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Tips for a Healthy and Safe Summer

Summer is here, and it’s time to soak up the sun and have some fun! Whether you’re hiking, swimming, or just lounging in the backyard, there’s no better season to enjoy the great outdoors. Stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones by being mindful of safety precautions and following health recommendations.

Staying hydrated is crucial during hot summer days to prevent dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when engaging in outdoor activities. Protect your skin from sun damage by using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak sunlight hours.

Swimming is a popular summer activity, but it’s critical to practice water safety to prevent accidents and drowning. Adults and children alike should learn how to swim and avoid swimming alone. Children should always be supervised in and around bodies of water.

Grilling is a common summer activity, but it’s best to practice safe grilling techniques to reduce the risk of cancer. Cooking meat over an open flame releases cancer-causing chemicals, so consider pre-cooking meats in the oven or microwave before grilling to reduce grilling time and the amount of harmful chemicals released. Marinating meat in vinegar, citrus juice, or other acidic liquids can also prevent the formation of cancer-causing compounds. Try grilling fruits and vegetables for a healthier option.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Sources:

www.cdc.gov

www.aicr.org

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