Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

ATV Safety

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on October 4, 2011 ][ In For new Mom's ]

A friend of mine recently had an accident on an ATV (all terrain vehicle).  He suffered a couple of broken bones and several bad bruises and it will be 6 weeks or so before he is fully recovered.  It could have been much worse.

I have never been a fan of ATVs and never let my children ride them.  Most people take them for granted and treat them as a toy and source of entertainment for themselves and their children.  I have seen children turned loose in the woods near my house, riding on adult ATVs with no supervision.  If they were to have an accident, it would be some time before their parents realized they were missing and then it would take awhile to find them.  The same goes for golf carts and other types of farm vehicles known as gators and mules.  Children don’t treat these vehicles with respect and unknowingly take risks.  Earlier this year, a couple of girls suffered broken bones when their golf cart overturned while riding down a steep hill in their neighborhood.  Another teen who lived near me was thrown from his ATV because he was going too fast.  He suffered a broken back.

I never cease to be amazed when parents let children operate such vehicles.  They are not toys and should not be used as such by immature, thrill seeking children.  But back to ATVs specifically.  In 2009, there were 376 deaths and 131,900 ER visits tied to ATV accidents.  Kids were involved in 32,400 of these accidents and 61 died.  In fact, the risk of serious injury to kids from an ATV accident is 61% higher than in football.  Rollovers are the most common accident involving ATVs and children are easily pinned or crushed beneath their weight.

If you and your family still feel like riding ATVs, here are some basic safety rules.  Number one – GET TRAINED.  Every rider should take a course on operating and using an ATV.  Two – Always wear a proper helmet, long pants and sturdy boots.  Three – Don’t ride double.  Children should not ride with another adult or child.  ATVs are controlled in part by body weight so an extra rider could throw off the driver.  Four – Children should never ride adult sized vehicles.  Buy an appropriately sized one.  Five – Don’t operate an ATV while drinking.  This should be a no brainer but many accidents are a result of alcohol.  Six – Don’t ride alone and always supervise children.

If you use your ATV for work and hauling, make sure you know how to properly load it so it is balanced.  ATVs tip and rollover easily so make sure the weight is distributed in a balanced manner.  Once again, don’t work alone when using such equipment or at least make sure someone knows where you are and when you will be finished.  My friend was using his ATV for work but had someone else along who was able to call for help.

Think twice before treating these machines so casually.  The life you save could be your child’s.

Upadated on October 4, 2011

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