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Thirteenth Annual Plain City 4 Mile Walk/Run is Saturday, June 22.

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The Thirteenth Annual 4 Mile Run/Walk and Kid Fun Runs, held each year by UPCO, the Uptown Plain City Organization, will fall on Saturday, June 22 this year.

The race will be held at the Plain City Elementary School, 580 South Chillicothe Street. The race will take runners and walkers through beautiful Uptown Plain City and neighboring areas of the Village.

The main race will begin at 8 am.

The Kid Fun Race includes the Youth Run for those 10-14 years old and the Dash for those 9 years and younger. These races begin about 8:45 am. The Kid Fun Races will stay within the confines of the schoolyard. All participants receive a Fun Run Award.

Registration is $35 for a timed race and $30 for an untimed race. Registration is $40 the day of the race. The Kid Fun Run Registration is $5. The Dash Registration is $2.

To register online, go HERE.

There will be awards for the top finishers, as well as awards for age categories. For more information on all awards and event details, go HERE.

All proceeds from the run/walk will go for the charitable efforts of UPCO and the Plain City Masonic Lodge (Urania Lodge #311).

For additional information on the run/walk, go HERE.

To Like the Run/Walk on Facebook, go HERE.

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Happy Father’s Day!

We want to wish all our Dads a Happy Father’s Day.

In appreciation for all that the fathers in our community do for their families, we are presenting them with a special pen for Father’s Day.

If you are a dad in any form (to humans or to fur babies), please stop in the pharmacy and let us thank you for all that you do with our special gift.

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June is National Pride Month. Here is The History of the Pride Celebration. By Our Student Pharmacist, Stephanie VanHouten.

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As many of you may know, June is national Pride month! Pride celebrations across America continue to grow every year with more and more allies joining in on the fun.

And why not?

With Pride comes a colorful parade, joyful music, great performances, delicious food and drinks, lively celebration, and so much fun in the park – including plenty of kid-friendly activities.

But, do you know the history behind this yearly nationwide event? Let’s take a look at why we celebrate Pride with a parade in June across the country every year.

Pride was born from the Stonewall Riots of 1969. These riots marked the beginning of LGTBQ liberation in the United States.

In America in the 1950’s, homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Both socially and politically, it was considered wrong to be gay. LGTBQ people were often targeted in many unfortunate ways, some lawful, some not.

In general, the social climate towards homosexuality was extremely intolerant and very few establishments welcomed openly gay individuals throughout the 50’s and 60’s. From this exclusion, the need for private gay clubs, bars, restaurants, etc. was born.

However, since there was also no political protection for the LGTBQ community, police often raided these gay-friendly establishments. One such raid, the morning of June 28, 1969, was on the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York. This police raid is what began protesting, rioting, and general uprising from the Greenwich Village community (mainly consisting of marginalized LGQTB people) that lasted off and on for several days. This uprising began the movement of LGTBQ people to organize. From this, two LGTBQ activist organizations were formed in New York City.

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The following year on June 28, 1970, the first parades to commemorate the raid and subsequent riots were held in cities across the nation, including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and LA. The participants chanted, “Say it clear, say it loud! Gay is good, gay is proud!”

Thus, the tradition of Pride in June was born.

Thankfully, we have come a long way from the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Now we celebrate openly and with pride (hence the name!). But it is important that we look back and remember the history of Pride, not only to honor those brave activists rioting in the streets for our liberation, but also so history will not repeat itself.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots! We are celebrating Pride in Downton Columbus the weekend of June 14-16 and all are welcome! Highlights include RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Nina West as the grandmaster of the parade the morning of June 15 and the Pride Festival immediately following in Bicentennial Park.

If you attend, please don’t forget why we celebrate! We celebrate the right for LGTBQ people to exist peacefully in society, without fear of hate, intolerance, or injustice.

We celebrate to remember the Stonewall Riots.

Also, don’t forget to wear sunscreen! I hope to see you there!

 

Water and Boating Safety. By Our Student Pharmacist, Andris Grinvalds.

Pool Safety

Summer is almost here! The consistent warm temperatures and sunshine are drawing everyone to the outdoors.

There is no better way to enjoy the hot weather than to go for a swim or go boating out on a lake. However, it is important for everyone to first consider boating and water safety. Most accidental drownings are preventable and it is important for everyone to be aware of these safety tips so we can all beat the heat with safety in mind.

The number one rule is to never swim alone and to never leave young children alone around any body of water. Most drownings happen silently and quickly. Being distracted for a few seconds can be enough for a child to fall into the water. Accidents can happen in less than thirty seconds. And they can happen without a sound. It is important to always have a young child within arm’s reach when around water. Remember that floating toys and air mattresses are not alternatives for life vests. Remove floating toys when the pool is not being used. Children may reach for the toy and fall in by accident. Do not be lulled into thinking children are safe if they have taken swimming lessons; it is still important to stay near the child at all times.

Other safety precautions include:

  • Every able person should be trained in CPR and other rescue techniques.
  • Have a first aid kit handy.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol when swimming or supervising a child near water.
  • Do not become complacent and rely on a lifeguard to watch children.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first.

Swimming in natural bodies of water comes with different risks. Water in rivers and lakes is darker and may have a current or undertow. If you are caught in a current, do not fight it. Float with the current or swim parallel to shore until the current is weak enough to escape. Never dive in unfamiliar areas.

Other popular summer activities include sailing and boating. Most of boating fatalities can also be avoided if one is aware and knows how to stay safe. Nearly half of all boating accidents happen when alcohol is involved. Avoid alcohol when operating a boat. Anyone born after January 1, 1982 must have a boating license to operate a boat. It is important that all passengers are familiar with the safety precautions before boarding.

All of the boating regulations for Ohio can be found HERE.

Life Jacket Fit

Life jackets are crucial in boating safety. In Ohio, children under 10-years-old must always wear a life jacket on boats less than 18 feet in length. The law also says that there must be a life jacket for every person aboard the boat and they must be readily accessible. All boaters are encouraged to wear a life jacket at all times. Falling out of a boat may disorient the person and prevent them from being able to swim. A life jacket will keep the person’s head above water so they don’t drown.

Life vests should be inspected before leaving the shore to make sure they are in good condition. It is also important for everyone to try on the life jacket and make sure it fits. There are different life jackets for children and adults. Life jackets are fitted based on weight and chest size. Make sure the life jacket has a tight fit and is properly fastened. To check if the life jacket fits properly, lift your arms up and have someone pull up on the shoulders of the vest. If the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face, it fits correctly.

Some other boating safety tips include:

  • Never boat alone or at least have a plan and let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Always carry a cell phone for emergencies.
  • Never swim in a marina. Boats are connected to shore with power lines and stray power lines can result in paralysis and death.

Please share these tips with family and friends to bring awareness to the community. If we all know and understand the safety concerns of swimming and boating, we can avoid tragedy and enjoy this beautiful summer weather.

Resources:

Boyse K. Water and pool safety. Published May 2010. Accessed June 2019. http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/water.htm

National Safety Council. Water Safety. Published 2019. Accessed June 2019. https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/drowning

Kalkomey Enterprises. Study Guide for Ohio Boater Education Certificate. Published 2019. Accessed June 2019. https://www.boat-ed.com/ohio/studyGuide/10103602/

United Stated Coast Guard. Wearing your life jacket. Published June 2019. Accessed June 2019. https://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/life-jacket-wear-wearing-your-life-jacket.php

United States Coast Guard. How to choose the right life jacket. Published June 2019. Accessed June 2019. http://www.uscgboating.org/images/howtochoosetherightlifejacket_brochure.pdf

National Marine Manufacturers Association. Safe boating tips. Published May 21 2019. Accessed June 2019. https://www.discoverboating.com/ownership/safety/tips

Heatstroke, Heat Exhaustion, and Dehydration. By Our Student Pharmacist, Steve McVey.

Summer heat

The arrival of summer brings us sunny weather and many opportunities for outdoor activities. With the good weather, it is important to be mindful of spending excessive amounts of time in the heat. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that heat-related illnesses, including dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke, cause approximately 600 deaths per year and all pose serious risks. However heat-related illnesses are preventable if you take the right precautions and watch for danger signs.

Higher temperatures, muggy or humid weather, and sun exposure can all increase the risk of heat-related illness. Under any of these conditions, the body may overheat and not be able to cool down properly. We normally sweat to help our bodies cool down, but dehydration, dry skin, or sunburn can stop the skin from sweating or releasing heat properly. However, in some circumstances, even proper sweating may not be enough to cool down our body temperature.

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Some special populations including older adults, young children, people with other health conditions, and athletes are all at an increased risk from prolonged heat exposure.

Visit this CDC link to find more information about protecting at risk populations.

Heatstroke may be caused by either strenuous activity or simply being in a hot environment for an extended period of time. Other factors like wearing too much clothing, drinking alcohol, or dehydration can lead to heatstroke. Heat exhaustion is often caused by the same conditions and circumstances and can lead to heatstroke.

Hallmark signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion include increased body temperature, with heatstroke being above 103℉ and heat exhaustion being above the normal 98.6℉. A person with heatstroke may have hot, red, dry, or damp skin and may have a throbbing headache. Those with heat exhaustion usually sweat excessively and their skin may be cool or damp. Heat cramps are often the first sign of heat exhaustion.

You can click here for a chart with more information about signs and symptoms

Drinking water

It is important to stay hydrated and limit exposure to heat and sunlight. Everyone should increase their water intake during summer months regardless of how much exercise or activity you are getting. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. If you are fluid restricted, ask your doctor about how much you should drink.

You can also help prevent heat-related illness by dressing in lightweight, light colored, and loose fitting clothing. Plan outdoor activities in the morning and evenings to avoid the hottest times of the day. Apply sunscreen, at least SPF 15 or higher, 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply according to package instructions. Stay indoors when possible in a cool, air conditioned room. Fans may help with comfort, but air conditioning is needed in extreme heat to help lower body temperature. Never leave anyone, child or adult or pet, in a car in hot weather. Temperatures may reach upwards of 110℉ in as little as 20 minutes.

If you suspect someone is suffering from heatstroke, call 911 immediately, move them to a shady area, and cool their body temperature rapidly with cool baths/water. Do not give them anything to drink. If someone is experiencing heat exhaustion, use similar methods to cool them down, and give them cool water to sip. Heat cramps may be treated with rest and cool sports drinks or juice.

You can find more information about how to treat heat-related illnesses here.

Remember to stay hydrated, stay informed, and stay safe while enjoying the summer weather.

References:

  1. About Extreme Heat. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.html. Updated June 19, 2017. Accessed June 6, 2019.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Extreme Heat. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/faq.html. Reviewed June 1, 2012. Accessed June 6, 2019.
  3. Protecting Vulnerable Groups From Extreme Heat. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/specificgroups.html. Reviewed June 19, 2017. Accessed June 6, 2019.
  4. Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.html. Reviewed June 19, 2017. Accessed June 6, 2019.
  5. Mayo Clinic Staff. Heatstroke. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke/symptoms-causes/syc-20353581. Reviewed August 15, 2017. Accessed June 6, 2019.
  6. Mayo Clinic Staff. Heat Exhaustion. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-exhaustion/symptoms-causes/syc-20373250. Reviewed December 14, 2017. Accessed June 6, 2019.
  7. Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html. Reviewed September 1, 2017. Accessed June 6, 2019.

Dehydration pic link https://www.accesssportsmed.com/news/how-to-tell-youre-dehydrated/

Heat pic link https://northendwaterfront.com/2018/07/tips-for-beating-the-summer-heat/

Drinking water link https://centralflawatertreatment.com/clean-and-healthy-drinking-water