ACMC pediatrician leads discussion on staying healthy in the great outdoors   | Local News

ASHTABULA — Living in northeastern Ohio gives Ashtabula County residents access to a variety of outdoor activities in the summer.

Join Ashtabula County Medical Center pediatrician, Dr. Sampurna Shakya, at noon on Wednesday as he discusses “Staying Healthy Outdoors” as part of Premiere Fitness’ monthly Lunch ‘n’ Learn sessions.

“There are so many healthy options for kids and adults to get outside, especially when temperatures are moderate,” Shakya said. “Whether you’re biking, hiking, or exercising, the most important thing is to get outside in the fresh air and do something that’s fun but also gets your heart rate up.”

However, there are a few things that people who have fun outdoors should avoid. dr. Shakya’s review will give several examples, including sunburn, poison ivy, and tick bites. He will also discuss various sports-related injuries in children and teens, as well as ways to prevent them and identify the symptoms earlier.

Shakya joined ACMC in 2020. He takes a preventive approach to medicine.

“We recommend that your child have an annual schedule for visits to your child, physical sports and the like so that we can review the history of how your child’s health changes as they get older. This shows us whether they are growing appropriately for their age,” he said. “If not, we investigate whether there are any hormonal abnormalities. We also talk about various social and mental health issues that can affect health and a child’s education.”

Premiere Fitness’ monthly Lunch ‘n’ Learn sessions are free to the public. The discussion will be streamed on ACMC’s Facebook page and will be available later on the hospital’s YouTube page. To watch the live event, visit

To schedule your child’s visit or to discuss a health issue with a pediatrician, call 440-997-6980.

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