March 2012 Issue
February 21, 2012

Short takes: Winter safety

Source: NYSUT United

Winter safety

Getting fresh air and exercise in winter can be enhanced by outdoor tips:

  • Be sure to apply sunscreen, since snow can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays.
  • Avoid cotton clothing; stick with wool or other fabrics.
  • Dress warmly in layers; if the top layer gets wet, peel off some clothes. Waterproof pants and jackets as top layers don't allow wetness to seep in.
  • Warm socks, boots and a hat are essential finishing touches.
  • Make sure children have a snack before going out; calories will give their bodies energy in the cold weather.For more information, visit

Preventive care for women

The Coalition for Labor Union Women is linking women with information about the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to any woman because of a pre-existing condition; excluding coverage of certain conditions; or discriminating because of gender. The law also gives women and their families the affordable health choices they need and access to critical preventive services. For more information, visit

Backpack check

Students wearing backpacks should use both straps; one strap causes one side of the body to bear the weight, the American Physical Therapy Association suggests. Here are some other tips:

  • The pack should rest evenly in the middle of the back and shoulder straps should be adjusted to allow students to allow free arm movement.
  • Straps should not be too loose, and the backpack should not extend below the lower back.
  • Keep the load at 10 to 15 percent or less of the child's body weight.

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