Preparing for the New School Year

By: Dr. Jen Gibson
As the new school year approaches, parents and children can begin to feel overwhelmed.  Here are some helpful tips for managing and preparing for the upcoming school year.  Some of these tips can apply once the school has begun, while othersRead more


Exercising Later in Life

People Active During Middle Age and Beyond Should Take Precautions While Exercising, but Experts Say Exercise Benefits are Numerous Says Wall Street Journal Report

GLC.12313.1478Regular exercise is a cornerstone of good health, and its long-term benefits for both longevity and protection against heart attacks, cancer andRead more


Incorporating Academics in the Summer to Encourage Preparation for School

By Dr. Jennifer Gibson

digitaldevicesNow that we are finally in the thick of summer (or so we hope as Chicagoans), summer has provided more opportunities for scheduling things that would not otherwise be possible during the school year.  This may also mean less academic-focused activities. Read more


Swedish Covenant Hospital Opens New Immediate Care Centers on City’s North Side

This summer, Swedish Covenant Hospital is bringing two new immediate care centers to Chicago’s north side, providing community members with access to convenient, quality health care for a variety of non-life-threatening emergencies.

The first center opened in June in the Sauganash neighborhood (6141 N. CiceroRead more


Ways to Build Self-esteem in Children

By: Dr. Jennifer Gibson

gibsonjuly1Often times, parents share with me that they are unsure how to build self-esteem in their children or that they are concerned about their children’s self-esteem.  The summer months provide some space to explore and focus on these issues without theRead more


A Volunteer’s Spirit

by Nicole Joseph

If you live in or around Lincoln Square, there’s a good chance you’ve been to one of the places where Arthur Daravanis volunteers.

Six days a week, you can find him at Lincoln Square Lanes, where he makes popcorn to hand out toRead more


Summer Routines

By: Dr. Jennifer Gibson

family meal timeAs parents we notice how helpful routines are for our children during the school year, but how helpful are routines during the summer?  Summer can be a time of relaxation for most families.

You may wonder if it is as important toRead more


Five Tips for Beginning your Summer Off Right!

By: Dr. Jennifer Gibson, licensed clinical psychologist

Farmer selling organic peppers at a farmers market

Farmer selling organic peppers at a farmers market

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!  Here are 5 helpful tips for enhancing and maintaining your mental health!

As the colder months end, we begin to feelRead more


Family summer travel tips

By Jennifer Gibson, Pysd,

Boys in the car using a touchpadAs school ends and summer begins, many families are planning their travel time. Part of travel planning for families involves preparing for problem situations with kids ahead of time.  Because kids tend to act out when they need attention or direction, focusingRead more


Working out saved Brian’s life: Literally

By: Megy Karydes/Swedish Covenant Hospital

Brian Smolicek has Galter LifeCenter to thank for saving his life. That’s not a euphemism. It was the quick thinking of the team at Chicago’s only medical fitness center that helped the 52-year-old when he blacked out as he was preparingRead more