Posts Tagged ‘health’

Bone Marrow Drive Augusta Georgia

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

     We are asking for your help today. Today all over Augusta Georgia, Blanchard & Calhoun is teaming up with Press On to Cure Childhood Cancer and the National Marrow Donor Program to register people from 12-6 to become potential bone marrow donors. The Bone Marrow drive in 2010 was a huge success and we are looking forward to adding to that total.

  We have made it easy to register, all you need is to come by one of convenient locations and give us a cheek swab. It’s easy, free and you will get on the National Marrow Donor list.

 Thank you to all the volunteers, who are taking time to make sure there are more potential matches for the kids fighting Leukemia.


Hot Tips for Staying Cool this Summer!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

By Elizabeth McSpiritt, MD, MPH

With temperatures this week heading towards 100’, it is important to remember to keep cool, and to remember the basics of heat safety.

  • Know your risk:   Although temperature and humidity can increase risk of heat-related illness, so can age, sex, weight, physical fitness, nutrition, alcohol or drug use, or pre-existing diseases like diabetes. How can you prevent or control heat-related illnesses?
  • Stay hydrated:  Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages.  Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour.
  • Use air conditioning if available: Air conditioning is the best way to stay cool when temperatures rise. If your home does not have air conditioning, visit the library or mall to escape the heat for a few hours.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing:  Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Use sunscreen when outdoors: When in the sun, wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and a hat to protect your face and head.
  • Limit outdoor activities:  Try to limit outdoor activities to morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body will have a chance to recover.
  • Check on those most vulnerable: If you know someone who is elderly or who has a chronic health condition, check on them at least twice daily to make sure they are staying hydrated and healthy in the heat. 
  • Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car:  Even with the windows cracked open, the inside of a car can heat up almost 20’ within the first 10 minutes. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death.
  • Stay informed:  Listen to local news and weather channels for health and safety updates.