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    How to Choose a Healthy New Year's Resolution

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Though New Year’s resolutions are very common, many of them are discarded within the first few months. Fortunately, there are a several ways to set yourself up for success and stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions. Below are a few tips from Riverside Community Hospital for setting healthy goals for 2014:

    Plan Exercise the Right Way
    Just as it takes long periods of eating unhealthy to affect your body, so does it take consistent exercise to reduce long-term health risks and slim down. It can be helpful to plan manageable chunks of exercise throughout each day to get yourself in the habit of exercising regularly. The AHA guidelines for physical activity are a good first milestone to work toward. Making plans with a workout buddy will also discourage you from skipping out on plans or quitting early.

    Monitor Your Eating Habits
    Some individuals are fine with suddenly starting a new diet, but for others, it can be helpful to first track their normal eating habits and make the small changes accordingly. The USDA SuperTracker tool is a free resource and a great place to start. Dietary needs differ between individuals, but a generally healthy diet consists of low saturated fats, high fiber, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lighter proteins (especially fish, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids).

    Regain Control of Bad Habits
    Habits such as excessive drinking, smoking, and eating all have a significant impact on your long-term health and can increase your risk of developing certain illnesses. Resolutions that involve altering habits are often the most difficult to accomplish, but there are plenty of online resources available to help you stay on track with your commitment. For example, the American Lung Association offers a free Freedom from Smoking program online. A network of trustworthy individuals can also provide moral support and encourage you to stick with your resolution.

    Riverside Community Hospital is here to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle through compassionate care and high-quality medical services. To learn more about us or to schedule an appointment, contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line or call us at (951) 788-3463.

    Tips for Staying Safe As You Deck the Halls

    Last updated 3 months ago

    There’s no harm in decorating your house to get in the holiday spirit, but it’s also important to exercise basic safety to reduce the risk of electrical shock, fires, or worse. Every holiday season, over 14,000 people receive emergency room treatment related to holiday decorating, and home fires cause millions of dollars in property damage. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) has issued a few guidelines for safe holiday decorating:

    Tree Safety
    Pine trees are always in high demand this time of year, but they pose a significant fire hazard—especially if they become dried out. A fresh tree is much harder to ignite, so take your time to find one that will not lose many needles. Keep a natural tree away from heat sources—such as candles, fireplaces, and space heaters—and water it consistently. Avoid fragile ornaments that make sharp pieces when they break; consider making your own ornaments with the entire family or investing in plastic ones.

    Electrical/Fire Safety
    Christmas lights all come with warning labels detailing their energy usage and how many may be safely used. Certain items, such as space heaters and hair dryers, can use a significant amount of energy and can easily overload an outlet that is approaching its limit. One of the biggest dangers of electrical fires is that many occur behind the walls, and it can take several minutes to notice such a fire after the outlet fails. Place candles out of reach of children but in an accessible area, and always extinguish them before going to bed.

    Riverside Community Hospital is committed to providing a superior standard of healthcare and comfort to all of our patients. As the largest and most comprehensive acute care facility in the area, we offer a full range of state-of-the-art equipment. Take advantage of our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral service or call (951) 788-3463 to receive a physician referral or to get answers to your healthcare questions.

    Ways to Get More Exercise During the Holidays

    Last updated 4 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 4 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 4 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.

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