BE COOL IN SUMMER
All of us (yes, I’m a big kid!) kids, big and small, look forward to summer! Outdoor sports, hiking, playing ball, running and walking in the park, swimming and going to the lake are all things we love to do in the summertime.
Being in the sun is fun, but it can also be dangerous. Our bodies can overheat and cause us to get sick. The Arizona Department of Health Services has a list of things that can help you be safe in the sun. Here are a few of them:
Use Sunscreen Every Day! Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays can damage your skin. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply 10 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 ½ hours or sooner if perspiring or engaging in water activities. Wearing sunscreen every day is as important as brushing your teeth!
Wear a Wide-Brimmed Hat and Lip Balm! A hat with a wide brim offers better protection for your scalp, ears, face and the back of your neck than a baseball cap or visor . And, protect lips with SPF 15+ lip balm.
Wear Sunglasses! Sunglasses reduce sun exposure that can damage your eyes and lead to cataracts. Check the label and choose sunglasses that block at least 90% of UVA and UVB rays.
Cover Up! Wear long sleeves and pants if possible to protect your skin when playing or working outdoors. Darker colors and fabric with a tight weave provide the most protection.
Limit Time in the Midday Sun! Limit your outdoor activities when the UV rays are strongest and most damaging (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Remember: Look for your shadow—if no shadow, seek cover!
Take Cover! Find something fun that doesn’t involve exposure to direct sun. Take cover under a tree, ramada or find an indoor activity inside a gym, library or classroom during peak UV.
For more information, go to: www.azdhs.gov/phs/sunwise
You can reach me (Meme) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to my website www.RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com. Send me questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you. Meme’s News No. 2 (June 1016) © 2016