An Apple a Day


Welcome to my blog – An Apple a Day! This is where I hope you and I can have a conversation about all things health-related.

This column is meant to be an opportunity for you to learn my thoughts on everything from healthy living and fitness to immunizations and protecting yourself from infectious disease.

It’s a chance for me to share my ideas on how to optimize all we know about the latest and greatest in health science and innovation to keep you and your family happy and well. And you’ll get to read up on all the many things happening here at the County of Riverside Department of Health. Of course, there are a lot of pretty incredible things happening here—community forums, informative programs and comprehensive services, all designed to support your health and wellness goals.

Check in every week for a new blog where we will begin a journey towards your best health – together. And be sure to follow me on Twitter: @rivcodoc and Facebook.

                                      Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Public Health Officer 


It’s National Men’s Health Week

 

June 13, 2017

 

Let’s be honest, guys. We don’t always like to go to the doctor. We prefer to see ourselves as forever young and healthy.

 

But, as we mark Men’s Health Week (June 12-18), this is an important time to be mindful of our health and wellness. And the best way to do that is to become informed of the various health risks.

 

For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Every year, more than 300,000 men in the United States lose their lives to cancer. The most common kinds of cancer among men in the U.S. are skin cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal (colon) cancer.”

 

The good news is that many illnesses and diseases can be prevented with annual check-ups with your health care provider. Many cancers such as colon and prostate cancer can be screened for, especially if there's someone in your immediate family who's had it.

 

A healthy diet made up of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, lots of water and daily exercise can also go a long way to maintaining your best health and wellness for a long and happy life.

 

So, just do it! Make that appointment with your health care provider today!

 

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +. And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


13 reasons to live

June 6, 2017

With all the many questions and concerns that have come from Netflix' controversial series "13 Reasons Why," this issue of how we talk about suicide has become more prominent.

As our public health staff continues to do its good work in the community and in classrooms throughout Riverside County, it might be time to talk instead about all the reasons we have to live.

We all know the obvious reasons to live. We live for our families and our friends. We live for the love they have for us and the love and friendship that we can offer others.

We live to care for those who need us and for the chance to teach and guide and provide for those around us.

We live to grow and prosper. We live to watch our children grow and prosper.

But there are other reasons to live, even when we feel so low that we cannot imagine going on. We have to keep living because our pain is temporary. Like all things in this world, it will not last. Situations and circumstances will change because they must. That is how life works.

Most important, we live because waiting just outside of our sadness are people who want to help, even strangers. There are professionals and resources and protocols in place for helping us work through our tough times.

I know this because I see the work those professionals do here at Public Health every day.

Visit www.rivcoips.org to learn more.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +. And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


Mental health is one key to physical health

May 9, 2017

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and we at Public Health want everyone to never forget the mind-body connection in all of us.

Your mental health is one of the keys to maintaining your physical health and there are several things that can be done to keep both sides of the human coin happy. Here are some tips from Health Services of the University of Michigan. www.uhs.umich.edu/tenthings

Take care of your body: Eat nutritious meals, avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise.

Surround yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

Give yourself: Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it's a great way to meet new people.

Learn how to deal with stress: Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Try One-Minute Stress Strategies, do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

Avoid alcohol and other drugs: Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to "self-medicate" but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.

Get help when you need it: Seeking help is a sign of strength, not one of weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

For other tips and mental health resources in Riverside County, go to
www.rcdmh.org and see what Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health has to offer.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.