Health: Sign up for Foodie 5K; become mental health first-aid advocate

Foodie 5K Run/Walk

Early registration is $30 before March 1 for the Foodie 5K, presented by Athletico. Organized to benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, the chip-timed 5K fun run/walk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in each age group.

The Foodie 5K includes a post-run festival with music, food trucks, activities for kids sponsored by My Gym and a special appearance by Ozzie of the Kane County Cougars. Those who register before March 1 will receive a Foodie 5K moisture wicking, long sleeved T-shirt.

There will be no registration the day of the race. Visit for more information.

Make nursing home visits easier

“Making a Meaningful Nursing Home Visit” is a University of Illinois Extension educational program designed to help participants identify with nursing home residents, and to identify the emotions that might be preventing quality visits. Practical ideas for making visits more valuable and enjoyable will also be shared.

This free lesson will be presented by University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educators via the Lync system from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 10. The lesson will be conducted from the University of Illinois Extension office of DuPage County, 1100 E. Warrenville Road, Suite 170, Naperville.

Advance registration is required by 4 p.m. Monday, March 3. Contact the DuPage County office at 630-955-1123, or email the workshop topic, your name, postal address and phone number to

Mental health first-aid advocate

Parents can play a critical role in helping to understand, identify, and respond to the signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Be the eyes and ears that help keep our young people safe by knowing how to support and refer individuals struggling with mental health issues before they lead to crisis situations.

This eight-hour course will be facilitated by certified trainers from NCUSD 203, Linden Oaks, and KidsMatter.

The sessions are as follows:

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 3 and 10

9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. March 6 and 12

4 to 8:30 p.m. April 15 and 22

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25

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