Working late, shopping late, staying up late to watch the holiday specials or whatever – it all adds up.
Well, actually it subtracts – and dangerously – from being able to drive safely. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Daniel Chapman says that what adds up from drowsy driving are hospital visits and deaths:
“Drowsy driving was implicated in about 16 percent of fatal crashes, and about 13 percent of crashes resulting in hospitalization.”
Chapman says one survey reported 28 percent of people said they had fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past year.
Especially in the holiday season, with lots of people taking long road trips, getting the seven to nine hours of sleep that most adults need, may need to be a priority.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2011) – State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 4-10, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.
“Getting a flu vaccine is a holiday gift you can give now to yourself and your family,” said Steve Davis, M.D., acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH). “Many people visit relatives with small children or those at high risk of complications from flu around this time of year. Getting a flu vaccine is an opportunity to protect against the flu’s spread and severity.”
Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees, and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights, and other decorative lighting occur each year.
Together, these fires resulted in 20 deaths and 45 injuries. Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.
Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season.
The Madison County Emergency Management Agency reminds you to take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:
1. Have your heating system checked by a professional annually. This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money. If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove. Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.
2. Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary, insulate walls and attic. This will help you to conserve energy and reduce your home’s power demands for heat.
3. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
4. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside. This will provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping more cold air out.
Need a Christmas gift that will encourage you & your friends to get fit in 2012? Berea Parks & Recreation has Discount Passcards available NOW for our 2012 Group Fitness Classes! Join in on our Beginners Cardio Tone, Zumba, Boot Camp or Cycling for an even more enthusiastic YOU! Give us a call today for your Discount Passcard: 986-9402!
The Madison County Diabetes Coalition & EKU Baccalaureate Nursing Students Invite you to the:
8th Annual Diabetes Prevention & Awareness Day
Saturday, November 19, 2011
9:00 to 1:00 P.M.
First Christian Church
Main Street & Lancaster Avenue
Free Health Screenings & Diabetes Testing
Diabetic Foot Screenings
Body Fat Analysis
Kidney Function Screenings
Many Educational Booths
Please feel free to phone 623-3462 for more information.
Lexington, KY – The Big Blue continued to bleed blue on the fourth day of Big Blue Crush. Kentucky leads the competition 2,410 to 2,277.
“Kentucky fans really showed their stuff today. We had 702 donors come out to show Tennessee who has game,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment.
KBC is providing special gifts for donors during the competition. Donors will receive a special edition T-shirt, a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage, a chance to win a$200 gas card and Continue reading Big Blue Crush – Day Four→
As Old Man Winter ushers in the holidays he brings with him a blitz of overeating, socializing, shopping and decorating and a little self-neglect. Last week I hurried to winterize the car, lawn, and house making sure all were protected from the winter cold. As I readied myself for holiday decorating I realized I was neglecting myself—my skin. My hands were cold and chapped and as I applied hand cream it dawned on me—we often winterize everything but ourselves. Here are a few tips to help protect and winterize the skin youre in.
Moisturize: Our skin can become dry and brittle as the dry winter air depletes our skin of needed moisture. Daily moisturizing is important and different skin types may require different moisturizers. Cream-based moisturizers are usually better than lotions for normal to dry skin types. Choosing the right soap is also an important part of keeping your skin clean and moisture in balance. I recommend using fragrance-free, moisturizing formulas, and avoiding deodorant soaps which may irritate your skin. For best Continue reading Loving the Skin Youre In→
Lexington, KY – The third day was the charm as Kentucky fans outnumbered the Vols and took the Big Blue Crush lead, 1,708 to 1,617.
“Game on,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment. “The great turnout today sends a strong message to Tennessee. Kentucky fans are in it to win it.”
KBC is providing special gifts for donors during the competition. Donors will receive a special edition T-shirt, a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage, a chance to win a$200 gas card and the grand prize NCAA Game Package.
Many people know that it is safe to defrost a whole turkey in the microwave, if the turkey is immediately transferred to a hot grill or oven to finish cooking. On the defrost power level it takes about 10 to 12 minutes per pound to defrost. But you can also cook a turkey successfully in the microwave oven – whole or in parts. Timing can vary because of the wattage of microwaves, so always follow the recommendations of your user’s manual before beginning. Most microwaves will not accommodate more than a 12 to 14 pound turkey. A cooking bag is recommended to help in even cooking. Do not microwave a stuffed turkey; cook the stuffing in a separate casserole. At 50 percent power level, it will take about 9 to 10 minutes per pound for your turkey to cook. Rotate the turkey often. The turkey should be done and safe to consume when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and Continue reading Microwaving A Turkey→
After Day Two, Kentucky fans are in scoring distance of the goal with Tennessee leading by only 46 units. The score is 1,118 to 1,072.
“A great turnout on Wednesday could easily put Kentucky in the lead. All donors, all types are needed at all KBC locations for us to beat the Vols again this year,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Recruitment and Marketing.
KBC is providing special gifts for donors during the competition. Donors will receive a special edition T-shirt, a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage, a chance to win a $200 gas card and the grand prize NCAA Game Package.
Lexington, KY – Kentucky fans can prove they bleed blue during the 24th annual Big Blue Crush, Nov. 14-18.
Big Blue Crush, the yearly blood battle between Kentucky and Tennessee fans and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville, provides UK fans an opportunity to defeat Tennessee and save lives.
We will have a blood drive at the First Christian Church in Berea on Tuesday, November 15 from 11 – 5 p.m. as part of the competition.
“I’m encouraging all Kentucky fans to donate blood during Big Blue Crush. It’s a great way to show you support the Wildcats. You can save lives, bleed blue and beat Tennessee during Big Blue Crush,” said UK Continue reading Time to Bleed Blue→
Thursday, December 15, 2011 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Madison County Cooperative Extension Service
230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond, KY
Henry Hawkins, retired journeyman meat cutter and hunter, will demonstrate how to safely and properly process a deer using food safety guidelines (depending on availability of deer carcass.) He will discuss the importance of food safety and sanitation, in obtaining a healthy, quality product to serve your family.
Please call 623-4072 to pre-register by Monday, December 12th.
Louisville, KY (October 7, 2011) – When asked to identify the most dangerous animal in the United States, most people, depending on where they live, would likely point first to a bear, mountain lion, alligator or even a shark. While those are all seemingly logical choices, statistics from the Insurance Information Institute reveal that the deadliest animal roaming the Continue reading Kentucky Drivers Entering Peak Season for Deer Collisions→
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Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is extremely honored to present Tanner Dole Day, this Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. In Renfro Valley’s efforts to continue helping to support our community and fans around the world, this will be a cancer benefit show that can not be missed.
Tanner Dole, an eighth-grader at Harrison Junior School in Harrison Ohio, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in March, Acute myeloid leukemia. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is one of the most common types of leukemia among adults. This type of cancer is rare under age 40. Persons with this type of cancer have abnormal cells inside their bone marrow. The cells grow very fast, and replace healthy blood cells. The bone marrow, which helps the Continue reading Renfro Valley Presents Tanner Dole Day→