The cooler autumn weather is nearing, and hunting season will soon be in full gear in Central Pennsylvania. As you prepare to head into the woods this fall, remember to prepare your body as well. The best preparation is a check up with your family physician to make sure your heart, lungs and body are ready for the hunt.
And for your health and safety in the woods, consider the health tips below.
- Take an emergency first aid kit with you, so that you are prepared for any unexpected medical conditions or injuries that might arise.
- Avoid overexertion and sweating. Sweating increases heat loss through evaporation.
- Carry a cellular phone or radio to remain in contact with others if an emergency arises.
- A wristwatch will help you plan when its time to head back before nightfall.
- Carry a flashlight and whistle in the event that you become lost.
- Matches or a lighter will help to build a fire that may be needed if you become stranded in the woods.
- Treat every gun as if it is loaded and always point in a safe direction.
- Be certain of your target and whats beyond it.
Nutrition tips for a safe hunting experience include the following:
Clothing tips for hunting include the following:
Mount Nittany Medical Center is offering a free hunters health screening this Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm on the ground floor, in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium. Please use entrance D at the rear of the building. For more information, call 814.231.7054.
The screening offers tetanus boosters, hearing tests, EKGs, cholesterol screenings, blood glucose screenings, body mass index screenings, and vision screenings.
Rich A. Kelley, NREMT-P, is the Prehospital Clinical Supervisor in the Prehospital Services Department at Mount Nittany Medical Center.