Saturday, June 2 is National Trails Day! There are multiple activities that many people enjoy while on the trails including hiking, biking, bird watching, geocaching, and horseback riding. Which activity will you choose to celebrate this day?
The Fargo-Moorhead area is a great place to explore. It is covered in trails! While many of these trails aren’t your traditional hiking trails, you can still enjoy them! Some places you may want to check out include Gooseberry Mound Park and M.B. Johnson Park. Check out the links below to find some trails and parks near you!
Before you head out on the trails, make sure you are prepared:
- proper footwear: trail shoes or hiking boots
- map: even though we have easy access to GPS on our phones, bring a map just in case!
- food and water: granola bars and trail mix work great! Bring extra food and water just in case your outing is longer than expected
- rain gear and extra clothing: be prepared for anything! We live in an area where the weather can be unpredictable
- first aid kit
- sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
The American Hiking Society has great resources including hiking etiquette and how to prepare for any length of an outing on the trail. Check out their website if you would like more information.
In the end, it does not matter which activity you choose to do while celebrating National Trails Day, just get out and enjoy nature!
The sun is out and the temperature is rising! People are escaping the indoors to enjoy some time outside such as in the backyard, at the baseball field, or at the lake. Will you be doing the any of these? Whatever activity it is that you participate in, how do you protect yourself from the sun? Friday, May 25th is “Don’t Fry Day” and brings awareness to protecting our bodies from skin cancer.
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common and most preventable cancer out there? Skin cancer is caused by being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Where do UV rays come from? The sun and tanning beds both expose our skin to these types of rays. It is important to take precautionary measures to protect ourselves from them. Read the following bullet points for some tips to decrease your risk of skin cancer!
- Spend your time outside in the shade, especially between 10a and 2p when the UV rays are strongest.
- Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs
- Wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses
- Apply sunscreen at least every two hours and after you towel off or get out of the water
- Avoid tanning beds!
UV rays from the sun can start causing damage to your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Even when it’s cloudy you still need to protect yourself. Keep an eye out for signs of skin cancer such as a new growth, sore that doesn’t heal, or change in a mole. The CDC has also posted a list of traits that may increase the risk of skin cancer:
- A lighter natural skin color.
- Family history of skin cancer.
- A personal history of skin cancer.
- Exposure to the sun through work and play.
- A history of sunburns, especially early in life.
- A history of indoor tanning.
- Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun.
- Blue or green eyes.
- Blond or red hair.
- Certain types and a large number of moles.
Even if you don’t have these traits, you can still get skin cancer. If you notice any changes in your skin, contact your doctor! Keep your body healthy and safe this summer by protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays!
Yesterday marked the beginning of a week of fun and fitness. It’s marathon week here in Fargo-Moorhead! The Fargo Marathon is in its 14th year and has events for all! Registration is now closed but all are welcome to cheer the participants on! Here is a list of the events for the week:
Tuesday: Furgo Dog Run
Thursday: Youth Run
Saturday: Relay, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K
For more details about the Fargo Marathon, visit their website at fargomarathon.com.
The first marathon was held in 1886. At this time, the distance was 24.8 miles. In 1921, the distance was changed to 26.2. There aren’t too many marathon runners out there. About 0.5% of the population in the U.S. has run and completed a marathon. As we all may know, running a marathon takes a lot of training and energy. The average completion time is 4-5 hours. That is a lot of running! A 150 pound person may burn around 2600 calories during their marathon run, so it is important for them to fuel up and hydrate accordingly. What you may not know is the process of “tapering.” This is when a runner gradually decreases the intensity of their workouts as their event gets near. Runners will also participate in carbohydrate loading, which is the process of increasing their carbohydrate intake in the few day prior to their event. As you can see, running a marathon takes great physical and mental strength as well as proper nutrition. Take some time out of your day to cheer on all of the runners participating this week! They have trained very hard to get to where they are!
Humans are a social species. No matter how often or how much we socialize, having some sort of a social life is very beneficial to our health! July has been dedicated as Social Wellness month as a reminder that no matter what our social goals are, creating new and maintaining current relationships is so important. Here are some facts about having social connections:
- Socially isolated people are more at risk to have illness and have a death rate two to three times higher than those who are not.
- Those who have social support do better under stress and are physically and mentally healthier.
Social media and technology has become a huge part of many peoples’ lives. It helps us stay connected with friends and family and know what is going on around us. Want to stay connected with long distance friends or family? You can stay connected through email, but you could also get connected though social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Do you have a friend from the past that you want to reconnect with? Find them on social media! Social media and technology have made it easy to stay connected! Start building up your social connections today! Your overall health will thank you!
Cord blood is the blood from the umbilical cord and placenta when a baby is born. When the cord is cut, some blood stays in the cord and the placenta attached to it and the baby no longer needs it. However, research has shown that saving this blood could be very beneficial and lifesaving in the future! Cord blood has all elements of blood plus blood-forming stem cells.
There are many uses for cord blood. Instead of using bone marrow in transplants, cord blood can be used! Transplants are used to assist treating people with blood, immune system, genetic, and metabolic diseases. There are so many people that benefit from transplants. Cord blood can make the transplant process easier as it can often be difficult to find a matching donor. Another use for cord blood is the stem cells that are in it. Research has shown a possibility that stem cells could replace other tissues of the body. They could be used to treat various cancers, blood diseases, and many other conditions.
There is still a large amount of research that needs to be done to learn more about cord blood and its benefits. Dedicating July as Cord Blood Awareness Month is a way to promote what we do know about cord blood. Take the time to learn more about cord blood and you’ll be amazed with how much science is changing and creating possibilities for the future!
Looking for a way to celebrate the Fourth of July this year? Come to Minnesota State University Moorhead for some fireworks and fun! The Moorhead Business Association has raised funds to continue this day of celebration and MSUM is honored to be able to host this night of fun. The event begins at 8:30pm and will go until around 11:00pm. This year, there will be a special performance by Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome. This is a classic rock, horn band out of Fargo that plays songs by Chicago, Blues Brothers, Phil Collins, Earth Wind and Fire, plus so many more! A fireworks display will follow the performance and begin at 10:30p.
This event is located at Nemzek Stadium on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. Admission is FREE! Don’t miss out on this fun filled evening!
It’s finally fireworks season! There is a lot of fun packed into fireworks as there is a huge variety! Loud, quiet, big, small, what is your preference? These exploding pieces of entertainment are so fun, but don’t let them end up putting a damper on your Fourth of July celebration! Incorporate the following safety tips to ensure a night full of fun and prevent potentially serious accidents.
- Know the laws of your city in regards to fireworks and follow them!
- Read instructions and warning labels before lighting. Know what the firework will do so you know what to expect to ensure the safety of others in the area.
- Responsible adults should supervise the use of fireworks. Fireworks should not be lit by someone under the influence of alcohol.
- Wearing safety glasses can protect your eyes from debris and sparks.
- Light one firework at a time and back away quickly.
- Do not relight “duds.” Instead, wait 20 minutes then put it in a bucket of water.
- Have a bucket of water nearby.
- Do not put fireworks in pockets or shoot them into glass or metal containers.
- Avoid the use of homemade fireworks.
- If you have pets, make sure they had IDs and keep them in a safe place.
- If it is windy, make sure the wind won’t blow the fireworks into the crowd or wait to light the fireworks until the wind dies down.
Follow these rules and use common sense when around fireworks. It may seem ridiculous to have so many rules, but they are there to protect everyone! Have a fun and safe fireworks season!