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The summer season is in full effect and the outdoors is the place where many kids will be spending their time – under the scorching sun. So how can you make sure they are safe?
Here are a few tips to help your kids make it through the hot weather in a healthy way while they are out of school:
- Sunscreen is a MUST – Make sure your kids are prepared for the sunny afternoons by protecting their skin with sunscreen. This will ensure they are not prone to skin rashes and heat stroke.
- Take Water Breaks – Kids love to play, but they need to stay hydrated, so if you are planning on being outside for a long period of time, make sure your kids are equipped with water to help replenish.
- Watch the bumps, bruises and bugs! – Make sure your family has an emergency kit handy for unexpected bug bites or injuries that may occur at play.
- Pack healthy treats – Summer is a good time to instill healthy eating habits for your kids. Try introducing grilled veggies and summer fruits on your summer outings and keep your kids healthy.
The more prepared your kids are the more you will be able to enjoy the rest of the summer without any stress - a major plus.
Just because summer's here and school is coming to a close, providing hours of free activity time, doesn't mean your kids are out of the woods when it comes to health, specifically weight gain, Sure, during the summer months kids tend to spend more time outside being active, but without the responsibilities and set schedule of school, ample opportunity exists to just "hang out," which these days can mean sitting on the couch at home, playing video games, watching TV and remaining altogether sedentary – a recipe for weight gain in the short term, and obesity and diabetes in the long term. Here are four summer solutions to get your kids off the couch until fall rolls around:
1. Stick to a schedule: Part of the real value of school throughout the year is that it teaches children to stick to a schedule – an invaluable lesson that will last into adulthood. Of course, it also occupies the majority of their time with positive pursuits. Keep that attitude going during the summer by charting a schedule for your kids that keeps them focused and maintains your year-long rules limitinag TV / screen time. Too many parents give their kids a three-month "break" from routine over summer, overlooking the negative consequences.
2. Get them out of the house: There's no better way to get kids off the couch than, well, by getting them off the couch! Now's the time to sit down with your children and brainstormsummer activities that will keep them busy – and physically active – throughout the summer. By the way, this may be a great time to brainstorm your own summer vacation from work so your entire family can do something fun, active and away from the daily grind.
3. Challenge them: Kids love to be challenged, so give them a few challenges of the physical fitness variety this summer. It could be as simple as trying to beat their high score at beach smashball every week, to setting up an obstacle course in your backyard and inspiring them to improve their completion time. Keep your kids active by giving them a reason to be active.
4. Get some help: Generally speaking, health takes a hit when people don't have enough to do. Armed with too much time, boredom sets in, which can lead to mindless hours of video games and potato chips to fill the void. This summer, create a neighborhood strategy to keep your kids occupied. Exchange play days with other parents, organize weekly activities or day trips with your kids' friends, etc. You can also arrange for your children to attend a few community craft / activity classes throughout summer. It's all about keeping them engaged, enthusiastic and above all, off the couch.
So what's the deal with salt? You know you need some of it, but everywhere you see advertising and headlines telling you to eat less of it. You might have salt cravings but you feel guilty indulging in them because you've heard from everyone, the government to personal trainers to your mother-in-law, that salt is bad for you. The way headlines sound,... Read More
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I know most of us think that we only have to worry about our immune system during the winter months but a healthy immune system throughout the rest of the year is actually important in helping us ward off infections during the winter months. In fact, we should be boosting our immune system all year round. So, how can we do it in a natural way? Read More
While resting between exercises at the gym recently, a young lifter asked me for a spot on a set of barbell bench presses. The bar was loaded with a moderately heavy amount of weight that at first glance appeared to be too heavy for his frame. He began his set and immediately began bouncing the bar off his chest. As he progressed in reps and began... Read More
Just because summer's here and school is coming to a close, providing hours of free activity time, doesn't mean your kids are out of the woods when it comes to health, specifically weight gain. Sure, during the summer months kids tend to spend more time outside being active, but without the responsibilities and set schedule of school, ample opportunity...Read More
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Now that summer has finally arrived, it is tempting to spend as much time outdoors as we can, taking advantage of the long days and the brilliant sun. But summer can also bring with it a lot of heat, so it’s important to know how to keep cool on those hot summer days and how to recognize the signs of heat stroke.
The body normally regulates its own temperature by sweating as ambient temperatures rise. However, in cases of extreme heat, the body’s regulation mechanism can sometimes be overwhelmed, leading first to heat exhaustion and then to heat stroke if nothing is done. The danger of heat stroke is particularly risky on days that are extremely hot and humid, as excessive humidity does not allow the body to cool itself properly through sweating.
Those at greater risk of heat stroke are babies, the elderly, those with heart, kidney or lung disease, and people taking some forms of medication. When it is very hot and humid, body temperature in those affected can rise very quickly to 106 °F or more in only about 10-15 minutes. Following are some of the possible signs of heat stroke:
- Body temperature 103 °F or above
- Hot, red, dry skin, with no sweating
- Strong, rapid pulse and deep breathing
- Weak pulse and shallow breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Throbbing headache
- Lack of consciousness
Heat stroke can cause organ failure, brain damage, and eventually death if not treated promptly. If you believe someone may have heat stroke, move them to a cool or shady location and call emergency services immediately. While waiting for help, you can do some things to help minimize the damage.
Get the victim cooled down as quickly as possible; remove excess clothing and use whatever method available to reduce the victim’s body temperature. Ideally, place them in a bathtub filled with cool water. If that is not possible, a cold shower or ice packs on the head, neck, groin and armpits will help. In situations with lower humidity, you can also wrap the victim in a sheet that has been wet with cold water and turn a fan on them. If outdoors, cool water from a garden hose can be used to cool down the victim while waiting for help.
To help ensure that you do not become a victim of heat stroke yourself, be sure to keep well hydrated on hot days, wear light clothing, avoid alcohol, and seek out air-conditioned environments. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, consider going to the mall, the library or taking in a movie. Using these tips will help you to enjoy your summer safely!