Happy ‘n’ Healthy

Sept. 20, 2021
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Communications and Public Affairs

Are you an avid hiker? Do you and your family like to spend time outdoors? If yes (or even no) listen to this episode of Voices of Chandler to learn the best tips and tricks to remain safe while having fun outside. Host Melina Zuniga is joined by Chandler Fire Battalion Chief, Jeff West, and Wellness Coordinator, Kara Boley, to discuss the best ways to face the elements in Arizona. 

Episode 3 Highlights: 

  • “Crushing It with Kara” segment featuring Jeff West addresses where to hike in the desert, when, and how. 
    • Preparation is key: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 
    • Carry water and appropriate snacks with you on the move (i.e., granola and fruit).
    • Signs to turn around or call for help include cramping, fogginess, and slurred speech
    • Always let others know where you’re going and when you’re expected to return.
  • Recreation Coordinator, Ariane Francis, introduces Jill Rials from Rattlesnake Solutions during a “Come Wander” clip where Jill explains how she overcame her fear of reptiles to become an expert in the field. 
    • There are 15 species of rattlesnakes in Ariz. alone, and the only place you won’t find them is Humphrey’s Peak. 
    • The best way to avoid a negative encounter is to be aware that you are in their homes, give them space and assume they don’t want to be touched.

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Melina Zuniga, Digital Media Journalist

Meet the Host 

Melina Zuniga, Digital Media Journalist

Melina is an Arizona native that works in the Video Production Department at the City. She is passionate about connecting with the community to tell their stories and as a self-considered creative type, she enjoys the challenge of finding a different point of view for her storytelling.

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