July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am , by Amelia Harnish
Looks like there are only two possibilities for this year’s Fourth of July forecast: hot or hotter. The record heat wave continues, with many states under a heat advisory and temperatures in the 90s and up across the country, according to the National Weather Service. Yikes.
But all sweat aside, a day off is a day off, and I’ll bet you’re forging ahead with your barbecue, beach day or other fun-in-the-sun plans. I know I am! So we’ve put together a few safety reminders for you—before you head outside.
Keep the Water Flowing
Sweat much? On a normal day, a 150-pound woman has to drink around 65 ounces of water to replace what’s lost through sweating, peeing and breathing. In heat like this, you need even more. Water is your best bet. Sugary liquid calories in sodas or sweet tea add up fast. Most people don’t need sports drinks, but if it’s really hot and the danger of dehydration is high, it wouldn’t hurt to pack some Gatorade in your cooler. Alcohol and caffeine can act as a diuretic and make you even more dehydrated, so limit those in the heat. Kids and the elderly are especially prone to dehydration, so if you’re heading to the beach or fireworks, pack plenty of bottled water for the whole family—and remind them to drink it.
Shield Yourself From the Sun
If you don’t wear sunscreen, you’re probably going to get burned, and that can lead to scary skin cancers. Dermatologists recommend sunscreens that have broad-spectrum protection with at least an SPF 30. No matter how high the SPF, you’ve got to really slather it on and re-apply every two hours—even if it’s cloudy. Make sure the kids do, too. And no sunscreen can protect you all day, so plan ahead and bring a tent or sun umbrellas and a wide-brimmed hat.
Watch Out For Heat Exhaustion
If it’s too hot and humid out, your body’s natural cooling system may have trouble keeping up. One way to stave off heat-related illnesses like heat rash, heat exhaustion and the more-serious heat stroke is to stay well hydrated. If you’re feeling overheated, stay in the shade whenever possible, and lay off the beach volleyball. Look out for symptoms like a racing heart rate, muscle cramps, confusion, weakness or headaches.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!
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July 4, 2011 at 9:00 am , by Nykia Spradley
Today, we’ll be handing over all BBQ duties so we don’t chip our new mani: A few weeks ago we learned about this super-cute mini nail polish set that OPI created exclusively for Merle Norman Cosmetics. The Americana collection, $12.50, is perfect not only for Independence Day, but for Merle Norman—an 80-year-old, all-American company that manufactures everything stateside.
Wear it proud.
July 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm , by Catherine LeFebvre
Here’s to a safe and festive weekend!
July 1, 2011 at 9:36 am , by Maggie Niemiec
Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs this Fourth of July, how about some fresh bacteria casserole? Or maybe some salmonella with a side of E. coli? Doesn’t that sound appetizing? We didn’t think so either. But the thought of those cringe-inducing dishes is just one of the ways a new food safety campaign got our attention.
The USDA, FDA, CDC and the Ad Council have cooked up a “Food Safe Families” campaign to remind people that one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. See the strange yet memorable pig-in-a-sauna one, below.
We know many parts of the country will feel like a sauna this weekend, and you’ll probably be outside grilling something. So keep your delicious barbecued chicken, juicy cheeseburgers and yummy hot dogs free of food-borne illnesses.
Clean kitchen surfaces, utensils and hands with soap and water while preparing food.
Separate raw meats from other foods with different cutting boards.
Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer.
Chill raw and prepared foods promptly.
For the skinny on just how many E. coli cells it takes to make you sick, check out our interview with Elisabeth Hagen, M.D., head of the Food Safety and Inspection Service at the USDA. (Hint: it’s not many.) Head to foodsafety.gov for more tips.
Happy Fourth of July from the LHJ Health Ladies!