Stay Safe and Walk Like a Penguin with Mount Nittany Health and the Penn State Curling Team!

January 28, 2024
General News & Announcements
3 min read

SHARE THIS

 

The cold winter months can be bleak and unrelenting. Old Man Winter has already reared his ugly head this season causing cold, snowy, blustery and icy conditions. While a landscape coated in a fresh blanket of snow can be very beautiful, it can also be extremely dangerous, and even deadly. Approximately 1 million Americans are injured each year as a result of falling on ice and snow, and according to the CDC, around 17,000 of these falls result in fatalities.

When you’re going to be outside, there are several steps that you can take to avoid sliding or falling during the slippery winter months:

  • Pay attention and be aware of the surfaces around you and ahead of you.
  • Choose winter shoes with rubber soles to maintain traction, or winterize your shoes and boots with removable crampons.
  • Plan ahead, avoid rushing, and give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going.
  • Wear gloves to keep your hands warm and out of your pockets to provide better stability.
  • Don’t get distracted by trying to text or talk on a cell phone while walking in dangerous, icy conditions.
  • Be sure to keep your driveways and walkways cleared, shoveled and treated with ice melt or kitty litter.
An additional way to stay safe this winter when you have to trek out into the snow or ice involves some waddling. Yes, you read that right. You’re encouraged to walk or waddle like a penguin, and share these tips widely! Learn how to strut your penguin stuff with Mount Nittany Health and the Penn State Curling Team:
  • Bend your knees slightly and point your feet slightly outward (like a penguin)
  • Walk flat-footed
  • Keep your center of gravity over your feet as much as possible
  • Shuffle your feet and take short steps
  • Keep your arms at your sides and not in your pockets
  • Concentrate on keeping your balance
  • Move slowly and give yourself extra time

Waddling like a penguin may look silly, but it is a better alternative to falling and hurting yourself on the ice. This winter, Mount Nittany Health and the Penn State Curling Team encourage you to stay safe and walk like a penguin! 

Latest News

Apr 17, 2024

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: How Mount Nittany Health Cares for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Learn More

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – a time when the nation calls attention to the unfortunate fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts individuals in all communities.

General News & Announcements

Apr 17, 2024

Spring allergy survival guide: Expert tips and treatment options

Learn More

It’s that time of year. Runny nose, sore throat, red, itchy, watery eyes… that’s right, spring allergy season! Allergies are the body’s response to a typically harmless substance, known as a trigger. Even among those who experience allergies to the same triggers, the symptoms and severity may differ.

General News & Announcements

Apr 11, 2024

Mount Nittany Health Orthotics Delivers Customized Care for Patients in our Community

Learn More

In 1975, arborist Bill Chyle experienced a fall that compressed his spine and fractured his T11 vertebra, resulting in lower leg paralysis in both legs.

General News & Announcements