Protecting Yourself From the Summer's Heat
The summer is finally here! Although many of us like to leisurely spend time in the sun whether it means going for a walk, doing some much needed yard work or gardening, or just enjoying the beautiful outdoors, it is important to be aware about how much sun we get to avoid heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Prevention is the first step in keeping us all healthy through these hot temperatures! To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and follow these tips: • Drink plenty of fluids Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level. During hot weather, you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. Drinking plenty of liquids during exercise is especially important. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine because they will actually cause you to lose more fluid. Caution: If your doctor has prescribed a fluid-restricted diet or diuretics for you, ask your doctor how much you should drink. • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will provide shade and keep the head cool. Apply a sunscreen with a SPF 30 or higher and reapply often, as directed on the label. • Pace yourself If you are unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity, get into a cool area or in the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, weak, or faint. • Stay cool indoors The most efficient way to beat the heat is to stay in a cool or air-conditioned area. If you do not have an air conditioner consider a visit visiting a place that is air conditioned. Shopping malls, movie theaters and public libraries are usually air-conditioned and good places to visit to get out of the heat. • Schedule outdoor...
...How to safeguard and protect
children from harm.
Actions to take to evidence or concerns that a
child/ young person has been abused in any way
Signs & Symptoms of Physical abuse.
Unexplained recurrent injuries or
burns or scalds.
Wearing clothes to cover injuries,
even in hot weather.
Refusal to undress for games.
Bald patches of hair
Repeated running away.
Fear of medical examination.
Aggression towards self and
Fear of physical contact –
shrinking back if approached or
Actions to take if evidence is seen.
Ask the child directly how they
obtained their injuries and ask them
to tell you the full story, if the story
rings alarm bells then alert your
manager and take the right course of
action, which will be making a note
of what the child has said to you,
then discussing it with their parent
at the earliest possible convenience,
then if the markings/ injuries persist,
alert the manager again and involve
other safeguarding agencies for
example CAF to get to the bottom of
the injuries the child is sustaining .
Actions to take to evidence or concerns that a
child/ young person has been abused in any way
Signs and Symptoms:- Emotional abuse
Sudden speech problems such as
Low self esteem
Fear of new situations
Neurotic behaviour (rocking, hair
twisting, self mutilation.)
Extremes of withdrawal and
...Cool summer foods to beat the heat.
Maintaining a healthy diet in summer is a concern for most individuals in the modern world. The sun is shining and the mercury levels are soaring, you know the summer is here and there is no escape from it. It is a season where energy levels and appetite are low and a slightest activity causes the sweat to flow off your back and face. Life goes on and it is very necessary to cope with the heat to avoid the usual problems of dehydration, heatstroke and a feeling of lethargy. The best way to beat the heat is to eat the right food. Eating the right type of food makes the summer pleasant and enjoyable. Here are some really cool summers foods that will help you beat the heat and keep you refreshed.
Water is an essential ingredient that keeps the body cool. With high humidity levels sweat does not evaporate easily, hence it is important to hydrate your body even when you are not thirsty. It is important to increase the intake of water regardless of your activity level.
Water is important to maintain healthy functions of body cells. It is essential to drink plenty of water to replenish losses due to excessive sweating, dehydration, etc.
In summer, cool drinks and juices like lime juice, jal jeera, kokam juice or buttermilk are commonly...
...weeks). One method includes ‘Vacuum Aspiration’ which include two methods. One is Manual vacuum. This procedure can be used around 5 to 12 weeks after the last menstrual period (early first trimester). It involves the use of a specially designed syringe to apply suction. This method is not available everywhere, but it may be more available than machine aspiration in some geographic areas. Second is Machine vacuum. This procedure is a common method used in the first 5 to 12 weeks (first trimester) of pregnancy. Machine vacuum aspiration involves the use of a hollow tube that is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump, which provides a gentle vacuum. The tube is passed into the uterus, the pump is turned on, and the tissue is gently removed from the uterus. The next method possible is Dilation and Suction Curettage. (D&C) refers to the dilation of the cervix and surgical removal of part of the lining of the uterus and/or contents of the uterus by scraping and scooping. This procedure is used in the second trimester of pregnancy. Induction Abortion is a rarely done surgical procedure where salt water, urea, or potassium chloride is injected into the amniotic sac; prostaglandins are inserted into the vagina and pitocin is injected. This procedure is used in the third trimester and is not legal in a number of states because the baby is considered viable in the 20th – 24th week of gestation. Dilation and Extraction is a surgical abortion procedure used to...
...How to Prevent Heat Stroke
Heat stroke can be a risk, especially in the summer months. If you want to enjoy the outdoors in hot weather, you should keep hydrated and avoid overly exerting yourself in heat and humidity. If you have to be outside, drink plenty of fluids and take breaks in a cool place. You should avoid liquids that dehydrate you, such as caffeine drinks and alcoholic beverages.
1. Prevent Heat Stroke
Limit the time you spend outdoors to the early morning and evening hours. The temperature is cooler and this is a good time to exercise or accomplish other outdoor tasks such as gardening.
Bump up your fluid intake. Prevent heat stroke by drinking even when you are not thirsty. You want to prepare your body for the heat, not wait until it gets the best of you. If exercising drink two to four glasses of cool water an hour. Replenish your body of the salt and minerals you lose while perspiring by drinking a sports beverage.
Steer clear from overly sugary drinks. These beverages can cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, pay attention to the temperature of drinks since very cool drinks can cause heat cramps in your stomach.
Stay inside as much as possible on hot days. Make use of the air conditioner. If you do not have an air-conditioned home, visit the mall or...
... Endangered Species Need Your Help!
Here Are Some Ways That You Can Get Involved:
One of the most important ways to help threatened plants and animals survive is to protect their habitats permanently in national parks, nature reserves or wilderness areas. There they can live without too much interference from humans. It is also important to protect habitats outside reserves such as on farms and along roadsides.
You can visit a nearby national park or nature reserve. Some national parks have special guided tours and walks for kids. Talk to the rangers to find out whether there are any threatened species and how they are being protected. You and your friends might be able to help the rangers in their conservation work.
When you visit a national park, make sure you obey the wildlife code: follow fire regulations; leave your pets at home; leave flowers, birds’ eggs, logs and bush rocks where you find them; put your rubbish in a bin or, better still, take it home.
If you have friends who live on farms, encourage them to keep patches of bush as wildlife habitats and to leave old trees standing, especially those with hollows suitable for nesting animals.
Some areas have groups which look after local lands and nature reserves. They do this by removing weeds and planting local native species in their place. You could join one of...
...Learning to love yourself isn't easy -- especially if you're a survivor of childhood abuse or neglect. But there are things you can do to boost your self-love.
Ask for a list of things people like about you.
Sometimes it can be hard to find things we like or love about ourselves. So -- ask other people to tell you all the things they like about you. Ask a friend, a lover, a therapist. This isn't a replacement for your own love; it's a first step in learning to loveyourself. You may need to hear the things other people like about you before you can value them in youself.
If hearing what people like about you is hard, ask your friends to write it down for you, or leave it on your voice mail, so you can read/listen to it over and over. Go back to it as many times as you can. Even if you don't believe that someone can like a particular thing about you, or you don't believe it exists, trust that your friend does see it and value it.
When you start to hear critical voices inside your head, go back to those things your friend said/wrote about you, and remember that you are loved.
Make a list of the things you like about yourself.
Make a list of all the things you like about yourself. Be as honest as you can. Modesty doesn't help you here; neither do old critical messages. If you're having trouble finding things you value about yourself, think about the things you value and love in your...
...How To Cheer Yourself Up When You're Down
Got the colder weather, sour relationshops, no money, poor health, plain ol' down 'n dirty blues? Try some of these strategies to blow away those dark clouds and let the sunshine into your life again.
1) Dance! Put on your favourite music, turn it up loud and dance! This is guaranteed to make you feel good. If you are unable to dance, don't let that stop you having fun - sing at the top of your voice instead.
2) Smile! Force yourself to smile even if you don't feel like it. This tricks your brain into thinking that you are happy. You do want to be happy don't you? Okay then - a great big cheesy grin. After three, one, two, three, - smile :0)
3) Spend time with children. Their natural zest for life is infectious. As well as the pleasures of a spontaneous hug or a chubby little hand in yours, try to take away with you some of their joy in simple things, licking an ice cream, playing with water, tramping through fallen leaves or following a butterfly.
4) Reward yourself. If there is a job that you hate to do, household accounts, home repairs etc. don't keep putting it off so that it is constantly nagging at you. Just get it done. Then reward yourself with whatever you love, a shiny new magazine, a bunch of flowers, a long soak in an aromatic bath, two bars of chocolate or an evening in front of the tv doing absolutely nothing. Or even all of the above if...
...You know the summerheat is getting severe in a country when a city decides to issue heat alerts.
Ahmedabad in Gujarat last week became the first city in South Asia to develop a heat wave warning system in response to extreme temperatures.
Here are five things you can do to beat, or at least cope with, the sweltering Indian heat:
1. Eat the right food. Sweating in extreme temperatures makes the body lose not just water, but also sugar, minerals and salts, especially sodium and potassium.
“In India, we live through nine months of summer. We definitely need a diet to keep our reserves active,” says independent nutritionist Suneet Khanna.
Expert nutritionist Shikha Sharma, says coconut water comes as close to the perfect replacement for all the minerals we lose when we sweat.
“The electrolyte combination of coconut water is similar to the plasma in the human body,” says Ms. Sharma.
Ms. Sharma says that one common mistake people make during the summers is to assume that the temperature of the food determines whether it’s “cooling” or not.
“Something that is straight out of the refrigerator, say, a chilled boiled egg salad, does not necessarily cool the system post digestion,” says Ms. Sharma.
However barley, rice, mint, coriander and onions, have a cooling effect on the system once they have been digested, she added.
Spicy meat dishes should be...