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Healthy Eating Strategies for the Holidays

Potlucks, family reunions, office parties, and cookie swaps are just a few of the reasons why many people find themselves a little heavier after the holidays. Instead of relying on a New Year’s resolution to help you lose some extra pounds, try using a few simple strategies to maintain a trim waistline during the holiday season. If you’re a resident of the Riverside area and you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease, you can receive personalized guidance for healthy eating from the caring providers at Riverside Community Hospital.

Practice Mindful Eating

The holidays are about spending time with loved ones. But while people socialize, they often consume far more calories than they realize. Practice mindfulness before eating by considering whether you’re truly hungry. Eat slowly to give your body time to recognize when you’re satiated.

Be Selective at the Buffet Table

Scan the entire buffet table before picking up a plate and serving yourself. By making your choices ahead of time, you may be more likely to choose from the veggie and fruit platters. Unless you’re following a special diet recommended by your doctor for health reasons, it’s alright to occasionally indulge in holiday treats. Just be sure to take only a small portion of dessert.

Avoid Extra Calories While Baking

Many families celebrate the holidays by baking trays of cookies and other sweet treats, and gifting them to family and friends. If you find yourself sampling sugary desserts while you’re baking, consider baking a holiday dessert for others that you do not care for. You could also wrap up cookies in gift boxes and deliver them right away instead of leaving them in the kitchen. Other strategies are to bake early in the morning when sugary foods aren’t as appealing and to brush your teeth right before getting to work in the kitchen.

Riverside Community Hospital is your partner in wellness. This holiday season, consider exploring our preventive wellness services, including classes and events, along with our specialty medical services such as bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery, organ transplant, and heart care. If you have questions about our hospital services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463 or visit our Riverside facility on the Web.

How to Travel Safely with the Family this Holiday Season

While you’re packing for a holiday trip with your family, take a few minutes to consider travel safety issues. Taking precautions is particularly important if you have a family member who has chronic health problems, or if you plan to travel with a young child or infant. It’s also a good idea to be familiar with nearby hospitals at your destination. For those planning to travel to the Riverside area, Riverside Community Hospital provides comprehensive medical services.

Airplane Safety

Young children should be restrained in an appropriate car safety seat while on an airplane. Look for a safety seat that is FAA-approved and call the airline ahead of time to inquire about their safety seat policies. Many airlines do not charge extra luggage fees for families bringing safety seats on board. During the flight, encourage your child to sip fluids to prevent dehydration and use hand sanitizer to guard against germs. Adults are advised to stand up and periodically walk around to prevent blood clots. You could also stretch your leg muscles while seated.

Highway Safety

Before departing on a road trip this holiday season, consider taking your vehicle to a mechanic for a tune-up and tire check. Pack an emergency kit for your car and be sure to bring along important phone numbers, such as a pediatrician’s number. Check that your child’s car seat is appropriate for his or her weight and age, and that it is properly installed. Plan to take frequent breaks from driving or to rotate drivers periodically. Fatigue is a major cause of highway accidents.

International Travel

If you intend to take your family on a trip abroad for the holidays, consider scheduling an appointment with the family doctor at your local hospital. Your doctor can recommend vaccinations and issue health warnings depending on your destination.

For all of your healthcare needs, Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. Our state-of-the-art healthcare facility in Riverside provides compassionate emergency services, trauma care, heart care, bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery, and Ob/Gyn services. If you plan to travel in the Riverside area this holiday season, you can get in touch with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (951) 788-3463.

Tips for Caring for Family Members with the Flu

Influenza is a viral infection that causes mild to severe symptoms such as fever, chills, sore throat, cough, and fatigue. Most people recover from the flu within seven to 10 days, although fatigue and coughing may linger. Some individuals may develop complications of the flu and require care in a community hospital. If a loved one has contracted the flu, you can help him or her feel better during recovery. In the event that complications develop, your loved one will find compassionate care at Riverside Community Hospital.

Know When to Seek Medical Help

If your loved one has severe symptoms or is at a high risk of complications from the flu, it’s a good idea to call his or her doctor. High-risk populations include women who are pregnant, those who are 65 years of age and older, and young children, especially those under the age of two. Individuals with certain medical conditions are also at an increased risk of complications. These conditions include asthma, heart disease, neurological conditions, and suppressed immune system. A doctor at your community hospital may prescribe antiviral drugs to individuals at a high risk of complications, which can include pneumonia, bronchitis, and worsening chronic conditions.

Protect Yourself from Germs

While caring for your loved one at home, remember to protect yourself from contracting the virus. After being in contact with the individual or surfaces that he or she has touched, you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. If your child is ill, try to hold him or her in a way that prevents him or her from coughing into your face.

Prevent Dehydration

Encourage your loved one to sip fluids frequently throughout the day. Water is ideal; however, broth-based soups, juices, and ice pops can also help prevent dehydration.

If your loved one may be experiencing complications of the flu, the emergency physicians at Riverside Community Hospital are here to help. Your family is also invited to visit our hospital in Riverside to receive flu vaccines or our other healthcare services, including Ob/Gyn care, bariatric weight loss, and heart health services. If you would like to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463.

How to Get More Vegetables into Your Diet

Eating a wide spectrum of vegetables provides the body with crucial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Since vegetables are low in calories, including more veggies in your diet and fewer high-calorie foods may help you lose weight. Individuals who are considering becoming bariatric weight loss patients at Riverside Community Hospital will receive extensive patient education and support services, including nutritional guidance.

Selecting Vegetables

Your first step to getting more vegetables in your diet is to visit a supermarket or farmer’s market. Peruse the produce section for vegetables that you already know you enjoy eating and then select a few that you’re less familiar with. One of the tricks to a healthy diet is to select a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods. Try veggies such as leafy green kale, rainbow chard, and baby carrots. Then, head for the frozen food aisle and stock up on frozen veggies. Choose packages that contain only frozen vegetables, sans sauces, such as French cut green beans, broccoli florets, and peas. Frozen vegetables are convenient for busy weeknight meals and they’ll stay well preserved for quite a while.

Preparing Vegetables

If you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table, pour some frozen veggies in a saucepan with a dab of olive oil to make a healthy side. Experiment with various spices and herbs for a boost of flavor. For example, add a few shakes of garlic powder and turmeric to green beans. If you do have time to prepare fresh vegetables, you can experiment with different cooking techniques. Try roasting cauliflower and broccoli with fresh garlic cloves and a little olive oil, or make a salad of kale and spinach.

Planning Meals

There’s no need to limit your vegetable intake to side dishes—or to limit vegetables to your dinner menu. Add some mushrooms and spinach to your morning omelet or try making low-fat muffins with shredded zucchini and carrots. Choose low-sodium vegetable soup or a veggie burger topped with spinach for lunch.

When you’re ready to improve your wellness through bariatric weight loss, you can count on the team at Riverside Community Hospital to provide the support services and information you need. Our hospital proudly serves the Riverside community with exceptional healthcare services such as robotic surgery, heart care, and organ transplant procedures. You can speak with a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (951) 788-3463.

Making Important Decisions About Your Bariatric Surgery Procedure

Bariatric weight loss procedures are tools that can help patients with obesity reach a healthy weight. If you’re considering whether bariatric weight loss might be right for you, your first step is to consult a bariatric specialist at Riverside Community Hospital. Your doctor will determine if you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery. If so, you’ll receive extensive guidance as you work toward making key decisions for your surgery.

Choosing a Surgical Approach

After you’ve decided to move forward with bariatric weight loss, you’ll need to determine which approach is right for you. Your healthcare team will ensure that you’re fully informed of the options available to you, which might include adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass, or sleeve gastrectomy. Bariatric weight loss surgeries fall into two general categories. Some of them can help you lose weight by interfering with the absorption of calories, while others restrict the amount of food you can eat. Gastric bypass surgery is a combination of these approaches.

Scheduling the Procedure

Before you can schedule the bariatric weight loss procedure, there are some requirements to meet and some factors to consider. You can expect to fulfill some patient education requirements at the hospital, and to have some health exams and tests. You may be asked to lose a certain amount of weight before having the procedure. This can help reduce the risk of complications from the surgery and it can help you adjust to your post-surgery lifestyle. Additionally, you’ll need to check with your insurance carrier; you may need to wait a while for preapproval of coverage. Finally, decide when you’ll be able to take several weeks off of work. The exact amount of time you’ll need to recover depends on the specific bariatric weight loss procedure you have and your general health.

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. We invite Riverside residents to attend one of our bariatric weight loss seminars or support groups for further information about these procedures. To request a referral to a specialist in bariatric weight loss, contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463.

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