Excitement is already building for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. It’s the first time in Olympic history the world’s largest country will host the winter games.
Hundreds of world-class athletes who have tirelessly trained for their Olympic moment will travel from across the globe to compete for the gold in 15 disciplines of seven winter sporting events:
Watch a video about these exciting events at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The desire to witness Olympic history is what brings thousands of world travelers to the games. As with any event that garners attention from across the globe, there are things you should know before you travel to avoid an Olympic-sized nightmare. [click to continue…]
‘Tis the season… there is something in the air.
No, I don’t mean snowflakes or Santa and his eight tiny reindeer. It’s something a little less jolly, like a stomach bug.
As it seemingly does every winter, there is a virus going around. Suspected as the nasty norovirus, this bug causes nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea, even fever, body chills or aches. It’s also highly contagious.
Acute gastroenteritis, a.k.a. the “stomach flu,” accounts for 19-21 million illnesses each year, and it’s just beginning to show its force in the heartland right now. Because the virus can be transmitted through the air, person-to-person via hands or saliva, by being ingested through foods, and can live on surfaces for days, the sickness can quickly travel through families, work places, schools and daycares.
While the symptoms last only a few days, they can be serious. The most important thing is to stay hydrated. I recommend Gatorade for adults and Pedialyte for children. This will help to replenish vital minerals lost during diarrhea and vomiting. Without hydration, adults and children can end up in the emergency room for IV fluids or even be hospitalized. [click to continue…]