Summer means time outside with family and friends! Stay safe and have fun with these quick tips:
Our bodies need more fluids to stay hydrated when it is hot out or when we are doing physical activity. Young children and older adults are more prone to dehydration. To know you are drinking enough, check your:
- Thirst, if you have a dry mouth or are thirsty you might need to drink more fluids
- Urine; if it is dark and has a strong odor this could be sign of dehydration.
- Mood; if you are feeling tired, dizzy or have a headache it might be dehydration
Keep water handy in your home and pack lots while out and about. All fluids count including water, milk, tea, coffee, juice, etc.
And a hat and sunglasses! Sunlight is strong enough to cause harm to eyes, premature aging and skin cancer. Here’s how to Stay Sun Safe:
- Check the UV index; when the UV index is 3 or higher be extra careful, reduce your time in the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p. m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest
- Seek Shade; sit under a tree, canopy or an umbrella.
- Cover up; clothes protect us better than sunscreen and Wear a wide-brimmed hat
- look for sunglasses with a UV 400 or 100% UV protection.
- Apply broad spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. Apply a generous amount to any skin not covered by clothes. If you are going to be in the water make sure your sunscreen is also water-resistant. Use sunscreen with all the above tips not instead of them.