July 2019 – Stay Safe & Healthy this Summer

July 2019 – Stay Safe & Healthy this Summer

July 2019 – Stay Safe & Healthy this Summer

 

It’s July in Wisconsin, probably the most humid, hot month of summer!  This is the time of many outdoor summer activities and people need to be prepared to stay safe and healthy.

The first and most important requirement is to stay hydrated with WATER.  Once you notice you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated!

Strive to consume one-half your body weight number in ounces of water per day. Example: 150 pounds = 75 oz. If you are hiking, going to theme parks or county fairs, prepare for the day.

Wide brimmed hats are important as they protect the face, ears, neck and head from the sun.  Long sleeves tops in light colored fabric and light in weight work well.

Cotton is a good choice as it has “wicking properties” to draw off perspiration which helps you stay cooler.  Wearing white or light-colored socks in shoes with good

support will help in the same way.  Sunscreen is an absolute must!  Unlike sunscreen sprays, lotion lets you know where you applied it.  That way you won’t be surprised

by sunburn in a place you inadvertently missed.  Plain sunscreen products should be applied routinely every two hours or less.  Perspiration makes the product less effective,

similarly when you are swimming you absolutely must reapply sunscreen hourly.

Take advantage of the park’s “misting stations.”  It is an excellent way to get cooled down as you walk around.  You can also purchase an insulated cool neck roll or a

hand-held battery-operated misting fan each for $10.00 or less.  A small insulated tote bag can keep everything cool but not frozen.  It’s easy to carry, has no condensation

and can help with snacks costs.  Just put some treats inside and you are ready to go.

Have a wonderful, safe, healthy July!

Nurse Barbara