|Written by Christopher Fox Graham|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:55|
The Verde Valley and other low-lying areas are expected to approach or even exceed 105 degrees Fahrenheit [40.5 degrees Celsius] this week. Temperatures this high can put people at risk for heat-related injuries or medical complications, especially if they’re young, elderly, or have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease.
If you are not able to keep your residence cool, you should consider leaving your home for the day and staying with a friend, or head to a building that is air-conditioned until temperatures drop in the evening.
“Everyone is encouraged to share this information with others and to check on their neighbors, especially those who are elderly and live alone," stated Denny Foulk, the county’s emergency manager.
Community cooling centers will be opened as needed by the Red Cross. If help is needed in locating a cooling center, call Yavapai County Community Health Services at (928) 713-9424. Those who have to work outdoors should drink plenty of fluids, take advantage of shade and take rest breaks.
If you are living with a health condition like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia or any health problem that doesn’t go away, the Healthy Living Program offered free of charge, can help. This six week workshop supports individuals learning to manage the symptoms and problems associated with their conditions. Each week participants solve problems, set goals and cover topics including: managing medications, healthy eating, physical activity, and communicating with family and health professionals. The program is free of charge and workshops are facilitated by trained leaders who often have chronic conditions themselves. Upcoming workshops in Yavapai County include:
Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. 6th St., Cottonwood
■ Fridays, beginning July 13, from: 9:30a.m. – 12:00pm
■ Information session offered June 29, 9a.m. – 10:00a.m. Come and hear about the workshop before registering.