Taking the Right Steps to Stay in the Game

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Are you taking steps to make sure you stay healthy enough to enjoy the things you want to do, or developing habits that stack the deck against you? 
 
Weekend Warrior. Weekends are precious. It's your time to play...and work. Whether your weekend is filled with marathons and road races, raking and wood-splitting, or riding the trails on your dirt bike or ATV, you want to be in peak shape for pushing hard so Monday isn't as much of a pain.


The Hunt
. Hunting season is just around the corner. Is your body ready to handle the stress of dragging a deer out of the woods, or packing hunting gear two miles in to a remote location?  

Kids and Grandkids. They're great and time with them is precious. Staying healthy, physically and mentally, makes that time so much more valuable.

Everyday living. Chores, commuting, work, relationships. Fitness makes a difference in your everyday life, allowing you to move like you need to, be present and productive and make the most of your day.

This page has been created to collect and list resources that provide valuable health and safety information for those of you who are looking forward to hunting season.  

 

WARNING SIGNS & FIRST AID

7 Essential Skills for Staying Alive in the Wild - "After serving nearly three decades in the Air Force, Rod Alne now trains Special Ops Forces in the mountains of western Montana... Here, he shares the seven essential survival skills that every outdoorsman should master." 
• Upland Hills Health Classes 
• American Heart Association 
• American Red Cross 
Is it a stroke?  Learn the symptoms of a stroke and what actions to take FAST.

 

PREVENTION

Lyme Disease – Prevention, detection and treatments. "Take precautions to avoid tick bites. Be extra careful during warmer months. When possible, avoid walking or hiking in the woods and areas with high grass. If you do walk or hike in these areas, take measures to prevent tick bites..." 
Proper-fitting sports shoes can enhance performance and prevent injuries. "...avoid foot problems by finding a shoe store that employs a pedorthist or professional shoe fitter who knows..." 
Hearing loss information and how to avert. "...Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as noise generated in a woodworking shop. Recreational activities that can put you at risk for NIHL include target shooting and hunting..." 
Don’t Let Gun Sports Backfire on You: Use Ear Protection and Hang Onto Your Hearing. ""Ear protection still is very much neglected, especially in hunting. But, particularly in hunting, our sense of hearing is very important—almost as important as our sense of vision. We need to protect it as much as we can." 
Fall prevention.  Falls don't have to be a normal part of aging. Most falls can be prevented. You have the power to reduce your risk.

Keep your heart healthy.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, but you don't have to accept it as fate. Your lifestyle choices can offer some protection.

SCREENING

Assess your risk of having a heart attack. Before taking this online assessment you will need to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. If you do not know what they are, talk to you primary care doctor.
If you have not had an annual physical yet this year - call your primary care provider and schedule one now. If you do not have a primary care provider establish one today. 
Mental Health Awareness.  Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Know what to watch for and how to get help.
Get your Mo on.  Movember is a global organization with big goals. "By 2030, we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%." Movember focuses on three goals: testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health and suicide prevention.
Prostate Cancer Screening Check out our Public Service Announcements page for the latest guidelines on this screening, and other valuable information!

 

DIET AND EXERCISE

Increasing Aerobic Exercise... Activity Ideas "...Over time, this kind of activity benefits your heart, your muscles, your mood and..." 
Spectator Exercises
Sports Injuries Raise Cost of Active Life. "...the top five injury-causing activities among people over age 25 were recreational sports, exercising, basketball, pedal cycling, baseball/softball. Recreational sports include racquet sports ... as well as golf, fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain climbing, and other non-team leisure sports...recommends the following steps to reduce the risk of sports-related injuries..." 
Hunt Smart. Hunt Fit. "Follow our easy fitness plan to get into hunting shape in just 8 weeks...Do these exercises every other day, and take walks on your days off. You'll be surprised at how much better you'll feel this fall." 
Feed Your Body Well.  Our Registered Dietitians at Upland Hills Health work hard to make good information and great recipes available through their blog, Nutrition Made Simple.