Fun and games -- and risks -- outdoors
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
There’s nothing like having fun outdoors – unless somebody gets hurt.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 400,000 people were injured during outdoor activities in 2004 and 2005.
The most injuries occurred during activities like snowboarding and sledding. Of course, people got hurt in summer activities, too.
The CDC’s Arlene Greenspan adds this caution:
“Even some of the outdoor activities we often think are safe, such as hiking, can result in injuries.” (6 seconds)
Careful planning can prevent injuries. Alerting others about where you are going and using proper equipment are important. Greenspan also says people should know their skill level and stay within their limits.
These preparations will help you stay safe as you enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Learn more at hhs.gov.
HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.
Last revised: May 7, 2011