August 8th, 2017

FALL 2017 CONFERENCE

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Eagan Community Center ~ Eagan, MN

8:00 – 4:00pm
 

You gotta LEAVE in order to LEARN

August 3rd, 2017

NIHCA WELLNESS SCHOLARSHIP

 

NIHCA Scholarship!  As a non-profit, NIHCA is focused on giving back – in any way we can.  Thanks to the leadership of our Board of Directors, NIHCA has created a $500 Wellness Scholarship for interested students in the wellness & fitness fields.  Please pass on to any interested student you may know.                                         Applications due by October 31, 2017

APPLY HERE

A Day of Remembrance…

June 30th, 2017

Happy 4th of July to all our clubs and partners. 

In observation of the 4th of July holiday, NIHCA offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.  We will be in the office Monday, July 3 and back again Wednesday, July 5th by 8am CST.

Tips for Staying Healthy During the Summer

June 9th, 2017


Summer is almost here. Children will soon be out of school. We will have longer days of fun-filled activities, giving families a chance to relax and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the academic year.

The weather is warm enough now to enjoy the sun. But soon it will be hot and you will need to take precautions against too much sun and high temperatures.

Stay Hydrated by Drinking Healthy Liquids

Here are a few tips to stay properly hydrated during the hottest time of the year:

  • Stay cool and hydrated. It is important to drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Steer clear of sugary drinks. Choose healthier options such as water or iced tea for hydration.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illnesses. The more active you are, the more liquids you need to replenish your body. According to a Mayo Clinic article, “Water: How much should you drink every day?”, the Institute of Medicine has determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is roughly three liters for men and about two liters for women.

You’ll also need to be careful to avoid sickness caused by exposure to the heat. To prevent heat-related illnesses, take these steps:

  • Keep your environment cool and dress in lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers and baths.
  • Schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening if possible to avoid the hottest times of the day.
  • Keep your home and car ventilated and air-conditioned.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you or someone else shows any signs of heat exhaustion – heavy sweating, nausea or vomiting, muscle weakness or fainting. Also, seek immediate treatment for heat stroke – body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit, skin that is red and hot to touch, rapid and strong pulse, and fainting.

Protect Your Children When They Are Swimming

Kids love the summer because school is out and they get to enjoy outdoor activities. Since the weather is often hot, water-related activities are popular during this time of the year.

It is important for kids to stay safe while they’re having fun in the water. Drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages 1-4; three children die every day due to drowning.

Closely supervise your children when they’re in or around water. Teach your children to swim or have them take swimming lessons. Learn CPR and how to prevent recreational water illnesses as well.

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Spring Ahead!!

March 10th, 2017

Daylight Saving Time 2017:

When Is It Time to Spring Forward?

You’ll lose an hour of sleep, but gain an extra hour of daylight. Also, did you know the risk of heart attack goes up after the time switch?

Don’t forget the first half of the “spring forward, fall back” maxim this weekend. Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12.

You’ll lose an hour of sleep Saturday night and Sunday morning with the switch to Daylight Saving Time and it will mostly likely be dark outside when you get up. But you’ll also get an extra hour of daylight

Difficulty adjusting isn’t just psychological. A study two years ago by the University of Michigan showed that the short-term risk of a heart attack goes up about 25 percent after the switch to Daylight Saving Time.

U-M cardiologist Dr. Hitinder Gurm, the study’s author, said that though it’s tough to pinpoint an exact reason, data showed a 25 percent surge in heart attacks on the first full work day after the time switch.

Researchers have long known that most heart attacks occur on Mondays, but the study suggests that the stress Americans go through as they to adjust their internal clocks to the time change plays a role in the spike in heart attacks, Gurm said.

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