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[ARTICLE] Summer Health Tips
Filed Under: Wellness | Published: Jun 5, 2018 | Author: FHP
  • Stay out of the direct sun if at all possible. Get out to areas that offer shade or air conditioning such as malls, libraries, movie theatres, musems for example.
  • Whenever possible, schedule outdoor events (public gatherings, sporting events, exercise) early in the morning when it's cooler and the air quality is better.
  • Always drink plenty of fluids.  (Water is best.)
  • Wear light-colored, light-weigh clothing. Use hats with brims and sunscreen for more protection.
  • The elderly, small children, and people with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable to the heat.  Call and check on friends, family and neighbors during the extreme heat conditions.
  • ANYONE showing signs of heat stroke (altered mental state, not sweting, nausea) should seek medical attention immediately.

Sun Safety

  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection before you go outside, even on cloudy days.
  • Reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating or after staying outside for more than two hours.
  • Wear protective clothing when possible, sunglasses, and a hat with a wide brim to protect exposed skin.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

Lyme Disease

  • Ticks are most active in late June and early July. Avoid Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses by avoiding ticks and tick bites.

West Nile Virus

  • Mosquitoes are most active in the summer months.  Protect yourself aganist the West NIle Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses by using bug spray with DEET, and avoiding mosquito breeding grounds.  Avoid parks and recreation areas that have recently watered.

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