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Winter Safety

The Department of Defense has taken great care to train and teach our Service members how to prevent cold weather injuries.  The Medical Health System would like to emphasize those same facts that apply during missions and duty and highlight their use during off-duty activities.  The winter months are a great time for outdoor activities provided you are properly prepared for the elements.  Simple tips like dressing in layers, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake and being aware of the weather can prevent Hypothermia, Frostbite and muscle strain due to overexertion. 

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Human Physiologic Responses to Cold Exposure

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Human Physiologic responses to cold exposure preserve core body temperature, but those responses may not be sufficient to prevent hypothermia if heat loss is prolonged. This infographic offers helpful information on preserving core body temperature to counter the threat from cold environments. Physiologic responses include: •	Constriction of the peripheral (superficial) vascular system – may result in non-freezing injuries or hasten the onset of actual freezing of tissues (frostbite) •	Minimizing loss of body heat •	Protecting superficial tissues Protection includes:	 •	Nutrition •	Shelter •	Physical Activity •	Protective Clothing Learn more about preserving core body temperature by reading the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report at www.Health.mil/AFHSB

Human Physiologic responses to cold exposure preserve core body temperature, but those responses may not be sufficient to prevent hypothermia if heat loss is prolonged. This infographic offers helpful information on preserving core body temperature to counter the threat from cold environments.

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Winter Running Tips

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1/5/2016
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Stay safe and warm while exercising in the cold.

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