The health advisory for Pittsburg and Antioch has been lifted. The advisory was issued for people with respiratory sensitivities this morning after a chemical release at Dow Chemical in Pittsburg. Contra Costa HazMat staff are investigating the incident.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Tips to Overcoming Barriers
Talk to your doctor, expecially if you are currently not active or have a medical condition.
Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.
Always carry identification and a cell phone or change for a phone call.
Stay aware of what is around you at all times. Obey traffic rules.
Carry a bottle of water and drink often while walking. Take rest breaks when needed.
Slowly increase the amount of time you spend walking.
Slow down or stop if you cannot talk or if you feel pain. This means you are working too hard. Talk to your doctor if you continue to feel unwell.
Divide walking throughout the day (10 minutes at a time)
Take a walk after lunch or dinner
Get off the bus one stop earlier
Park the car in the far end of the parking lot
Walk to the mall, office, or grocery store
Try adding more minutes or steps to walks each week
Add walking to your everyday schedule (organize time)
Talk children with you. It is important for children to be walking and active too
Use stollers if children are young
Ask your partner, family member, or friend to watch your child and take turns watching their children (babysitting co-op)
Walk your children to and from school
Walk during your childrens activities (sports, music, preschool)
Be sun safe all year round
Check the forcast for the UV Index. Listen to the weather forecast or check online
Limit time in the sun between 11am and 4pm or when the UV Index is 3 or more
Look for shady areas to walk and cover exposed skin with clothing. Wear a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection
Use sunscreen and lip balm with at least SPF 15+ and UVA/UVB protection
Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
Wear loose-fitting clothing in warm weather. Dress in layers and cover head, neck and hands in colder weather
Find indoor areas to walk such as the mall
Have a walking partner
Join a charity walk or team (Alzheimer's Walk, Team in Training)