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Stay Healthy During the Summer

Staying healthy during the summer months requires more than just eating the right foods. Below is a partial list of things to do that will help you stay cool and healthy during the hot summer months.

  1. Drink plenty of water. It is very important to drink water. Your body needs water to prevent dehydration during warm summer days. Take special care to make sure infants and toddlers drink enough water. They can become dehydrated much more easily than adults.
  2. If you have asthma or other respiratory problems, keep a careful watch on the daily air quality reports. Also, don't forget to take your inhaler or other medication with you when you go out.
  3. Take a rest or nap. Don't push yourself beyond your physical limits.
  4. Wear Sunscreen. Sunburn is painful and unhealthy. Use a sunscreen that is right for your skin.
  5. Stay Cool. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing to help you stay cooler.
  6. Wear Sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun's UV rays.
  7. Maintain your energy level by limiting your intake of fat and sugar; focus on carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables.
  8. Before leaving for vacation pack a few items (calamine lotion, baking soda) that will help with itchy or painful insect bites.
  9. If you have allergies and plan to be traveling/vacationing, find out which plants will be pollinating in your vacation spot
  10. Know your body. If you are feeling ill, see a doctor. An average of 400 people die each year in the United States due to extreme heat.

 

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