Friday, June 18, 2010

Mrs. President Get Down & Dirty with the Boys Club

By Mrs. President, I mean American Red Cross President, Gail McGovern. And by boys club, I mean the Yankees baseball team.

She threw out the ceremonial first pitch last Sunday. And it wasn't a sissy bounce-once-before-it-hits-home-plate throw, it went directly to catcher, Jorge Posada... more or less, and he caught it.

While the excitement on the mound was booming, the stadium scoreboard asked viewers to make a text donation to the American Red Cross. To top it off, the announcer asked fans to prepare for unexpected emergencies.

Our pres. sure knows how to multi-task!

Of course, she adhered to the summer heat safety tips (and you should too):
  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.
  • Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.
  • Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
  • Learn Red Cross first aid and CPR.

Next time someone tells you that you throw like a girl, take it as a compliment.

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