Summer typically means more time spent outdoors, and while fresh air and physical activities are beneficial, they also increase risks of injury, sunburn, and insect bites. You don’t have to stay locked indoors, but please be mindful and use precautions to enjoy vacations and recreation:
- Avoid direct sun exposure and limit outdoor activities between 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Instead, plan for early morning and evening outings whenever possible.
Remember protective sun tips with American Cancer Society’s catchphrase:
Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), Slap on a hat, Wrap on sunglasses! (2017)
- Stay hydrated, drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily – more with swimming, exercise and sweating
- Utilize caution with grilling and recreational activities such as jet-skis/boating, swimming, ATVs/cycling
- Perform full body checks for ticks after outdoor activity, especially in wooded or grassy areas, and immediately remove any ticks found
- Be prepared with a first aid kit, both on the go and at home – know your local health resources, and make identification of area hospitals part of your travel preparation
Here are some resources to learn more:
We wish you a safe and happy summer!
MGA Health Clinic, Cochran campus (478) 934-3080 and Macon campus (478) 471-2092