By Dr. Charity Robinson
The summer weather was a little late in getting here this year, but people are now enjoying more time outdoors. Here are a few tips for a healthy and safe summer; we want everyone to avoid any mishaps that could be avoided.
Summer heat requires a different “dress code.” Wear lightweight cotton and loose-fitting clothes to help air circulate and allow your body to “breathe”, or allow your skin to cool. The early morning hours are the best time to exercise and work on your outdoor to-do list or garden. And don’t forget your sunscreen!
On hot days it is very important to drink enough water (minimum 64-72 ounces) to replenishing your body’s fluids and prevent dehydration. People 65 and over account for many ER visits and hospitalizations because they do not adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature, making them especially vulnerable.
Life jackets are at the key to safe boating and swimming in our rivers and lakes. Boaters should have access to and wear life jackets any time they are on a boat, motorized or non-motorized, and all children should have them on at all times when in or on the water.
Sunglasses with 100% UV protection are important to overall eye health. Sunglasses can help slow the progression of cataracts, as well as reduce the risk of scar tissue formation on the white part of the eye, and may help reduce macular degeneration by blocking unhealthy UV exposure.
One final tip, helmets appropriate for ATV or for bicycling should be worn by everyone – adults and children – on every ride regardless of the length of the ride. And don’t forget to buckle up in the car, every time! Have a fun and safe summer!