Posts made in December, 2013

Summer Heat

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Summer Heat

Beat the summer heat Summer in South Africa is no laughing matter. Everyone knows that sinking feeling when temperatures in the 30+ region are forecast. So what can you do, besides waiting for winter with bated breath? Quite a lot actually. Take action: Organise your trips to meetings and shops for the early morning, before the real heat sets in; keep a bottle with partly frozen water in your bag or in the car – and drink as much as possible; wear natural fabrics – cotton allows your skin to breathe, unlike synthetic materials such as nylon; invest in a mosquito net and bars for your bedroom...

Read More

Holiday Safety – Kids Around Water

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Holiday Safety – Kids Around Water

Pools, lakes, ponds, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. But water also can be dangerous for kids if you don’t take the proper precautions. Nearly 1,000 kids die each year by drowning. And most drownings occur in home swimming pools. Keeping Kids Safe Kids need constant supervision around water — whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, the beach, or a lake. Young children are especially vulnerable — they can drown in less than 2 inches (6 centimeters) of water. That means drowning can happen where...

Read More

Keeping Kids Safe Over the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Keeping Kids Safe Over the Holidays

Along with the wonder and excitement of the upcoming holidays, comes some increased stress and worry.To alleviate some of the stress caused by traveling with the kids and/or having family and friends in from out of town – think about implementing a few simple safety guidelines within your family to avoid some vacation pitfalls. Sit down as a family before your trip or before relatives and friends come into town and have a conversation involving the following: Use the Buddy System: Children are more vulnerable when they are alone.  We want to stress the importance of children using the...

Read More

Holiday Health and Safety

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Holiday Health and Safety

The holidays offer a perfect opportunity for enjoying loved ones, celebrating life, being grateful, and reflecting on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Support health and safety for yourself and others by following these timeless holiday tips. Clean hands saves lives… Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not...

Read More

World Aids Day | 1 December 2013

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

World Aids Day  |  1 December 2013

World AIDS Day is celebrated on 1 December every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to disseminate information about the status of the pandemic and to encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world, particularly in high prevalence countries. The 2013 theme for World AIDS Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” Key facts HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having...

Read More