Are you interested to learn some powerful secrets and techniques on what you can do today for a healthier, safer, and happier tomorrow? Every year we organize a transforming and invigorating day filled with lectures and workshops given by expert speakers on the topics of nutrition, energy, safety, mental and physical health. Their goal is to provide you with a wealth of information that will have a positive impact on your life and that of your loved ones!
We all zip around in our cars, on motorbikes, scooters and bicycles every day for work, school, shopping, holidays, sports, social events and much more. Yes, we put on our seatbelts, we have approved car seats for the kids, we wear helmets, and yes! we obey the new rule of driving in the day with headlights on. But it remains a fact that driving is a risky activity. Approximately 90,000 people are injured in road traffic collisions (RTCs) per year here in Switzerland. There were 349 deaths from RTC’s in 2009 (latest published figures: BFS/BPA Swiss Council for Accident Prevention).
The first aid kit can be one which sits in the house and is ready for any small injuries that occur, or at the other extreme it can be the life saving collection of items in the frozen ice caps or the tropical jungles of Ecuador. Whichever, it needs to have some basic items, common to all first aid kits. These items would include bandages, packs of sterile dressing, scissors, pflasters, splinter tweezers, safety pins, disposable gloves, finger cot, emergency blankets, some form of sterilization and antiseptic materials.
What is frostbite? When a person is exposed to temperature below freezing, some parts of their body can get very cold and their skin and tissues actually freeze.
When the body is exposed to extreme cold, blood vessels constrict (narrow) so that blood and oxygen is diverted away from the extremities and towards the vital organs. After some time, this lack of blood and oxygen can start to damage cells. Frostbite can affect any part of the body but hands, feet, ears, nose, lips and cheeks are particularly vulnerable.
Snow blindness is a painful eye condition caused by exposure of eyes to the ultraviolet (UV) rays. It happens when the eyes are insufficiently protected by sunglasses or googles. Snow blindness doesn’t only affect those who live in the polar regions; it can also affect anyone who enjoys snowy outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing. In these conditions, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can burn the cornea of the eye, causing snow blindness, which may not be noticed for several hours after intense sun exposure.
It is almost already winter (especially in the mountains in Switzerland) but the sun still shines bright. Actually we were lucky with the weather in autumn – we had so many sunny weekends to go hiking! But sun related problems can occur in the snowy mountains, too. In high mountains the overexposure to the ultraviolet waves (UVA and UVB) of the sun is great. The dangers can be sunburn, overheating and eye damage.
Swiss drinking water – a quality product from natural resources – of which 80 percent stems from natural springs and groundwater, and the rest from lakes. Swiss tap water demonstrates a more balanced ecology as opposed to the one purchased in bottles and mineral waters travelling from near and far.
People seem to carry bottled water everywhere they go these days. But water lovers got a jolt recently when we heard that a new report had found that the benefits of drinking pure water may have been oversold. Apparently, the old suggestion to drink eight glasses a day was nothing more than a guideline, not based on scientific evidence.
Be always informed about the right steps!
It is rare that a poisoning is life-threatening. Therefore it is important that you remain calm and that you calm the child, toddler or baby. Above all, do not act rashly! A wrong action is often more dangerous than the poison itself.