Goodbye Winter, Hello Summer - Healthy Tips From Sue

July 6th, 2015

Summer has finally arrived! Of course, we are all excited that vacation planning has begun. While some families are planning beach activities, others are planning barbecues, reunions, outdoor parties, and hikes in the mountains. All of these activities are fun, but summertime can also mean dehydration, sunburn, exposure to the elements, and heatstroke if you are not careful. So, before you take out those swimsuits and hiking boots, here are some tips to help you stay safe.

Sun Safety Tips:

  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. They are high in antioxidants, which protect our skin from sun damage.
  • Reapply sunscreen often.
  • Persons over the age of 65, those on heart medication, and people that are overweight are more susceptible to heat stroke. Know your limits!
  • Always carry a water bottle with you.
  • Drink water before you get thirsty. By the time your mind registers that you are thirsty, your body has already lost too much salt.
  • Try to avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10 am and 3 pm.
  • Make sure children take rest and cooling breaks during outdoor activities.

Water Safety Tips:

  • Do not rely on a lifeguard for yours or your child's safety.
  • Invest in swim lessons. Learn CPR.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Do not dive headfirst into a pool or other body of water.
  • Check for warning flags when at the beach.
  • Invest in flotation devices and life vests.

Hiking Safety Tips:

  • Never hike alone.
  • Carry enough water for the day.
  • Keep yourself and your gear dry.
  • Carry an emergency kit; check and replace items if needed before each hike.
  • Take a 10-minute break every hour.
  • Tell family and friends where you will be hiking, indicating route and estimated return time. Leave a note in your car if parked at a trailhead with the same information.
  • Beware of wildlife.
  • Carry a compass, pocketknife, and whistle.
  • Wear bright clothing.
  • Small snacks can help keep up your energy level.

Be Safe and Enjoy your Summer!

Warm Regards,
Sue Rohr
Health and Wellness Director
Liberty HealthShare
srohr@libertyhealthshare.org

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