Category Archives: Emotional Wellness

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Make Your Voice Heard — The Riverside Community Quality of Life Survey

via Seizing Our Destiny

Our friends over at Seizing Our Destiny wanted us to pass along some information to you! Make sure to answer your phones the next couple of weeks and take the time to complete the Riverside Community Quality of Life Survey.

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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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Looking to stress less in 2013? Follow these three tips.

photo of ocean wavesVia Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association by Katie Morell

We are just a week into the New Year and already we feel busy here at — very, very busy. But we felt a little more relaxed after reading these stress-less tips from Dr. Deepak Chopra that the Go Red for Women Campaign and the American Heart Association recently shared in an e-mail. We hope you feel their calming effects too!

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Starting the New Year Off Right

TomatoeVia Blue Shield of California, HUFFPOST, New York Times, Time Magazine

About 45% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution each year, but according to a study from the University of Scranton only about 8% of those people achieve those resolutions. While those aren’t the best odds, setting a New Year’s resolution can be a great place to start your journey towards healthier-living. It’s important to take some time before you set your resolution to think about what’s achievable for you, how you will stay on track in 2013 and how new habits are formed. To help you succeed in the New Year, we’ve compiled some of the most recent advice for meeting your resolutions in 2013. Best wishes, and remember we are here if you need us!

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Positive Self-Talk

via the American Heart AssociationMegaphone

The holidays can be a stressful time for all. Whether you are a student facing finals or a mother preparing all of those gifts for the Christmas tree, stress can sneak up on you. The American Heart Association came out with a few ways in which to help keep stress at a low. This article is dedicated to the delicate art of self-talk.  

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Karla Adams Fitness Mixer

Karla Adams, local fitness expert and personal trainer, is holding a FREE Fitness Mixer on December 10! Details below:

Karla Adams Fitness Mixer

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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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The Importance of Sleep for Children

Child SleepingTips for how to determine if your child is getting enough sleep

Article by Leslie Wade via

The fact that the more sleep your child gets the better behaved he or she will be seems obvious, doesn’t it? So why are we passing this recent study along to you — we were surprised by what a half hour more sleep did to improve a child’s behavior. Also, this article has some great tips for how to determine if you child is getting enough sleep that we thought parents would enjoy. Sweet dreams everyone!


(CNN) — Sleepy school children make crabby classmates, while students who get plenty of sleep are better behaved, according to a new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics.

“Extending sleep opens the door to an effective, feasible way to improve children’s health and performance,” says study author Reut Gruber, director of the Attention Behavior and Sleep Lab at the Douglas Research Center in Quebec, Canada.

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Exercise Quotes

RunnerArticle by goodreads via

We can all use some words of encouragement from time to time. Not only do they lift our spirits, but they can provide us with that little something we need to keep moving forward. Here are a few quotes  to help keep you going:


“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
Henry David Thoreau


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols


“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!”
Jillian Michaels


“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease.”
Terri Guillemets


“No body is worth more than your body”
― Melody Carstairs


“Sometimes customizing is necessary because of an injury or the inability to do, for a short or long period, the kind of exercise you formerly did. When you’re used to customizing for fun, doing it under duress won’t seem like such an imposition. Either way, experiment until you find activities that make you happy as well as healthy. Choose your exercise using the same criteria you’d apply to choosing a date–that is, attractive to you and able to hold your interest for an hour.”
Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit



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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!