Some people love to exercise. As weight loss surgery (WLS) returns their bodies to a healthier, more able form, they embrace exercise with a renewed vigor. Other people do not love exercise, but know that if is considered an essential part of an effective WLS program.
If you are not fond of exercise, it’s time to work on changing your mind about it. Exercise is your lifeline. It will make your weight loss and maintenance much, much easier. To make it more palatable, try something entertaining. You can put on music and dance, ride a bike, buy an exercise video that appeals to you, garden, listen to a book on tape while you walk, or find a friend to walk with. Exercise does not have to be torture.
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Our recent articles have discussed weight loss surgery, delivering and breastfeeding a new baby, and how Riverside Community Hospital’s free classes and meetings can help you navigate these occurrences. Visit these links or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000 for more in-depth information:
- The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ Weight-Control Information Network explains how having the support of friends or relatives can help you stay physically active.
- Visit the National Institutes of Health online for a comprehensive list of questions to ask your doctor about life after bariatric surgery.
- For information on avoiding nutritional deficiencies after bariatric weight loss, visit this page from Anemia.org.
- Find out about the latest research findings regarding the health benefits of weight loss surgery at the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.
- For a descriptive diagram of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, visit this page from MedlinePlus.
- This article from WomensHealth.gov explains how breastfeeding benefits infants, their mothers, and society as a whole.
- Visit this page from the National Resources Defense Council to learn about the lifelong benefits of nursing for both mothers and babies.
- Breastfeeding your baby can protect him or her against infection, allergies, and even future dental cavities! Head to the La Leche League International website for more facts about nursing.
- Learn how certain breathing patterns can help ease you through labor and delivery on this page from the American Pregnancy Association.
- Find an overview of gestational diabetes, including why it occurs and how it can affect a fetus, at the American Diabetes Association.
Gestational diabetes, a temporary condition which affects five to seven percent of pregnant women, is brought on by certain hormonal changes. During pregnancy, the pancreas sometimes cannot produce enough insulin for the body to properly absorb glucose, resulting in high blood sugar levels. Fortunately, this condition can be controlled through careful attention to diet and exercise, with controlled gestational diabetes having no ill effects on either mother or baby. For more information on the causes of gestational diabetes, check out this video.
The OB/GYNs affiliated with Riverside Community Hospital can help you handle gestational diabetes as well as other pregnancy-related conditions. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000 for physician referrals and answers to your health-related questions.
Dear Patients and Visitors,
As of August 29th, Caltrans will begin construction on the 14th Street Bridge as part of the bridge widening project. On September 14th, traffic will be shifted to one side of the bridge and only one lane will be available in each direction. To assist our patients in avoiding traffic congestion, we have provided alternative routes for patients and visitors to access the hospital. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions or concerns, please call 951.788.3000 or visit the CalTrans website at www.caltrans8.info and click on “News and Document Center.
Helpful and Safety Tips:
- Use an alternate route to the hospital to get around the construction.
- Leave early and plan accordingly
- If you do decide to use the 14th Street Bridge, please pay attention to construction signs and workers.
Alternative Route from the 60 FWY
- From 60 Fwy, exit Market St. towards Downtown Riverside.
- Stay on Market which turns into Magnolia Ave.
- Cross over 14th street and arrive at your destination.
Alternative Route from 91 Westbound
- From 91 Fwy, exit Mission Inn Blvd. right.
- Make a left on Market which turns into Magnolia Ave.
- Cross over 14th street and arrive at your destination.
Alternative Route from 91 Eastbound
- From 91 Fwy, exit Central Avenue left.
- Make a right on Magnolia Avenue and continue past RCC.
- Arrive at your destination.
Pregnancy is an exciting and hectic time for many future parents. Between visits to the OB/GYN, new lifestyle changes, and the preparation required for the baby’s arrival, it can be easy to overlook the process involved in labor and delivery! Fortunately, Riverside Community Hospital offers a number of courses to help educate expectant parents on the birthing procedure:
Childbirth Preparation Weekend Express
If this is your first pregnancy, you may benefit from our free childbirth preparation classes, which take place over the course of one weekend every month. During these sessions, you can learn breathing exercises, concentration techniques, and natural muscle relaxation methods to help you have a smoother and less stressful labor and delivery.
Maternity Tea and Tour
Every other Wednesday, Riverside Community Hospital holds a free Maternity Tea and Tour event, where expectant parents can visit our maternity ward and learn about our birthing policies. We offer dinner and dessert as well as a raffle, so you can relax and enjoy meeting other future parents. Afterwards, you are invited to attend our free breastfeeding class, in which you can learn about the importance of breastfeeding and practice various nursing holds.
Childbirth Prep Refresher Class
Mothers who have previously delivered children may feel confident about the birthing process, but they often find it helpful to brush up on techniques for having an easier labor. Come to the Sunday portion of our free weekend childbirth classes for a review of the methods that helped you through previous deliveries.
At Riverside Community Hospital, our focus is on keeping new families happy and healthy—which is why our BIRTHplace offers personalized care as well as cutting-edge equipment. Call us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more about our facilities or to schedule an OB/GYN appointment.
Many people struggle to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Watch this video to learn how tracking your BMI can help you monitor your weight and why doing so is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
Carrying excess fat around your abdomen increases your risk of developing conditions such as type-II diabetes and hypertension. Fortunately, you can improve your health simply by exercising for 30 minutes each day. In addition, counting your caloric intake and planning meals accordingly can help you avoid diet pitfalls.
For more information on taking charge of your weight and reducing your risk of chronic medical conditions, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000. We offer diabetes education as well as surgical weight loss consultations to help you better understand obesity-related challenges and treatments.
Surgical weight loss, in conjunction with the necessary lifestyle changes, can be an effective way to reach a healthy weight and reduce your risk of developing obesity-related conditions. Whether you are considering bariatric surgery or have already undergone a surgical weight loss procedure, Riverside Community Hospital holds monthly support group meetings designed to educate and empower those who struggle with obesity. Read on to learn about a few of the benefits you can receive by joining such a group:
Your friends and family members may not always provide the support you need to continue your weight loss journey, which is why it can be incredibly helpful to find like-minded allies. Other surgical weight loss patients understand the challenges you face and can help you stay empowered to follow through with lifestyle changes.
Altering lifelong eating habits and physical activity levels can be challenging, particularly because an individual may not be aware of certain detrimental behaviors. Discussing your experiences within a surgical weight loss support group can help you better understand the causes and results of your actions, enabling you to make more informed decisions throughout your daily life.
Learning about others’ experiences with bariatric weight loss as well as the latest medical knowledge regarding weight loss surgery allows you to determine which methods are likely to work for you. Attending a hospital-sponsored support group meeting can help you learn useful techniques and philosophies regarding diet, physical activity, and postoperative care, enabling you to succeed in your weight loss goals.
Our next surgical weight loss support group meeting takes place Tuesday, September 11th at 7 pm. Call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 for more information on this event or to learn about our bariatric weight loss services.