Monthly Archives: February 2018

Introducing the New CMHS Blog!

CMHS Newsbites The new CMHS blog will feature informative and timely articles that will keep you up-to-date with the latest in healthcare as well as important happenings at CMHS.  After today, you will begin to receive NewsBites in a new email format as new blog content is available. We look forward to continuing to bring you valuable information about healthcare in our community!

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Free Seminar – Ouch! My Aching Back

2018 Speaker Series – Ouch! My Aching Back

Is back pain keeping you from doing things you enjoy? Most of us move our
bodies with little thought – to walk, run, lift, bend and play. That is until an injury
or illness limits us in some way often affecting bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves and muscle tissue. Nationwide, bone and joint health problems have become
the leading cause of disability. Come join us and learn about:

  • Causes
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Rehabilitation

Antulio Aroche, D.O.

Dr. Aroche is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes
in spine surgery. He is dual fellowship trained in orthopedic
and neurosurgical spinal surgery at New England Baptist
Hospital in Boston, MA. He completed his orthopedic surgery
residency at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.
He is a member of the North American Spine Society,
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and several
honor societies. Dr. Aroche is an active member in the
Ventura community. He is on staff at Community Memorial
Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:00 P.M.
Community Memorial Hospital
Nichols Auditorium, 8th Floor
147 N.Brent St., Ventura
or contact Brown Paper Tickets
at 800/838-3006


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Heart Month at Community Memorial Health System

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month – a great opportunity to focus on small changes that can have a BIG impact on the health of your heart!  According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, but there is so much you can do to protect yourself from its common causes.  Heart month is the perfect time to commit to showing your heart a little more love.

Know Your Numbers

The journey to a healthier heart starts with knowing your numbers, which is why Community Memorial Health System is inviting you to drop in for a FREE blood pressure reading at our NEW Wellness & Fitness Center.  Stop by any Monday in February between 7am and 10am, have your blood pressure read by one of our wellness professionals, and receive a complimentary red heart letter opener!  The Wellness & Fitness Center is located at 2723 E. Main Street in Ventura.

CMHS also offers an online Heart Assessment to help you determine your risk factors for heart disease.  If your assessment results in positive risk factors, you’ll be eligible for a FREE consultation with a CMHS Nurse Practitioner.  Click here to take the the 7-minute assessment!

Start With Small Changes

Once you know your blood pressure, you can start making progress toward a healthier heart by incorporating one or more of these small changes into your lifestyle:

  1. Schedule a Visit with Your Doctor to Talk About Heart Health – Your physician can help you set specific heart-health goals and recommend strategies for achieving them.  If you’re looking for a trusted physician to have these important conversations with, let CMHS help!  Use our Find a Physician tool to select the best local doctor for you.
  2. Eat 3 Heart-Healthy Meals Each Week – Changing your entire diet can be daunting, so start by focusing on improving the quality of just 3 meals per week.  Heart-healthy meals can be comprised of vegetables (think plant-based!), fish or other lean protein, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.  Keep the sodium low and avoid unhealthy fats.  If you need a little more guidance, CMHS is here to help with individualized, one-on-one coaching with Registered Dietitians.  Visit our Nutrition Counseling Services page for more information!
  3. Quit Smoking – Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs.  It significantly increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.  Quitting isn’t easy, but it’s possible with the right support system in place.  CMHS offers ongoing 7-week Smoking Cessation Classes to help you quit.  Click here for upcoming session dates, details, and sign-up information.
  4. Safely Increase Your Daily Exercise –  Whether it’s walking a little bit every day, taking a yoga class, or joining your neighborhood gym, pick one way to increase your movement every day.  We recommend consulting with your physician to determine which type of activity is best for you.  If you’re looking for a great community gym with all the amenities staffed by health and wellness professionals, check out the new CMHS Wellness & Fitness Center!

If you take just one of these steps in February, you’ll be well on your way to improved heart health in 2018!  For more information on American Heart Month and all the Community Memorial Health System resources available to improve your heart health, please contact Andrea Ricketts, HealthAware Manager, at or 805-652-5454.

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