Spotlight on Health – July
Arkansans have already sweated through record-high temperatures this summer and July promises to bring more soaring digits. With this scorching weather, you may be longing for fall days already. But, don’t let the summer fry all of your outdoor plans. The state has plenty of activities to offer from swimming and boating to camping and canoeing. And with the right safety precautions, you can still make this summer memorable.
Summer water accidents are more prevalent that you might think. Are you aware of all the precautions you should take to avoid ruining a fun outing with a dangerous accident? You probably know the basic safety tips, but do you really practice them? To have a safe and refreshing summer, check out the following summer health and safety tips.
Water and Boating Safety Tips
- Know the Limit – Know your boat’s load limit and don’t go over it.
- Safety Gear – Have your necessary safety gear in the boat with you, including an approved life jacket for every person. The quantity and type of jacket depends on the length of your boat and the number of people on board.
- Buddy System – Never swim alone and always in a supervised area. Make sure that an adult is always watching children in the water or near the water.
- Weather – Stop swimming at the first sign of bad weather. Make sure you have access to weather reports while in the water or on a boat.
- Emergency Response – Know how to respond to an emergency. It’s vital for the boat operator to be certified in first aid and CPR. Always have a first-aid kit accessible on board.
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Eye for the Art of Living
“E-V-O-T-Z-2,” said 14-year-old Ryan Longood, reading from an eye chart, during a post-operation check-up with John David Pemberton, D.O., an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UAMS. Longood, who won the St. Christopher’s School top award for Latin and says he “loves learning,” has spent his entire young life quietly educating his friends and people he meets about one of the rarest vascular lesions in the world: arteriovenous malformation, or AVM.
Here’s to Your Health
A day in the water can be a lot of fun, but that fun can turn into an emergency if you’re not prepared to protect yourself and those around you. Between 2005 and 2009, more than 3,800 people of all ages drowned annually in the U.S. When it comes to an aquatic emergency, every second counts. A drowning victim’s survival depends on quick rescue and immediate care.
Summer is the time when fresh vegetables abound. This is a time when we focus on eating healthier and trying to stay in shape. Try this fresh cucumber salad or this Greek salad perfect for a family gathering. Also, try this recipe for chicken salad.
Looking for more healthy recipes? Visit our health library, which will provide you with recipes to prepare full meals that meet most dietary needs.
Do athletes only get athlete’s foot?
It seems logical that athlete’s foot would only affect athletes, right? But, you might be surprised to find out that you don’t have to be athletic to catch this infection. You can even be a couch potato.