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Jul 02, 2017

Healthy Advice from Riverview Medical Center

By Lori Draz

Just before Memorial Day, The Journal’s staff headed to Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank to enjoy a delicious healthy cooking and eating interactive demonstration and luncheon that was packed with helpful eating advice and a menu that is perfect for the summer days ahead.

The three-course meal showed us how to modify cooking and preparation methods to create dishes that are full of nutrition and flavor, including clever ways to work more vegetables into your daily diet. Two of the tasty treats were a refreshing roasted asparagus salad with lentils and quinoa…a perfect picnic pick…and a shockingly delectable mini chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. The surprise was that the cupcakes were actually made with black beans.

With an eye to summer, regarding eating and safety at the shore, Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, MBA, FACEP, Medical Director, Riverview Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine offers some great advice, including the following.

The ocean is home to jellyfish, which are capable of stinging. Most jellyfish stings pose only a risk of burning and skin discomfort. You can treat stings with vinegar alone or by applying a paste of baking soda and water directly to the sting. Take 650mg of acetaminophen or 400mg of ibuprofen to relieve any residual discomfort.

Sunburn can really put a damper on your day at the beach. A pink or red sunburn is considered a first degree burn, and can be treated safely with aloe-based moisturizers as well as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When blisters form and skin peels away, the burn gets classified as a more serious second degree burn. If the area is large, or if the burn is on your hands or face, seek medical attention quickly for more intensive treatment.

One of the most unusual beach injuries is a cut from clam or mussel shells. Cuts pose a risk of significant infection if not cleaned and properly evaluated for signs of infection. If you are cut or punctured by a shell and the cut is deep or becomes red, or streaking develops, go to the emergency room for cleaning and possibly sutures and or antibiotics.

Have a safe and satisfying summer!