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Five Things to Know Today: Sept. 27

Looking for things to do? Stuff to know? People to meet? We've got it all in our "Five Things" feature.

1. Planning 'Black Out' for Lincoln-Way East Game

The “5 Days to Friday Black Out” effort will be Sept. 30 for the Raiders' home football game against Lincoln-Way East.

Black Nike T-shirts will be sold to students for $10 during lunch hours Monday through Friday. 

Any adult interested in purchasing the shirts may come to the athletic director’s office between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Sept. 26-30.

Those who can’t make it during the day can order the t-shirt on-line for a cost of $15 which includes a $5 convenience fee. The t-shirt will be available for pick up at the game. Womens sizes XS-L and mens sizes S-XXL are available.

T-shirts are being sold on first come, first served basis.

Questions can be directed to the Athletic Department at 630-679-3452.

2. Did You Know Bolingbrook Patch Has a Weekly Health and Fitness Column?

It's true! And it's written by one of Bolingbrook's own: John Chase, a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer. John trains clients at the Bolingbrook Park District’s . 

Each week, John offers Bolingbrook Patch readers exclusive information and news on what workouts should be used when and the easiest and soundest ways to become healthy. 

This week, John's article focused on getting your whole body moving during workouts. 

From the :

How often do you find yourself having to pick anything up off the floor or lift something to put it in a cabinet or an overhead compartment on an airplane? Anyone with young kids probably does this 50 times a day.

Today’s exercise is called a Burpee and it gets your whole body moving.

The Be Fit Bolingbrook column runs each week on Saturday mornings. Be sure to check it out this weekend!

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Just days after orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Louis performed Direct Anterior Approach hip replacement surgery on Alicia Montejano, 55, of Bolingbrook, she walked up and down her stairs at home six times in a row. And, four weeks after surgery, she was back to her physically demanding job as a massage therapist which requires her to stand on her feet for long periods and carry a heavy massage table.   

“Before my hip replacement surgery, walking and sitting hurt.  It was too hard to even go to the store,” Alicia explains.  “Now, I’m working comfortably, riding a stationary bike for exercise and feel like I have a whole new life.”

Alicia rebounded so quickly because the Direct Anterior Approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip, as opposed to the side or posterior in traditional hip replacement surgery.  This allows the hip to be replaced without detaching muscle from the pelvis or femur.  Consequently, the important gluteal muscles, which play a key role in hip function, are less affected than with traditional hip replacement surgery.  Dr. Louis has performed more than 250 successful Direct Anterior Approach procedures on Chicago area patients.

For more on this story, click .

4. Don't Forget: 

Although breast cancer is the most common cancer women battle, not all experiences are identical.

For Elaine Pikula, a 62-year-old Bolingbrook resident, lumpectomy and radiation were her only treatments. Patsy Walker, 52, also of Bolingbrook, had a more aggressive cancer and required a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.

But at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s annual tree-lighting ceremony to commemorate October as National Breast Cancer month, both women will share similar messages: Be consistent with testing and walk in hope if you are currently fighting cancer.

For more on this event, click HERE.

5. We Want to Feature Your Whiz Kid

Know a great kid who made Eagle Scout or did your local soccer team take the championship? They may be our next Patch Whiz Kid honoree.

Each week, Bolingbrook Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual  kids, youth groups, teens and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments.

We want to hear about these amazing children and teens and select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination Bolingbrook Patch editor Brian Feldt at brianf@patch.com.

Please include all of the following information: 

  • Nominator's Name
  • Whiz Kid's Name
  • Whiz Kid's Age
  • Whiz Kid's School
  • Whiz Kid's Accomplishment
  • Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness (what made him/her successful?)
  • A JPG photo of your Whiz Kid

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