Health Care As It Should Be July 2013

Upcoming Events

  • Smoking Cessation Series LC
    760-834-3798; call for series information and cost. Read More

    Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Education — Free
    Third M of month, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. PS
    760-773-1403; pre-registration not required. Read More
     
    Lunch and Lose AC
    TU through Sep 24, noon to 1 p.m.
    Lisa Lindley, MD, Gynecology/Obstetrics, certificate in Obesity Medicine
    Weekly class provides focus on weight loss, nutrition and support.
    760-568-1234 Read More

    Updates in Treatment of ER/PR Positive Breast Cancer and Triple Negative Breast Cancer LC
    CancerCare Teleconference
    W, July 31, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Cancer Information on the Internet…User Beware! LC
    Lunch and Learn with the Expert
    W, Aug 7, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, CSW, OSW-C
    Director, Community Outreach and Cancer Support
    760-834-3798; light lunch, register by Aug 6. Read More

    Caring for the Caregiver: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint LQ
    Argyros Health and Wellness Series
    TH, Aug 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, CSW, OSW-C
    760-610-7205 Read More

    Bariatric Surgery Information AC
    SA, Aug 10, 10 a.m. to noon
    W, Aug 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Bobby Bhasker-Rao, MD, General Surgery
    760-778-5220 Read More

    Be Happy…Foods to Elevate Your Moods AC
    M, Aug 12, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Eisenhower Clinical Dietitian
    760-568-1234 Read More

    Breaking the Salt Habit LQ
    Great Living Starts Here Series
    W, Aug 14, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Rosalind Elemy, MA, RD, CSO
    Eisenhower Clinical Dietitian
    760-610-7205 Read More

    CALENDAR KEY

    Most classes and lectures are free and early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit emc.org/calendar. Online registration is available for most events.

    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    LQ Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center, La Quinta
    PS Eisenhower Health Center at Sunrise, Palm Springs

    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information.

 

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Ocean Antics

Healthy ways to Beat the Heat

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It happens every year — desert temperatures rise until most of us retreat indoors to exercise. We escape to the gym or the mall or to a pool that’s still cool. Or… we head west to find the great Pacific.

There is really nothing like the beach. With a backdrop of blue sky, sunshine, crashing waves and long stretches of sand, it’s hard to come up with a more natural place for fresh air and good, clean fun.

Whether you enjoy diving into the water or walking for miles on a firm, sloping beach, ocean activities abound. Swimming, surfing, body surfing and body boarding are some of the more popular choices. There is also kayaking, wind surfing and standup paddle boarding. Non-water activities include walking, running, Frisbee, and football.

Grab a partner for some fun, basic calisthentics. Exercising on the beach can work muscles differently
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Grab a partner for some fun, basic calisthentics. Exercising on the beach can work muscles differently due to the increased resistance of the sand.
Too cold? Try a wetsuit!
Some people love to play in the ocean but aren’t particularly keen about the water temperature. Wetsuits are a great way to enjoy the ocean year-round. Wearing a wetsuit also helps protect skin from sand rashes while body boarding.

There is an art to buying (and putting on) a wetsuit. Wetsuit quality and price vary — depending on how often you might use this underwater blanket, you may want to start with something in the moderate price range. Ask the salesperson how a wetsuit should fit (like a second skin) and tips for putting one on and taking it off — which can itself feel like a workout! You may also want to ask about the best way to care for your wetsuit.

Body Boarding
Not ready for surfing? Consider the next best thing — body boarding. Also called boogie boarding, body boarding can be as fun as an amusement park ride without the waiting line. Catching a wave and riding it in to shore is great fun and something to share with friends, children or even grandchildren. When choosing a body board, the top of the board should be at, or near, your belly button.

Catching a wave and riding it in
to shore is great fun and something
to share with friends, children or
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Catching a wave and riding it in to shore is great fun and something to share with friends, children or even grandchildren.
Pay Attention to Water Conditions
Whenever you spend time at the beach or in the ocean, observe the weather and the waves, and look for flags, located at the lifeguard station, which indicate ocean hazards and surf conditions. Generally, green flags mean mild ocean hazards with the possibility of occasional larger waves and rip currents; yellow means moderate ocean hazards with frequent larger waves and rip currents; and red means extremely hazardous ocean conditions with large powerful waves and strong rip currents.

Protect Yourself
No matter what you choose to do at the beach, come prepared. Pack waterproof sun screen with a rating of at least 30 SPF and remember to reapply it throughout the day. When you’re not in the water, park yourself beneath a beach umbrella or wear a long-sleeve, light-weight UV-protective shirt for even better protection. Hats and sunglasses are essential and don’t forget to treat the tops of your feet with sunscreen throughout the day as well. If temperatures are cooler and the sky is overcast, pack warm clothing to layer over beach wear and always use sun screen.

Bring plenty of water, fresh fruit and healthy snacks to replenish your system. Keep them in tightly closed containers tucked inside a durable cooler that can’t be opened by marauding seagulls. Avoid caffeinated drinks which can leave you dehydrated.

Now, go enjoy the beach. Surf ’s up!