As FRI is moving into keeping their employees healthy, there is also another important message to share: it's time to rethink your drink! We know that many people, including kids, struggle with their weight and how to eat more healthfully. But did you know that cutting out sugar-sweetened drinks is an easy way to eliminate extra sugar and empty calories from your diet? Consuming too much sugar also directly contributes to weight problems in children and adults alike. In fact, many health professionals point to soft drinks, sodas, sports drinks, and juices as major sources of excess calories and weight gain, even among kids. And because you don't feel as full from drinking a beverage as you would from eating the same number of calories in a meal, you may take in more calories from the sugar before you feel full. Even 100 percent fruit juice has a lot of calories from sugar, so it's best to drink only one serving a day of juice. Mostly, when you can, reach for water first! It's your best no-calorie, healthy beverage choice all the time.
My mom called last week and was telling me a story of the previous evening. She received a call from her neighbor who thought someone was inside her house. She asked my mother to come over and help her. When my mother got to her house, the neighbor was alone but there was obviously something wrong. She couldn't figure out what it was. She thought of a stroke but the neighbor had no slurred speech so she dismissed that, helped her check out the house and got her back to bed. When she called to check on her the following morning she found out she was in the hospital from a stroke.
As you go home tonight, be extra careful to watch for little goblins, witches, super heroes, etc.
We are all "addicted" to our mobile devices in one way or another. There are two health/safety issues, among many others, that are pet peeves of mine:
Sometimes tire blowouts are unavoidable. However, there are some actions we can take to reduce the likelihood of the unfortunate event from taking place.
We recently had a strong cold front make its way through Oklahoma. As the temperature decreases, the air pressure in your tire decreases. With large temperature drops, a tire that was on the lower limit of being properly inflated at 80 °F will no longer be at 35 °F. An underinflated tire will experience more friction between the tire and the road leading to increased wear and potentially a blowout.
If you haven't already, check the tires on your family's vehicles at your next opportunity.
Pedestrian safety affects the entire community and everybody. There were 5,987 pedestrian fatalities in the United States in 2016 according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). No matter if we are a pedestrian or a driver, it is extremely important for us to raise awareness of the dangers to pedestrians. Following are some tips for pedestrian safety:
As the temperature starts to fall, colorful leaves of autumn start to appear, and the rituals of a new school year get underway, you may notice summer is over. It is not uncommon for your body to experience changes with the seasons: Aches, pains, trouble sleeping, allergies and other issues can surface.
You are driving down the highway when suddenly you have car trouble. What to do? Here are a few tips when your car breaks down or has a flat tire on the highway:
What did you bring for lunch today? And where have you stored your lunch until it's time to eat it?
A couple weeks ago I went with our daughter and grandkids to a birthday party. It was at a home and the party was concentrated outside. In the back yard there was a Great Pyrenees on chain. Most of the time he was just lounging under a tree but he did play with some boys off and on. The boys gave the dog a large bone which immediately he took back to his tree. A little later our granddaughter Ella made her way out to the dog. I watched from the porch about 25 feet away. She walked up to it slowly, petted it, and then leaned down to pick up the bone. In a moment the dog's behavior changed. It started guarding the bone. I yelled Ella's name and she quickly came to me crying. I think she could tell from my voice that she was in danger.
I recently became aware of an activity called "noodling" that is popular in Oklahoma. Sounded awesomely strange to me.
July is UV Safety Month, so here is an infographic with some sun safety tips!
The hot days of summer are here. Throughout the country, thousands of employees who work outdoors face the potential dangers associated with overexposure to heat. Factors such as working in direct sunlight, high temperature and humidity, physical exertion and lack of sufficient water intake can lead to heat stress.