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Friends of New London Hospital May/June 2012
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Play it Safe While Playing Sports
Popular recreational sports result in more than 1 million adult injuries each year, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. And women are even more likely to be injured than men. Possible reasons include
structural differences in their knee and thigh muscles, fluctuating estrogen levels, and bone loss.
Here are some practical tips to help you dodge common sports injuries.
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“I am so excited to be working with Samantha
because she has a wealth of knowledge about child
development and child education,” said Rebecca.
“Both Sam and I believe that being active and eating
healthy foods impact a child’s ability to succeed in all
aspects of life—academics, future career, emotional
health, and friendships!”
A child’s weight is not the focus of
Fit for Life
; instead
it is on a healthy lifestyle, including activity and
healthy eating. The American Academy of Pediatrics
encourages at least 60 minutes of physical activity
each day in addition to physical education class in
school; less than two hours of “screen time” per day
(screen time includes TV, video games, and non-
homework related computer time); and NO sugary
drinks (this includes soda, juices, and sports drinks).
All participating students must have permission from
their primary care provider to participate or be given
a complete physical by a Newport Health Center
provider before joining
Fit for Life
. Each participant
has his/her height and weight (to determine BMI or
body mass index) and blood pressure checked at the
beginning of the 10 weeks and at the end of the 10
weeks, as well as a pre-evaluation and post-evaluation
of nutritional and activity choices.
“Our goal is to have reliable data, starting with this
baseline information that demonstrates the positive
outcomes of a healthy lifestyle program. We hope to
use this information to encourage the participants
to sustain their activity level and their healthy eating
habits for the future,” remarked Rebecca.
The
Fit for Life
program is supported by a generous
grant from the Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Foundation with the goal of engaging teens in
developing and participating in nutrition education,
exercise and fitness programs and developing life-long
healthy living habits.
7th Annual Grand Gala – A Night at the Oscars!
The Friends of New London Hospital’s 2012 Grand
Gala committee members, including Sue Campbell,
Sage Chase, Sue Elliott, Donna Ferries, Susan Galligan,
Lisa Gooding, Anne Holmes, Joyce Lineberry, Dusty
Logan, Cynthia Marshall, Kathy Munro, Isa Rex, Carol Troy,
and Tanya Wilkie, are putting the final touches on this year’s
exciting event scheduled for Saturday, June 9. As in previous
years, proceeds from the Gala support New London Hospital
and the Newport Health Center.
Joyce and Gary Lineberry, this year’s Honorary
Co-chairs, and site host Bill Ruger, Jr. look forward
to welcoming attendees to the festively decorated
Newport Mill building overlooking the Sugar River
in Newport. Paparazzi will be restricted behind the
stanchions lining the red carpet as stars arrive for the
celebratory evening’s events.
This year’s Gala theme is A Night at the Oscars and will
include an elegant dinner by Rockwell’s at the Inn, live
entertainment by New London Playhouse’s Carol Dunne
and dancing to the six-piece band, A House on Fire. This
year’s live auction will include several entertainment-
package getaways to exciting locations both near and far.
The dinner, auction and dancing will take place among Mr.
Ruger’s extensive antique car collection.
Additional information may be obtained by visiting
www.newlondonhospital.org
and clicking on Events,
or by calling Casey McMorrow at 603-526-5373.
Running
• Wear well-fitting running shoes.
Replace shoes every 500 miles to
avoid leg and foot injuries.
• Alternate hard training days with
easier days.
• Never run through pain, a signal that
something is wrong. Call your doctor
if pain lingers for a week.
• In warm weather, run in the early
morning or evening, and run indoors
when pollution levels are high.
• Plan to drink 10 to 15 ounces of fluid
about 10 minutes before you run and
every 20 to 30 minutes along the way.
Soccer
• Protect your vulnerable lower legs
with shin guards.
• Choose shoes with molded cleats or
ribbed soles. Reserve screw-in cleats
for situations when you need traction,
such as playing on a wet field with
high grass.
• Make sure the goal is padded and
secured to prevent head injuries.
• Use nonabsorbent balls on wet fields.
Leather balls get heavy when wet,
posing a higher injury risk.
Swimming
• Always swim with a partner.
• Never dive into shallow or murky
water. Each year, such dives disable
about 1,000 people with neck and/
or head injuries.
• Because water conducts electricity,
keep out of the water during storms.
• Don’t mix alcohol with water sports.
Experts estimate that alcohol
contributes to as many as 30% of
drowning deaths.
Squash or Racquetball
• Don’t play if you have a history
of heart problems.
• Wear cotton clothing, not a
rubberized sweat suit.
• Be sure to wear protective
eyewear certified by ASTM
International.