What to Do When Lightning Strikes

Getting struck by lightning is one of those things you think won’t happen to you. Cancer is also one of those things you think won’t happen to you, yet cancer is common. Between the two, you’re about 3,000 times more likely to get cancer,which makes getting struck by lightning seem extremely unlikely. But it actually isn’t all that uncommon. While the earth is under constant … Continue reading What to Do When Lightning Strikes

Trip to the Top

Chad Persing doesn’t just move mountains. He climbs them. And one of the tallest peaks in America is no exception. On July 25, he loaded a 51-pound backpack behind him and headed into a challenge much bigger than his usual trails of North Georgia, which grew to be some 2,000 miles away. After approximately 15 hours and 11 miles of hiking, Persing stood next to … Continue reading Trip to the Top

Making the World More Accessible

Suddenly becoming paralyzed requires a strong will to adapt to new limitations. Not only is the body immobilized, but patients must learn how to perform everyday task differently. Wheelchairs, for instance, are meant to provide more mobility, but it’s often still not enough to go back to life as it was before. Ben Huntzinger, 33, of Cairo, Georgia, is a T4 paraplegic who knows all … Continue reading Making the World More Accessible

Keep Calm and Plant a Garden

As an outdoor activity, gardening allows you to get some exercise and sweat. Any physical movement is good for your body, and because gardening mostly takes place outside, your body is able to absorb the vitamin D that it needs. Cortisol is the hormone associated with stress, and stress is a huge health risk. Chronically elevated cortisol levels have been linked to everything from immune … Continue reading Keep Calm and Plant a Garden

Preparing for a Safe Summer

Valdosta YMCA swim programs offer a mix of fun, physical activity and safety to create a lifelong love of swimming! Drowning Is Preventable. As the season turns from spring to summer, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Family YMCA encourages children and parents in Valdosta to explore the many benefits of swimming while also keeping safety in mind. In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance … Continue reading Preparing for a Safe Summer