Tips for Water Safety

With the weather warming up, many families are visiting pools and lakes to cool off. Remember these tips to stay safe:

  • Ensure any pool or spa you use has compliant drain covers.
  • Avoid entrapment by keeping children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Have life-saving equipment such as life rings, floats or a reaching pole available and easily assessable.
  • Assign a “water watcher.”
  • If a child goes missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first, including neighbors’ pools and spas.
  • Install at least a 4-foot fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa, including portable pools.
  • Use self-closing and self-latching gates, and ask neighbors to do the same if they have pools or spas.
  • Install and use a gate or pool alarm, especially if your house serves as the fourth side of a fence around a pool.
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order.


July 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Stay Safe In and Around Water

Water safety awareness is something everyone should be concerned about all year long, not just during the summer months. First and foremost, is vital that adults and children be able to swim before they enter water, whether it’s a pool or spa.

While knowing how to swim is no guarantee of security, it does provide the most basic level of protection in the water. It takes only inches of water for a small child to drown, so taking extra safety steps at home and around pools, spas and all bodies of water can prevent drowning incidents.


July 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Are You Getting Enough B Vitamins

Vitamin B, such as niacin, riboflavin and thiamine, plays an important role in exercise. It contributes to the production of energy that is necessary to make your muscles work.

If your diet is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, and low-fat dairy you are probably getting enough B vitamins. One exception might be B-12, which is naturally found in foods coming from animals. Plant foods have no vitamin B-12 unless they are fortified.

Vegans or strict vegetarians may need to consider adding a B-12 supplement. Talk with your doctor before taking any vitamin supplements.

Source: National Institutes of Health via HealthFitness

July 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Calculating Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI measures the relationship of weight to height. When calculated, your BMI will help determine your true weight status as either underweight, normal, overweight or obese.

Calculate your BMI with this simple mathematical formula: divide weight in pounds by height in inches, and multiply by a conversion factor of 703. Alternatively, you can refer to an easy-to-use BMI calculator.

BMI Weight Status 

Underweight Below 18.5
Normal 18.5 – 24.9
Overweight 25.0 – 29.9
Obese 30.0 and Above

Source: The Wellness Council of America

July 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Calculating Waist Circumference

Waist circumference is used to assess abdominal fat content. The presence of excess body fat in the abdomen, when out of proportion to total body fat, is a sign that you may be at risk for ailments associated with obesity. The risk for diseases such as heart disease or arthritis increases with a waist measurement above 40 inches in men, and 35 inches for women.

To calculate your waist circumference, use a tape measure to comfortably measure the distance around the smallest area below the rib cage and above your belly button.

Source: The Wellness Council of America

July 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Calculating Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR)

Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR) is the ratio of a person’s waist size to hip size, mathematically calculated as the waist size divided by the hip size.

To calculate your waist-to-hip ratio, measure waist size at the navel in men, and midway between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the hipbone in women.

For men, a waist-to-hip ratio of greater than 0.90 is considered risky. For women, a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.80 or higher is considered at risk or in the danger zone for undesirable health consequences.

Source: The Wellness Council of America

July 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

What’s Your True Weight Status?

One of the most important steps you can take to protect your health is to be aware of your true weight status. Weight, be it healthy or not, can be a risk factor for a number of diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

That’s why it’s important to know your true weight status. The best way to measure weight status is “by the numbers,” which means using tools such as the Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist Circumference or the Waist-to-Hip Ratio.

Source: The Wellness Council of America

July 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

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