"The Doctors" Takes on Chicago

The Doctors make a house call to the Windy City. They are joined by Chicago's own Dr. Ian Smith, author of Eat: The Effortless Weight Loss Solution, in The Signature Room at the 95th, located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago! If you're in Chicago, drop by The Signature Room at the 95th to sample their new Spring menu.

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Fighting Childhood Obesity
More than 600,000 Chicagoans, a third of whom are children, live in food deserts, neighborhoods that lack nearby grocery stores. "It takes two-times longer in food deserts to get to a healthy grocery store than it does to get to a fast food joint," Dr. Ian says.

Cooking with The Doctors

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork hits up Gino's East of Chicago to put a healthy twist on a Chicago staple, the deep-dish pizza.

• Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon visits Girl & The Goat, and gets a cooking lesson from chef Stephanie Izard!
Download Stephanie's grilled goat loin recipe.

Children in Chicago ages 3 to 7 are nearly twice as likely to become obese than the national average. Because of this, Chicago health officials announced that $6 million in federal funds are being allocated to fight childhood obesity. The money is going to fund Healthy Places, a joint initiative of the Chicago Department of Health and other organizations, which will work to improve access to healthy food, school wellness programs and safe walking and biking.

Many Chicago-area schools are already taking drastic steps to encourage healthier eating, such as banning homemade lunches, because some principals say too many students bring junk food as their meal. "The other side of it, unfair to the parents, is that my wife makes lunch for our kid every day, and it's very, very healthy," Dr. Ian says. "So you can't paint everyone with one broad brushstroke. There needs to be a balance."

OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains that healthy eating starts at home. "I think it all comes back to the parents," she says. "Even if the kids have a good meal at school, they [can] still go home and it's a bad meal. I think it's still about helping the parents in the food deserts and educating parents."

The Doctors Hit the Streets!
The Doctors and their biggest fans from Chicago take a water tour of the city aboard the Mercury Skyline Princess, and The Doctors answer some important health queries! The fun doesn't stop on the water, as The Doctors voyage into the city to connect with their biggest fans, and make a stop at the famed The Second City comedy club and school of improvisation and try their hands at comedy!

Dr. Ordon strolls through Millennium Park answering questions from passersby.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears visits Chicago Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine and his wife to share parenting tips.

Dr. Lisa pays a house call to the Chicago Bump Club and Beyond, a group of moms and moms-to-be, who get together to share
mommy advice.

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Allergy Triggers
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Two-thirds of people blame spring triggers, such as ragweed, pollen and hay fever, but their allergic reactions may be caused by an allergen that is present year-round.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Ordon scrubs in to join plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. John Kotis in a cutting-edge procedure that can end the pain and limitations caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

• Learn the differences between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Anna lives and works near tulip-filled Michigan Ave., and walks past the flowers daily. She notices her allergies often flare up, and wants to know if the congestion and watery eyes are caused by the tulips.

"Not all flowers are created the same," Dr. Ordon says. "Some have little or no pollen, and tulips are one of the better flowers in terms of having a low pollen count. If you're a gardener who likes to plant your own flowers, there are female flowers that you can plant that don't release pollen."

If you suffer from allergies, try to find out what your triggers are and avoid them as often as possible.

Tips to Minimize Your Allergies
• Shower before going to sleep so you don't take pollen into bed.
• Keep doors and windows closed during allergy season to decrease the amount of pollen that gets into the house.
Avoid going outside in the evening when pollen counts are at their highest.

Everyday Health A to Z:
M = Meningitis

The Doctors and Everyday Health reveal the symptoms of meningitis and how to protect yourself.

Every spring, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation projects the top 10 allergy capitals in America based on pollen counts and the number of prescription allergy medication purchased. Did your hometown make the list?

1. Knoxville, Tennessee
2. Louisville, Kentucky
3. Charlotte, North Carolina
4. Jackson, Mississippi
5. Chattanooga, Tennessee
6. Birmingham, Alabama
7. Dayton, Ohio
8. Richmond, Virginia
9. McAllen, Texas
10. Madison, Wisconsin

• The Doctors share their natural, at-home remedies to fight seasonal allergies. Get the recipes here!
• The Doctors explain why facial hair can make allergy symptoms worse.

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OAD 5/24/11