With a prolonged heat wave ripping through much of the area this month, medical officials are reminding the public to stay safe and take necessary precautions with heat indexes expected to go above 100-degrees for the weekend and beyond.
Pana Community Hospital marketing coordinator Melissa Rybolt says that people tend to drop workout club memberships during the summer hours to get in shape outside, but with hot and humid conditions, air conditioned facilities might be a safer place to work out this summer.
[audio:mryb728a.mp3]Listen to Rybolt's comments here.[/audio]
Rybolt adds that drinking plenty of fluids, including water and sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade, can help fight heat related illnesses.