Summer season is when people take breaks to go on vacation and engage in outdoor activities under the sunshine. However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with these activities. Dr. Thomas Horowitz, Family Medicine Specialist at CHA HPMC, and Anne Horowitz, Nutritionist, share essential summer safety tips for this season.

Since summer is swimsuit season, many people may want to shed a few pounds. Here are a few helpful tips.

  • Liquid calories can quickly add up, so consider replacing sodas and other sugary drinks with unsweetened or lower-calorie options. This simple change can be the secret to easy weight loss.
  • Adding one serving of low-calorie dairy, such as low-fat Greek yogurt or skim milk, into your diet can also aid in weight loss.
  • Pay attention to portion sizes by checking the labels. You will eat less if you serve yourself smaller portions or if you use a smaller plate, even if you allow yourself seconds or thirds.
  • Engage in cardiovascular exercises to boost your weight loss efforts.
  • Having a dedicated plan is key as well for achieving your weight loss goals.

When planning for a vacation, it is essential to learn more about the safety and travel advisories regarding your chosen destination.

  • If traveling outside of the USA, it is advisable to check the analysis of the area provided by The U.S. State Department.
  • Always travel as discreetly as possible and avoid drawing attention to yourself. Remember that tourists are more vulnerable than locals, so do not “flash” your wealth or your status as a tourist.
  • When traveling with medications, it is best to keep them in genuine pharmacy vials, as this can help alleviate any concerns of customs officers when they come across the medications in your bags. You can request your pharmacist to pack an appropriate quantity for your trip and ensure you have enough to cover in case of travel delays.
  • Many countries have different regulations about knives. Before packing any, be sure to check local laws. A simple pen knife with a 3” blade can be considered illegal in certain countries.
  • When traveling to comfortable areas, follow the basic safety rules. Avoid overindulgence, overexposure, illness, and disease. Intoxicated tourists attract tragedy and are more likely to encounter unfortunate incidents. With water sports, have appropriate safety equipment such as safety vests and signaling devices.
  • In the outback, you need adequate thermal protection, water purifiers, and means of communication.
  • On road trips, make sure that your vehicle is ready for the trip and equipped with road emergency supplies.

Sun and heat can be a concern. Consider the following tips:

  • Many common medications can increase sensitivity to sun and heat, so it is important to stay hydrated and double-check if your medication has this side effect.
  • Use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 that is appropriate for the level of sun exposure. Prepare well before engaging in outdoor activities.

From being mindful of potential risks associated with outdoor activities to prioritizing personal safety while traveling, following these expert tips will help you make the most of your summer while safeguarding your well-being. So, go ahead and embrace the sunshine and adventure. Have a fantastic and memorable summer!
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