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.
Thursdays in September 2016: Free Yoga on the Pier, sponsored by Cancer Support Community. Bring a yoga mat, towel, water and a friend, all levels are welcome! Thursdays: September 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Yoga instructors provided by Bay Club. Fore more information, please call (310) 376-3550.
September 15, 2016:Your Life - Your Choices Older Adult Town Hall Meeting. Join for an informative discussion about taking control for yourself and your loved ones. Moderated by Assemblymember David Hadley. For more information, please call (310) 375-0691.
September 21, 2016: Heart Attacks and Shock. Learn how to prevent further complications from these emergencies. 11:30am at the Hermosa 5-0 Senior Center, presented by FirstLight Home Care of South Bay. For more informaton, call (424) 704-5337. Open to ages 50 and above.
September 26, 2016:Eat Clean & Green - Plant Based Living. The PBLG is a welcoming environment for anyone inspired by the Forks Over Knives and PlantPure Nation documentaries to embrace a whole foods, plant based diet. The group will share ideas, resources and strategies for eating out in public, grocery shopping, recipes and other obstacles that members may be experiencing. Meetings will be held at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, West Tower Auditorium.
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.
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:
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. We become used to our routines as we age, it’s familiar and comforting. However, memory LOSS is NOT normal, such as putting things in odd and unusual places. Bad decisions and judgement are not normal. Isolation from social activities is not normal, nor are changes in our behavior and personalities.
Dementia affects the entire family. Together, we can learn more and help to raise awareness to remove the stigma, not be afraid to talk about it and reach out for help when we need it.
Some of our Redondo Beach Chamber members can help answer any questions or concerns you may have. Check our website directory for Senior Services and for Senior Community.
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 ●Chronic lung disease ●HIV ●Pregnancy ●Kidney disease or poor kidney function ●Chronic liver disease ●Asplenia (no spleen, or poorly functioning) ●Chronic alcoholism ●Weakened Immune System
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
Everyone knows about the yearly Flu Vaccine but most people forget that we all need a Tetanus booster shot every 10 years - when’s the last time you got yours?
With vaccines available in Pharmacies it’s easier than ever to get any vaccine you may need today. Talk to your local pharmacist or physician to get advice specific to your health needs!
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>>>