October 25, 2016:Free Meditation, free event sponsored by Soul Fitness LA. Great for beginners or long time meditators who appreciate group energy. Expect to sit in silence together, some guidance, discussion & more practice. All are welcome! For more information, please call (424) 262-1348. Donations accepted but not required - open for you to pay from your heart!
October 29, 2016:Walk to End Alzheimer's in Long Beach. The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! For more information, please call (800) 272-3900.
November 10, 2016:Keep Diabetes in Check, free event sponsored by Little Company of Mary Torrance. Your choices can have a big effect on your health. Eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise are beneficial to your overall well-being and they're also important to preventing and managing Type 2 diabetes. Get a free blood glucose screening to help determine if you're at risk for diabetes and then join us for a lecture on managing prediabetes and diabetes. For more information, click here or please call (888) 432-5464.
On-going 2016: 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 December 20, 2016: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 December, 2016: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:
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)
Avoid Birth Control Pills
Simply understanding the factors that puts women at a higher risk for breast cancer is not enough. Each one of us has our own responsibility to be properly informed about breast cancer prevention and websites such as www.thetruthaboutcancer.com will give you trustworthy and accurate information you can follow. It’s now up to you to take the necessary steps… both for your sake and for the women you love. Written by Marnie Clark
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.
We all find ourselves making comments about forgetting things as we get older, so let’s go over what is normal and what is not. It’s a fact that our thinking slows down as we get older. It may take us longer to remember things, but it comes back to us. We may misplace things from time to time, like keys. We might make a bad decision sometimes...
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!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses the entire month of August to highlight the importance of vaccines for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage all people regardless of age or health status to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for 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>>>