Friday, June 2, 2017
The summer season is jam-packed with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. SouthCoast Health wants everyone to indulge while also being safe!
“With more time out in the sun, more trips to the beach and pool, and the reemergence of unhealthy summer treats, summer is often a time where we see a lot of healthy people fall prey to bad habits that could negatively affect them later in life,” SouthCoast Health Family Medicine physician Dr. Troy Murphy explained.
To ensure you and your family stay on a healthy track this summer, we’re touching on four key areas to keep in mind:
While spending more time outside under the sun is a great way to enjoy the summer, overexposure to the sun’s rays can lead to problems such as sunburn and skin cancer. Keep your skin safe while also enjoying the beautiful weather by doing the following.
2. Water safety
One of the most popular places to visit during the summer season is the pool or the beach. Both are ideal for relaxation and fun, but both also have their hidden dangers. Some of these water safety reminders you may already know, but others may not be as obvious.
3. Healthy summer diet
For many people, summertime brings neighborhood barbecues, trips to the ice cream shop, and sugary refreshing beverages. You can still enjoy these summertime treats, but don’t forget to eat your veggies and fruits as well. You can even use your plate as a guide to help keep your portions in check! Fill one-fourth of your plate with fruit and grains, while splitting the other three-fourths between protein and veggies.
Another great tip for maintaining a healthy summer diet is opting for water over soda, juice, or other sugar-filled beverages. Dehydration in these hot summer months can lead to serious health problems, such as exhaustion or even heat stroke. Avoid these issues by making water your drink of choice this summer!
4. Safety while traveling
Before hitting the road or traveling across the world, make sure that everyone in your family is up to date on their yearly check-ups and vaccines. This will not only give you peace of mind while traveling, but it also helps to prevent health emergencies that could be difficult to manage when you’re far away from your regular physician.
Summer is a season made for enjoying the weather and spending time with family and friends. Follow these tips to ensure that you and your family have safe and happy memories. If you do run into any summertime health issues, click here to schedule an appointment with a SouthCoast Health Family Medicine physician.
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