Get FREE Vitamins for the children in your family. Kovac's Frey Pharmacy in Redondo Beach is part of the Healthy Kids Free Vitamins Program. For more information, call (310) 371-7541 or click here.
January 18, 2017:Infant/Child CPR (for Family and Friends)at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. This 3-hour course teaches life-saving skills for infants and children, such as CPR and basic care of children in emergencies. Please call (310) 517-4711 with any questions. January 21, 2017: Start the New Year with Purpose at Redondo Union High School Auditorium. Sponsored by Beach Cities Health District, this free Purpose Workshop and Volunteer Expo will help you connect with your gifts and talents so you're living a meaningful life. Go to www.bchd.org/purpose for more information and to register.
February 4 and 5, 2017:Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K and Health & Wellness Expo. Get a healthy start to your Super Bowl celebrations! Participants and guests can enjoy great food, beverages and a variety of running accessories at the 2-day Health & Fitness Expo (Saturday and Sunday) at the Seaside Lagoon, presented by Michelob Ultra. On Sunday, race participants can run, walk, or stroll in a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk or Baby Buggy 10K. This year we are excited to add a NEW Kids 500 meter race! Register early since this race is capped at 400 children ages 6 to 12. We encourage everyone to dress up for the costume contest, which is a big hit every year. For more information, visit: www.redondo10k.com or call (310) 376-6911.
February 9, 2017: Advance Care Planning, presented by Providence Health & Services. Completing an advance directive is the first step to ensuring you receive the care you want, through the end of life, ensuring your specific health care experiences reflect your personal values, choices and what matters most to you. Join Dr. Matt Gonzales, Associate Medical Director with the Providence Institute for Human Caring, to learn about advance care planning and how to complete an advance directive. To RSVP, call (310) 896-3100.
Ongoing throughout 2017:Infant/Child CPR (for Family and Friends) at Providence. 1st Saturday and 3rd Wednesday/every month exception: February 21 and March 21. This 3-hour course teaches life-saving skills for infants and children, such as CPR and basic care of children in emergencies. Please call (310) 517-4711 with any questions.
Ongoing throughout 2017:Healthy Heart Screening, provided by Providence Little Company of Mary. Screenings offered in Torrance, Manhattan Beach and San Pedro. Our team of clinical experts will help you understand the risks associated with heart disease and what can be done to reduce them. To sign up for a screening or for more information call 1.888.HEALING (432-5464) or visit Providence.org/heartscreening.
Ongoing throughout 2017: Supersitter (2nd Saturday/every month). This program is designed for youths 11-15 years old who are interested in baby-sitting skills. Course topics include: Planning for a baby-sitting job, Knowing what to expect from children of all ages, Selecting toys and games, Supervising children, Preventing accidents and more. For more information, please contact our Health Resource Center at 1.888.HEALING (432-5464).
On-going through May 2017:Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by Torrance Memorial Medical Center. This information and nurturing support for people providing care for another. The drop-in group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30—8:00 p.m. in the West Tower, 5th floor, Room H. For more information call, 310-517-4711.
On-going 2017: FREE Yoga on the Pier! Every 3rd Saturday of the month, join the Fly Buddah at the Octagon on the Redondo Beach Pier (near Kincaid's). Begins at 10am.
On-going through May 2017:Healthy Heart Screening at Little Company of Mary in Torrance. Fee is $250. Please call 1.888.HEALING (432-5464) to request an appointment.
On-going through May 2017:Baby Care Basics, sponsored by Providence/Little Company of Mary. The three hour hands-on class series is designed to acquaint the parents-to-be with the skills necessary for taking care of the newborn. New parents will learn about the development of the baby, layettes, nutrition, bathing, feeding and child safety. Fee is $40.
Health & Wellness Tips of the Month:
The Importance of Physical Activity Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things that people of all ages can do to improve their health. Physical activity strengthens bones and muscles, reduces stress and depression, and makes it easier to maintain a healthy body weight or to reduce weight if overweight or obese. Even people who do not lose weight get substantial benefits from regular physical activity, including lower rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. Healthy physical activity includes aerobic activity, muscle strengthening activities, and activities to increase balance and flexibility. Adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week, and children and teenagers should engage in at least one hour of activity each day. What Can Individuals and Families Do?
Engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week (adults) or at least one hour of activity each day (children). Walk or bike short distances rather than driving.
Supplement aerobic activities with muscle strengthening activities on two or more days a week that involve all major muscle groups.
Consider following the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for limiting screen time among children.
What Can Businesses and Employers Do?
Adopt policies and programs that promote walking, bicycling, and use of public transportation (e.g., provide access to fitness equipment and facilities, bicycle racks, walking paths, and changing facilities with showers).
Design or redesign communities to promote opportunities for active transportation (e.g., include places for physical activity in building and development plans).
Sponsor a new or existing park, playground, or trail, recreation or scholastic program, or beautification or maintenance project.
Get a head start on a happy and healthy new year. Set a good example, and make a point to be more active this year. Both your physical and mental health will benefit. Adapted from US Dept. of Health & Human Services
Stress Management During the Holidays
The Holidays are here. Are you ready? Don’t let Holiday Stress get the best of you. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your cool this season. Self-Care: This is a busy time of year for family, friends and socializing. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t enjoy it.
Allow time for yourself. Being around people can be draining. Find your personal sense of balance.
Relaxation is important on a daily basis. Give your mind and body time to recharge.
Have Fun. Tis the season to be jolly. Make sure you get to enjoy it.
ManagingExpectations: Do you feel pulled in too many directions? Here are some ideas on how to keep from getting overwhelmed.
Look at your schedule and plan ahead. Do you really have time to send out Holiday Cards this year, put lights up, host a party, etc.?
How many Holiday Parties do you HAVE TO attend? Prioritize what’s most important to you and still allows time for Self-Care and balance.
Stay within your budget—you can’t please everyone. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.
It doesn’t have to be a Hallmark Holiday. Make it what you want.
Enjoy the moment. Be in the here and now. Today is a memory in the making.
Family: Holidays are a time for family, but it doesn’t have to be a time for stress.
Those who can’t spend time with family can create a family of their own, i.e. time with friends or friends’ families, starting your own holiday tradition or volunteering to help others in need.
Sometimes spending time with family can be stressful. Have a Plan B ready if things don’t work out well.
Time with family can be time-limited. You don’t have to let time with family take up your entire holiday vacation.
Contributed by Chandra Chaikin, MS, LMFT
The Health Benefits of Thanksgiving Meal
Thanksgiving meal, one of America’s favorites, is also the healthiest in terms of ingredients. Cooking with these ingredients throughout the Fall and Winter months promotes a strong immune system, good circulation, improved cognition and more. Here are some health benefits of popular Thanksgiving ingredients:
Turkey is a great source of all the B vitamins. Turkey has a relaxing effect due to tryptophan which helps release serotonin for beating the winter blues, and melatonin for promoting a restful sleep.
Sage and rosemary stimulate concentration, memory and recall. Marjoram relieves insomnia, and reduces anxiety and stress. These herbs all have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Sweet potatoes and pumpkin have carotenoids which help strengthen eyesight, boost immunity, ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging. Their natural sugars slowly release into the bloodstream, sustaining energy without the blood sugar spikes that cause fatigue and weight gain.
Ginger, onion and garlic lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, thin the blood, and support the immune system. Ginger aids digestion, protects against food poisoning and helps with nausea.
Cranberries are rich in vitamin C, boost the immune system, fight inflammation and promote cardiac health. They help keep bacteria from sticking to surfaces preventing cavities and gum disease as well as supporting the urinary tract health.
Cinnamon is a super spice with powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and antimicrobial benefits. It too boosts the immune system and protects against heart disease and cancer.
How we enrich our meal is as important as what we eat. Sharing the bounty of Thanksgiving with loved ones further contributes to our health and enhances happiness. Cheers to a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!
Contributed by Homa Sikon, L.Ac., Acupuncture By Homa
7 Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Prevention
Benjamin Franklin’s old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is never more appropriate than when it comes to breast cancer prevention. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, at least 33 percent of breast cancer is preventable. Many natural health practitioners suspect that percentage is actually much higher. By simply adopting healthy lifestyle practices, it is estimated that you can bring that breast cancer prevention figure closer to 50 percent. It is crucial to learn the things that can put women at higher risk for breast cancer. Not only do you want to avoid these risk factors, but also teach your daughters (and sisters and friends) about them.
Better Nutrition Comes from Whole Foods and Organic Foods
Avoid Toxic Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
Move Your Body – Exercise is Important
Keep Your Cell Phone Away from Your Body and Out of Your Bra
Use Meditation or Other Relaxation Techniques
Don’t Smoke and Don’t Drink Alcohol (or Keep it to a Minimum)
What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?
The term dementia is the broad term used to describe that there is a problem with the brain working properly, and it is an irreversible cause of memory loss. There are over 120 types of dementia and most are very rare. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Some of the other more common types of dementia are Huntington’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia and Frontal Temporal Lobe dementia. Someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds and that statistic is now over 3 years old.
Contributed by Lisa Bricker, Heart Light – A Referral Service
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)
When is the last time you received a vaccination? They’re not just for children and the elderly, many adults are overdue on routine vaccines or were never told by their physicians that a new vaccine could be helpful to them!
Most vaccines are indicated based on age, but several more are important to receive if you suffer from various health conditions including: ●Diabetes (Type I or Type II) ●Heart disease Read More>>>
Chances are that you or someone you know has at least one of the above conditions. Do yourself & them a favor by checking the CDC recommendations on the Chamber website to see if they could benefit from a vaccine they have not yet received. www.redondochamber.org/health--wellness-events.html
Contributed by Sara Atallah, Kovak-Frey Pharmacy
Summer is a Good Time for Skin Cancer Awareness Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee
Summer is here! Who doesn’t want to be outside, sunbathing, swimming, playing outdoors or even barbequing in the backyard? While summer means fun in the sun, make sure you’re not getting too much of a good thing. Dr. Gary Chuang of UCLA says “Using sunscreen is vital to the prevention of skin damage and skin cancers. Build a habit of wearing sunscreen by choosing one that will be easy for you to use every day. “
Here are more tips from Dr. Chuang:
Sunscreen is not just for sunny days
SPF 30+ sunscreen should be worn every day, even if the sun is not shining. Clouds only block 20-30% of UV rays.
What does SPF mean?
Sun Protection Factor is an estimate of how well the sunscreen will protect your skin from burning. The higher the number the better.
Use proper clothing, umbrellas and shade to keep out of direct sunlight. Add protection by wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
If you love outdoor activities
Use a water-resistant broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF of 30+. Reapply every two hours or immediately after being in the water.
June is National Safety Month (our focus is Food Safety) Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee
Summer is just around the corner, and that means more picnics and barbeques with friends. But you want to avoid uninvited guests — bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Here are some tips from the USFDA to help you have a SAFE party: Pack and Transport Food Safely Keep your food safe: from the refrigerator/freezer all the way to the picnic table.
Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen packs. Store cold food at 40°F or below to prevent bacterial growth. Meat, poultry, and seafood may be packed while still frozen so they stay colder longer.
Organize cooler contents. Consider packing beverages in one cooler and perishable foods in another. As picnickers open and reopen the beverage cooler for drinks, the perishable foods won’t be exposed to warm outdoor air temperatures.
Don’t cross-contaminate. Be sure to keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood securely wrapped. This keeps their juices from contaminating other foods, especially those that will be eaten raw.
May is National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee
May has been declared "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." It's a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate family, friends, co-workers and others about asthma and allergies.
Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and a tightness in the chest. Symptoms of allergies can vary in severity. Mild allergy symptoms include congestion, skin rash, and itchy water eyes. Moderate symptoms include difficulty in breathing, and itchiness.
In general, there is no cure for allergies or asthma, but there are several types of medications available – both over-the-counter and prescription – to help ease and treat annoying symptoms like congestion and runny nose.
For a short list of allergy medicines, and more click here.
Occupational Therapy: What is it and what are its benefits? Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee
There are several therapies that one may need throughout their lifetime for one reason or another, for example recovering from a stroke. April is National Occupational Therapy Month and the question arises what is occupational therapy and what are the benefits of it?
Everydayhealth.com states that “occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent — or live better with — injury, illness, or disability."
March is National Nutrition Month Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The focus is not on deprivation, but on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2016 is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Here are 10 tips to help you develop mindful and healthy eating habits:
February is National Heart Month Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee Heart palpitations, or a feeling like your heart is fluttering is not a symptom to be ignored, even if it lasts seconds. Although usually nothing to worry about, it could represent a more worrisome diagnosis such as atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation develops with advancing age, and is not uncommon affecting 1 in 5 individuals over 80 years old.
New Year’s Resolutions Shouldn’t Be Stressful January Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee
New Year's Resolutions... Most of us make them, but how many of us succeed at achieving them? One creative way to achieve goals you have for the new year is to manage the stress around them, and think of alternative resolutions that are similar and attainable.
December is a Time for Celebrations, Not Stress Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee
The holiday season is a time for celebrations, but often brings unwelcome guests - stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands such as parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name a few. Many people don’t even realize how stressed they are, but it takes a toll both physically and mentally.
Here are some signs you’re stressed to the max - and don’t even know it:
You can’t make decisionsYou feel fatigued all the time
Or you’re revved up and can’t sleep You’re catching colds, feeling sick more often
November is National Family Care Givers Month Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee
Your loved one’s care does not always take place in hospitals, or nursing homes, or doctor offices, or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that’s a good thing. People are healthier at home and health care costs are reduced. But care-giving at home can exact a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. We are very fortunate to have many support and informational groups for Family Caregivers here in the South Bay. Read more for a few Chamber members who can help...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Tip of the Month from Your Health & Wellness Committee
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too. Read More>>>