5 Tips To Help Your Lawn Prepare For Next Season

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grassCool temperatures, light rainfalls and beautiful autumn leaves signal that fall is nearly here. These same signs tell lawns that fall has come and winter is on the way, too. End the season with a bang by rejuvenating the lawn and prepping for the cooler season ahead.

Early autumn is the best time to repair damage, browning or dead spots, fertilize and improve the yard. Follow these five tips from experts at The Espoma Organic Company to have a greener, lusher and healthier than ever yard next spring.

Help The Lawn Hang On All Winter Long

1. Know How to Mow. Continue mowing as needed throughout the fall months. Keep the mower blades high (3” or higher) to encourage healthy roots.

2. Rake it up. Remove fallen leaves as soon as possible. Leaves that haven’t been cleaned up tend to become a soggy mess that can suffocate grass and breed diseases. Either rake or use a lawnmower with a collection bag to keep on top of the leaves. Compost leaves to use as mulch in the spring.

3. Agree to Reseed. If the entire lawn looks dry and brown, overseed the whole thing. If only certain areas look bare, reseed only those spots. First, perform a soil test and improve if needed. Then cut grass lower than normal and remove clippings. Level, rake soil smooth and spread Espoma Organic Lawn Starter. With a broadcast spreader, apply a seed that best suits your region and weather. Finally, water.

4. Prepare with Care. Get the lawn ready for the cooler weather ahead by fortifying it with nutrients. Fertilize now with Espoma’s organic fall winterizer. A fall feeding will promote growth, increase winter hardiness and helps lawns recover from drought. Apply organic fall winterizer to a dry lawn after seeding and mowing. Use a drop or broadcast spreader and be certain to overlap slightly to prevent striping. For best results, water lightly after the application if rain is not expected within 24 hours.

5. Fido First. Always use organic products. Harsher, chemical lawn products can be eaten, ingested or passed on to pets (and brought into the home). This exposure has been linked with a higher risk of canine cancer. Keep pets alive longer by making sure their paws are safe by using organic lawn products.

The Espoma Company has been the pioneer in natural gardening solutions since 1929. Espoma provides an extensive selection of natural products that work in harmony with nature and are safe for people, pets and the planet. The company produces more than 100 products to cover the nutritional needs of plants and to grow beautiful lawns and gardens. Visit espoma.com for more information and tips about organic lawn care.

5 Weight Loss Tips

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Fit Body Boot Camp releases Spring fat loss tips to help get bodies ready for Summer.

scaleGenuine fat loss results can seem virtually impossible for many who have tried diets and gym memberships in the past. But what failed dieters and gym-goers don’t realize is that weight loss results can be guaranteed by adhering to five simple principles.

1. Nutrition

No one can out-train a bad diet. No matter how many hours one spends working at the gym, a poor diet can undermine nearly all efforts to lose weight.

But a nutritional mean plan does not mean starvation, calorie counting or tasteless foods. There are plenty of delicious and healthy diet plans that make weight loss possible.

Fit Body Boot Camp offers just such plans to its clients. With a meal plan and cookbook in-hand, in addition to a personalized nutritional consultation, Fit Body Boot Camp clients are more than prepared to start making healthy meal choices.

2. The Afterburn Effect

Faster and more dramatic results can be guaranteed by initiating what’s called the Afterburn Effect.

Otherwise known as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, the Afterburn Effect burns additional calories for hours after finishing a workout.

Fit Body Boot Camp workouts are expertly designed, combining just the right amount of high intensity aerobic and resistance training, to trigger the Afterburn Effect.

3. Professional Guidance

For those unfamiliar with a gym environment or uncomfortable using weights and exercise machines, professional assistance is a great way to guarantee weight loss.

There is a lot to know when it comes to using certain equipment and targeting certain body parts. A lack of knowledge or guidance can result in disappointing results and even injury.

While one-on-one training is often prohibitively expensive, Fit Body Boot Camp workouts come at a much lower price and are always guided by a licensed personal trainer. This individualized attention ensures proper exercise technique and variety, guaranteeing results and minimizing risk of injury.

4. Workout Variety

Regularly changing how and when one exercises can greatly increase weight loss results while avoiding the dreaded plateau.

Many individuals, after losing some weight, experience a plateau that prevents any further weight loss. This can be avoided by time differentiation and workout variety.

This is why Fit Body Boot Camp offers an entirely different workout each day along with multiple different class times. This variety helps keep clients’ bodies from acclimating to any one time or exercise.

5. Accountability Systems

Perhaps the most important method for guaranteeing weight and fat loss results is an accountability system. Complete life and body transformations are extremely difficult, yet this difficulty is compounding when attempting the process entirely alone.

To combat this difficulty and guarantee results, Fit Body Boot Camp employs total accountability systems. The group atmosphere of any Fit Body workout class, along with the personalized attention from personal trainers, keeps individuals accountable for their results.

To find the nearest Fit Body Boot Camp location and try their results guaranteeing system, visit FitBodyBootCamp.com.

About Fit Body Boot Camp:

Fit Body Boot Camp is a family of indoor fitness boot camps with the global goal of engaging 20% of the world’s population in a healthy and fit lifestyle by the year 2020. Fit Body Boot Camp was founded and is operated by Bedros Keuilian, fitness business and marketing expert.

Visit http://www.fitbodybootcamp.com/ to find the nearest boot camp.

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Baylor Expert Offers Tips For Successful College Transition

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teensBack-to-school takes on new meaning for students heading off to college, with the focus shifting from new school supplies and clothes to developing time management and study skills and living on their own for the first time. A Baylor College of Medicine expert in family psychology offers some helpful tips.

“There are a number of issues that teens heading off to college for the first time may face,” said Dr. James Bray, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor. “It’s their first time away from home and living independently, and they don’t have the usual support system. For some, it’s the first time they’ve had to buckle down and study hard. It’s important for students to be prepared to develop new habits and seek out help if needed.”

Develop new routines and habits

Creating new habits and routine is key, Bray said. He suggests setting up regular study times and sticking to them. Students who struggle with getting to class on time or studying effectively may be able to find campus assistance. Many colleges and universities offer courses or workshops on these topics. Students also can seek out advice and help from a dormitory resident assistant, or RA.

Eating healthy and finding time for exercise also should be part of the new routine, Bray said. It will help students deal with stress, and keep off the so-called ‘Freshman 15.’ Many colleges have gym facilities and group exercises classes included as part of their fees, so students should take advantage of those programs. On the other hand, watch out for the unlimited food available in school dining halls.

Recognize feelings

Bray acknowledges that some students will start to feel anxious and homesick, or even depressed.

“It’s important to recognize these feelings and not just suffer in silence,” he said.

If needed, college students should head home for a weekend visit. Again, they should take advantage of campus resources such as counseling centers and RAs. Without seeking help, grades may begin to fall, Bray said.

Be aware of alcohol abuse

Another issue for college students to be mindful of is binge drinking, Bray said. This is more common among college freshmen and sophomores. By junior year, there is a decline in alcohol abuse; however, if it persists after this point, students may have trouble finishing school and moving on with successful careers.

He points out that underclassmen are typically underage, and drinking can have legal consequences with lifelong implications on their careers.

There also are serious potential health effects of binge drinking. “Anytime you drink five or more drinks on one occasion, it has implications for your health, including putting you at risk for injury and increasing your risk of sexually transmitted diseases and, for women, being victims of sexual assault.” What’s more, alcohol abuse can affect brain development, which continues until about age 22 or 23.

“College students need to be aware of the situations they are in, such as at parties or other college events where there is alcohol,” he said. Stick with friends, have a cell phone charged, limit alcohol intake and trust instincts.

Finally, Bray said to remember that students living in dorms are in close quarters and illnesses can spread quickly. Students should stay up to date on vaccinations and seek out healthcare if they aren’t feeling well, before it leads to missed class time.

Tips To Beat Summer Heat

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grandparentchildWith summer in full swing, it is time to make the most of everything that makes summer special. Whether planning a trip to the beach to soak up rays, prepping for your backyard barbecue, or just participating in any outdoor activities, Riverdale Urgent Care wants everyone’s summer to be a healthy one. But remaining healthy and safe during the summer requires keeping some tips in mind while enjoying all that the season has to offer.

With summer sun comes outdoor fun but as those rays bring their heat, they also bring dangerous UV rays. Skin does not have to feel hot to be burned. Sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes but can sometimes take up to 6 hours to become evident with redness, burning and blistering. The best protection against sunburn is really to stay out of the sun, but that is impossible. So when out in the sun remember the following:

* The sun is strongest between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

* Sunburn can still occur on cloudy days

* Sunscreen should be put on at least 30 minutes before going out and should be at least SPF15

* Arms and legs should be protected by loose-fitting cotton clothing

There is another danger that lurks in the summer time that many aren’t even aware of until it’s too late. Instances of heat-related illness, such as heat cramping, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, increase as the temperature rises. Some populations – infants, young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure – are particularly susceptible to the effects of summer heat. Whether it is a sunburn or heat-related illnesses, if left unaddressed, it can become more serious. Heat stroke is particularly dangerous because it requires immediate emergency medical attention.

Riverdale Urgent Care is available to treat summer sun-and-fun-related medical issues, so don’t wait until they are emergencies to call.

About the company:

Riverdale Urgent Care is conveniently located at 5665 Riverdale Ave. in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, N.Y. At Riverdale Urgent Care, each staff member brings in-depth understanding, extensive experience and skills. In addition to treating life’s everyday minor injuries, they offer drug testing, blood testing, vaccines, on-site X-rays, EKGs, stitches and rapid in-house testing for flu, strep throat and mono. They can also perform physicals for DOT commercial drivers, camp, school and employment.

Rhinophyma: Tips For Dealing With A Large, Red Nose

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newsDermatology Specialist Dr. Joshua Fox Answers Questions and Explains Link to Rosacea.

The bulbous, red nose most often associated with the comedian W.C. Fields has often been thought to be caused by heavy drinking. While alcohol consumption may increase blood flow to the face and cause temporary redness, it is not responsible for rhinophyma, a skin condition characterized by a large, red, bumpy nose that is just as likely to occur in non-drinkers as in drinkers.

“Rhinophyma is a complication of an advanced stage of severe rosacea,” says Dr. Joshua Fox, Founder and medical director of Advanced Dermatology, P.C. “It can rarely interfere with breathing and the changes to appearance can cause severe emotional distress and even social isolation. Fortunately, we have effective treatments for rhinophyma that reduce or eliminate its disfiguring effects.”

What causes rhinophyma?

While rhinophyma is rare, rosacea is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin condition in which blood vessels under the skin expand allowing more blood to flow to the surface and giving the face a red, sun-burned or wind-burned appearance. As the condition progresses, small, pimple-like bumps appear that resemble acne but there are no blackheads or whiteheads that are typical of that teen-age affliction. In the most severe, advanced cases of rosacea, the outer layers of skin on the nose thicken and develop enlarged pores as the lower nose gradually grows into the swollen, bulbous shape typical of rhinophyma.

“We don’t know why some cases of rosacea advance to rhinophyma and others don’t,” says Dr. Fox. “Some think rhinophyma is most commonly seen in middle-aged and older men although rosacea occurs more often in women. People with light hair, skin and eyes and a family history of the disorder are also at higher risk for rosacea.”

In addition, if the rosacea is treated at an earlier stage it may prevent its progression.

What can be done to prevent rhinophyma?

There is no definitive way of preventing the progression of rosacea to rhinohpyma but avoiding triggers that aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the face can delay the worsening of symptoms. Common irritants include excessive exposure to the sun; hot, cold and windy weather extremes; stress; hot and spicy foods; alcohol; and medications that dilate the blood vessels. One new cream is Soolantra 1% Ivermectin cream which may help rosacea.

Tips for treating rhinophyma.

Rhinophyma will not clear up on its own. When it is diagnosed in the early stages, some medications can be effective in alleviating the symptoms. These include oral antibiotics to reduce inflammation, topical creams or ointments to reduce swelling, and acne treatments that prevent the sebaceous glands from producing oil.

In most cases, surgery to remove excess tissue and reshape the nose is the best solution for long-term elimination of rhinophyma’s disfiguring effects. Surgical techniques include reconstructive (or cosmetic) surgery using a scalpel and performed under an anesthetic; laser surgery, which generally causes less bleeding than conventional surgery; electro-surgery, using electric current; cryosurgery, which freezes the tissue to be removed; and dermabrasion, which uses a rotating brush to smooth the tissue and is often used in combination with other procedures. There are many techniques to reshape the nose and remove excessive tissue. But according to Dr. Fox, the best technique is laser surgery as it allows reshaping of the nose with minimal to no bleeding and the lowest risk of scarring.

“Untreated rhinophyma gets progressively worse and can cause permanent disfigurement as well as breathing problems,” says Dr. Fox. “Since treatment is most effective in the early stages, people with rosacea and rhinophyma should be vigilant in avoiding aggravating factors and seeking treatment before symptoms progress to a more serious stage and may be more difficult to manage or eliminate. With the treatments available today, there is no need to live with the physical and emotional effects of rhinophyma. This year we treated several men and one woman with this disfiguring condition. Most did not realize that there was a laser treatment for their condition to allow them to look normal again.”

– Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., Medical Director at Advanced Dermatology PC. He is board certified and specializes in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures. Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation with 13 locations in New York and New Jersey, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com.

Tips To Find The Healthiest Breakfast Cereals

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grainThe healthiest breakfast cereals are those made with whole grains, such as corn, wheat, or brown rice.

Colorful packaging and marketing promises make it hard to know which breakfast cereals are best for health. But all it really takes is reading the ingredient label and knowing what to look for, reports the March 2015 Harvard Health Letter.

“Go cereal shopping with a plan,” says Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Look for a cereal that hits all the markers of good nutrition.

Whole grains should be a key ingredient. Many cereals are made with refined grains, which can cause blood sugar to spike. Instead, look for a breakfast cereal made of whole wheat, corn, or brown rice. These grains are rich in natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Whole grains are also a good source of fiber, the nondigestible component of plant-based foods that’s vital for good health. Fiber helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and it can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. The Institute of Medicine recommends 21 to 25 grams of fiber a day for women and 30 to 38 grams a day for men. So how much fiber should a healthy cereal deliver? “A typical serving of cereal should have five or more grams of fiber,” suggests McManus.

A healthy breakfast cereal also has minimal amounts of sugar, sodium, and calories. Look for cereals with less than five grams of sugar, less than 200 milligrams of sodium, and less than 150 calories per serving.

Read the full-length article: “Boost the health of your breakfast cereal”

Also in the March 2015 Harvard Health Letter:

How to protect vision to stay independent
Heart warning signs during exercise
Swallowing tips for the pill-challenged

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

5 Tips Of Preventing Children From Electronic Damage

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kidsIn a world where technology keeps developing more over time, what can parents do to protect their children from the proven screen damage?

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), http://www.jama.jamanetwork.com found that the more television a child is exposed to at 29 months, the more likely he or she is to have problems in school and poor health behaviors.

JAMA reported that each additional hour of television a toddler watches can potentially result in a seven percent unit decrease in classroom engagement and a thirteen percent unit decrease in weekly physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov), children today are three times more likely to be considered obese than they were just a generation ago. Children now spend more time with the media than they do with their family, in school, or sleeping.

In addition, kids who spend more time with media devices reportedly have a lower risk of personal contentment, and have a tendency to get in trouble more often. They also reported feeling more sad or bored than their non-media-obsessed counterparts.

In what ways can parents supervise kids’ electronic use without pushing them to crave it more? Here are 5 simple ways of reducing the amount spent online or in front of the TV:

· No TV in the bedroom – Children need to learn to associate their beds with sleep and nothing else. As long as there is a TV, iPad, or any other electronic device in the room, they would be tempted to get on it before sleep, become restless and miss out on essential and early sleep that they need in order to function fully the next morning.

· Limit the screen time – Reducing the screen time to up to 2 hours per day quality time would keep children content and leave them enough time for other activities.

· Control the Internet content – We can all find some useful contents online, so why not take advantage and direct our children to the right kind of web sites or games that would develop their skills and broaden their knowledge? Using the kids’ curiosity is a great way to get them interested in learning new things.

· Sign them up for lessons and outdoor activities – The more time a child spends outdoors interacting with other children and becomes passionate about a new hobby, the less he or she would feel the need or desire to go online all the time.

· Don’t forbid and create rules – The more controlled and limited children feel, the more they would not listen and try to secretly do what they want on purpose. Not setting obvious rules and forbidding games would be more beneficial than creating boundaries and it gives parents the chance to make the experience more knowledge-worthy and keep the time-frame short.

It is impossible to completely limit or eliminate the excitement children get from the electronic world, but as long as the quality is more valuable and time is reduced to minimum, children would be able to only get the best out of this world and won’t forget that the social interaction is more important than any virtual world.

References:

http://www.allaboutvision.com

http://www.babycenter.com

http://health.usnews.com

http://life.familyeducation.com

3 Top Disney Travel Tips For Families

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familywalk2One of the best-loved destinations in the world for families is Disneyland, and each and every year thousands flock to the Park and its sister California Adventure for family fun. Jeanette Bunn knows that this year will be no different for the popularity of the park, especially as it begins its 60th anniversary celebrations in May. For those who want to enjoy the Disneyland experience with their families this year, Jeanette Bunn, Travel To Go President, shares some tips for navigating the park and enjoying the trip to the fullest.

1. Give each kid some input: When traveling with a large family, it is important that everyone has a say in what they want to do on the trip. However, families want to avoid arguing during the park day by planning ahead. Jeanette Bunn recommends that families have a list of must visit rides and areas of the park for each family member before entering the park. This will help the family make a plan that will please each member and help everyone have their perfect vacation without disagreeing.

2. Avoid overspending on merchandise: It is always tempting to buy a lot of souvenirs while in the park. However, costs for these items can quickly add up, especially for large families. By buying some new Disney products from stores near home or online before the trip, and then presenting it to kids on the way, families can avoid the high park prices while still getting the kids some Disney merchandise to remember the trip. Parents can also give each kid a budget so that they can pick a fun item that they want to bring home from the park.

3. Dine smart: For those with big families, Jeanette Bunn of Travel To Go knows that it can be inconvenient to deal with crowds during meal times. However, if families are a little flexible and visit the restaurants during irregular meal times, there will be more space for the family to sit together and shorter lines to contend with. However, be sure to pack some snacks for the kids before heading into the park. Granola bars and packs of crackers are good choices that can prevent the family from wanting to spend money on park snacks. Also, never be afraid to leave the park for a couple of hours for a picnic lunch or fast food outside the park to cut down on meal costs.

Planning a Disneyland vacation is always a thrill. When using tips like these from Jeanette Bunn, Travel To Go President, families can easily navigate the park, save money, and ensure that everyone has the Disney vacation that they dreamed of. For more information on planning a family getaway in 2015 visit http://www.traveltogo.com/.

National Nutrition Month® Tips

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healthillustrated“Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” during March’s National Nutrition Month® by working toward consuming fewer calories, making informed food decisions, and participating in a daily exercise routine.

March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The 2015 theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which promotes the consumption of fewer calories, informed food decisions, and daily exercise for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, reducing risks of chronic diseases and promoting overall wellness.

Whether a person is new to physical fitness activities or a pro, nutrition can seem complicated. Many nutritionists create intense and detailed food regimens for their clients, but a solid nutrition program can be simple and still very beneficial. For those wanting the most from a diet and fitness routine, the following tips may help:

1.Daily balanced diet. For consistent performance at the gym or with a sport, the body needs a regular supply of quality energy for the muscles. A few daily essentials for meeting the body’s needs include: a balanced breakfast; carbohydrates for fuel; and proteins and fats appropriate for a person’s individual body-type and fitness goals.

2.Day of the workout. For those tackling a workout first thing in the morning, be sure to have a light breakfast like fruit, toast, and/or an egg. For those who workout in the evenings, have a lunch that easily digestible but includes complex carbs. Pasta, fruits, vegetables or a salad with lean meat (chicken or fish) are good examples.

3. Immediately prior to workout. About 30 minutes before an intense workout, eat a light to moderate snack and drink some water. The amount of food a person should ingest depends on the length and intensity of their upcoming workout. Longer, harder activities may require the individual to eat an energy bar or large banana.

4.During workout. Necessary hydration varies from person to person, but a good rule of thumb is to intake 8 to 10 fl oz of water every 15 minutes while exercising. For those working out longer than 90 minutes, carbohydrates will likely need to be replenished as well, making a sports drink more of an ideal choice.

5.Post-workout hydration. After a workout, water needs to be replaced in the body according to how much a person has sweated. The more perspiration, the more hydration required. To be absolutely precise, check body weight before and after the physical activity. For every pound decrease, a person should drink about 3 cups of water.

6.Post-workout food. Glycogen stores should be replenished within two hours after an intense workout. Research shows that a 4-to-1 ratio of carbs to proteins is the ideal post-workout nutrition combination. The nourishment can come in the form of solid food, a liquid shake, or a combination of the two.

Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office’s goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.

10 Spring Break Safety Tips For College Students

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teensEach year, upwards of 1.5 million students go on spring break*, a peak travel season that poses many risks for college-aged men and women. The truth is that the spring break environment – however fun – can lead to negative consequences such as sexual assault, alcohol poisoning, serious injuries and more. This frightening reality is why SABRE is distributing its top 10 tips to reduce safety and health risks this vacation season.

While a safety mindset should be applied to every part of your vacation (alcohol-related or not), we know that binge drinking plays a significant role in spring break safety risks. In fact, 91% of parents think spring break marketing and drink promotions should be stopped – but free or cheap alcohol access was an important factor in deciding to go on a spring break trip for two in five women**. Here are 10 tips to help drinkers and non-drinkers alike stay safe on spring break:

1. Arrive safely. Driving through the night to make it down to Florida or other sunny destinations is common for spring breakers. But the National Safety Council says traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. If you can’t avoid night driving, have at least one person stay awake to talk to driver.

2. Don’t take chances at your hotel. Lock the doors, and secure important belongings like passports and wallets in the safe. SABRE’s door stop alarm is portable and can alert you if someone tries to break-in. Make sure it’s in your suitcase this spring break.

3. Be smart about who you give personal information out to; don’t tell new acquaintances your hotel or room number. You never know who has innocent or dangerous intentions.

4. Make sure you know the name and address of your hotel or take a hotel business card out with you so you can give it to a cab driver. This is especially important if you don’t speak the local language.

5. The buddy system – it works! We do NOT recommend you leave a party with a stranger; it’s always best to take a friend with you. If for whatever reason you do leave without your friends, give them details about where you’re going and when to expect you back.

6. Practice safe drinking – take turns so that one friend in the group per night will plan on minimal drinking to look out for everyone. Other good habits: watching your cup or glass, and only accept drinks that you’ve watched get made or poured in front of you.

7. If you need help, ask for it. If there’s an emergency don’t rely on a bystander to call for help. Call for help yourself to be sure first responders or police gets the message.

8. Hydrate & wear sunscreen. Heat stroke and melanoma aren’t happy spring break thoughts, but too much time in the sun can leave you dehydrated with an increased risk of sunburns. Take your SPF and a bottle of water to the beach.

9. If traveling outside of the country, be sure to look up the address or contact information for the American consulate or U.S. Embassy in the country where you’re headed. Be sure to tell friends and relatives in the U.S. of your travel itinerary and try to check in with them often.

10. Carry a small, practical, and easy to use personal protection tool like pepper spray or a personal alarm. SABRE Red pepper spray and SABRE personal alarms are legal to carry in all 50 states.

For more information about how to adopt a safe and healthy lifestyle, visit the SABRE website http://www.sabrered.com.

About SABRE:

SABRE Security Equipment Corporation provides best-in-class personal safety, home security and law enforcement products to maximize consumers’ safety. The company strives to educate and empower customers with the knowledge and powerful products needed if and when someone is in danger. SABRE believes that everyone should be protected so that they can live a safe, healthy life with peace of mind.