Sun, fun, vacation (and a little risk)
Research shows that time in the great outdoors can improve mood, energy levels and even memory, all while reducing stress. Summer is also a wonderful time to recharge your battery with a well-planned vacation or staycation.
While summer is typically full of fun, it can carry some dangers along with it. Heed these safety tips to stay healthy and safe this summer.
Wear sunscreen every day
- Everyone needs sunscreen! When used correctly, it can help prevent skin cancer by protecting you from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It can also help prevent premature skin aging.
- Choose a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect against UVA and UVB rays.
Be a shade-seeker
- Remember, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so this is an optimal time to seek shade during an outdoor picnic.
Don’t forget your shades
- Sunglasses may be your favorite summertime accessory, but they’re also an essential prescription for eye health. To protect your eyes, choose sunglasses that block up to 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.
Beat the heat
- Drink plenty of water, especially during hot weather. Full up a big water bottle, keep it cool and stay hydrated all day.
Be sure to also look for ways to stay active and eat healthy during the summer, too. At your summer barbecue? Grill up some fruits and veggies. Summer salad? Throw some berries on top along with some nuts for added delicious, healthy goodness.
Speaking of summer, are you looking for some healthy grilling tips? Check out this webinar from 2021, “Mind Your Peas & Healthier BBQs.” (You’ll need to register before viewing the recording.)
You can also check out Asante Health Promotion’s five-part Preventing Snaccidents series, which shares healthy recipes along with cooking demonstrations and taste testing.
If you have additional questions, email Asante Benefits or call (541) 789-4551. You can also submit a case in the Ask HR section of myHR.
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