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Distracted Driving

12 Jun

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Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.

What are the types of distraction?

There are three main types of distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road
Manual: taking your hands off the wheel 
Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

Distracted driving activities

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving, are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others.

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds; long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Safety

8 Jun

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Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.

Here, in order, are the top causes of unintentional injury and death in homes and communities

1. Poisoning

2. Motor Vehicle Crashes

3. Falls 

4. Choking and Suffocation 

5. Drowning

6. Fires and Burns 

7. Natural and Environmental Incidents 

How can National Safety Month make a difference?

We can all use this time to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

• Preventing poisonings
• Medication safety and prescription drug abuse
• Driving, biking, and working safely
• First aid and emergency preparedness
• Preventing slips, trips, and falls

Article Published by: HealthFinder.gov

National Safety Month

1 Jun

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During National Safety Month, HAWA wants to help you reduce the risk of injuries.

This month, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like preventing poisonings, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.

Poisonings: Nine out of 10 poisonings happen right at home. You can be poisoned by many things, like cleaning products or another person’s medicine.

Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing.

Slips, trips, and falls: One in 4 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones or a head injury.

Getting Started

21 May

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Thinking about adding physical activity to your life, but not sure how to get started? Sometimes, taking the first step is the hardest part.

If you have not been active in some time, start at a comfortable level and add a little more activity as you go along. Some people find that getting active with a friend makes it easier to get started.

Is something holding you back?
Think about reasons why you have not been physically active. Then try to come up with some ways to get past what is keeping you from getting active.

Have you said to yourself . . . I haven’t been active in a very long time.
Solution: Choose something you like to do. Many people find walking helps them get started. Before you know it, you will be doing more each day.

I don’t have the time.
Solution: Start with 10-minute chunks of time, a couple of days a week. Walk during a break. Dance in the living room to your favorite music. It all adds up.

It costs too much.
Solution: You don’t have to join a health club or buy fancy equipment to be active. Play tag with your kids. Walk briskly with your dog for 10 minutes or more.

Activity: Write down some things you could do to get past what may be holding you back:

1. _____________________________

2. _____________________________

3. _____________________________

Article published by: HealthierUS.gov

Help a Loved One/Friend Get More Active: Quick tips

15 May

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Lots of people struggle to get enough physical activity. If someone you care about is having a hard time getting active, you can help. Here are some tips to get you started.

Suggest activities you can do together.

• Start small. Try taking a walk after dinner twice a week, or do crunches (sit-ups) while you watch TV.
• Mix it up. Learn new stretches and warm-up exercises.
• Join a fitness class. Choose an activity that’s new for both of you.
• Make it part of your regular routine.
• Meet up at the local gym or recreation center on your way home from work.
• Wake up a bit earlier so you can go for a brisk walk together, before breakfast.
• Pick a certain time for physical activity, like right after your favorite TV show.
• Ride your bikes or walk to the store or coffee shop.
• Be understanding.

What are your loved one’s reasons for not being more active? Maybe he or she feels overwhelmed or embarrassed. Ask what you can do to be supportive.

• Be patient. Change takes time.
• Remember, some physical activity is better than none!
• Offer encouragement and praise. (“Great job doing your crunches today!”)
• Point out positive choices. (“I’m glad we’re walking to the park instead of driving.”)

Choose healthy gifts: For birthdays or special rewards, choose gifts that encourage your loved one to be more active. Some ideas include:

• New sneakers or workout clothes
• A basketball or balance ball
• Hand weights
• A yoga mat
• A pedometer (a tool that counts the number of steps you take)
• A gift certificate to a gym or exercise class

Article published by: healthfinder.gov

Get Active!

8 May

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What are the benefits of physical activity?
Physical activity increases your chances of living longer. It can also help:

• Control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight
• Lower your “bad” cholesterol and raise your “good” cholesterol
• Prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes

And that’s not all. Being more active can:

• Be fun
• Help you look your best
• Help you sleep better
• Make your bones, muscles, and joints stronger
• Lower your chances of becoming depressed
• Reduce falls and arthritis pain
• Help you feel better about yourself

Is physical activity for everyone?

Yes! Physical activity is good for people of all ages and body types. Even if you feel out of shape or you haven’t been active in a long time, you can find activities that will work for you.

Happy National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

1 May

 

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Regular physical activity is good for your health, & people of all ages & body types can be active!

Exercise generally falls into four main types: endurance, strength, balance, & flexibility. Choose exercises from each category for maximum gain!

Endurance: Exercises like brisk walking, or hiking improve the health of your heart, lungs & circulatory system. They can make daily activities easier, such as climbing stairs.

Strength: Strength training like lifting weights or using resistance bands, can build muscle strength & help with everyday activities like carrying groceries.

Balance: Balance exercises, such as standing on one leg or doing tai chi, can make it easier to walk on uneven surfaces & help prevent falls.

Flexibility: Stretching exercises like yoga can help your body stay flexible. They give you more freedom of movement for daily activities, such as bending to tie your shoes.

Find an exercise planner here! https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/tip-sheets/weekly-exercise-and-physical-activity-plan

Article published in National Institute on Aging at NIH