COLD WEATHER ALERT: Your Health, Your Home

When temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can be a challenge.  Learn how to prepare for winter storms, prevent cold-related health problems, and protect yourself during all stages of a winter storm.

Your Health

Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold, such as hypothermia and frostbite.

HYPOTHERMIA FOCUS:
Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures.  Stay safe this winter by learning more about hypothermia, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops hypothermia.

 

What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is caused by prolonged exposures to very cold temperatures.  When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it’s produced.  Lengthy exposures will eventually use up your body’s stored energy, which leads to lower body temperature.
Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.  This makes hypothermia especially dangerous, because a person may not know that it’s happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.
While hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

 

Who’s Most at Risk?
Victims of hypothermia are often:
Older adults with inadequate food, clothing, or heating
Babies sleeping in cold bedrooms
People who remain outdoors for long periods—the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.
People who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs.
Recognizing Hypothermia

Warnings signs of hypothermia:

Adults:
shivering, exhaustion
confusion, fumbling hands
memory loss, slurred speech drowsiness

Infants:
Bright red, cold skin.
Very low energy.
Don’t Wait- Take Action
If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature.  If it is below 95° F, the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately.

 

If medical care is not available, begin warming the person, as follows:
Get the victim into a warm room or shelter.
If the victim has on any wet clothing, remove it.
Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin—using an electric blanket, if available.  You can also use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets.
Warm beverages can help increase body temperature, but do not give alcoholic beverages.  Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person.
After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.
Get medical attention as soon as possible.
A person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious and may not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing.  In this case, handle the victim gently, and get emergency assistance immediately.

CPR should ALWAYS be provided (even in the grimmest situations).  CPR should continue while the victim is being warmed until the victim responds or medical aid becomes available.  In some cases, hypothermia victims who appear to be dead can be successfully resuscitated.

 

Be Prepared

Taking a first aid and emergency resuscitation (CPR) course is a good way to prepare for cold-weather health problems.  Knowing what to do is an important part of protecting your health and the health of others.  The Henrico Fire Department offers CPR and first aid courses to county residents.  Contact: 804.501.4900, for more information.

Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions.  By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.

Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Stay tuned for more information about your health.  Next up: Frostbite: risks and how to treat.

Innsbrook Has the Place for Your Event


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If you have an event, then Innsbrook has a place for it! From fundraisers to corporate outings, Innsbrook Facility Rentals offers a wide array of venues that can be suitable for your event.  The Innsbrook Foundation is a non-profit organization with a highly responsible team of volunteers and staff that would enhance and ensure the event runs smoothly.  Countless successful organizations and events have taken place in Innsbrook such as Color Me Rad 5k and Innsbrook After Hours.

Interested in renting a space in Innsbrook? 

Check out this Facility Rentals Brochure for more information on areas and pricing

Contact us: events@innsbrook.com ; (804) 217-8804

 

Join iCONNECT

 

Innsbrook Connect

 

iCONNECT is the community of Innsbrook.  iCONNECT members are engaged citizens and professionals looking to be involved in the Innsbrook community.  As an iCONNECT member you are plugged into the numerous events occurring in the park year-round and given unique opportunities to connect with others in the community.  Click on the link below to learn more and register.

I-Connect brochure 2017

 

I-Connect Application 2017

Thank you Shaw Contract!

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Thank you Shaw Contract for your generous donation of exquisite flooring and carpet to the Innsbrook Foundation.  Our recent renovation was made possible because of community support from several community-conscious corporations.  We appreciate your contribution.

Shaw Contract believes that innovative design can change the way we live, work, think, and create.  And, indeed, Shaw Contract has made an enduring impact on the Innsbrook Foundation and the hundreds of people who visit our offices each year for meetings, programs, trainings and partnership.

As a global design leader, we appreciate Shaw Contract for commercial flooring that is engineered for beauty, durability, and cradle-to-cradle sustainability.

Helpful Safety Tips

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 Helpful safety tips as you live work and play in Innsbrook

 

1- Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.

  • 2 – Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide valuables.
  • 3 – Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
  • 4 – Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers.  Don’t overburden yourself with packages.  Be extra careful with purses and wallets.  Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps.  Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • 5 – Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
  • 6 – Track deliveries online and confirm delivery has occurred.  You can sign up for email notifications to track your packages from initial shipment to its arrival.  Switch delivery location to work where it can be received by someone or see if the post office or store the product is being shipped from can hold the package for pick up.
  • 7 – Avoid becoming an easy by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items in the open for garbage pick-up.  Instead, break down any boxes you are throwing out, put them in garbage bags and place them inside a trash can.

 

 

APEXercise Day

Apex Systems, a staffing and services company headquartered in Glen Allen, participated in their first large-scale wellness event on Friday, November 4 at 3:30 PM.  T he APEXercise Day event brought together Apex’s nearly 350 local employees at the Innsbrook volleyball courts adjacent to Markel.

APEXercise Day is part of the company’s wellness initiative designed to promote overall employee and family health and wellness through awareness, education, encouragement of healthy behaviors, and better choices.  In addition to comprehensive benefit options, Apex has built a corporate gym, brought on a full-time trainer, added an indoor walking track, and increased on-site healthy food options.

“Studies show companies that focus on wellness have a happier and healthier workforce,” said Buddy Omohundro, Chief Services Officer.  “We know our employees are some of the hardest working in the busines
s, and we are committed to supporting their efforts to balance their work life and health needs.”

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World’s Best Athletes Return to Richmond for The East Coast Triathlon Festival

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On May 1, 2016, The Liberty University Online Academy East Coast Triathlon Festival returns to the Innsbrook Office Park in Glen Allen, VA.  Following the Cycling World Championships, The East Coast Triathlon Festival again proves Richmond to be a sought after endurance event destination.  Now in its fourth year, the triathlon festival has been selected for one of three US races on the International Triathlon Union world-wide elite series and will therefore host some of the top professional triathletes in the world.  In addition, the festival will host a junior elite race that is 1 of 4 in the country as well as amateur adult and kid’s triathlons.

“We are very excited to add the CAMTRI (ITU) Sprint American Cup and once again welcome top level professional athletes to Richmond,” said Michael Harlow, founder and head coach, Endorphin Fitness.  “All in one day, local athletes will be able to race on the same course as the best in the world as well as watch these amazing athletes compete – there is nothing like this in the country.”

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Endorphin Fitness anticipates 800 professional athletes, elite junior athletes, amateur kids, and adults will compete across four separate race formats.  The races include a kid’s fun race for ages seven to 15; a super sprint distance for amateur youth and adults; the Junior Elite Cup; and the headline CAMTRI Sprint American Cup professional event.  The Junior Elite race will draw the top 13 to 19 year olds from across the country and the CAMTRI Cup will draw the top professional athletes from across the world.  Endorphin Fitness expects more than 1,500 athletes and spectators present to either compete or watch the day’s activities.

“The day’s events are not just about elite 13931869248_68d6bf5c7f_bcompetition.  Endorphin Fitness encourages an active community through triathlon.  We were very purposeful in structuring the race distances to enable inclusion, from beginners to elite athletes,” Michael Harlow, founder and head coach, Endorphin Fitness, stated.

Endorphin Fitness, which specializes in triathlon coaching, personal training, and bicycle retail is dedicated to a vision of using fitness, swim, bike, and run for the health and well-being of children and adults.  A major focus of Endorphin Fitness is the youth community.  The East Coast Triathlon Festival is one of three races produced by Endorphin Fitness which all have a youth focus.  Endorphin Fitness’ goal is to go beyond traditional sports and create opportunities using endurance activities to get kids active, fight childhood obesity and encourage self-esteem and self-motivation.

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When: May 1, 2016

Location: Innsbrook Office Park, Glen Allen, VA