Small Changes to Prevent Accidents in Boca Raton and Elsewhere

During each and every June, officials with the National Safety Council (NSC) roll out the red carpet for National Safety Month. This month-long campaign is used to help educate and encourage safe practices and behaviors to help to stop preventable accidents in West Palm Beach and elsewhere.

This year’s campaign is helping employees to keep an eye on safety and on their health all the time, not just on the job. It is estimated that about three times as many people are injured off the job.

Our Palm Beach County accident attorneys understand that there’s a lot of hype about physical and mental health nowadays. It’s not just a phase though! Residents around the country are all working together to get into shape and to improve their health. We’re not telling you to get out there and sign up for the next Strong Man competition. We’re just asking that you make a few small changes to help stay strong and healthy. To do this, the NSC is using the first week of its month-long campaign to focus on Employee Wellness.

Officials are asking residents to make a few small changes to help to improve their health! If you just make a few small adjustments to your everyday habits you’d see some excellent benefits. For example, if you were to stop smoking you could help to significantly reduce risks of stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

By making small eating and exercising changes, you can help to reduce these risks of disease as well. You’re urged to keep an eye on your sodium intake. You’re urged to consume no more than a teaspoon of salt a day, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. You want to make sure that half of every meal is vegetables and/or fruits. When consuming grains, you want to make sure that at least half of them are whole grains. Whole grains include whole wheat bread, brown rice and oatmeal. And you want to stay away from sodas and other sugary drinks. Your best bet is to stick to water.

With all that healthy eating, you’re going to feel a lot better. And when you feel better you have more energy to get out there and get active, which also benefits your health. There are small ways that you can stay active and stay fit. Consider getting out and taking a quick walk on your lunch break at work. Do you not have time on your lunch break? Head out for a brisk walk or for a bike ride after work. Get outside, start a garden or clean up your yard. Yard work is excellent exercise, too. Maybe you’d rather hit the pool and take a few laps. Either way, they’re all excellent forms of exercise!

Unintentional deaths reached an estimated 126,000 in 2010. These accidents cost Americans and employers nearly $750 billion, or about $6,500 per household.