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Avoid Distracted Driving & Walking for a Healthy Autumn

October 6, 2015|By Mary Anderson, Ph.D.|Counseling & Psychotherapy

Fall in New England is a great time to get outside for a walk, drive to an orchard or farm to pick apples, and appreciate the colorful, changing foliage.

Here are two important ways to stay safe and healthy during this fantastic season and all those to come:

  • Practice mindful, alert driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the importance of avoiding “distracted driving,” which involves doing any activity causing you to take your eyes off of the road, hands off of the wheel, or mind off of driving. They report, “Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.” Further, the CDC indicates texting while driving is particularly dangerous. For more information click here.
  • Practice mindful, text-free walking. Falling down stairs, bumping into objects or other people on the street, or walking into traffic are just a few hazards of texting while walking cited in a 2014 Healthline article. “Although injuries from texting and driving are usually more serious, injuries from texting and walking occur more often.” See the full article here.

So put away your phone before getting into the driver’s seat or stepping out onto the sidewalks and enjoy your days more safely!

Encouraging Action: How will you remind yourself to stay off of your phone while walking or driving? Who in your life might you tell about this important safety habit to help support you in your efforts?

Fun Fall Online Resources:

Here’s Boston Magazine’s suggestions of where to pick apples this season.

And here’s a map provided by of various places for apple picking:

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