April 1, 2017: Join Beach Cities Health District and Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Association for a First Aid, CPR and AED Training, and earn a 2 year certificate! This event is free to all residents and employees of the Beach Cities. To register for this event, please contact Jeanne at: firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, phone number, email, and home address.
April 6, 2017:Free Mindfulness Workshop Mindful awareness can be defined as paying attention to the present moment. Learn how mindfulness can help reduce anxiety, depression and stress at this FREE workshop. For more information, contact Tiana Rideout at 310-374-3426 ext. 139 or Tiana.Rideout@bchd.org.
April 11, 2017: Optimal Aging FREE Lecture - Stay Healthy and Safe as You Age. Presented by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance. For more information call 1.888.HEALING (432-5464).
April 20, 2017: Virtual Dementia Tour presented by Silverado Memory Care. This FREE 15 minute tour is well worth your time. The phrase "you never understand a person until you walk a mile in their shoes" is particularly true when it comes to dementia. Truly comprehending the challenges an individual with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia faces every day is next to impossible, but the Virtual Dementia Tour can help provide an unparalleled understanding of what it's like to live with this life-changing condition. For more information and reservations, call (424) 257-6418. Beginning April 24, 2017: Free Introduction to Mindfulness Classes. Learn about mindfulness meditation and its benefits for the body and mind. Whether you're just getting started or have years of experience, you are welcome to join! Please register in advance with Greg Flaxman at Greg.email@example.com or by calling (310) 374-3426 ext.138.
May 9, 2017:Preventing and Surviving Stroke Lecture. When you know the signs, you have the best chance of surviving stroke. You can also help avoid stroke by making lifestyle changes. Come to a free screening and assessment, and a presentation at Providence Little Company of Mary in Torrance. For more information call: (888) HEALING (432-5464).
Beginning May 11, 2017: Every Thursday from 8:00am-9:00am join the Milestone's Walking Club at Del Amo Mall. Meet in the food court at 8:00am for stretches led by the Providence Little Company of Mary Physical Therapy Team.
Free Blood Pressure Screening for Seniors. The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, at Perry Park Senior Center, from 9:00am-10:00am. Provided by Providence Little Company of Mary.
Ongoing Every Friday throughout 2017: FREE Advance Directive Workshop, presented by Providence Institute for Human Caring. It is recommended that everyone 18 and older have an Advance Directive to provide key information to your doctor and family. For more information, (310) 543-3498, or visit: www.providence.org/institute-for-human-caring.
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: 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. Our team of clinical experts will help you understand the risks associated with heart disease and what can be done to reduce them. Please call 1.888.HEALING (432-5464) to request an appointment.
Health & Wellness Tips of the Month:
Why You Need an Advance Directive, and Why Now is the Time The most expensive medical treatments are those we don’t want. If you had a serious illness or accident, and were unable to speak for yourself, would your loved ones know your wishes for care?
National Healthcare Decisions Day in April offers an opportunity to start having the conversations most of us are not having. The occasion aims to help people across the United States understand the value of advance healthcare planning. And for 2017, National Healthcare Decisions Day will be a weeklong event, from April 16 to 22.
A good place to begin advance care planning conversations is to complete an advance directive, and give copies to your loved ones, doctor and your hospital. You can fill out and print an advance directive from this link: http://www.providence.org/-/media/files/ihc/advance-directive.pdf?la=en Most of us have strong feelings about care through the end of life and how we want to die. But most of us also have not discussed our wishes with our doctors or loved ones. That means we may not receive the care we want at the end of our lives. Advance directives allow you to appoint a person to represent your health care wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself.
My knees are killing me! Millions of Americans are suffering daily from knee pain. In fact, it’s one of the most common things that sends folks to see their doctor. Bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage in your knees all have to work together to keep you upright, and an issue with any of those components can cause pain. Sometimes, the knee itself isn’t even the problem. A perfect knee can still hurt if your back, ankle, or hip aren’t functioning properly.
You can expect to have some aches and pains with vigorous exercise, changes in your routine, changes in the weather, and age-related wear and tear. When this pain becomes more frequent or doesn’t respond to standard treatments like ice-packs, heating pads, or occasional ant-inflammatory medicines, it’s worth telling your doctor about it.
Your doctor will examine your knee and might even get an X-ray or an MRI to investigate further. Your treatment will depend on what the doctor finds. While some patients may need surgery, most of the time your doctor will be able to start much more conservatively. Using techniques such as physical therapy, gait training, injections (steroids or synthetic synovial fluid,) or nerve ablations, many patients are able to control their pain significantly.
If your knee pain is starting to affect the quality of your life, let your doctor know. You might be surprised how easy it is to get some relief.
Contributed by Michael Sniderman, MD Pain & Anesthesia (310) 325-8252
How to Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Medication
There are proper and improper ways of disposing of medication, and it’s essential that you follow the proper procedure in order to avoid unwanted harm to others.
• • • Do not throw the drugs and container in the trash! They can be found by other people and can harm them, or even cause trouble for you if your name is still on the bottle. • • •
Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is not advisable, as both pose potential safety and health hazards. All medication should be disposed of in the most environmentally safe manner, which is through a venue which will ultimately incinerate the drugs. Here are some options:
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?
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.
ManagingExpectations: Do you feel pulled in too many directions? Here are some ideas on how to keep from getting overwhelmed. Read More>>>
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: Read More>>>
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.
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!
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. “
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: Read more>>>
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?
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.
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.
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:
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>>>