Wellness Tip for July 2018

SHADE

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. (KJV)

Summer is here! We should be purposeful in protecting ourselves during this season. General summer safety guidelines can be summarized with the word SHADE:

S – Sunscreen. Put on sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and reapply throughout the day.

H – Heat safety. Drink lots of water and other non-alcoholic, sugar-free fluids; wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing when outdoors, especially when active; and stay in the shade or air conditioning when possible.

A – Animal contact. Remember to wash your hands after touching animals at places like petting zoos or county fairs. Avoid stray and wild animals; they may carry diseases like rabies.

D – DEET. To prevent being bitten by ticks and mosquitoes that can carry diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus, use insect repellent with DEET (follow the label directions when using, especially on children).

E – Eating outdoors. Cook food thoroughly. Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. For more information about hot weather health, visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ ExtremeHeat/.