How can hip fractures be prevented?
Hip fractures can be prevented by preventing falls. Fall prevention strategies include:
Exercising regularly. It’s important that the exercise increase leg strength and improve balance and gradually become more challenging.
Tai Chi programs are especially good.
Asking your doctor or pharmacist to review medicines—both prescription and over-the counter—to identify medicine with side effects and interactions that may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
Having your vision checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and updating eyeglasses to maximize vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
Making home safety improvements by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding stair railings, and improving lighting
Additional ways to lower hip fracture risk include:
Getting adequate calcium and vitamin D in your diet.
Doing weight bearing exercise.
Getting screened and treated for osteoporosis.
The most effective way to prevent fall injuries such as hip fractures is to combine exercise with other fall prevention tragedies.
Know Your State
Adopted in 1877
The flag of the state shall be white, five feet and six inches fly and four feet and ten inches deep on the pike, bearing on each side in the center a gold anchor, twenty-two inches high, and underneath it a blue ribbon twenty-four inches long and five inches wide, or in these proportions, with the motto "Hope" in golden letters thereon, the whole surrounded by thirteen golden stars in a circle. The flag shall be edged with yellow fringe. The pike shall be surmounted by a spearhead and the length of the pike shall be nine feet, not including the spearhead.
Rhode Island was the 13th state in the USA; it became a state on May 29, 1790 .
State Abbreviation - RI
State Capital - Providence
Largest City - Providence
Area - 1,045 square miles square miles (not including Narragansett Bay) or 1,545 square miles square miles (including Narragansett Bay) [either way, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the USA]
Population - 1,048,319 (as of 2000) [Rhode Island is the 43rd most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Rhode Islanders
Major Industries - textiles, jewelry, rubber products, machinery, tourism
Major Rivers - Sakonnet River
Major Lakes - Scituate Reservoir
Highest Point - Jerimoth Hill - 812 feet (247 m) above sea level. Jerimoth Hill is located in Foster, Rhode Island, bordering Connecticut.
Number of Counties - 5
Rhode Island has 8 cities and 31 towns.
Rhode Island's cities and towns
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-247-1900
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-253-7000
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-568-4300
City Web site | City hall phone: 401-727-7400
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-364-1200
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-821-6400
City Web site | City hall phone: 401-461-1000
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-728-2400
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-886-8665
City Web site | City hall phone: 401-435-7500
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-295-7500
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-392-9200
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-568-6206
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-377-7777
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-423-7220
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-351-6618
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-333-1100
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-635-4400
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-849-5540
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-789-1044
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-466-3200
City Web site | City hall phone: 401-846-9600
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-294-3331
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-232-0900
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-767-2200
City Web site | City hall phone: 401-728-0500
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-683-3255
City Web site | City hall phone: 401-421-7740
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-539-2497
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-647-2822
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-233-1000
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-789-9331
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-625-6700
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-245-7340
City Web site | City hall phone: 401-738-2000
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-392-3800
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-822-9200
Town Web site | Town hall phone: 401-348-2500
City Web site | City hall phone: 401-762-6400
Travel time from Block Island to Long Island, New York will take approximately 35 minutes by high speed ferry.
Bordering States - Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York (water border)
Bordering Bodies of Water - Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound, Atlantic Ocean
Origin of the Name Rhode Island - Rhode Island was either named for the Isle of Rhodes (in the Mediterranean Sea) or for its red clay (the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block who named Block Island, may have named it "Rood Eylandt" meaning Red Island, in Dutch).
State Nickname - The Ocean State, Little Rhody
State Motto - "Hope"
State Song - Rhode Island, It's for Me (It's not the SONG you think it is!)
Arms of the State
Adopted in 1882
The arms of the state are a golden anchor on a blue field, and the motto thereof is the word "Hope".
State Bird: Rhode Island Red
In 1954, a state bird election was sponsored by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, and the Providence Journal Company. The Rhode Island Red beat out its closest competitors, the osprey and ruby-throated hummingbird, and became Rhode Island's official state bird at noon on May 3, 1954. "The Rhode Island Red," Governor Dennis J. Roberts said, upon signing the bill into law, "has become a symbol of Rhode Islanders all over the world."
Adopted on May 3, 1954
State Drink: Coffee Milk ...Adopted on July 29, 1993
Coffee Milk is similar to chocolate milk but is made with coffee syrup. A coffee “cabinet” is coffee milk with ice cream (a coffee flavored milk shake). The main ingredient of this shake is "coffee milk," first introduced to Rhode Islanders in the early 1920's. Coffee milk became so popular in Rhode Island that in 1993 the Rhode Island state legislature voted coffee milk as the official state drink. It's called a “cabinet” because its originator kept his blender in a “kitchen cabinet.” Autocrat Coffee Syrup is the preferred syrup in Rhode Island. Autocrat of Rhode Island is a leading provider of premium coffee, syrup, and coffee extract since 1895.
State Fish: Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)
Adopted on July 13, 2000
The fish commonly known as the "Striped Bass" (morone saxatilis) is designated as the official state fish.
State Flower: Violet (viola sororia)
Adopted on March 11, 1968
The violet was voted as the state flower by school children and announced on Arbor Day in 1897. But it wasn't until March 11, 1968 that the flower was officially adopted as the state flower. Rhode Island was the last state to adopt an official state flower.
State Tree: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
Adopted on March 6, 1964
The Red Maple was voted as the state tree by school children in the 1890's. But it wasn't officially adopted as the state tree until 1964. In the fall, the leaves turn gold, purple, and scarlet, adding to the beauty of Rhode Island’s forests.
State Fruit: Rhode Island Greening Apple
Adopted on June 20, 1991
Developed in Rhode Island around 1796, greening apples retain their sharp taste in cooking. Their flesh is crisp and colored yellow-green.
Rhode island State Song Lyrics
I’ve been to every state we have,
but I think I’m inclined
to say that Rhody stole my heart.
You can have the forty-nine.
Herring gulls that dot the sky,
blue waves that paint the rocks,
water rich with Neptune’s life,
the boats that line the docks.
I see the lighthouse flickering
to help the sailors see.
There’s a place for everyone,
Rhode Island it’s for me.
I love the fresh October days,
the buzz on College Hill,
art that moves an eye to tear,
a jewelers special skill.
Icicles refract from the sun,
snow falling gracefully.
Some search for a place that’s warm
Rhode Island it’s for me!
The skyline piercing Providence,
the State House dome so rare.
Residents who speak their minds,
no longer unaware.
Roger Williams would be proud to see his colony,
so don’t sell short this precious port.
Rhode Island it’s for me!
Rhode Island, oh, Rhode Island,
surrounded by the sea.
There’s a place for everyone,
Rhode Island it’s for me!
By the way, the Rhode Island state song was written by Charlie Hall. We've all heard of
Governor: Daniel J. McKee
Lieutenant Governor: Sabina Matos
Secretary of State: Nellie M. Gorbea
Attorney General: Peter Kilmartin
United States Senator: Jack Reed
United States Senator: Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. House of Representatives: James Langevin
"There are three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others and sharing with others."
"In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures, for in the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."
" A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside."
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