Tips for a Healthy Cookout

Posted On : April 25, 2018   In , ,

From traditional favorites such as hot dogs to side dishes and desserts, grilling is a great way to add flavor to all types of food. Make sure you do it right with these healthy grilling tips. Before the Big Cookout Start by cleaning your grill. Scrub it with hot, soapy water. Then, when you’re ready to cook, allow the grill to heat up sufficiently to eliminate potential bacteria problems. Make sure you have the right tools. Relying on color alone does not ensure the doneness of meat, poultry and fish. A food thermometer is the only way to ensure food

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The Calm Before the Storm

Posted On : July 7, 2016   In , ,

We have all heard the phrase, “the calm before the storm.” A summer storm can come on quickly and disappear just as quickly. Central Texas is no stranger to weather with multiple personalities. From severe thunderstorms and flash flooding to tornados and hail the size of golf balls, we’ve seen it all. Since our summer storm season hasn’t quite yet begun this year, now is a good time to go over some safety tips. BE PREPARED For any type of storm, it is important to be prepared. Have a storm action plan. Designate a safe place in your home, have

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Stay Safe & Healthy While Traveling

Posted On : June 16, 2016   In , ,

School is out and it is officially summer vacation. Six out of ten families will be hitting the road and the skies at one point or another during the break. Family ER of Cedar Park wants to make sure you get to your destination safely and in good health. PREPARATION  With proper preparation, your family can remain healthy while traveling. Make a health kit – Put a pack of key items together for those unexpected circumstances. A first aid kit is always a must. It doesn’t have to be big, just the basics will do. Stop by Family ER of

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Family First Aid: Snake Bite

Posted On : June 8, 2016   In , , ,

With the vast amount of rain Central Texas has received this spring, along with the warmer weather, our creepy, slithering neighbors are coming out of hibernation. We need to be aware of what to do should we encounter their wrath. Snake bites are not uncommon in our area. We have several species, both dangerous and non-dangerous, throughout our community. Learning how to identify them and learning basic first aid can be the difference between life and death, should one get bit. Identification To be clear, MOST SNAKES IN THE U.S. ARE NOT DANGEROUS! However, we have four major species of

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Top 10 Water Safety Tips

Posted On : May 9, 2016   In , , ,

May is National Water Safety Month. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 18. However, anyone can have a water-related accident whether they are a strong swimmer or just learning. With summer vacation right around the corner for our kids, swimming and other water activities will replace math and writing during these warm months. Keep it safe while in and around water and follow these Top 10 Family ER Safety Tips.    1. Ensure that everyone in your family knows how to swim.Water safety starts with knowing what to do in the

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Staying Cool When Exercising Outside

Posted On : June 30, 2015   In , , , ,

Written by: Ericca Whitley, Marketing Manager With temperatures rising, staying cool while you exercise outdoors can be a challenge. Your body has to work extra hard to keep itself cool and avoid heat related health conditions. Your body has its own air-conditioning technique. It’s called sweating. When you exercise in hot or high humidity, your body’s AC unit is unable to rid itself of excess heat. If you chose to continue your fitness routine outside, here are some tips to help your body stay cool. Talk to your doctor – If you have a pre-existing medical condition, it is important

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How to Avoid Heatstroke

Posted On : June 3, 2015   In , ,

Written by: Dr. Nathaniel Greenwood, DO, FACEP – CPEC Medical Director Summer is almost here. The kids will be out of school. Vacations will begin. Most people will spend a lot of time outdoors. However, with summer comes the heat. If proper steps aren’t taken, one can easily develop heatstroke with its devastating injury to the body. Heatstroke is the most serious form of heat injury. It occurs when the bodies temperature is greater than 104° F. Heatstroke requires emergent treatment. Otherwise, it will cause significant damage to the kidneys, heart, muscles and brain. Concerning signs that someone is developing

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