|Top of the Hill||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||Pinching Pennies|
|Who's Who and New||Public Relations||Disclaimer/Copyright|
|Top of the Hill||by Larry Mervine , President|
Working at a high work rate in hot, humid surroundings results in the very high fluid and electrolyte losses. You can easily lose one to two quarts per hour. Failure to replace fluids lost through sweating will result in dehydration and eventually heat injury. Forced drinking is recommended throughout a mission in a warm environment since your normal thirst mechanism will not ensure adequate fluid replacement. Drink 1 to 3 cups of fluid every 30 minutes.
It is estimated that a water loss of 2% body weight can impair physical performance and mood, decrease appetite and increase the risk of heat injuries. A 5% loss of body weight decreases work performance by 30%. This amount of water loss is a serious threat to your health. We do not have weight scales on missions, so another way to monitor hydration is by inspecting the color of your urine. A dark yellow or smelly urine suggests some degree of dehydration; increase fluid consumption until the color becomes pale yellow.
Excessive water weight gain can also be a threat to your health. This condition results when individuals drink large amounts of plain water to replace fluid losses during long duration, lasting 8 hours or more hours, endurance activities. To prevent overhydration, make sure that you drink beverages that contain electrolytes (sodium and potassium) to replace fluids lost during extended missions.
It is a fact of life that electrolytes are lost in the sweat and excessive loss of electrolytes can lead to muscle cramping or severe medical problems. However, being in excellent physical condition will help minimize electrolyte losses. The best way to maintain electrolyte balance over prolonged exposure to heat is to drink fluid/electrolyte replacement beverages. My favorite is Powerade.
So be careful out there and drink smart and often, you are losing more fluids than you think.
Most of the information came from The Navy Seal Nutrition Guide.
See you out there.
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Aidan Thompson, Secretary|
The meeting kicked off at 19:20.
The first training period of 2004 is almost over. Five people are still training deficient. There are still three trainings to go in the period, so it is up to those members to do what they need to do to get in good standing.
Nothing to report.
Nothing to report.
There will be a PR event at REI on June 13. This coincides with our June litter training. Possibly, the litter training will be performed at REI.
Bob belatedly awarded Tom Rinck a Cibola patch. He also announced two newly minted prospective members: Rhiannon Mercer and Sam Williamson.
Four members took the WFR recertification training last Saturday. It cost $175 each, plus $10 for CPR. Mike proposed that since the medical budget will probably be underspent, that the team cover 100% instead of 50% of the cost. The proposal was accepted by 9 votes to 1. A second vote to reimburse Aidan Thompson for 50% of his initial WFR training passed 15 to 0.
Mike discussed several useful pieces of medical equipment.
The meeting ended at 20:45.
|Pinching Pennies||by Lili Ziesmann, Treasurer|
Below is the cumulative percentage of annual budget spent so far so that each committee can see how they are doing: This month saw a large increase in expenses as we reimbursed members for ESCAPE, a new WFR certification and several WFR recertifications.
|% Of Annual Budget||Jan||Feb||Mar||Apr||May|
|Who's Who and New||by Bob Baker, Membership Officer|
In other news for our up and coming perspectives, there will be an opportunity to take the PACE Exam this month. The exam will be held in Espanola at the Espanola Hospital classroom on 30 June 2004 at 7PM (1900). If you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to Paul McClendon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Public Relations||by Adam Hernandez|
|Disclaimer and Copyright notice||the Editors|