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Health tips for Pro Cycling spectators


USAProCyclingChallenge2012Logo-280The USA Pro Challenge Professional Cycling Race will be taking place in Larimer County this Saturday, August 24th. The route passes through several areas including Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park. This event is an exciting opportunity for spectators to enjoy a professional cycling race. Many of the spectators may be watching from the foothills under full sun, perhaps for several hours.

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment offers tips for spectators to keep healthy and safe while they are watching the race.

If heading out to watch the event, spectators should be prepared for high temperatures and sun exposure. Remember, the race is at high altitude where the effects of sun exposure are stronger than at low altitude. Effects of high heat and sun exposure are also more probable on children.

Actions that may help prevent excessive heat-related illness, for all ages, include:

• Stay hydrated! Bring and drink plenty of tap or bottled water (for the whole family) , and limit alcohol intake. (Alcoholic beverages dehydrate).

• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light –colored clothes

• Wear sunglasses and hats

• Use sunscreen

• If waiting for the race for several hours, bring healthy snacks and take your trash with you when you leave

• Try to find a cool and shady place, or bring an umbrella.

• Look out for symptoms of heat-related illness such as heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. Seek help if you have any of those symptoms.

Spectators are also advised to:

• Prepare for weather – There may be afternoon rain and thunderstorms. Check the weather for updated information

• Bring an insect repellant, and apply as directed if you expect to be outside into at dusk and into the evening. More information on West Nile virus and insect repellant can be found at: larimer.org/health/cd/westnile.cfm

• Admire wildlife from afar. There is currently a rabies outbreak in some foothill animals including skunks, raccoons, and foxes. Do not approach or touch wildlife, even if they appear tame. (More information on rabies in Larimer County can be found at:

larimer.org/health/ehs/rabies.htm

More information on heat-related illnesses can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/

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