By Leigh Stutler
It’s been a long, cold winter, and we’re all looking forward to enjoying warmer weather someday soon!
Before you venture outdoors, take a look at our handy guide. We’ve pulled together information from our favorite trusted resources to help you stay safe and healthy while you hike, bike, and swim.
Springtime health and safety information
- First Aid (MedlinePlus): If your adventure was a little too adventurous, look here for first aid tips that include how to make a splint and a sling.
- Tick bites (CDC): As you spend time outdoors enjoying nature, it’s important to be aware of ticks. Use these tips to help prevent bites and the spread of tick borne disease.
- Insect bites and bee stings (MedlinePlus): Outdoor excursions can also lead to run-ins with insects. Prepare yourself for bites and stings with this handy guide.
- Bicycle safety (MedlinePlus): Our fair state features many fantastic bike trails! Learn how to keep yourself safe and prevent head injuries with this guide.
- Hay fever (MedlinePlus): Springtime brings an increase of pollen into the air, which can lead to an allergic reaction known as hay fever. This guide includes information on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
- Sports injuries (MedlinePlus): If you are an outdoors sports fan, bookmark this guide to help you understand common sports injuries – from tennis elbow to concussion.
Library resources to put a spring in your step
- If you want to get your hands in some dirt, Gardening toolkits are available for checkout from the Magrath Library on the St. Paul campus. Each kit has ergonomic hand tools, optional watering cans and kneeling pads, and a book on square foot gardening.
- Want to document your springtime fun? Digital cameras and other multimedia equipment can be borrowed from the SMART Learning Commons – with locations in Magrath LIbrary, Walter Library, and Wilson Library.
- Get out of the rainy April showers and checkout the Underwater exhibit at the Wangensteen Historical Library, or the other fabulous exhibits at the Libraries.
Never disregard your health care providers’ advice or treatment because of something found online. Information provided here is not intended to be used as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general information purposes only. You should review all information from these and other sources with your healthcare provider. Boynton Health clinics are open to U of M faculty, staff, and students.