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  • Healthy Summer Vacation Tips

    Summer is the perfect time to go on a relaxing vacation or hit the road for an adventure. As the weather heats up, and you embark on a trip, you want to feel prepared, healthy, and well. Whether you are hopping on a flight or car camping, here are some travel tips to help you manage your health to feel your best while away from home. 

    Check in with your doctor.It is important to check in with your doctor 4 to 6 weeks before big trips, especially if you are traveling outside of the country. Your doctor may suggest certain vaccines, tests, or medications. Also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest information for travelers.

    Refill prescriptions and bring over-the-counter medications. Running out of prescription medications when you are away from home can cause unnecessary stress. Remember to refill your prescriptions before you leave and have a list handy in case anything gets lost. Also keep your medications where you can easily get to them, like in a purse, backpack, or carry-on bag.

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    Eat and drink in moderation.It is easy to overindulge while on vacation, however you will feel your best if you try to strike a balance between nutritious meals and occasional splurges. If you have a hearty dinner planned, consider eating lighter, plant-based foods during the day. Eating a healthy mix of vegetables and fruit can boost your immune system.

    Stay hydrated. Lack of water consumption in the sun can lead to dehydration, which can cause fatigue, headaches, and serious health problems in severe cases. Stay on top of your water intake by keeping a full bottle of water with you and extra water for any children or pets traveling with you.

    Stay active. Even if you planned your vacation for pure relaxation, try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Exercise can help you improve your energy levels and reduce stiffness from an unfamiliar bed.

    Rest up. Listen to your body. Traveling can take a toll on your body, especially if you are headed to a different time zone. You might feel tempted to push yourself to see and do everything, but exhaustion puts you at a higher risk for illness and injury. Rest when you’re feeling mentally, emotionally, or physically tired.

    Use plenty of sunscreen. Hours spent outdoors mean more time in the sun’s harmful rays. Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended for good coverage. And it should be reapplied every 2 hours. This will prevent sunburns and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. You can also wear light cool clothing or a hat for added protection.

    Remember to have fun. Feeling healthy and well while on vacation is an important part of making lasting memories. Take care of you mind and body to optimize your vacation and enjoy your time away from home.

    For a direct link to the article on the US Dept. of Homeland Security's website, click here.

  • Summer Safety Tips

    Summer. It’s all about fresh air, sunshine and the great outdoors. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ, a picnic in the park or a trip to the shore, make sure you play it safe all summer long.

    Here’s how. 

    Protect yourself from bugs

    Insect repellent with EPA-approved products like DEET can be used to help ward off bugs, especially mosquitoes and ticks.

    After being outside, shower and/or inspect yourself and your family for ticks immediately. If you do find a tick, remove it with fine-tipped tweezers. Call your doctor if you develop any rashes, fever or fatigue within the next one to three weeks. 

     

    Keep food safe when outside
    • Use a meat thermometer to ensure you cook meat and poultry to a safe temperature. Always cook your ground beef to 160 degrees and your chicken to 165 degrees.
    • When grilling, never put your cooked meat on the same plate you used when it was raw.
    • Remember to keep your hot food hot and your cold food cold.
    • When you’re finished eating, refrigerate leftovers right away. 
    Keep your pool as germ-free as possible
    • Always shower before going in the pool.
    • Don’t go in the pool when you have an upset stomach. 
    Practice sun safety
    • Try to avoid being in direct sunlight during the middle of the day. That is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
    • Use broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15 and UVA and UVB protection.
    • Wear a hat with a wide brim, sunglasses and light clothes to cover exposed skin and block UVA and UVB rays.

    Additional Info on Sun Safety

    pdf button 4 Easy Ways to Shade Yourself
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    Drink water safely

    Just because water looks clear, doesn’t mean it’s safe to drink. If you’re hiking and come across a lake, river or pond, there may be parasites in the water that can make you sick. To be safe:

    • Treat or filter the water first.
    • Bring bottled water from home.
    Avoid Dehydration

    Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have enough of the water and fluids it needs to work properly. This happens when you don’t drink enough, or when you sweat a lot, have a fever, vomit, have diarrhea or urinate too much.

    Signs and symptoms of dehydration can range from minor to severe and could include:

    • Dry mouth
    • Muscle cramps
    • Confusion
    • Headache
    • Low blood pressure
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Dizziness or fainting**
    • Not urinating much or dark yellow urine

    Read more about hydration, including how to treat it here.

     

  • Three Rules for Fun in the Sun

    UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology is asking "Do You Use Protection?" and is encouraging you to practice safe sun every time you are outdoors. Seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30+ to reduce your risk.

    Do You Use Protection Infographic

    Test Your Sun Protection Knowledge

    Take this quizto test your sun protection knowledge.

    Read more information about UV protection from the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC).

    More information from American Academy of Dermatology.

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