Summer is on its way- FINALLY!
And here are some great summer health tips…
- Avoid extreme heat
High temperatures can be extremely dangerous, especially for the very young and the elderly.
- Stay out of the direct sun and seek shade when possible
- Schedule outdoor summer activities in the early morning or late afternoon
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Wear light colored clothing
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
- Always wear sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher
- Watch for any signs of heat stroke such as dizziness, confusion, lack of sweating/dry skin, or lack of coordination
- Swim safely
Pools and other natural bodies of water can be a great way to cool off. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.
- NEVER swim alone
- NEVER leave your children alone, not even for one second
- Do not jump in or dive into shallow pool water or bodies of water where you can not see the bottom
- Avoid drinking alcohol when swimming
- Stay away from pool drains, pipes, or other areas of entrapment
- Take a summer vacation
Vacations have multiple benefits for us.
- Slow down your schedule that week and take time to ‘unwind’
- Lower your stress level by leaving lots of open time to relax
- Head to bed early and sleep in
- Take a nap during the day
- If traveling outside the US, make sure you contact our local travel clinic to assure you are properly immunized for the area you are traveling to
- Healthy Eating
- Keep foods safe during cookouts and camping by watching the handling and storage recommendations, as food-borne illness increases with warm weather
- Enjoy healthy berries that are abundant in the summer months. Berries are filled with anti-oxidants and are high in fiber. They can reduce the risk of heart disease and keep our cholesterol lower. They can also help prevent certain cancers.
- Start using olive oil. 1 tablespoon a day helps to resist UV damage from the sun
- Find a new summer hobby
Get outside, breathe some fresh air, and reduce your stress level 😊
- Plant a small garden
- Make up some flower boxes
- Find an outdoor Pilates or yoga class
- Swim for 30 min a day
- Take up tennis or golf
- Go on a hike or nature walk
- Play outdoor games with your children, as it is also a great bonding time
- Stay protected from those insects
We have been hearing a lot about Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus.
- Remember to avoid ticks and tick bites when in wooded areas. Wear protective clothing and do a thorough check of your skin and scalp when you come indoors.
- Mosquitos love the summer months. Protect yourself by using a spray with DEET as the active ingredient. Then always remember to wash off the DEET before going to bed.
Summer is a short season here in Buffalo. Let’s all take some of these tips and put them to use so we all have a fun.