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Posted By iamincontrol | July 10, 2018
Biking can be a great summer activity. It’s a great way to get some exercise in and it can also be a fun way to see some new scenery. Check out these tips on bike safety:
- Helmets help prevent brain injury in the case of a fall. Your helmet should be worn level so it covers your forehead, not tipped. Your helmet straps should be snug to keep it in place. There are measurements on the helmets to help you find the right one. If you’re not sure if your helmet fits, you can ask someone at a bike store.
- Make sure your bike is in good shape. You can ask a parent or other trusted adult to help you do this. Check your wheels, seat, and handlebars
- Bikes come in different sizes so check to see if your bike is the right size for you. If you stand with your feet flat, there should be 1 to 3 inches of space between you and the top bar.
- Check your chain and add oil if it needs it. Give your tires a squeeze and make sure they have enough pressure. If not, use an air pump to fill them to the proper capacity.
- Wear bright clothes so cars see you.
- Make sure you check where and how far you can ride by asking your parents.
- Ride with a buddy, especially on longer trips.
- Know the road rules and hand signals.
- If you’re riding at dusk or near dark, make sure your bike has reflectors or a head light.
Check out this website for more tips, road rules, and a guide of the hand signals!
Posted By iamincontrol | July 5, 2018
Have you ever been outside playing for a few hours and started to feel extra slow, dizzy, or like your mouth was so dry? Well you probably experienced dehydration. Dehydration happens when the amount of water in the body is less than what it needs to perform normally. You can actually see the water leaving your body through sweat. To play at your best, make sure you are getting plenty of water before, during, and after your activities.
Tips to combat dehydration:
- Always keep a water bottle on you and drink from it regularly.
- Choose water instead of sugar packed sports drinks.
- Start drinking water before you head outside to play.
- If you start to feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated so you need to find a spot in the shade to rest and drink fluids.
- Have fruit as a snack, particularly melons and berries since they have high water content. Check out our blog post on June 7th for great summer time recipes with delicious fruits!
Learn more about dehydration and ways to stay hydrated all summer long at https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/dehydration.html#catsafebasics.
Posted By iamincontrol | July 3, 2018
The 4th of July is all about parades, BBQ’s, and friends, but nothing ends the night quite like an awesome round of fireworks. Did you know, each year over 10,000 people are injured playing with fireworks. Injuries range from minor burns to lost fingers, limbs, or even blindness. This includes injuries from sparklers – they burn at very high temperatures so use caution and never wave them near someone’s face! Getting injured is not a great way to have a memorable 4th of July celebration.
So, what can you do to have a safe and fun 4th of July celebration? Check out a professional show instead! These events have the biggest fireworks and are well organized for the coolest effects. Plus, many areas feature concerts, games, or contests before the big fireworks show for maximum fun so it’s a great way to build safe memories with your family, friends or crush!
But if you and your family decide to create your own fireworks display here are a few important safety reminders:
- Never light fireworks without an adult.
- Keep a bucket of water and garden hose handy.
- Wear eye protection.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles, and trees.
- Never point fireworks at someone.
- Don’t forget about your pets! Keep them inside, away from the sparks and noise.
To find out more safety tips check out: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/fireworks.html?ref=search&WT.ac=msh-p-dtop-en-search-clk.
Posted By iamincontrol | June 26, 2018
A lot of celebrities and social media influencers promote miracle supplements on their accounts, but do they really work? Supplements are not meant to be the main source of nutrients in your diet. It’s best to focus on eating a balanced diet and to use supplements when you need them to fill in the gaps. Here’s what you should know about dietary supplements before you try them:
- It’s better to get most nutrients from the food you eat than from a supplement.. Talk to your doctor or a doctor that specializes in diets to get the best information for your body.
- Supplements won’t change your health or appearance more than a nutrient-rich diet will.
- Some groups of people might need supplements for their diets. Pregnant women, strict vegans and vegetarians, and people with food allergies are some of the people who may need to take supplements. But most people only need a multivitamin.
- Some supplements are dangerous when taken too much. Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and some B vitamins can all be dangerous if taken too much.
- There is no certainty that the product does what it says it’s supposed to do. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not check the claims made by most before the products are sold.
If you’re concerned about getting enough vitamins in your diet, talk to a doctor or nutritionist about whether supplements are a good solution for you. You can also read more about vitamins and minerals here: https://teenshealth.org/en/teens/vitamins-minerals.html?ref=search&WT.ac=msh-t-dtop-en-search-clk and supplements for sports here: https://teenshealth.org/en/teens/sports-supplements.html?ref=search&WT.ac=msh-t-dtop-en-search-clk.
Posted By iamincontrol | June 19, 2018
Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities, but without proper safety it can be scary. Whether you are heading to a community pool, lake, or water park, here are a few tips to keep you safe all summer long.
- Always swim with a buddy. If something goes wrong they can get help. Plus, it’s more fun with a friend!
- Know your limits and your comfort level. Don’t get pressured into a dangerous situation.
- Take a CPR and first aid class, nothing is cooler than being prepared in case of an emergency.
- Only swim in designated areas. Follow directions posted on signs or caution ropes to keep everyone safe.
- Be careful about diving. Diving injuries can be serious so if it says, “No Diving” pay attention!
- Always wear sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply.
- While you are splashing around in the water all day, don’t forget to take time to drink some water.
For more tips on water safety check out https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/water-safety.html?WT.ac=ctg#catsafebasics.
Posted By iamincontrol | June 12, 2018
If there is no healthy food near our homes, we may not eat the right things for our body or not eat at all. Not having healthy food within reach is called a food desert. Food deserts are a problem in controlling weight for many people, but recent studies have shown that food swamps are issues too. Food swamps are areas with a lot of low-nutrient and processed foods that are within reach. Try to think of a place in your hometown that is full of fast food restaurants and gas stations with junk food – that’s a food swamp.
These food swamps are common in areas that already struggle with poverty. Some cities have tried banning fast-food restaurants from areas, while other cities have tried to bring in healthy places to eat. There are other things being done, like teaching people how to cook with vegetables or making community gardens, but the answer will need more than just these things. It is important to understand the environment that you and others grow up in and healthy foods.
Go to https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/12/food-swamps/549275/ to learn more about the topic!
Posted By iamincontrol | June 7, 2018
There are plenty of fruits and vegetables in season during the summer.
You can use these to prepare a healthy snack.
There are some you can take on the go and some you can have in your fridge/freezer to help you cool off after a fun activity!
Some snack ideas include: