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    Ways to Get More Exercise During the Holidays

    Last updated 8 months ago

    While it’s tempting to bundle up and wait for more comfortable weather before getting started on diet and exercise resolutions, there are plenty of simple ways to fit a workout into your normal routine today. Check out these tips on how to start burning off those holiday calories:

    The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. These figures may sound daunting, but a simple 30-minute walk 5 days a week or three 25-minute sessions of running every other day can easily fulfill your quota. Simple exercises such as squats, crunches, and pushups can also exercise most major muscle groups. Remember: The benefits of exercise are cumulative, so even squeezing in a few reps throughout the day will suffice.

    Follow Riverside Community Hospital on Facebook and Twitter for more health and wellness tips. As a leading healthcare provider in Riverside County, we have the resources to provide comprehensive and cost-effective healthcare for the entire family. Call (951) 788-3463 or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line with any questions or comments.

    Women's Health: Focus on Cancers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Did you know that cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the U.S.? Only heart disease claims more women’s lives. Women have unique health concerns and needs that an OBGYN can address. Explore this infographic from our Riverside hospital to learn more about two types of cancer that are of particular concern to women. Breast cancer is one of the three most common cancers among women—in fact, about 30% of the cancers diagnosed in women are breast cancers. Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths among women, as your OBGYN can tell you. In this infographic, you’ll learn about risk factors, cancer screenings, prevention, and the importance of partnering with your OBGYN for improved health. Please share with the women in your life! 

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    Shopping for Safe Toys for Your Children This Holiday Season

    Last updated 8 months ago

    An estimated 181,500 children received emergency room treatment for toy-related injuries in 2010. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for assessing the safety and age-appropriateness of toys, but it can take weeks or months to issue a recall, and simple toys can still cause injury. Consider these tips to avoid toy-related emergency room visits to Riverside Community Hospital this holiday season.

    Age ratings are not simply arbitrary recommendations from toy manufacturers or oversight organizations; they are solely based on safety considerations, not intelligence or maturity. Most children develop through several distinct milestones around certain ages, and giving a child a toy before he is ready could result in injury. For example, a young toddler who has recently learned to walk and run may have trouble coordinating hand and foot movements inside a toy car.

    Common Hazards
    Many toys (especially board games) come with small pieces that may pose a choking hazard. It is especially important to watch out for toys with small batteries and to make sure the compartment is completely secure. “Button” batteries can be easily swallowed and cause choking, internal bleeding, or chemical burns. You should also beware of toys with pieces of string longer than 7 inches. Even if a child is old enough to use a bicycle or other riding toy, it is still important to provide a CPSC or Snell-certified helmet and other protective pads.

    Even age appropriate toys can be dangerous of the child falls on them, misuses them, or breaks off a piece and swallows it. That’s why it’s important to provide proper supervision during playtime. A large storage bin or container can be used to store toys or separate toys for different children. Be sure to place storage bins in places where there is no risk of it falling on the child.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been serving Riverside County since 1901, and we’ve grown into one of the largest full-service, acute care facilities in the area. We continue to value timely and reliable patient care above all else, and our team of healthcare specialists has access to the latest equipment and treatments. For more information about our services, call (951) 788-3463.

    Check Out the Great Events Happening at Riverside Community Hospital!

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Riverside Community Hospital plays an active role in the community by offering plenty of resources, fundraisers, and activities to promote total health awareness. This short video covers some of our highlights from the recent 2013 Heart Walk.

    Thanks to your support, we were able to raise $10,687 and donate a total of $18,187 to the American Heart Association to fund heart disease and stroke treatment research. Our Heart Care Institute team also provided nearly 100 cardiac screens for attendees.

    We hope you will continue to support Riverside Community Hospital throughout 2014 as well. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates about our upcoming events, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral at (951) 788-3463 for more information about our facilities.

    Using Proper Handwashing to Prevent Cold and Flu

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Washing your hands is a basic and effective way to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Still, a surprising number of people get their hands dirty immediately after washing, or worse, don’t wash at all. Be sure to check out this brief guide on the importance of washing your hands from Riverside Community Hospital below!

    Proper Handwashing Technique
    CDC handwashing recommendations state that a person should wash her hands before and after meals, before and after coming into contact with an individual who is sick, after touching garbage, after using the bathroom, and after touching an animal. For the best results, wash and lather your hands for at least 20 seconds (hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice to keep time) and dry them with a clean towel or air dryer.

    A Word About Hand Sanitizer
    If soap is unavailable, an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can kill most bacteria. However, hand sanitizer may not be as effective when your hands are visibly dirty, and the overuse of alcohol-based sanitizers can dry out the skin and irritate small scratches and cuts.

    Keep Those Hands Clean!
    You should assume that individuals who did not wash their hands have touched a doorknob before you, so touching that doorknob after washing your hands will only get them dirty again. Once bacteria are on your hand, they only require brief contact with your eyes, mouth, or nose to spread. The same goes for other commonly touched surfaces, such as paper towel dispensers and shopping carts.

    As a leading hospital in the area, Riverside Community Hospital is committed to providing families with the information and resources they need to enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe holiday. Take advantage of our free iTriage Symptom Checker app to receive up-to-date information on a wide range of conditions, or call us at (951) 788-3463 to speak with a knowledgeable representative. 

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