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Handle food safely when you're dining outdoors

Dining outdoors is a great way to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, but without careful attention to food safety, it could also end in a trip to the hospital for emergency care. Make sure your next outdoor dining experience doesn’t lead to illness with these food safety tips.

Pay attention to temperatures
Temperatures play a central role in food safety. Hot foods should be kept hot, and cold foods should be kept cold. Follow these guidelines to make sure your foods stay at the right temperature:

  • Keep cold foods below 40 degrees F before serving, and don’t eat them if they sit out longer than two hours (or one hour on days over 90 degrees F).
  • Keep hot foods above 140 degrees F, and follow the same rules as cold foods for how long hot foods can sit out safely.
  • Put drinks in a different cooler than perishable foods, so opening and closing the cooler to get a drink doesn’t expose the food to higher temperatures.

Avoid cross-contamination
Cross-contamination occurs when items that have touched raw food touch food that is ready to eat. This can allow bacteria to transfer to your food before you eat it, which can lead to food poisoning. To avoid cross-contamination, keep these safety rules in mind:

  • Keep utensils and cutting boards that were used on raw foods away from cooked foods.
  • Don’t pack raw meat with ready to eat foods to prevent juices from the meat from coming into contact with the food.
  • Always discard marinade after removing the meat.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw foods

Clean fruits and vegetables
Rinse all of your fruits and vegetables before packing them to serve outside. For fruits and vegetables with firm skins, use a scrubbing brush to clean the surfaces. Dry all of your items off thoroughly before packing them.

If your fruits and vegetables are labeled as washed, you do not need to clean them.

If your outdoor dining party is derailed by food poisoning, the ER at Riverside Community Hospital is ready to help you recover. We are here around the clock to treat all of your emergency medical needs in Riverside. You can get answers to all of your questions about our hospital services by calling (951) 788-3463.

Preventing childhood obesity with the right habits in your family

For growing kids, weight management can be even more challenging than it is for adults. However, because childhood obesity can cause the early onset of weight-related medical conditions, such heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and because it can set children up for weight problems as adults, working to keep your child’s weight healthy is critical. You can make significant strides in helping your child with weight management by adopting healthy habits as a family. Try these tips to help your child—and your entire family—stay healthy.

Ban temptations from your pantry
Eating healthy doesn’t mean never having a treat, but it will be far easier for your child to avoid high-calorie, unhealthy snacks on a regular basis if you simply don’t keep them in your house. Stock your refrigerator and cupboards with healthy snacks that are easy to reach for, including fruit and veggies with hummus, and save treats for outside of the home. Your child will become accustomed to enjoying healthier snacks and won’t feel deprived if things like chips, candy, and cookies aren’t within arm’s reach.

Be active as a family
Kids need at least 60 minutes of activity on most days, so make being active a family affair. Get out together and play a game of basketball, go for a walk after dinner, or spend some time swimming at the local pool. You’ll get time to enjoy each other’s company while helping your child adopt an active lifestyle.

Lead by example
Your child will mimic your habits, so embrace a healthy lifestyle yourself. Let your child see you going out to exercise and making healthy food choices. When you cook, serve heart-healthy meals that are low in added sugar, salt, and saturated fat. Limit portion sizes for the whole family, and reach for water throughout the day.

At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re committed to keeping families healthy by providing extensive medical services, ranging from heart care to bariatric weight loss surgery in Riverside. Find out how more about how we can help your family maintain good health, and request a referral to one of our specialists by calling (951) 788-3463.

Raise your awareness of prostate cancer

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of the disease in men. Fortunately, when it is diagnosed early, prostate cancer is often highly treatable. Understanding the risk factors and symptoms of prostate cancer will help you make the right decisions about your health. Here is a closer look at this common form of cancer.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer usually causes these symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased urination at night
  • Weak urine flow
  • Problems starting urination
  • Pain during urination or ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen

Frequently, prostate cancer does not cause any symptoms at all, especially in its early stages. Some men who are diagnosed with the disease only find out because of a routine screening test.

How is prostate cancer treated?
Treatment for prostate cancer depends on several different factors, including the stage of the disease and if it has spread outside of the prostate. Some options your physician may consider are:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Prostatectomy

In some cases, your physician may recommend watchful waiting, in which he or she actively monitors your prostate for the cancer to develop further but does not start any treatment. Typically, this option is only recommended for men whose cancer is in very early stages and is limited to the prostate.

Should I have regular prostate cancer screenings?
Only your physician can determine if and how often you should be screened for prostate cancer. He or she will consider your overall health and your risk factors to make this choice. The screening exams used for prostate cancer are:

  • Digital rectal exams, during which your physician attempts to find any lumps or abnormalities on your prostate
  • Prostate specific antigen test, a blood test that screens for high levels of prostate antigens, which could indicate cancer

The Centers for Disease Control does not recommend using a prostate specific antigen test for men who don’t have any symptoms of cancer since the test can give false positives.

The Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital offers multidisciplinary cancer treatments to help patients achieve recovery, including CyberKnife Radiosurgery. For a referral to one of our cancer care providers, please call our hospital at (951) 788-3463.

Limiting sun exposure on the job

You might remember to wear sunscreen before heading out for a run or relaxing by the pool. But what about unprotected sun exposure at work? Health experts recommend wearing sunscreen every day, regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy. Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital provides high-tech, high-touch care for our neighbors in Riverside. Another important part of our mission is to raise awareness about the steps everyone can take to reduce their risk of cancer, including skin cancer.

Knowing the risks
Unprotected sun exposure is an occupational hazard. Over time, it can increase the risk of:

  • Skin cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Sunburn
  • Eye lesions and cancer

Outdoor workers are at the highest risk of prolonged sun exposure. These include road crews, house painters, gardeners and summer camp staff.

Indoor workers should know they aren’t immune to the harmful effects of ultraviolet exposure. Sunlight easily passes through windows and inflicts damage on the skin. This is why truck drivers are more susceptible to getting skin damage and cancer on the left ear or left side of the face.

Limiting sun exposure
Whenever possible, it’s advisable to stay indoors when the sun is strongest, which is generally between 10 am and four pm.

Before going outdoors, wear lightweight clothing that covers up as much of the skin as possible. Some clothing is labeled to provide extra protection from the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat—baseball caps don’t protect the back of the neck.

Protect your eyes from sun damage with sunglasses. Look for a pair labeled to offer broad-spectrum protection.

Wearing sunscreen
Similarly, choose broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Put on a liberal amount of sunscreen all over your exposed skin. Be sure to get these commonly missed areas:

  • Ears
  • Back of the neck
  • Top of the hands
  • Behind the knees
  • Scalp (If you aren’t bald, look for spray sunscreen)

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply it every two hours or as directed by the product. Use a lip balm with SPF built in—it’s possible to get cancer on the lips.

Riverside Community Hospital is your family’s partner in health. You’ll find superior cancer care at our hospital in Riverside, along with responsive ER care for medical emergencies like dehydration, heatstroke and severe sunburn. You can speak with a registered nurse any time of the day or night by calling (951) 788-3463.

Stop believing these breastfeeding myths

Today, new moms have access to comprehensive breastfeeding support services at Riverside Community Hospital and around the country. But it wasn’t always like this. During the early 20 th century, women were discouraged from breastfeeding because it was perceived as a low-class thing to do. Fortunately, society is better informed these days, but there are still quite a few breastfeeding myths floating around.

Myth: Formula is more nutritious
It’s possible that this myth got its start from the fact that babies who are breastfed need to feed more often than those who are bottle fed. This is because breast milk is gentler on little tummies, and it’s easier to digest.

The truth is that breast milk is far more nutritious than formula could ever be. It contains a unique blend of antibodies that boost your baby’s immune system, along with all of the nutrients your baby needs to develop properly.

Myth: It’s easier to bottle feed
It’s true that breastfeeding can be difficult at first. This is why so many women attend breastfeeding classes and seek help from lactation consultants. But once you get accustomed to the routine, breastfeeding is much easier than bottle feeding.

Unlike formula, breast milk doesn’t need to be measured, warmed to the right temperature or served in sterilized bottles. There’s no need to pack bottles, nipples and formula whenever you leave the house. Plus, you won’t have to worry about running out of food for your baby in the middle of the night.

Myth: Small breasts indicate poor milk production
The size of a woman’s breasts does not influence her breast milk production. Your body has an amazing capacity to produce as much milk as your baby needs. Many women even produce more milk than their babies eat, which they may choose to donate to at-need families in their communities.

Family Birthplace at Riverside Community Hospital firmly believes in the importance of giving every baby a healthy start in life, which is why we’re pleased to offer free breastfeeding classes to all new moms in Riverside. Regardless of where you deliver, you’re always welcome at our classes and our Breastfeeding Center. A registered nurse is available to help you at (951) 788-3463.

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