Outdoor Safety

July 25, 2018

Summer Bug Bites, Be Gone – Protect Yourself from Bug-borne Illnesses this Summer

It’s summertime and we’re feeling that summer sun. You may also be feeling an itch or two from those bug bites that seem inevitable every summer. The kids are at summer camp and perhaps you’re enjoying working in the yard, family hikes or cooking out with friends and family. Enjoy summertime’s outdoor activities but be […]

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July 2, 2018

Waterfall Safety – Beware of the Dangers while Enjoying their Beauty

By Jonas Karlsson, MD Few things in the natural world awe and inspire as much as waterfalls. Western North Carolina is fortunate to have more than 250 waterfalls in the region, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting their splendor and magnificence every year. Unfortunately, waterfalls bring danger along with their beauty, and each year […]

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June 22, 2018

Tick or Mosquito Bite? When to Seek Medical Care

By Steve North, MD, MPH There are so many things we love about summertime, but nowhere on that list is the return of all the bugs. Warmer weather means that mosquitoes and ticks are back in full force. Bug bites have always been a summer nuisance, but recently there is even greater concern about diseases […]

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June 22, 2018

Dry Drowning Is a Misleading Term – What Are the Real Dangers?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital You may have seen postings on social media about “dry drowning,” stories about kids who seemed perfectly fine after getting out of a pool, ocean or lake and then, suddenly, as much as a day later, end up with breathing difficulties and die. It’s terrifying […]

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May 25, 2018

Getting Back on the Bike for Fun or Exercise? How to Avoid the Common Overuse Injuries

By Josh Owen Athletic Trainer We live in one of the best areas in the world for riding bikes. Beautiful scenery abounds in our beautiful western North Carolina mountains – the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest are just a few of the special gems for cycling we’re fortunate to have […]

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May 16, 2018

Bike Helmet Safety – How to Protect Your Child from Head Injuries

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Riding bikes is a classic kids’ pastime, and it can be lots of fun for children of all ages. But unfortunately, accidents can happen. Some bicycle injuries are so serious that children can die, usually from head injuries.  That’s one of the reasons the U.S. […]

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May 4, 2018

May Is Bike Safety Month – 9 Tips to Ensure a Safe Ride

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Spring is here and it’s a wonderful time to be outside biking with your family. Here are few bicycle safety tips that can keep you and your family biking safely: Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Wearing your helmet correctly is the single most […]

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March 16, 2018

Time to Get Outside – Safety Tips for Outdoor Exercise and Activity

With spring weather comes the opportunity to be more active outdoors, like hiking, running and biking. Regular exercise can help increase your energy and improve your balance, health and mood. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. Before you put on your […]

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September 8, 2017

Be Prepared WNC: Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is expected to affect our area Monday into Tuesday. It’s expected to bring around five inches of rain, strong winds and more. Be prepared. Go to NCReady.org and get your NC Ready app to sign up for North Carolina Emergency Management alerts and get preparedness tips. Basic Safety Tips for Flooding Turn Around, […]

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June 16, 2017

Active at Any Age – Summertime Outdoor Activities for Seniors

Staying active is good at any age. And for seniors and older adults, warmer weather brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. “There are so many great things that older adults can do in the summer,” said Britney McConnell, LRT/ CTRS, recreation therapist with CarePartners PACE. “Take advantage of what is already around you.” […]

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