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Running with a health ID
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | Sarah Buelterman

Anyone who runs, whether it’s to stay in shape, lose a few pounds or burn some steam, can’t deny the temporary euphoria that accompanies such a blood-pumping workout. And heck, whether you are trotting to the beat of your MP3 or to the tune of Mother Nature herself, it’s easy to lose yourself in the temporary high. But what happens when you really do get lost?

When people hit the road for a jog, they usually grab the headphones and ditch the wallet. I’m a culprit myself. Yet, whether you are jogging five miles a week or 85 miles a week, safety is crucial, especially when relying on your own limbs as a means of transportation. Carrying a small piece of plastic with your name and other basic information sounds simple enough, but in such a technology-obsessed world, it’s easy to forget. But no one wants to go by “John Doe” when they really catch themselves in a pickle.

Remember to carry some form of identification when you head out for a run. The Road ID, for example, is a light, convenient way to carry some identification. This running device comes in two forms:

  1. The original Road ID is the first version offered, and allows one to personalize up to seven lines of laser engraved text.
  2. The Interactive Road ID allows you to build a fully updatable Emergency Response Profile (ERP) that is available to first responders 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And, you can customize up to three lines of text, while the last four lines list detailed instructions on how to access your ERP in an emergency situation. This tiny, simple device, can hold complex information, including your name, address, emergency contacts, health insurance, medical information, and more.

Both the Original and Interactive versions are available in the following styles: wrist, shoe, ankle, shoe pouch and FIXX (similar to a dog tag).

The Road ID also makes a great gift for your favorite running buddy, even if it’s a man who “never gets lost.” But regardless of what kind of identification you use, running with a portable ID is a crucial habit for ensuring that your personal health information (such as allergies or injury history) will be with you for those moments when it really counts.

Sarah Buelterman is a Fitness Examiner for Cincinnati Running and blogger for the Cincinnati Examiner. A three-sport varsity athlete in high school, she remained active in college by joining intramural sports teams and through becoming an avid runner. She is currently training for her first half-marathon, the Cincinnati Flying Pig.

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Welcome to the Athletes’ PHR blog. This communication forum will provide you with a connection to health information management professionals for information and new ideas to better manage your personal healthcare. As the blog grows, you will be able to connect with other athletes to share experiences and exchange ideas about best practices for managing your health and personal health information to help you reach your peak performance.

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