Outdoor Safety

December 5, 2019

Tips for Exercising and Staying Healthy during Cold and Flu Season

By Benjamin Heyen, MD, Primary Care Worried about cold or flu impacting your exercise regimen? It can be frustrating when you’re feeling under the weather and don’t have the energy to work out. And sometimes, that cold weather may increase your motivation for a cozy night in instead of making it to the gym or […]

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July 26, 2019

It’s Not Okay to Leave a Child in a Hot Car – Even for 1 Minute

By Beverly Hopps, WNC Safe Kids In just 10 minutes, your car can heat up by 20 degrees. Children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults – a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, their temperature can rise in a quick and deadly manner. […]

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July 18, 2019

Why You Should Always Wear a Helmet – Bike Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

By Beverly Hopps Did you know that properly fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent? It’s a true, hard fact, yet less than half of children age 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet. Like we were here to tell you that, yes, sunscreen is cool, wearing […]

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July 3, 2019

Rattled: One Man’s Unbelievable Snakebite Survival Story

“Surreal. Unimaginable,” said Scott Vuncannon, attempting to describe the ordeal he went through last summer. A former Boy Scout, 58-year-old Scott was more than prepared when he and his dog, Boone, set out on the Ellicott Rock Trail in the Nantahala National Forest on a sunny day last August. But even the most experienced hiker […]

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July 1, 2019

5 Tips for a Safe and Happy Fourth of July – Fireworks Safety

By Beverly Hopps, Safe Kids Fireworks are often used in celebration of special events and holidays. We know fireworks are fun and little ones look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can lead to accidents for children, including devastating burns and other injuries that lead to many families seeking emergent care on the holiday. This […]

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June 25, 2019

Don’t Touch That! And Other Tips for Safe and Rewarding Experiences in Nature this Summer

By Gabriel Cade, MD Summer. Crocuses popping up optimistically in the yard. Kids yelling at each other outside instead of inside. Looking through half-full bottles of sunscreen and bug repellent, and wondering how on earth we already have poison ivy. Start getting ready for those glorious outdoor days ahead. Sun Protection It’s great to be […]

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June 11, 2019

Does SPF 100 Actually Work? Sunscreen Is Cool! And Other Sun Safety Tips

By Ferriss Roberts and Sam LaRose Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up the Sun” reminds us that summer or vacation is near. A summer classic since 2002, Crow sings about some of life’s “downs” – a crummy job and tight budget – but she always manages to “look up” by having a good attitude and soaking up […]

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June 4, 2019

Sun Smart: How to Identify and Treat Sun Poisoning

You’ve heard the term, but do you know what sun poisoning is? “Basically, sun poisoning is a bad sunburn,” said David Mulholland, MD, a Family Medicine Physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Haywood. “It’s an inflammatory reaction to sun damage of the skin that can make you feel like you have the flu.” What […]

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May 23, 2019

Don’t Rush Recovery – Why It’s Important to Take Concussions and Head Injuries Seriously

By Sam LaRose People usually associate concussions or head injuries with sports, like soccer, football or basketball, but concussions can happen during recreational activities for fun too. It’s that time of year here in the mountains for western North Carolinians’ favorite outdoor activities – hiking, canoeing or rafting down the river, biking and more. Whether […]

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November 2, 2018

Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday – Sleep, Health and Safety Tips to Fall Back

This Sunday, November 4, we set our clocks back an hour. The move back to standard time might leave you dragging come Monday morning, but there are some things you can do to help you fall back an hour without falling out of your usual sleep schedule. In addition to taking steps to be well rested, the […]

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