June 18, 2010

Summer Survivor

Your summer reality check

Outwit: Know your stuff, stay ahead of summer's unique challenges.
Outplay: Have a fun summer. Relax and be safe.
Outlast: Don't miss summer days, play until the final round.

Win the Amazing Race

You have a destination and how you get there is up to you: on bicycle, scooter, skateboard, in a car or even on foot. Wear appropriate clothing and safety gear for your transport. Brightly coloured and/or reflective clothes, knee pads, leather jackets, and closed-toe shoes can go a long way in preventing injury. And don't forget your melon. Helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by more than 85 per cent.

Survive Hell's Kitchen

Summer offers better access to fresh fruit and vegetables and outdoor eating at picnics and barbecues. But you're not the only one who thrives in a hot kitchen. So does bacteria. You can easily avoid confrontation with a food borne illnesses by keeping these tips in mind:

Be the Big Brother

Keep a close eye out for those around you when near the water this summer. Whether you're at the lake, the beach, or at a backyard swimming pool, keep a close eye on the situation to avoid incidents. This means keeping an eye out for those around you.

Become the Next Top Model

A true top model limits time outside between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when sun rays are at their peak. But life isn't always a walk down the runway.

Taking medication? Check with your pharmacist – it could increase your sensitivity to sun. If you're out during the day, coat yourself with broad spectrum sunscreen (Canadian Cancer Society recommends SPF 30), slip into your best loose-fitting, lightly coloured outfit. Remember, long sleeves and pants are the best option because they afford extra coverage and flatter every body. This season's best fabrics? Look for tightly-woven materials, which provide better protection. Must have accessory? Parasols or umbrellas.

More fashion tips:

Face your Fear Factor

Afraid of creepy crawlies and itty bitty biters? Face up to those fears by nipping unwanted bug intrusions in the bud, and you can prevent an itch, West Nile virus or Lyme disease. The best-case scenario is to avoid the bugs altogether. This means limiting your time outside at dusk and dawn (when mosquitoes are most active) and in the bush where ticks are common. When that isn't a possibility, here are a few tips:

Face your camping fears - click here and here to find out how.

Information and awareness will help you and your family outwit, outplay and outlast summer health risks. Stumped? No need to send out an SOS - call Health Links - Info Santé at 788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257.

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