Health & Fitness Up and Away and Out of Sight Annually, more than 60,000 young children — or roughly four school busloads of children per day — age five or younger are treated in emergency departments (ED) for accidental ingestion of household medicines, according to Dan Budnitz, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Medication Safety Program. “Grandparents may not be aware that their next dose of medicine left out on the counter is a potential source of harm for their curious young grandchildren,” said Budnitz. “A few simple steps — followed every time — can keep their grandchildren safe from harm.” In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) PROTECT Initiative, CDC and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation created the Up and Away and Out of Sight educational program to help parents, grandparents and caregivers understand how to best store and safeguard the medicines they use so young children cannot access them.
The following tips and resources can help to make sure your grandchildren are always protected: n Keep all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in a high cabinet or other place inaccessible to your grandchildren. n Keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines or vitamins in them out of their reach and sight. n Remember to never leave medicines or vitamins out on a table, countertop, or bedside table where your grandchildren could reach them — always make sure the caps are locked and put them away every time they are used. n Set a daily reminder to take your medicines and vitamins on your refrig erator or a location you check on a daily basis, since they will be safely stored up and away and out of sight. n Program the national Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, along with other emergency contact numbers into your home and cell phone, so they are
Winter Workout Tips
ust because the season has changed, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your workout routine. Here are a few winter workout tips from Aaron Ruth, strength and conditioning coach at St. Vincent’s Sports Performance in Indianapolis, which works with more than 300 professional and amateur athletes. You can stay fit no matter what the temperature is outside. Don’t Skip the Warm Up – In colder weather, your muscles are tighter, making them more prone to muscle pulls and strains. Spend a little more time warming up your body to help you avoid injury.
Dress in layers that can be removed when you start to sweat. Start with a thin layer of synthetic material which will draw sweat away from your body. Then add a layer of fleece or wool, and top it all off with a waterproof and breathable outer layer.
Stay Hydrated – When it’s cooler outside, you generally drink less water – but when you exercise, you still sweat and lose fluids and electrolytes. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and during your workout to avoid dehydration.
Protect Your Extremities – When it’s cold outside, the body tends to concentrate blood flow to the core, which can leave your hands, feet and ears susceptible to frostbite. Wear gloves, warm socks and a hat or headband.
Dress in Layers – Exercising generates body heat and sweat, and when sweat starts to dry in cold weather you can get chilled.
Have a Post-Workout Refueling Plan – What you put in your body after you work out is just as important, if not more, than satorimagazine.com
available in case of an emergency. “Spending time with grandchildren is so special, and no grandparent wants to unintentionally put young children in harm’s way by leaving medicines and vitamins out. When grandchildren come to visit, it is important to be vigilant about making sure all medicines and vitamins are safely stored in ‘up-and-away’ places, rather than places kids can easily reach or rummage through,” said Emily Skor, vice president of Communications and Alliance Development at CHPA. Safe medicine and vitamin storage should be practiced year round at home and away from home. Grandparents often take a variety of medications. They must be cautious about safe medicine storage when their grandchildren stay with them. Returning medicines and vitamins to a safe location every time they are used can help prevent the accidental ingestions and ED visits by young children each year. For more information and resources, visit UpandAway.org and pledge to keep your medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in your home.
what you put in it before. After exercising, refuel and rebuild your muscles with essential carbs and protein by drinking great tasting Rockin’ Refuel® Intense Recovery protein fortified milk. Made with 100 percent real milk, Intense Recovery is packed with 20 grams of natural protein and features a 2:1 carb to protein ratio, which is ideal for optimal muscle recovery. Wear Sunscreen – It might be cooler outside, but you can still get sunburned. Choose sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and has an SPF of at least 30. Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm that has sunscreen. Vary Your Routine – Beat the winter workout blues by changing up your routine – and by having fun. Get the whole family moving by doing things together such as building a snowman, going ice skating or sledding, making snow angels, and having a snowball fight. For more tips for your winter workout or to purchase Rockin’ Refuel Intense Recovery, visit www.rockinrefuel.com. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Published on Jan 14, 2013
Published on Jan 14, 2013
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