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9Health Topic of the Month for August 2014:

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Are you new to climbing a fourteener?  Colorado has 54 of the nation’s 89 total 14,000 foot summits waiting to be hiked for health, passion, or both.  A lively hike can decrease contributing factors of heart disease, such as hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, and even stave off osteoporosis and arthritis.  The average adult will burn a whopping 450 calories per hour hiking, helping you to strengthen your heart, lungs, bones, and muscles.  After a summer of hiking, come to a 9Health Fair this fall and check your numbers for yourself.

 
As a result of breathing in 30% less oxygen than you would in Denver, you might notice your heart and lungs working faster to keep up with demand.  Your mind too will quickly respond to the natural environment.  Studies collected by Texas A&M Agriculture show nature can wake the mind and senses and help you improve your memory and attention span by twenty percent. 
 
There is incredible beauty to be experienced in the hundreds of miles of trails leading to the mountain summits, but attention to preparation will keep you safe as well as having fun! 

  • Lightning is a real summer threat:  Check the weather report, come down before noon, and leave the umbrella at home.  If you are caught in a storm, avoid single trees and get under thicker cover.  If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • Dress in layers:  Summertime sees more cases of hypothermia in Colorado than winter due to unprepared hikers exposed to harsh elements.  Dress in layers, avoid cotton as it keeps moisture next to your skin, and don’t forget a rain coat, mittens, and a warm hat for higher elevations.
  • Stay on the trails and do not be fooled by “shortcuts”:  Off-trail routes may lead to unexpected elevation gains or drop-offs.
  • Acute mountain (“altitude”) sickness: If you experience nausea, dizziness, or headache turn back immediately.  There is 30% less oxygen at 14,000 feet (compared to Denver) but the exact causes are still largely unknown.  Symptoms can develop in a few short hours of being above 8,000 feet.  
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