Category Archives: Lifestyle

Heat-Related Illnesses


By Dr. Ayesha Ahmad Anwar

Our Texas weather is continuing to heat up this summer, with steady temperatures in the triple digits. It’s important to know how to protect ourselves, and especially our children and young athletes, from heat-related illnesses. Heat-related illness occur after exposure to abnormal or prolonged amounts of heat and humidity, without relief or adequate fluid intake.

Children adjust more slowly than adults do to changes in environmental heat. They also produce more heat with activity than adults, and sweat less.

Red Cross Issues Tips to Stay Safe this Summer as Temperatures Rise

Press Release/American Red Cross

Summer is here, bringing with it dangerous excessive heat. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe as the temperatures soar.

“Excessive heat can be deadly; it has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events,” said TD Smyers, chief executive officer, North Texas region. “We want everyone to stay safe during the hot weather and have some reminders for them to follow when the weather is hot and humid.”

NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN, PETS IN THE CAR, the inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include:

The Battle Against Childhood Obesity

Dr. Ayesha Ahmad Anwar

Childhood obesity is a very real and concerning issue for many parents, especially here in Texas. One in three Texan children is overweight or obese, including almost half of Hispanic children in the state. These children have an even greater chance of remaining obese as adults. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. Obese youth are more likely to be at risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. They are also at greater risk for many types of cancer, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.

Fortunately, obesity is a preventable condition. Simple lifestyle changes that are implemented while children are still young can potentially reverse their unhealthy weight trends and prevent weight gain in the first place. As parents, it is crucial to be positive role models for our children and to help instill in them the importance of making healthy eating choices and remaining physically active with daily exercise.

Here are some basic tips to help jump start healthy behaviors that could potentially last a lifetime:

Upcoming events for kids at the Grand Prairie libraries

The Grand Prairie Libraries host fun performers and great activities each Monday, at each location.

Warmack Library: 1 pm
Shotwell Library: 3:30 pm
Main Library: 6 pm

Drop by for a great time! Daycares, please phone your branch ahead of time, for information about capacity.