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BLOG: How to Stay Healthy in Harsh Winter Weather

first_imgBLOG: How to Stay Healthy in Harsh Winter Weather Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PSA,  The Blog,  Weather Safety This past weekend, Pennsylvania saw our first major snowstorm of the season. While all of us hope that we don’t experience another Winter Storm Jonas this year, all Pennsylvanians should be prepared to brave the snow, wind, and cold for many more weeks.In light of this historic storm, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding Pennsylvania residents to follow some important tips to stay healthy and safe, particularly while removing snow in cold winter weather.Keep Your Heart HealthyCold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. When removing snow, make sure you stay as warm as possible. Always call 911 if you or your loved ones have any heart attack symptoms.The major symptoms of a heart attack are:Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, upper abdomen, or back;Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint;Chest pain or discomfort;Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder;Shortness of breath;Unusual or unexplained tiredness;Nausea; andVomiting.Shovel SmartlyIf you have to do outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it. Follow these additional tips to make removing snow safer:Consider shoveling in shifts instead of all at once;Take breaks and drink water to prevent dehydration;Push snow instead of lifting it – if you must lift, bend your legs and not your back;Avoid twisting motions that can stress your back; andIf using a snow blower, follow all safety instructions and stay aware of others who may be nearby.Dress AppropriatelyExposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health problems and should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during winter weather.If you have to go outside in harsh winter weather:Dress warmly and stay dry;Make outdoor trips brief and dress warmly;Cover your ears, head, mouth, and face;Never ignore shivering – it’s your body’s way of saying you’re losing heat and it’s time to return indoors;Know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite:Hypothermia causes shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness in adults and bright red, cold skin and very low energy in babies.Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas and symptoms include a white or grayish-yellow area of skin, numbness or skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.Seek medical attention if it is suspected that you or your loved ones have hypothermia or frostbite. January 25, 2016 By: Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health Beware of Carbon Monoxide PoisoningCarbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. The use of other sources of fuel or electricity for heating, cooling, or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home or garage and poison the people and animals inside. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those made by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood.In order to prevent CO poisoning:Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.Never run a generator outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.Never run a generator inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented.Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, garage, or camper.Install a battery-operated CO detector.CO poisoning can be recognized by the following symptoms:Headache;Dizziness;Weakness;Nausea/Vomiting;Chest pain; andConfusion.If CO poisoning is suspected, call a health care professional right away. If the CO detector alarm sounds, leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.Visit www.health.pa.gov for more winter weather safety tips.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Ceremonial First Pitch Goes Awry

first_imgA White Sox employee’s ceremonial first pitch goes awry when it misses its target by a long shot and hits a team photographer.A photographer almost got taken out by this first pitch at the Royals-White Sox game (via @FSKansasCity) pic.twitter.com/Lyzubr2E77— ESPN (@espn) May 29, 2019 The staffer’s toss hit the camera of a photographer who was capturing the moment on the first-base side of the mound before last night’s Sox-Royals game at Guaranteed Rate Field. The photographer posted on Twitter that he and the camera are doing okay.last_img read more

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Foreign Athletes Embrace Lagos Media Marathon

first_imgThe registration for the Lagos Media Marathon is still ongoing on its official website lagosmediamarathon.com.Also, physical forms are being collected at the various designated centres including the Teslim Balogun Stadium and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos branch Office inside the National Stadium in Surulere.Tony Ubani, the chairman of the Organising committee for the Media race thumbed up the enthusiasm being showed towards the Lagos Media Marathon.While commending the passion from the public, Ubani however reiterated that those to be recognised and accorded free registration as media practitioners are card carrying members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ or its affiliate bodies.He also added that students of Mass Communication and journalism related courses are the only ones qualified for the free registration and consolation prizes set aside in the Students category“I will want appeal again to all journalists who intend to participate in the Media Marathon who are not card-carrying members of NUJ and its affiliate to regularize their membership before the race in May,” said UbaniOver six million Naira will be won by various winners in the maiden Lagos Media Marathon.According to the initial breakdown of cash prizes released by the organizers, the male and female journalists who emerge top in their respective 10km races will be taking home N1m each while the runners-up in the media category will be picking up N.5m each.Already, N300, 000, N200,000 and N100,00 have been set aside for the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed finishers respectively in the media category.For those that would be competing outside the media category, they are also going to be handsomely rewarded as the top male and female finishers will be getting N500,000 each.While the runners up in the general category are to get N300,000 each, the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed finishers respectively in this category will get N200, 000, N100, 000 and N50,000 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The first edition of the Lagos Media Marathon is already taking a global. outlook as foreign nationals from at least seven countries have already entered for the race.Athletes from South Korea, Ghana,  United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China and South Africa have thrown in their hat to be part of the historic race fixed for May 1.last_img read more

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