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From Other Blogs: Men’s health, carbon monoxide poisoning, the truth about juice & more

A collection of health and environmental posts from other governmental blogs.

Tips for men to protect their health

Men, you and your health go hand in hand. As a reminder to make sure you are living a healthy life, here are tips to help you protect your health and well-being.

Cecelia M. Baskett, MD, family medicine physician at Lakeview Family Medicine, said, “Unfortunately, I see men who have neglected their health and now have advanced stage of disease because they did not come in to be screened. It is beneficial to everyone’s health to see a family medicine or internist every few years at a minimum. Many times we can help you prevent long-term negative effects on your lifestyle if you come in.” — From Flourish, Palmetto Health’s blog

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

When power outages occur after severe weather, using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. — From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Your Health — Your Environment blog

Squeezing the truth out of juice

Juice. We all have our favorite, whether it’s grape, apple, orange, pineapple, tropical punch. . .the list goes on and on. Everywhere we go, we’re reminded of its evil sweetness. Just walk into any grocery store and you will find an entire side of an aisle devoted to juices of infinite variety, all of it boxed, bottled and canned in the most colorful, eye-popping and kid-appealing ways.

Thanks to industry marketing tactics, many people continue to think juice is actually a healthy drink option for their kids. — From Flourish, Palmetto Health’s blog

USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline Keeps You “Food Safe” in the Summer!

Whether it’s a family BBQ, camping, hiking or going to the beach, summer activities can get hot! When food is a part of those activities, keep in mind the old saying: Safety first!

USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline is here to help you with food safety for all your summer plans. It has been assisting Americans with all types of food safety questions and concerns since 1985. Here are just a few… — From the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) blog

5 Common Flood Insurance Myths

The National Flood Insurance Program has worked to protect the life you’ve built for the past 50 years and will continue to do so into the future.  Don’t let rumors and myths drive your decisions.

Here are the five most common myths about flood insurance. — From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) blog

Have a Happy and Healthy Memorial Day!

By Bryony Wardell

Ahhhh, Memorial Day weekend. It’s a time to remember those who have served and sacrificed. It’s also a celebration that school is out, summer is here and it’s time to ring in a season of sunshine and outdoor activities.

So, pack up the cooler, fire up the grill and follow these easy tips to help you have a fun and healthy good time.

Keep out biting party crashers
Protect yourself from mosquito and tick bites that can carry diseases. If you’re spending time outside, wear EPA-recommended repellent or wear protective long-sleeved clothing. You can also reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by getting rid of standing water and debris where they like to breed. www.scdhec.gov/MosquitoesProtectYourselfSchools (CR-011739).jpg

Beat the heat
If you’re spending a day outside, find shade during the heat of the day, wear broad spectrum sunscreen and don’t forget your hat and shades to keep you looking cool and protect yourself from skin damage. Follow sunscreen directions and reapply as needed, especially if you are getting in the water.

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Speaking of water, staying hydrated helps you feel your best, so drink plenty of H2O throughout the day. If you are doing an outdoor activity, drink two to four glasses or at least 16 ounces of cool fluids every hour.

Separate and refrigerate
Sharing good food with good friends is part of the fun – don’t let food-borne illnesses spoil it.

If you’re heading for a picnic or event, prepare as much food as you can at home, where you have access to good refrigeration. Keep raw meats and eggs separated from prepared foods and fresh produce, and bring extra utensils and grilling tongs.  When transporting food or storing it, either keep your hot food hot (130° F or above) or keep it really cool (40° F or below) along with your cold dishes like coleslaw and potato salad. Get more food safety tips here.

Sport your life jacketboating-safety-iStock_000056914182_XXXLarge (1)The name says it all. Life jackets can save your life and should always be worn by every member of your family when your on the water. Life jackets come in all styles and sizes – they even make them for your four-legged best friends. Find the right one for you. 

Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day!