An Apple a Day

Welcome to my blog – An Apple a Day! This is where I hope you and I can have a conversation about all things health-related.

This column is meant to be an opportunity for you to learn my thoughts on everything from healthy living and fitness to immunizations and protecting yourself from infectious disease.

It’s a chance for me to share my ideas on how to optimize all we know about the latest and greatest in health science and innovation to keep you and your family happy and well. And you’ll get to read up on all the many things happening here at the County of Riverside Department of Health. Of course, there are a lot of pretty incredible things happening here— community forums, informative programs and comprehensive services, all designed to support your health and wellness goals.

Check in every week for a new blog where we will begin a journey towards your best health – together. And be sure to follow me on Twitter: @rivcodoc and Facebook.

                                      Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Public Health Officer 

A few healthy tips for a happy Fourth of July weekend

July 03, 2018

As Riverside County residents prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues, beach and pool fun and other outdoor activities, here’s a friendly reminder to be safe out there.

Many holiday activities take place outdoors, so rule number 1 is protect yourself against the heat.

Remember to apply plenty of sunscreen, using at least SPF 30. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water; wear a hat if possible. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, especially if you will be swimming or watching over those having fun in pools, or at the beach or lakes. Take a break from the heat every once in the while and go indoors where it is cooler.

When barbecuing, don’t let bacteria get funky with your chicken (or anything else you’re grilling). Make sure to never use the same dish or tray that carried uncooked food as a serving dish without cleaning it first in warm soapy water. Do not leave raw meat and chicken out in the heat for very long before cooking it, and always make sure your meat gets to the right minimum temperature. Steaks and roasts should be at least 145 degrees; poultry and chicken should be at least 165.

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Pools, lakes and ocean water are great places to have fun over the holiday, but keep an eye out: make sure an adult who is not drinking alcohol or can be distracted is watching the youngsters any time there’s children in or around bodies of water. Wear proper safety gear, including life vests, anytime you ride on a boat. Pay attention to the safety rules at the beach and look for an area with a lifeguard.

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Fortunately, with just a few simple tips, your mid-week holiday can be a lot safer and just as much fun. Get out there and have a great Fourth of July.


Be safe around water this summer – and all year round

May 21, 2018

With warmer months quickly approaching, we need to remember water safety – especially when we consider the rise in drownings in Riverside County. Between January 1 to March 18, Riverside County saw 4 fatal child drownings, 10 fatal adult drownings and 2 non-fatal near drownings. These occurrences emphasize the importance any time of year of National Water Safety Month this May.


Drownings can happen anywhere water is present – from a bath tub to a pool to even something as small as a bucket of water. Two of the most important things to remember regarding water safety are to always be alert and keep both eyes on children near any type of water. Assign an adult who can swim as the designated “Water Watcher” even if there are lifeguards present. Children should never be left unattended near any water source for any period of time.


If you own a pool, have layers of protection to keep unsupervised kids out of the pool area. Have a fence around the pool, use safety covers and think about installing alarms or motion detectors near the pool gate. Gates should close on their own and open away from the pool.


Enroll your kids in swimming lessons, and have them wear appropriate life jackets. Floaties aren’t enough to keep kids from drowning.


Adults are also at risk for drowning. For the safest aquatic experience, adults should avoid consuming alcohol and certain medications as these can influence a person’s judgment, balance, and ability to swim.


Finally, if you’ve never learned, get trained in CPR, basic first aid and rescue methods. One day it could be you that saves a life.


Drowning prevention is all about attention. Keep your families safe this summer and every day!


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