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  • Zika virus concerns and prevention

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    Zika virus concerns and prevention

    Although first discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda, Africa; the Zika virus has recently become a concern in other parts of the world; including South and Central America, the U.S., and locally here in Texas. Most of the population is not significantly impacted by Zika infections; however, others can incur serious ramifications.


  • Surviving two-a-day or prolonged practices

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    Surviving two-a-day or prolonged practices

    Beginning for many youth athletes in late July or early August, two-a-day practice sessions are a common part of early-season conditioning in football and other fall sports. These extra training sessions help to accelerate physical conditioning, skill development and team development; however, athletes experience increased amounts of physical, mental and other types of stress during these multi-session practice days as they manage high energy demands, limited recovery time and increased worry of making the team or earning a starting position. The heat and humidity of summer practices add additional stresses as well.



  • The facts about summer sun safety

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    The facts about summer sun safety

    When it comes to buying the right sunscreen, there are so many choices you may not know which is best. Sunscreen, or sunblock, protects skin against the sun's ultraviolet A (UVA) ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburn.


  • 5 Tips for preventing hot car deaths

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    5 Tips for preventing hot car deaths

    We all know that the Texas summer heat is serious business. But did you know that Texas leads the nation in hot car deaths? Each year an average of 10 children in Texas die from being left a hot car. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on a relatively mild 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. And because a child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's, the risk of heat stroke, brain damage and death is much greater for children left in hot cars.


  • 3 Cool rules for being safe in the pool

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    3 Cool rules for being safe in the pool

    A swimming pool is a great place for kids to cool off. It's also a great place for kids to get into trouble when no one's looking. How well does your child swim? Pool safety starts before your child ever gets into the water and understanding your child’s skill level can help you make smart decisions about water safety. You can learn more about your child’s swimming ability by going to your local YMCA to receive a FREE swim assessment. If your child is not a strong swimmer, enroll him or her in swim classes. The YMCA offers swimming classes for children six months and up. Even children that pass a swim assessment can benefit from additional swim instruction. Learning the rules of the water and how to be a strong swimmer is a great defense against drowning.



  • Ride your bike smart and safe

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    Ride your bike smart and safe

    If you're a Baby Boomer or part of Generation X, you may or may not have worn a bicycle helmet when you cruised around the neighborhood with your friends. These days, we're a lot safer. Most kids learn to put their helmet on first before they even test out their first pair of training wheels.


  • A deeper dive into pool safety rules

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    A deeper dive into pool safety rules

    We’ve already shared the three essential rules to pool safety. Now let’s dive deep into some more helpful water safety tips to keep your pool safe all year around.


  • Sun Safety Tips for Kids

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    Sun Safety Tips for Kids

    It's warming up, and outdoor activities are in full swing. With temperatures increasing fast and skin cancer on the rise in young adults, it's important to protect your kids from the hot Texas sun. These sun safety tips will help you do just that.


  • Is that dog friendly? Tips on helping your children avoid dog bites

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    Is that dog friendly? Tips on helping your children avoid dog bites

    During the summertime, dog bites rise due to the increased amount of time both dogs and children spend outside. Whether it is an unfamiliar dog or family dog, all dogs can bite and need to be approached carefully. Keep your family safe this summer by following tips from our expert.


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