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What to expect when you call for an ambulance

03/10/2015 | WellnessSafetyPlastic Surgery

It’s something we see every day on television and in the movies, yet we don’t want to think about it really happening to us — needing an ambulance. While we hope you never have to face a medical emergency, being even a little prepared can go a long way in helping the outcome. What you can do now. Know where your cell phone is at all times and keep it charged. Have multiple chargers throughout your house so you always have a full battery. Keep a current and complete list of…

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How to Safely Warm Your Home

02/02/2015 | WellnessSafety

With snaps of frigid weather, people look for affordable ways to stay warm inside their homes and when they venture outdoors. As furnaces work overtime in the colder months and often beyond their capacity, some people turn to alternative heating methods. As temperatures drop, home fires increase. Our partners at MESH, Inc. reported that while space heaters, fireplaces and stoves provide supplementary heat in a cost-effective way, they also present a real danger to homes and offices. Citing the U.S.…

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The Colts Prepare for the Broncos and High Altitude

01/08/2015 | CommunityWellnessSafety

The Indianapolis Colts head to Denver for what’s surely to be an epic post-season game. Andrew Luck has emerged from Peyton Manning’s shadow in the hearts of Indianapolis fans and demonstrated he’s ready meet #18 again. But what about a quieter threat Denver has been known to deliver? High altitude. Denver, otherwise known at the Mile High City, truly rises exactly one mile above sea level—5,280 feet. The higher altitude poses an invisible threat to athletes and fans alike…

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Shovel Snow Without a Sore Back

12/10/2014 | WellnessSafety

During the winter months, shoveling snow is a common cause of injuries, particularly pain and injury to the lower back. Fortunately, these injuries are preventable if you take the right precautions. The following tips can help you make it through the winter without a shoveling-related injury. Warm up before you start shoveling. Muscles are more flexible and less prone to injury after a proper warm-up. Start with some jumping jacks, march in place, or go for a brisk walk. Gently stretch your lower…

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Winter Safety: Preparing Your Car

12/05/2014 | WellnessSafety

On average, more than 7,000 Americans die each year in weather-related car accidents. When it comes to harsh winter weather and safety on the road, you can never be too prepared. The right preparation can get you home safely, help someone in distress or even make a difference between life or death. Get ready for issues on the road with four necessities—communication, warmth, your vehicle and emergency care. Having the right tools at your disposal will prepare you for a variety of winter conditions,…

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When To Call: Frostbite

12/03/2014 | WellnessSafety

Winter is upon us, and the season’s falling temperatures bring an increased risk of frostbite. Frostbite, or frozen body tissue, occurs when you are exposed to cold temperatures for too long. Frostbite typically affects the skin, however it can sometimes cause damage to deeper tissue. It’s impossible to avoid all exposure to cold temperatures this time of year, but you can take steps to help prevent frostbite. Dress in layers of warm clothes if you plan to be outside for longer than a…

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Ten Reasons to Quit Smoking for Good

12/01/2014 | StoriesWellnessSafety

You know smoking can increase your risk of certain diseases, including lung cancer and heart disease, but it may still be difficult to kick this addicting habit. Besides all of the damaging health effects, smoking has a negative impact on your life in many ways. Here are ten reasons to quit smoking for good: To save money. The average smoker spends around $5,000 each year on cigarettes. In addition to the amount of extra cash you’ll have in your pocket when you stop buying cigarettes, you’ll…

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Five Healthy Replacements for Cigarettes

11/24/2014 | WellnessSafety

If you smoke, you’re probably well aware of the dangers. From anti-smoking television commercials to the Surgeon General’s Warning on cigarette packaging, you’ve heard how smoking negatively affects your body. Who needs another article telling you how horrible your habit is? Instead, how about one that helps you kick it? Smoking can be a difficult habit to overcome, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Replacement therapy is a great way to trick yourself into changing an unhealthy…

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Balance and Falls Safety Resources Available Locally

11/06/2014 | SafetyPhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

What should I do if I am feeling off balance or am becoming more fearful of falling? New symptoms of imbalance, weakness or difficulty with mobility should be investigated by your doctor or medical professional.  A physical therapist, trained to treat imbalance and dizziness can then work with you to decrease your fear of and risk for falls.  The therapist can complete a thorough evaluation and assess why you are having imbalance as well as whether you are at an increased risk of a fall. …

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Sports-Related Concussion

10/30/2014 | ExerciseSafety

Helmet to helmet contact; head to head contact; head to ground contact and head to ball contact are the leading causes of concussions in high school sports. While high school football leads the statistics in sports-related concussions, studies have shown that girls may be more prone to concussions. What is a concussion and how are they caused? A concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a direct blow to the head or a whiplash effect to the head that disrupts the normal functioning…

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