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Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out

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When is the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? Years of sinus infections and winter viruses have a way of leading to an accumulation of various leftover prescriptions from sickness’ past. We count on these prescriptions to sustain our healthy mind on bodies through every season of the year, but what do we do with them after our sickness is over? And how do we properly use them in the first place? If you think it’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet you will need to keep the safety of your body and our environment in mind.

The National Patient Safety Foundation is having their annual Patient Safety Awareness Week Sunday, March 8th– Saturday, March 14th. Their hope is that we can all be united in safety as we promote awareness in how to properly take care of our bodies. This entails knowing your medications, securing your medications, and properly disposing of your medications. We want to keep both our bodies and the environment free from harm and the American Recall Center offers us three simple steps and questions to keep in mind.

  1. Know your medications: Do you take your prescriptions as prescribed and understand all of its possible side effects?
  2. Secure your medications: Are your medications stored in a secure location and how do you monitor their amounts?
  3. Dispose of you medications: Do you know how and where to safely dispose of unused or expired medications? Have you checked to see if any medications are recalled?

For resources on taking the Medicine Cabinet Clean-Put Challenge check out FDA tips on medication disposal (How To Dispose Of Unused Medicines) and American Recall Center’s easy way for checking if medication is recalled (Patient Safety Alerts).

March 9, 2015 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Winter Bike to Work

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Who says that biking is just a summer hobby? Here in Madison every season is biking season! There’s no better way to stay warm outside than to get on your bike and enjoy a bike ride to work during Madison Bike Winter Week. Don’t let the low temperatures and piles of snow discourage you, join the community of bikers for a special Winter Bike Week!

If you are wondering why you should grab your bike instead of heading to the bus or your car, here are some benefits of biking to work:

Save Some Money. According to the BikeToWork.com the yearly cost of owning and operating a vehicle can be more than $9,000 which is 18% of the average household’s income. Owning and maintaining a bicycle can cost as little as $120 per year.

Lose Some Pounds. When you get home from a long day of work, going to the gym may not be your top priority or desire. Biking to work is a great cardio exercise that will keep you slim and trim all year round.

Say Goodbye to Traffic Jams. Business Insider says that Americans can spend more than 25 minutes in traffic while driving to work every day. Riding a bike can shorten that time and get you to work without the frustration of stand-still traffic.

No More Parking Hassles. If you have tried to park your car in downtown Madison, you have experienced the 15 minute struggle to find a spot. When parking garages fill up and the streets are parked in, you could instead ride your bike directly to your destination location.

Help the Environment. Riding a bike to work contributes greatly to a cleaner environment. Bicycles use no fuel and take less energy to make than cars. You can play a role in reducing transportation emissions and make an impact too!

Sunday, February 8th through Saturday, February 14th will be a full week of winter biking activities for Madison Bike Winter Week! Join Madison bike commuters in celebrating winter biking with a winter bike ride at Barriques, free breakfast at Whole Foods, and much, much more! Check out their Facebook event for a full list of daily activities (https://www.facebook.com/events/1391453804491958/).

Invite your friends outside of Madison to join in the winter bike craze too! Friday, February 13th is International Winter Bike To Work Day. Commit to biking to work online and see where hundreds of others have committed around the world on an interactive map. Check out more details: http://winterbiketoworkday.org/

Image: http://www.activetrans.org/

February 9, 2015 at 9:40 am Leave a comment


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