Summer’s warm weather can mean more opportunity for outdoor exercise, but it can also result in injuries from pushing too hard or getting too hot.
“To enjoy your summertime fitness, remember to stretch the areas of your body you will use and hydrate 24 hours before, during and after your activities, especially if it’s longer than one hour – for example, swimming at the lake, water park or pool, or during outdoor sports and ball tournaments,” said Dr. Curtis Wolfe, family medicine physician at Wamego Family Clinic.
Here are some other tips to keep in mind when exercising in the summer heat:
- Monitor the weather forecast. Know how hot it is likely to be during your workout, prepare accordingly and dress appropriately.
- Take time to get used to the temperature. This is especially critical if you are used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather. It can take a week or two to adapt to the heat, so don’t push too hard at first.
- Be realistic about your fitness level. If you’re relatively new to exercise, be even more careful when exercising in the heat. Start slowly and take breaks.
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is one of the most significant factors in heat-related illnesses. Many people will wait until they feel thirsty to drink water, but you should hydrate before feeling thirsty. Sports drinks are not typically needed unless you are performing an intense exercise, and you should watch out for excess sugar content in them.
- Exercise during non-peak hours. Workout during hours that are cooler, like the morning or evening, and exercise in shaded areas, if possible.
- Wear sunscreen. Skin cancer can affect anyone and applying sunscreen has been proven to reduce one’s risk of developing skin cancer.
- Pay attention to your body for warning signs of heat-related illness. Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness can include muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, weakness, headache, confusion, and visual problems. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop exercising, get to a cooler setting, and hydrate to help bring down your body temperature.
Our Volunteer Services team is looking for a additional volunteers, specifically Information Desk and Patient Activity volunteers! For these positions, we require a 16-week commitment.
Information Desk Volunteer requirements
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For more information about other Volunteer Opportunities, visit the Volunteering page.
By Tina Rockhold
Development director, Wamego Hospital Foundation
On behalf of the board, we are excited to launch the fundraising campaign to upgrade to 3D mammography at Wamego Health Center! As noted last night, the benefits are numerous. Here is a quick recap:
- 3D is the gold standard in breast imaging, allowing earlier detection of cancer.
- The superior image quality makes it much easier in some cases for radiologist to detect cancer that may not be visible with 2D technology.
- Bringing 3D breast imaging to Wamego Health Center gives our loved ones the opportunity to receive screenings closer to home or work alleviating the burden of travel, and more importantly receive treatments sooner if necessary.
Projects of this magnitude are only possible with support from donors who believe in the mission of providing exceptional healthcare at the local level. Your philanthropic support for the 3D mammography campaign will help patients access the finest in breast cancer detection.
The first fundraiser for the 3D mammography campaign is Wamego Match Day on Friday, June 7, 2019. On that day, Wamego Community Foundation will match donations made by to Wamego Hospital Foundation at .50 cents per $1. Any contribution made on Match Day 2019 will be designated to the 3D mammography campaign.
Here’s how it works:
- Visit Iron Clad in Wamego between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on June 7. Gifts can be made by cash, check or online using a credit card.
- Online Match Day gifts can made anytime that day. Simply visit www.wamegomatchday.com to donate. Profiles for the organization participating in Match Day are already visible at the website.
If you have any questions about the 3D mammography campaign or how the Wamego Hospital Foundation is involved with Wamego Match Day on June 7, please contact me. I look forward to talking with you.
Meanwhile, to learn more about the foundation or to make a donation visit our website. Again, thank you for your support!
(Photo from the Foundation’s Open House on Thursday, May 2 at the Wamego Health Center Cafe.)
Together we impact more lives.
Wamego Hospital Foundation is a partnering with the Wamego Community Foundation on the inaugural Wamego Match Day, Friday, June 7, 2019. On that day, the Wamego Community Foundation will match donations made by our citizens to the Wamego Hospital Foundation fund at .50 cents per $1. That means your donation of up to $1,000 to the charity of your choice goes 50 percent farther to meeting the needs of those the organization serves.
Here’s how it works:
- Come to the event on June 7, 2019 and donate. Visit Iron Clad, 427 Lincoln Ave., Wamego, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Gifts can be made by cash, check or online using a credit card. When donating by check, one check must be made payable for all donations to the Wamego Community Foundation. Donors will designate the fund distribution on a separate form. Cash and check gifts should be made in person at the event. Credit cards are also accepted at the event.
- Online Match Day gifts made between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on June 7 will also qualify for matching amounts. Visit wamegomatchday.com.
- Individual contributions to charitable funds ranging from $25 to $1,000 will receive a local match at $.50 per $1, so a $1,000 gift will receive a $500 local match. If a donor gives a $5,000 gift split evenly between five organizations, each group would be eligible to receive an additional $500 in matching funds.
- Gifts made in person at Iron Clad will qualify for prize money incentives for Wamego Hospital Foundation.
On behalf of the Wamego Hospital Foundation Board, I invite you to join in this day of philanthropic support for the growth and betterment of our community. Until then, please feel free to contact me at 785-458-7380 with any questions or suggestions. I look forward to our conversation!
Tina Rockhold, Wamego Hospital Foundation Development Director
Steve Land, left, Wamego Health Center administrator, present donations collected from associates to Rick Hernandez from Community Health Ministries on March 27. Items donated include cleaning products and personal items.
Dr. Jennifer Milner, a Family Medicine physician at Wamego Family Clinic, recently visited a class of local fourth graders at West Elementary School as a part of our Classroom-to-Career partnership. This partnership, coordinated by the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce, pairs local businesses with students to give them an inside look at how the organization operates. Members of WHC visit the class throughout the school year and the partnership culminates with a field trip that allows students to tour the facility. We look forward to the next visit!
Wamego Health Center names Tina Rockhold as development director of the Wamego Hospital Foundation.
Rockhold will also assume responsibilities for Ascension Via Christi Hospital’s Mercy Community Health Foundation. She most recently served as executive director of the Mercy Health Foundation in Fort Scott and community engagement manager for Mercy in the Joplin/Kansas market. Many of her responsibilities included relationship building and teamwork in a ministry-wide scope as well as within the local hospital community.
Rockhold earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Journalism from Texas State University and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Rockhold is the proud mother of three children—including two KSU Wildcats—and supporter of K-State Theater. Her hobbies include running, enjoying the great outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
After spending two years as a therapist for the Heritage Senior Behavioral Health program at Wamego Health Center, Karen Knappenberger recently assumed duties as its program director. Before coming to Wamego, she spent almost seven years as the social work supervisor for the Midland Care Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE).
Born and raised in Wyoming, attending Kansas State University brought Karen to Kansas in 2000. Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in theater, with an emphasis in Drama Therapy, and a secondary major Gerontology. She received her Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas where she also focused on aging studies.
Karen is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and focuses on providing behavioral health services to older adults and families. She is also a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer through the North American Drama Therapy Association. Karen specializes in providing aging services and mental health.
She spent 3 years as an Outreach Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, a Social Work Coordinator for the Midland Care Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) and several years as a therapist for Florence Crittenton Services in Topeka.
Karen lives with her husband and kids in Topeka. She is an avid runner and has completed two marathons and 17 half marathons. She is currently serving her second term as the Treasurer for the North American Drama Therapy Association’s Board of Directors. She enjoys cheering for her children at soccer and basketball games, attending theater shows and riding really fast roller coasters.