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Today is National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

Catch some zzzzz’s: It’s National Sleep Awareness Week

April 24, 2017

It’s one of the simplest ways that we can improve our health and yet, for some reason, we just can’t seem to get enough of it.

 

Whether it’s because we work long hours or have a lot on our minds, sleep has a way of eluding us.

 

What’s the big deal, you say? The problem is that getting a decent night’s sleep is an integral part of our physical health. Without it, the human body is vulnerable to diseases and conditions that are entirely avoidable.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, those “experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality and reduced quality of life and productivity.”

 

Lack of sleep can also translate to problems in the workplace with sleepiness and lack of efficiency, motor vehicle crashes and industrial accidents.

 

So, just how much sleep do we need at night? The National Institute of Health recommends at least 10 hours of sleep daily for school-age children, 9-10 hours for teens and 7-8 hours a night for adults.

 

As we mark National Sleep Awareness Week (Apr. 23-29), consider adopting some new sleep habits for your best health. Avoid caffeine and large meals late in the day, give up nicotine and strive to go to bed the same time each night.

 

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.

 

  


Today is National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day


April 10, 2017

Marking National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on April 10 gives us all an opportunity to start some constructive dialogue and educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people.

 

Doing so creates awareness and with awareness can come action! For example, did you know that more than one million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and don’t know it? Did you know that there are more than 5,400 people living with HIV or AIDS in Riverside County, with over half of those living in Coachella Valley?

 

And did you know that the test for HIV can be easily performed with an oral swab, blood test, urine or home-based test?

 

The good news is Riverside University Health System – Public Health’s HIV/STD Program offers a broad spectrum of information, resources and also services to test residents for free. Their mission is to promote healthy sexual behavior and reduce the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Riverside County. Know your status and, if you’re going to have sex, keep it safer by using condoms and getting tested.

 

Be sure to visit www.rivcohivaids.org for a closer look at services, news and upcoming events where you can get educated and get tested!

 

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.