*(Cody, Wyo.) -* Make this year's spring break memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay safe and healthy. Here is your Health Tip Tuesday! *Limit Alcohol -* If drinking alcohol is part of your break, remember that it can impair your judgment and actions. Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and nonfatally injure someone every two minutes. Don't drink and drive. There are plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives. Click here
to read more about the risks of alcohol.
*Be Active - *You've probably been sitting most of the year working at the
computer, studying, or in class. During the break, take the opportunity to
start a fitness program. Do a variety of fun activities like walking,
dancing, playing volleyball, swimming, and more. It doesn't need to be hard
to be beneficial. Avoid injury by starting any new activity slowly. Be
active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your
breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles.
*Plan a successful trip *- If you are going on a trip, be prepared. Are
vaccinations required? Are there special food, destination, or other things
you need to consider ahead of time? If you are taking medications, do you
have enough for the trip? Know what's happening en route or at your travel
*Protect Yourself - *Love is all around, and so are sexually transmitted
diseases. The only 100% sure way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases
and unintended pregnancy is by not having sex. If you choose to have sex,
using latex condoms and having a monogamous, uninfected partner may help
lower your risk.
Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence than men. Women who
experience both sexual and physical abuse are significantly more likely to
have sexually transmitted diseases. Take precautions and avoid situations
or persons that may place you at risk for harm.
*Watch your step - *There may be temptations on your break that involve
different or high-risk activity. Think twice before putting yourself at
risk for injury. Be sure to use appropriate safety gear before venturing
out, such as seat belts, life vests, or knee pads. Remember that
unintentional injuries kill more Americans in their first three decades of
life than any other cause of death. In fact, injuries (both unintentional
and those caused by acts of violence) are among the top ten killers for
Americans of all ages.
*Protect your eyes - *If you wear contact lenses, practice healthy wear and
care tips, even when you’re on vacation. Carry a spare pair of glasses and
contact lens supplies with you so you can take out your contacts safely
when you need to. Remove contacts before swimming, as exposing contact
lenses to water can lead to painful, sometimes blinding eye infections.
Always take your contacts out before bed, even if you’re up late or
traveling. Sleeping in contact lenses has been linked to serious eye
*Know the ropes -* When swimming and boating, know what's expected and what
you can do to prevent injury or death for yourself and others. Know how to
swim. Wear your life jacket while boating. Avoid alcoholic beverages while
boating. Complete a boating education course. Participate in the vessel
safety check program.
*Protect yourself from the sun *- After a cold winter, it's tempting to
stay in the hot sun all day. Although getting a little sun can have some
benefits, excessive and unprotected sun exposure can result in premature
aging, changes in skin texture, and skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen with
at least SPF 15. For eye protection, wear wraparound sunglasses that
provide 100 percent UV ray protection.
*Eat healthy - *Having fun takes energy and fuel. Be sure to eat a variety
of foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products.
Also include low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, and
legumes. Drink lots of water and go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, and
saturated fat. Good nutrition should be part of an overall healthy
lifestyle, including regular physical activity, not smoking, and stress
*Be smoke-free - *Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Just 20 minutes after
smoking that last cigarette, your body begins a series of positive changes
that continue for years. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for
yourself and others.
*Get help - *If you or a friend has an alcohol or drug problem, has
thoughts of suicide, or is in crisis for any reason, get help. Call 911 for
emergency services, 800-662-4357 for substance abuse help, and 800-273-TALK
(8255) for the national suicide prevention lifeline.
*Thanks for the tips West Park Hospital!*
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