Exposure to extreme cold can damage your skin and the tissues underneath. That damage is called frostbite, and it’s the most common freezing injury. Frostbite doesn’t just hurt, it can lead to dangerous health consequences if not caught and treated in time. With the arrival of colder temperatures, it's the start of another frostbite season and it's important to take steps to avoid frostbite.
Prevention is the easiest way to avoid frostbite.
Any part of your body can suffer from frostbite, but your extremities – hands, feet, nose, and ears – are the most at risk. The most common contributors to frostbite are wet clothing, exposure to high winds, and poor blood circulation. Blood flow may be restricted due to things you can control such as:
It is that time of year again in Minnesota when we start to get those heavy, wet snow falls (or as we say, a “heart attack snowfall”). It seems that every year we see or hear reports of someone having a heart attack while shoveling snow. Is there really an increased risk of having a heart attack from shoveling snow? A recent Canadian study did suggest that there is an association between shoveling and heart attacks in men over 50 who have cardiovascular risk factors, (such as smoking, high blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol), a history of prior cardiovascular disease or in those who lead a sedentary life style.
Warts are a very common skin problem, and they are caused by a virus. This means they can spread from one person to another, or from one finger to another, so it isn’t a good idea to pick at the warts or use personal hygiene tools like nail clippers or pumice stones to get rid of them. Which begs the questions, what should you do about your warts and when is it time to see a provider about them?
My heart was pounding, hands were sweating and felt a little lightheaded. I was worried that something bad might happen (like tripping while walking down the aisle in a long dress), but I could not wait for my daughter’s wedding to begin. I was excited, yet anxious for everything to go well.
According to the latest statistics from the National Federation of State High School Association, nearly 8 million individuals participate in high school sports each year. Higher rates of athletic participation can only imply an increased risk for sport-related injuries.
Prevention is key
No matter the injury, proper conditioning prior to the sports season will decrease risk. The more fatigue an athlete experiences, the lesser the chance they have to react or move normally, which can lead to injury. Also, a proper warm-up and cool-down, including a light jog and dynamic exercises such as high knees, butt kicks and carioca, will increase blood flow to the muscles and allow for more mobility with activity. Below are three of the most common sport-related injuries and ideas on how to prevent them.
Everything begins with one person and one idea. In early 2017, the City of Waconia received a $5,000 donation from Quinn Larson and his family to kick start the fundraising for an Inclusive Playground for Waconia. Over the past year, the passion and interest in this playground - and providing a space for people of all abilities - has grown. Donations continue to be received at the City, totaling approximately $12,000 as of September of 2018. Design work for the playground will commence this winter.
The Carver County Libraries and Carver County Public Health, through its Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant, partnered to support the caregivers of and those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias by creating Memory Maker Kits and offering a series of programs that focus on older adults and caregiving. Information about the collection of Memory Maker Kits will be shared at the programs.
Drinking enough water everyday can impact your overall health and weight loss efforts. Multiply your body weight by 2/3 to see how many oz. of water you should be drinking daily. Easy tips: add flavor with fresh fruit or sugar free drink flavors, drink a glass before every meal, use an app such as Waterlogged or Daily Water to keep track of how much you drink each day.
Why is napping good for you?
Increased Alertness: It’ll be easier to pay attention during your staff meeting -- or while driving your forklift -- if you can avoid nodding off or spacing out.
Sixty-nine percent of adults are obese or overweight, and many of us struggle to find time to work out and make healthy eating a priority. Get the most out of your work day with these tips to pick up the pace. Your heart will thank you!
Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911.