del Distrito, de la enseñanza del inglés como segundo idioma y del programa de doble inmersión inglés-español (TWI), presentarán temas que incluyen el utilizar la redes sociales en Internet para apoyar el éxito escolar de los hijos, la importancia de la participación de los padres para motivar a los niños en ciencia y en biología, información de términos financieros y económicos para la familia, talleres de motivación, temas de inmigración, cómo la música, video juegos, televisión e Internet afectan la educación de los niños,  y problemas de obesidad en la población hispana, entre otros temas.

Muchas familias y miembros de la comunidad ya se han registrado para participar en las  sesiones que se llevarán a cabo durante estas cinco horas de conferencias para padres hispanos. Existe un par de videos promocionales para invitarlos a asistir al FORO, uno de ellos puede verse en la página Internet del Distrito, sección de avisos (announcements), el enlace directo es El segundo video está en la página Internet del Distrito 65 en Facebook, pueden encontrar el enlace a “Facebook” (botón azul con la letra ” f “) en la parte izquierda inferior de la página del distrito 65 [ ] El enlace directo es


El evento es gratuito y habrá servicio de cuidado de niños. Todavía hay tiempo para que los padres de familia se registren. Si están interesados en participar, por favor, comuníquense con Manuel Alemán al correo electrónico o al teléfono 847 859-8108.
Por último, quiero agradecer al personal del Departamento de Educación Bilingüe y a la escuela primaria Washington por planear este emocionante evento.


Hardy Murphy

Dr. Hardy Murphy,
Superintendente escolar

A Community Conversation On Childhood Obesity – Tues. April 2

Join local physicians, community members, parents, and school district representatives for  a community conversation on childhood obesity. There will also be discussion of the use of Body Mass Index (BMI ) measurements in D65 schools.

When: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Place: Joseph E. Hill Board Room, 1500 McDaniel Ave

Please RSVP to Nicola Whyte @ 847-866-2851, but walk-ins are welcome.

Sponsored by: Evanston Health Department, District 65 Wellness Council, Pioneering Healthier Communities and the McGaw YMCA