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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Working Well Massage chair massage stations inside Whole Foods Market will be closed today, January 6, due to extreme weather conditions. We will reopen at our regular hours on Tuesday, January 7 at Noon in both locations.

Working Well Massage Locations in Chicago:

• Gold Cost 30 w Huron, Chicago, IL

• Lincoln Park 1550 N Kingsbury, Chicago IL

For more info on our chair massage services at Whole Foods Markets, click here.

Stay warm and safe today, Chicago!

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Downtown Chicago Building Roundup: North

Image by Gravitywave via Flickr

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

I was looking at my WorkingWellResources  blog subscribers and noticed that I’ve got a few blog stalkers.   OK, not stalkers, just fans. One of them is Healthy In Chicago, an easy to read, fun and accessible blog about healthy lifestyle choices for Chicagoans.

What I like about this blog is that it’s not about being perfectly healthy. The blogger admits that it’s about trying to do his/her best at making healthy lifestyle choices. I am certainly not perfect either. I often have to check myself to see if I am practicing what I preach. And sometimes I fall short of the optimal healthy guidelines I would like to adhere to. I am human. And so are my clients. WE strive for our ideals but don’t get overly critical of ourselves when we fall short of perfection! This attitude of acceptance and moderation helps me be less critical and judgmental of my clients and allows them to share their successes and weaknesses with me more easily. So I am happy to introduce you to another blogger that has a similar positive, but not fanatical, outlook on Wellness.

Check out the Top posts on the Healthy In Chicago blog:

Chicago, Meet HealthyinChicago on the blog here. To follow Healthy In Chicago tweets, check out @HealthyNChicago.

Who is the Author of Healthy In Chicago?

The blogger chooses to remain anonymous, but did post some fun factoids about him/herself.

From the Healthy In Chicago Website, the blog author:

  • Is someone who doesn’t always ”practice what they preach” in terms of health advice.  I am not the perfect pinnacle of health.  I truly believe in moderation and not depriving myself of things (food and drinks) I love, which doesn’t always fit within the “recommendations” of healthy living.
  • Has a sweet tooth
  • Makes attempts to make healthy choices and health goals however
  • Has a college degree in Sport Science
  • Employed with IL largest health system, and is responsible for educating the community on health topics that plague Chicagoan’s (diabetes, heart disease, asthma, obesity, etc)
  • Previous experience as a personal trainer
  • Certified Intrinsic Coach (basically a life coach, someone to motivate you to follow through with the decisions, you have made in your life…example, quitting smoking)

The blogger also states that:

“I came to a point in my life where I was looking for more active, healthier activities and resources in the city…and really couldn’t find them and neither could my friends. So, I thought…why not share the information I find with everyone so they too can have the local resources to enjoy a healthier life, when and if they want to?  And with that Healthy In Chicago was created!”

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

CBS Chicago has put together a Winter Sports Guide for the Chicago area. It’s interesting that they only mention the most well known Lakefront and Northside recreation areas. CBS, you are missing the entire Southern Cook County, Will County and DuPage County Park Districts!  For those of you that want to know what CBS Chicago has put together for you, click here. I am giving you the short list below:

Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding

Devil’s Head Resort
Merrimac, WI
devilsheadresort.com

Sundown Mountain Resort
Dubuque, IA
sundownmtn.com

Villa Olivia
Bartlett, IL
villaolivia.com

Wilmot Mountain
Wilmot, WI
wilmotmountain.com

Alicia Eler from Chicago’s Center Stage, wrote a great article about ski areas near Chicago. Click here for a link to her article. A few excepts are below.

Granite Peak
A 700-foot mountain with vertical runs located in Wausau, Wisconsin’s Rib Mountain National Park . It boosts 75 runs, seven high-speed lifts and Sun Kid Wonder Carpet.

3605 N. Mountain Rd. P.O. Box 5010, Wausau
Tel: (715) 845-2846

Chestnut Mountain

8700 W. Chestnut Rd., Galena
Tel: (800) 397-1320

Chestnut Mountain descends 475 feet with  19 runs in a  seven-acre terrain park with two half-pipes, its own chairlift, and a vast series of table tops and rail slides

Alpine Valley Ski Resort. Website here.

7-holes of golf, 20 slopes of skiing/snowboarding enjoyment, meeting and banquet facilities for 10 to 200, 124 guest rooms, two swimming pools, tennis courts, whirlpool and much, much more. Lodging accommodations include 123 guest rooms, four suites, and indoor pool and whirlpool, dining rooms, cocktail lounge and even a pizza parlor.

Raging Buffalo Snowboard/Ski Park. Website click here.

19-265 Western Ave
IL 60118
(847) 836-7243

Cross-Country Skiing

Camp Sagawau
12545 West 111th Street
Lemont, IL
fpdcc.com

Lincoln Park
Chicago, IL
chicagoparkdistrict.com

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL
mortonarb.org

Northerly Island
1400 S. Lynn White Dr.
Chicago, IL
chicagoparkdistrict.com

Sledding

Deer Grove
Quentin Road, north of Dundee Road
Palatine, IL
fpdcc.com

Lincoln Park
Cricket Hill Fields, Montrose Harbor
601 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL
chicagoparkdistrict.com

Mount Trashmore (James Hill) (former landfill)
Oakton & Dodge
Evanston, IL
cityofevanston.org

Soldier Field
425 E. McFetridge Dr.
Chicago, IL
chicagoparkdistrict.com

Soldier Field
425 E. McFetridge Dr.
Chicago, IL
chicagoparkdistrict.com

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

While I was looking up hiking info, I stumbled upon  Chicago Wilderness Magazine. Although it appears to have stopped publication, there are many great articles and links about Chicago’s wilderness.   Link here.

Info from their website:

The Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council

The Corporate Council brings the resources, skills, capabilities, and influence of its members to foster widespread awareness of the region’s biodiversity and to develop broad-based support for its protection, restoration, and stewardship. Learn more

What is Chicago Wilderness?

The Chicago Wilderness Region

Embedded in one of North America’s largest metropolitan regions and stretching from southeastern Wisconsin, through northeastern Illinois, into northwestern Indiana and southwestern Michigan is a network of natural areas that includes nearly 370,000 acres of protected lands and waters. These natural areas are Chicago’s wilderness, and they are home to a wide diversity of life. Thousands of native plant and animal species live here among the more than nine million people who also call the region home.

The Chicago Wilderness Alliance

Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. We are more than 250 organizations that work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Our four key initiatives—to restore the health of local nature, green infrastructure, combat climate change, and leave no child inside—reflect our commitment to using science and emerging knowledge, as well as a collaborative approach to conservation, to benefit all the region’s residents.

The members of Chicago Wilderness include local, state and federal agencies, large conservation organizations, cultural and education institutions, volunteer groups, municipalities, corporations, and faith-based groups. chicagowilderness.org.

The Back Issues page lists all the archives issues with a list of the article topics. Link here. Some of the back issues are listed/shown below.

Summer 2009

Summer 2009
Reclaiming the Outdoors — Freewheelin’ in Deer Grove — Burnham’s Vision 100 Years Later — A Passion for Saving Paradise — Saving the Flint Creek Watershed

Spring 2009

Spring 2009
Discovering the Calumet — Calumet’s Wilderness Heritage — Tales of Restoration — Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Bluegills — The Calumet Region

Winter 2009

Winter 2009
Our Climate Challenge — Rare, Endangered, and Saved on Flickr — The Heart of Barkness — The Secret Garden

Fall 2008

Fall 2008
A New Day for Old Predators — Middlefork BioBlitz Revealed — The North Shore Ravines — Surveying the Survey — The parable of a weed-fighter — Haunted fungi.

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By Sue Shekut, Licensed Massage Therapist, ACSM Personal Trainer, Certified Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

Chicago is famous for many things. Chicago is “the Windy City,” The Second City,” the home of the Cubs, the White Sox and da Bears. Chicago also has the dubious honor of being one of the top 20 most “fat” cities in the U.S. But there are those of us that want to change that last claim to fame for Chicago.

One group that is making serous headway in tackling high blood pressure, obesity and activity levels of Chicagoans is Building a Healther Chicago.

Building a Healthier Chicago

Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC) is a collaborative of local and national stakeholders working to strengthen efforts to promote the health of Chicago residents and employees.

Through collaboration BHC promotes and tracks the adoption of selected programs, practices, policies, and supportive environments throughout the worksites, schools, health care organizations, faith based organizations, parks and neighborhoods of Chicago. BHC works with community organizations, academics, health care and government to improve the health of all citizens.

To make a significant impact on the health of all Chicagoans, BHC works to support its stakeholders broadly in:

  • Increasing physical activity levels
  • Improving healthy eating
  • Prevention, detection and control of high blood pressure

Why focus on physical activity, nutrition, and blood pressure?

Physical inactivity and obesity are at epidemic proportions in the U.S., resulting in an increased prevalence of many chronic diseases. Meanwhile, health care expenditures associated with physical inactivity and obesity continue to rise.

Becoming a Stakeholder in Building a Healthier Chicago

Working Well Massage is a stakeholder in Building a Healthier Chicago. If your firm is involved in promoting wellness or has a workplace wellness program you are proud of, consider joining BHC as a stakeholder!

Building a Healthier Workplace Resources

American Cancer Society Workplace Solutions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Center for Value-Based Health Management

Federal Occupational Health

Health Enhancement Research Organization

Health Resources and Services Administration

National Business Group on Health

National Wellness Institute

Partnership for Prevention

Start! For HR Professionals (American Heart Association)

WELCOA: Wellness Council of America

WellSteps

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