Category Archives: Chronic Conditions

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Avoiding back pain

Video via CNN

Ouch! According to the American Chiropractic Society, about one-half of all working Americans admit to
having back pain each year. And, chances are if you make your living sitting in a desk, you’ve
experienced a back ache once or twice. But, it turns out some very common health-practice,
like quitting smoking and staying hydrated, can help you avoid some kinds of back pain.

Watch this recent CNN Health Minute to find out more:

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Why Cholesterol Matters.

Via the American Heart Association


High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. As your blood cholesterol rises, so does your risk of coronary heart disease. If you have other risk factors (such as high blood pressure or diabetes) as well as high cholesterol, this risk increases even more. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing coronary heart disease. Also, the greater the level of each risk factor, the more that factor affects your overall risk.

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When was the last time you had a nap?

MayoClinic via

Taking naps occasionally can be good for your health but taking them too often can cause problems as well. Use these tips to find the happy medium for your naps.A young woman sleeping


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Living a Happy, Healthy Life with Diabetes! Nov. 17

Article by Matthew Carter via Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative

Free seminar about finding the balance between your emotional health and your diabetes. Register today! Staying Positive Seminar

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Mind Games: How to Prevent Dementia

Article by David L. Katz via U.S. News HealthPortrait of Maturity

The science behind prolonging the onset and preventing dementia

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“Quick and Cheap Ways to Sneak Nutrition Into Your Day” — This weekend!

Happy Monday Challenge Participants!

We have got a great presenter for you this weekend! Tosca Page, of Greenheart and Little Health Nut, will be presenting on nutrition tips and tricks for you and your family this weekend (October 6) at Hunt Park at 10 a.m. Tosca has a passion for helping others learn about nutrition and she makes learning about healthy eating fun and relevant — Check out her Little Health Nut Facebook page, which encourages parents to make healthy eating fun for their children. (She’s working on the website for Little Health Nut as we speak!)

Tosca has prepared an info-packed presentation for Saturday. She says, “After years of research, trial, and error, these are the things that I have done that have worked wonders for our family. Hopefully some of these tips will help your family as well.”

Here are the topics she will be presenting on:

Inspirational photo of lions

Some inspiration from the Little Health Nut Facebook page

– Quick and Cheap Ways to Sneak Nutrition Into Your Day.

– 2 Delicious, healthy recipes that you can make in 5 minutes

– Super Foods — What are They, Which Ones are Right for Your Family, and How to Use Them.

– The Best, Cheap Kitchen Appliances That Will Make Eating Healthy a Breeze.

– 5 Tips to Get Your Family to Change Their Eating Habits.

We hope you can make it!

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Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff Event Details, Directions, and Parking

Hello Everyone!

We sincerly hope you’ll be able to make the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Kickoff this Saturday, September 15 at White Park in Downtown Riverside (see map here).  The event will talk place from 9am to 12pm — Mayor Loveridge will speak just after 9am to award the title of “Riverside’s Fitness Neighborhood” to the winning neighborhood of the Walk Riverside Competition. You’ll be able to register for the Challenge — we’ll have all the screenings you need to get started! We’ll also have some fitness demos, including Zumba and Yoga, throughout the day, as well as nutrition, wellness, and fitness booths for you to check out. Please enter White Park through the Market Street enterence (the other gates will be closed.)

Parking Information

There is no parking lot for White Park. However, parking is free downtown on the weekends! There are free lots across Market Street in front of City Hall and also a free praking garage on the corner of Market and 9th. Plus, there is a bunch of street parking all around White Park.

What if you can’t make the event?  

Can’t make this weekend’s event, but still want to be a part of the Challenge? You don’t have to be at this weekend’s event to be a part of the Challenge — you can register for the Challenge here under the “My Passport” tab. Just enter your most recent numbers and print off your Start R.I.G.H.T. Access Pass to gain administion to Challenge events and take advantage of special offers only available to Start R.I.G.H.T. participants. You can get a listing of the events on this website’s calendar and there is a downloadable version abvailable when you are logged into the “My Passport” Application.

If you have any further questions, send them to

Thanks and see you Saturday,

The Team at Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign and Challenge and

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The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Update — New partners added!

Family on BikesWe’ve been excited and encouraged by the great support we’ve got from area health and fitness businesses to take part in the Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Health Together) Challenge. The Challenge will last from September 15 through November 17, and will provide a range of free health education, nutrition, and fitness classes for Challenge participants. In the past week,  Room To Dance, Reveille, Necessary Nutrition, and T3 Fitness all made commitments to host free classes and workshops for Start R.I.G.H.T. participants, and more partners are coming in each day! The Challenge is free to sign-up for and open to anyone who lives or works in Riverside and is over the age of 18.There will be a $500 prize for the person who loses the most weight during the Challenge and two $300 prizes for the people who attend the most events.

You can sign up for the Challenge under the “My Passport” tab on this website or you can come out to the kickoff event on Saturday, September 15 from 9am to noon at White Park in Downtown Riverside. We’ll be providing all the screenings you need to get registered for the Challenge. We hope to see you there!

Finally, tell us why you are starting R.I.G.H.T. on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is Just Around the Corner!

You may have noticed a new button on our homepage called “My Passport,” which is a sure sign that the first-ever Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Healthy Together) Challenge is just around the corner. Here’s the press release announcing the event! We’ve also just found out we’ll be able to offer prizes! $500 for the person who loses the most weight and two $300 prizes for participation.


Riverside Is Getting Healthy Together:
City-Wide, Healthy-Living Challenge Set

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (August 31, 2012 ) – To promote healthy living and shine a light on some of the great wellness activities offered in Riverside, the City of Riverside and its partners are hosting the first-ever, city-wide Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Health Together) Challenge. The Challenge will begin with a kickoff event on Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at White Park in Downtown Riverside. The event will include Challenge registration, information booths, Zumba and fitness demos, free screenings, and Mayor Loveridge will announce the winner of the title of “Riverside’s Fittest Neighborhood,” which is given to the winning neighborhood of the Walk Riverside Competition.

“The Start R.I.G.H.T. campaign represents the culmination of Riverside’s efforts to become a more fit, fresh, and fun community. By challenging Riversiders to eat, move, and live right for eight weeks, we hope to encourage lifelong habits of healthy living across the City,” said Mayor Ron Loveridge.
The 8-week Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge will offer participants access to free health education, nutrition, and fitness activities, as well as a free online tracking tool through The Challenge is completely free and open to anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Riverside. There will also be prizes for the person who participates in the most Start R.I.G.H.T. activities and a cash prize for the top three people who lose the most weight during the Challenge! The Challenge ends on November 17. Registration for the Challenge began on September 1st at In order for participants to be eligible for prizes, they must enter the competition by September 25, 2012.

“We are excited to offer a program like this here in Riverside,” said Stephanie Smith, Director of Health Education for Riverside Community Health Foundation and Chair of the Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign & Challenge Committee. “Other cities have achieved great success with similar programs, and we hope that happens here.” Oklahoma City’s “OKC Million Challenge” helped city residents to lose one million pounds collectively, and local cities like Chino and Fontana have launched city health initiatives also.

As part of Fit, Fresh & Fun, the Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign and Challenge are part of a city-wide initiative to motivate and provide the education for Riverside residents to start living healthier lifestyles, with the ultimate goal of reducing Riverside’s obesity and overweight percentages. The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is led by Riverside Community Health Foundation. For more information about the Challenge and partnership opportunities, contact Stephanie Smith at 951.788.3471 or at

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month — Do you know the signs?

10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s

Article by the Alzheimer’s Association via

The Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations dedicated to fighting the disease are encouraging people to “Go Purple” in September, which is world Alzheimer’s Month.We’re passing along some of the signs and symptoms of the disease to raise awareness. Just like with any disease or illness, it is important to educate yourself about  Alzheimer’s so you are able to recognize the signs and symptoms in yourself or a loved one.

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