Have Fun and Stay Safe This Fall

Nov
02
2012

With fall approaching, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of cooler weather before the winter months, and freezing temperatures, begin. Fun autumn activities are ideal for luring your kids away from computer or television screens and breathing some fresh air.

Thanks to a new crop of produce and the change in foliage, there is a lot to do and see outside. Check to see what is in season in your area and then get out there. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Apple picking: Pick a bucketful and then spend time in the kitchen together baking a pie.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch and/or corn maze: Kids will be excited to pick out a pumpkin when they can look forward to carving it at home.
  • Take a nature walk: Even if you just stay on your street, marvel at the beautifully colored leaves that the cooler weather offers.
  • Visit a farm and take a hayride: A perfect day trip for kids, a farm visit is a great way to teach kids where their food comes from.
  • Organize a Family Football Game: Football season is well under way, so it shouldn’t be hard to round up some kids and get some healthy exercise.

If you think the last suggestion would be appealing to your family, remember to keep the game safe with a no-tackle rule in order to help prevent concussions. A concussion is the most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury and is often caused by a sudden direct blow or bump to the head. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur each year in the United States.

There are some common physical, mental and emotional symptoms a person may display following a concussion. Any of these could be a sign of traumatic brain injury, including confusion or feeling dazed, slurred speech, headache, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or noise, and memory loss.

Concussions are graded as mild (grade 1), moderate (grade 2), or severe (grade 3). The seriousness of a concussion dictates what kind of treatment you should seek. Most people with concussions fully recover with appropriate treatment, so it is important to seek medical attention if you believe you are suffering from a concussion in order to be properly diagnosed.


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