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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 14, 2016

Chances are, most of us already know that childhood obesity is a public health problem faced by many families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “about 1 of every 5 (17 percent) children in the United States has obesity.”

Statistics like these need to be addressed, of course. But it can seem a daunting task in the face of such modern challenges as fast food, online gaming and a myriad of television and living stream viewing options – all things that keep us sedentary and making unhealthy food choices.

Here is the good news: Riverside University Health System – Public Health professionals are working with local families on this issue every day.

Our Nutrition Services and Health Promotion team is in your communities with important information on how to get and stay healthy with better eating, exercise and education.

There are Physical Activity Specialists who are actively promoting and educating residents on how, when and where to get kids moving for improved health.

Our County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) is working with partners throughout the county with the goal of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.

And our work with Champions for Change is inspiring thousands of Riverside County residents to move towards healthier eating with comprehensive tips and information.

Riverside County Public Health wants to be your partner in health. And we are committed to joining with you to address childhood obesity now and throughout the year. Visit us often and let us help you!

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Happy Labor Day: Yes, work can actually be good for your health

September 5, 2016

Labor Day is a time for many of us to step off the wheel and relax with a little fun in the sun and maybe even a BBQ with friends. The goal? Set work aside and do your level best to put it out of your mind until Tuesday comes.

That’s fine. Everyone deserves some time to debrief. But, consider all the things about work that do benefit your health:

An active brain is a healthy brain. By keeping your mind actively engaged and challenged by tasks at your job you are actually decreasing your chances of such disorders as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Stay on top of your profession by taking extra classes and training when offered.

Being social is good for you. Yes, those office politics have a way of dragging us down, but the benefits of engaging productively with our colleagues in the workplace far outweigh any disadvantages. Simply steer clear of the drama and concentrate on those workplace relationships that are truly meaningful.

Working hard means more access. As you work and gain more financial independence, important things such as healthcare and regular check-ups become available to you. You may find yourself able to afford healthier food options or maybe even a gym membership.

There is a purpose for everything. And when you work, that purpose is what helps inspires you to get up and out of bed every morning. You are relied upon. You are valued. And nothing gets us moving faster than being needed.

Happy Labor Day!

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