"Back Door Reading" from your Parish Nurse

                                                                                          June 2012


Stay Cool & Hydrated

As the temperatures start to rise, it is important to protect yourself from the sun and heat. Sunburn is a sign of too much exposure to UV rays, and is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Heat exhaustion occurs when you are too active in hot temperatures and if not careful can lead to heat stroke.

According to the Center for Disease Control, a substantial percentage of lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 20. Individuals with more than one blistering sunburn during childhood are at a greater risk for developing basal cell carcinoma and two times more likely to develop melanoma than those without such exposures.

Since people over 65 are more likely to have a chronic medical condition or take prescription medicine that impacts the body’s ability to regulate temperature, they are more prone to heat stress.


  • Avoid using the stove or oven to cook.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
  • Drink plenty of water (2-4 cups an hour while working or exercising outside).
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.

If you experience, high body temperature (above 103°F), dry or moist skin, rapid pulse, confusion, dizziness, nausea & vomiting… call your primary care provider and seek care right away.                                        Source: www.cdc.gov




Mile Movers

Walking is an activity that easily fits into everyday life and is most likely to be maintained over time. If done regularly, walking can…increase circulation, improve cardiovascular efficiency& muscle tone, burn calories, and reduce stress. For extra motivation, join Mile Movers…


  • Obtain a tracking card at the Cumberland Downtown Mall Office, Allegany County Public Libraries, or WMHS-Community Health & Wellness Office.
  • Record your steps or miles walked during the month.  You can walk one of the mile routes that start at the public libraries or one of the other identified trails. Or you can walk in your neighborhood and track steps with a pedometer.
  • Submit the card at the end of the month and earn a chance in the raffle. Forms can be dropped off at the locations listed above.
  • When you reach the 100 mile mark, you will be contacted about your Make Healthy Choices Easy t-shirt.


On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 8-9am, a WMHS representative will be in the Food Court at the Country Club Mall checking blood pressures. Tracking cards and pedometers will also be available. Please stop by if you have any questions.



For more information, call 240-964-8424