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Wed March 6, 2013

The DuPage County Health Department urges DuPage County residents to add some physical activity to their lives as they "spring forward" into Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10, 2013.
The health department recommends that residents use the extra hours of daylight to add some "healthy habits" to their lives:

  •  Use the extra hour of daylight in the evening to go for a walk, begin your gardening when the weather is a little warmer or begin a new outdoor hobby such as golf or tennis.
  • When you move your clocks forward one hour, it's also important to check or change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
  • Be careful when you go back to work on Monday, March 11. Many drivers lose an hour's sleep resulting in a marked, one-day increase in roadway collisions. Drowsy drivers cause deaths, injuries and lost productivity, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Those types of incidents typically surge 17 percent on the first workday after Daylight Saving Time each year, according to a study by the University of British Columbia. Drive defensively on Monday.

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