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CSUSB Professor Finds Online Programs Can Help Student Views On Healthy Eating And Exercise

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SAN BERNARDINO – With more than one-third of college students in the United States reportedly being overweight or obese, a study by a Cal State San Bernardino psychology professor found that online programs can change students’ views about healthy eating and exercise, along with their actual behavior.

Reported in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of American College Health, the study conducted by Robert G. LaChausse in the CSUSB Department of Health Science and Human Ecology found that college students who completed an Internet-based obesity prevention program (MyStudentBody.com) reported an increase in confidence to eat healthier and exercise, lower levels of stress, and increases in daily fruit and vegetable consumption.

The study, which was funded by the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, comes as the obesity rate among college students and young adults in the United States has tripled in the last 10 years, with 35 percent of college students overweight or obese. In San Bernardino County, it is estimated that almost 40 percent of college students are overweight or obese.

Obesity among college students has been linked to many serious physical conditions, including several types of cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as emotional and social consequences, including depression, stigmatization and lower academic achievement. LaChausse’s study involved 220 college students who were randomly assigned to complete the MyStudentBody.com program, participate in a traditional college course on weight loss, or a control group over a 12-week period. MyStudentBody.com was developed by Inflexxion Inc., and is an interactive, Internet-based program designed to motivate students to make healthy decisions and provide students with personalized normative feedback on their health-related behaviors. Participants in the study completed surveys regarding eating and exercise behaviors, as well as other variables such as self-confidence, stress and sleep. Compared to students who participated in the regular college course or a control group, those students who completed the MyStudentBody.com program were more likely to report an increase in their confidence to eat healthy and an increase in daily fruit and vegetable consumption. However, changes in levels in physical activity did not change for students in any of the groups. LaChausse explains that it may be easier to affect factors related to nutritional behaviors than exercise behaviors.

“The psychology of changing eating and exercise behaviors among youth and young adults is complex,”

LaChausse said. “I think these findings reflect the fact that the MyStudentBody program places greater emphasis on aspects of healthy eating related to weight control rather than physical activity.”

The results of his study suggest that Internet-based prevention programs such as MyStudentBody.com can be effective in changing behavior, but may need to be supplemented with other interventions or activities to increase physical activity and ultimately keep young people from becoming overweight or obese.

“Most people know about the dangers of obesity, which foods are healthy and unhealthy, and the importance of exercise. However, this knowledge doesn’t really affect what we do on a daily basis,” LaChausse said. He suggests that additional programs and policies can be incorporated along with Internet-based programs like increasing opportunities for students to be physically active, rewarding students for exercising regularly and reducing the availability of junk food on college campuses. Read the complete study at “MyStudentBody: Effects of an Internet-Based Prevention Program to Decrease Obesity Among College Students” online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07448481.2011.623333 in the Journal of American College Health.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Vacation Bible School

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Ontario – Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be having Vacation Bible School beginning Monday, July 23rd through Friday, July 27, 2012. The theme is “Fishin’ on a Mission”. Dinner will be served nightly in the Mt. Zion Galley from 5:00-6:16p.m. Bible Study is from 6:30-8:30p.m. The ministry program is free and classes are available for 18 month old through adults. “Fishermen” will laugh at silly skits, sing praises to God, create cool crafts, play great games, learn amazing stories, watch hip music videos and prepare to become great fishermen for Jesus. This is an opportunity to reach out to our community for Jesus. Questions about this year’s Vacation Bible School can be answered by calling the church office at (909) 983-2411.

Riverside Community Hospital Receives Prestigious International Award as a Baby-Friendly® Birth Facility

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RIVERSIDE - Riverside Community Hospital announces that it has received the prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. The national authority for Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, Baby-Friendly USA, recognizes hospitals that provide a high level of care and that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

The designation was awarded after an on-site survey involving nurses and physicians. Baby-Friendly, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a five-year designation maintained by continuing to practice the “Ten Steps to Successful Breast-feeding for Hospitals.” The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Riverside Community Hospital is now one out of 143 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and the first HCA hospital to achieve this designation. Riverside Community Hospital supports breast-feeding through The Ten Steps to Successful Breast-feeding for Hospitals, as outlined by UNICEF and WHO. The steps include following a policy that is routinely communicated, educating expectant mothers about breast-feeding, helping initiate breast-feeding within one hour of birth and teaching women how to maintain lactation. The Ten Steps encourage breastfeeding on demand and “rooming in” – to allow mothers and babies to remain together, as well as referring mothers to breast-feeding support upon discharge. Unless medically indicated, no food, drink (other than breast milk) or artificial nipples are to be given to breast-feeding infants.

Over the years, scientific studies have shown that breastfeeding can have significant health benefits for both the newborn and the mother, including a reduced risk of certain acute and chronic diseases. For more information on breastfeeding, go to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website.

“Our attainment of baby friendly status shows the dedication of our physicians and maternal child staff to provide evidence based, highest quality standard of care for our community. It makes me so proud to be the Director of Women’s and Children’s Services here at RCH and to work with this great team!”, said Debra Otwell, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services. The Mother Baby Unit at Riverside Community Hospital has offered the Inland Empire the very best maternal-newborn care for over 110 years. Our hospital offers free comprehensive education to mothers throughout the phases of pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum including breastfeeding, childbirth preparation, and infant care support. Riverside Community Hospital is a proud partner with First 5 Riverside and March of Dimes to provide our mothers with valuable resources for the overall well-being and health of both mother and baby.

To learn more about the maternity services provided at Riverside Community Hospital, visit www.riversidecommunityhospital.com or call 951.788.3463. For further information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

Free Tree Coupon & Sprinkler Nozzle Programs Ending June 30

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Riverside – Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) customers have until June 30 to both redeem their Free Shade Tree Coupon from the back of their March utility billing statement, and their Free Sprinkler Nozzles voucher received from logging on to FreeSprinklerNozzles.com.

Those wanting to redeem their free shade tree coupon must take their March billing statement to one of four participating Riverside nurseries by Saturday, June 30. While the back of bill free tree coupon program will be expiring, the Utility’s year-round Tree Power Rebate Program will remain.

Through the Tree Power program, RPU customers can receive rebates for purchasing and planting up to five additional shade trees on their properties (up to $25 per qualifying tree for a maximum rebate of $125).

Customers who logged on to FreeSprinklerNozzles.com and received their vouchers to receive free, water-saving Toro Precision Series Spray Nozzles, also have until next week to pick up their nozzles from a participating Riverside retailer. By installing the patented Toro sprinkler spray heads, customers can instantly reduce their outdoor water use by more than 20 percent per nozzle.

While there is still time to log on to the web site and receive a voucher for free nozzles, all must be redeemed by June 30 to qualify.

For complete details on these and other available water and energy conservation rebate programs provided by RPU, visit: www.GreenRiverside.com

Fontana Car Show Cruising in June 30th

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council invite the public to the Fontana Car Show presented by America’s Tires on June 30th. The event is held in the Civic Center parking lot, 8353 Sierra Ave., from 3 – 5 p.m. Come out with your family and friends to re-live the history that some of these classic cars, hot rods, muscles cars, motorcycles and other unique cars have been through. Also featured at the Car Show will be the band Hwy 91, playing a variety of music. To enter a car in the show, you must arrive between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. before the event begins. Each car has a set of requirements in order to be involved in the show and cars are allowed to enter on a first come, first served basis. For full details on rules and requirements for entry, call (909) 349-6900 or visit carshow.fontana.org.

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