Helpful Resources

Self-Management Support

At Riverside, we advise all patients with a chronic condition to have a self management plan. Living with a chronic condition can be challenging and if not managed properly, it can result in further health complications. In addition to regular follow up visits with your primary care provider and specialist, it is important to research your condition. This knowledge can be helpful as you decide which management methods are best for you.
We have targeted common chronic conditions and provided credible resources for our patients. If you would like us to include information for a chronic condition not listed, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.

Asthma

  • Create an Asthma Management Plan
    Source: American Lung Association (ALA)
    Description: Managing asthma involves identifying your triggers, finding the right balance of short-acting and long-acting medications, and communicating your condition with others. Bring this worksheet to your next healthcare visit for you and your doctor to complete. This worksheet is also helpful for loved ones, who you may rely on during a breathing emergency.
  • AIRNow
    Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Description: Many people live in areas where air pollution can cause serious health problems including asthma. If air pollution is one of your triggers, this national air quality forecaster can help you plan outdoor activities and alert you when there are high air pollution levels.

Celiac Disease

  • Celiac Disease: Eating Right
    Source
    : Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Description
    : Diet is the key to managing Celiac Disease. This resource center provides Grocery Shopping Lists, Food Indexes, and Dining-Out recommendations.
  • Gluten-Free Food Labels
    Source: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    Description: While food shopping, it is important to pay close attention to food labels especially ingredient lists. This publication explains the Gluten-Free label, a mandatory allergen label enforced by the FDA.

Cholesterol & Triglycerides

  • Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet
    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Description: This guide presents the TLC diet, a diet to help you drop your high cholesterol levels. It includes surveys, food descriptions, and self management tips.
  • Manage Cholesterol Module
    Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    Description: This patient education module provides visual explanations of cholesterol and how it is affected by diet.
  • What Your Cholesterol Levels Mean
    Source: American Heart Association (AHA)
    Description: Riverside offers convenient on-site laboratory services for each patient to have his or her annual blood test. It is helpful to request a copy of your results, review them with your doctor, and set goals to improve high levels. This publication explains the difference between good and bad cholesterol and shows you which Cholesterol/Triglyceride levels you should aim for.

Diabetes

  • Diabetes: Eating Right
    Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Description: In addition to regular exercise, a healthy diet can prevent complications from diabetes. This resource center provides food portions, snack options, and tips for putting together a Food Plan.
  • My Food Advisor
    Source
    : American Diabetes Association (ADA)
    Description: This database allows you to create your own dish, explore recipes, and provides helpful tips for Diabetics.
  • Diabetes Exchange Lists
    Source: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Description: These Exchange lists will help you choose appropriate portion sizes and ensure a great variety of foods in your diabetes meal plan.

Gout & Arthritis

  • Gout diet: What’s allowed, what’s not
    Source: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Description: Gout is associated with diet. This publication has diet recommendations and sample menus to make meal planning easier for you.
  • Questions and Answers about Gout
    Source: National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
    Description: This booklet contains general information about gout and provides a list of key terms help you communicate with your doctor.