Category Archive: Hiking, Hunting, Outdoor Activities

Nov
26

Health and safety tips for hunters

Today is an unofficial holiday in the state of Pennsylvania…the first day of firearms deer season! Approximately, 750,000 hunters from age 12 to seniors will hike through the woods in search of a whitetail. While I am not a hunter, I am an avid outdoors person with great passion for mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, …

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May
07

Lyme disease precautions for outdoor activities

LYME DISEASE! OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS BE AWARE! “Health & Exercise Forum” regularly promotes active lifestyles and outdoor activities. However, being one with nature is not without its risks and attracting ticks which can lead to Lyme disease is one of them. Over the last few years, I have been amazed by how many ticks I find …

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Nov
20

Health and safety tips for hunters: Part 2 of 2

This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College). Hunters and Heart Attacks: The Dangers of Buck Fever: Part 2 of 2 Branston Allen, MD3 Branson is a currently a 3rd year medical student at …

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Nov
13

Health and safety tips for hunters: Part 1 of 2

Branston Allen, MD3

While I am not a hunter, I am an avid outdoors person with great passion for mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking and mountain climbing in our state and national parks. With this in mind, I offer hunter safety tips based on the knowledge of experts in the field and offer health safety associated with …

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Apr
10

Trekking poles aren’t just for serious hikers

Walking with Trekking Poles

  Several years ago, while hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my family, my wife Esther developed “canyon knee,” also known as “hiker’s knee” or in medical terms, “patellar tendonitis.” Regardless of the term, the end result was that she had severe pain in the tendon below her knee cap and was …

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Jul
04

Rediscover Your Inner Child: Hit The Trails

  “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”  Robert Frost The purpose of this column is to present an alternative to traditional running that will allow training on more interesting and less stressful surfaces such …

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May
12

Spend Time Outdoors for Good Health: Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2   GET THE HECK OUTSIDE! Research shows that spending time outdoors has many positive effects on your health. While there are many year round activity options, in Northeastern Pennsylvania our short-lived summer is the inspiration to “suck the marrow out of a sunny day!”  Summer in NEPA is enjoyed in many …

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May
05

Spend Time Outdoors — It’s Healthy! Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 Despite the lingering winter temps, spring and summer will return to NEPA. So, get ready to enjoy the great outdoors because research shows that it is good for your health! Daphne Miller, MD, is a physician, author, hiker and associate clinical professor at The University of California, San Francisco. She is …

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Jan
27

Enjoy the Winter & Try Snowshoeing: Part 1 of 2

SNOWSHOE: MAKE WINTER FUN AND WALK IN THE SNOW!  Part 1 of 2 When I was a young boy growing up in NEPA, one of my favorite winter activities was walking in the freshly fallen snow. I loved the feel of fresh crisp air through my lungs, the mesmerizing sparkle of snow falling in the moonlight, …

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Dec
17

Don’t Let Snow Shoveling Be a Pain in the Back

I have two big strong sons who are in college in Philadelphia and miss them very much this time of year! While I love winter, I am not very fond of snow removal. Much has been written about the dangers of snow shoveling on your heart. However, while not fatal, low back pain is the …

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Apr
04

Hamstring Injuries in Spring Sports: Part 1

Hamstring strains are very common in spring sports in Northeastern Pennsylvania in great part due to our climate. Each spring, as the season begins, many athletes suffer from pain in the back of their thigh when they pull or strain the hamstring muscle from aggressive activity in cold temperatures, following a long winter layoff. This week’s column presents the cause and symptoms of a hamstring strain.

Jan
31

Walk or Run Safely This Winter: Part 2 of 2

These tips are appropriate for those who did well in the Steamtown Marathon in October, qualified for the Boston Marathon in the spring, and will be training all winter. Furthermore, those who enjoy winter exercise through walking, running, snow shoeing or cross country skiing will also benefit from this information.

Jan
24

Walk or Run Safely This Winter: Part 1 of 2

Many people living in Northeastern Pennsylvania attempt to exercise outdoors year round. The psychological benefits are many: each season brings its own unique beauty, and winter is no different. Most will not have to abandon outdoor activities, but some adjustments in equipment, clothing, and food are necessary for each season and the temperature changes that it brings.

Dec
07

Health and Safety Tips for Hunters: Part 2 of 2

While I am not a hunter, I am an avid outdoors person with great passion for mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking and mountain climbing in our state and national parks. I offer hunter safety tips based on the knowledge of experts in the field and offer health safety associated with outdoor activity based on my expertise as a health care provider.

Nov
30

Health and Safety Tips for Hunters: Part 1 of 2

Today is the first day of buck hunting season (with firearms) in Pennsylvania. In NEPA it is almost national holiday status for many men and WOMEN. I offer hunter safety tips based on the knowledge of experts in the field and offer health safety associated with outdoor activity based on my expertise as a health care provider.