Blog 5/23/2017

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: Tips for a Healthy Memorial Day Weekend

For most, it’s a long weekend and a time to relax, spend time with your friends and family, and have some fun. With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, we suggest these tips for staying healthy and safe this holiday weekend.


Avoid sunburn and skin damage, picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella and take a canopy to the beach. Avoid the sun when ultraviolet radiation peaks between 10 am and 4 pm – and seek shade whenever possible. Dress to impress and help protect you against the suns harmful rays. Bring a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses to block UVA radiation (which causes cataracts) and – don’t forget your lips – SPF lip balm.

Healthy Eating

This weekend, many families and friends will gather around a table or blanket to enjoy a feast. Everyone wants to eat healthier, but it’s not always easy to know how.

Eat more whole fruits and vegetables. Nutritionists recommend that adults and children consume at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily.

Be sure to load up on early-season corn and fresh pineapple.

Choose leaner meats and marinate them for 24 hours to enjoy the flavor without all the fat this Memorial Day. Fatty meats make for tasty barbequing, but you can use leaner, healthier meats and make them more tender and flavorful by marinating them. Enjoy the flavor without all the fat.

Pesky Bugs

Bug bites can be serious business. In 2013, West Nile virus – carried by mosquitoes – infected more than 5,674 Americans, per the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme disease, spread by ticks, has more than doubled over the last 15 years, with 27,203 confirmed cases in 2013. These illnesses and other pest-borne diseases can have serious and occasionally life-altering consequences. Your first line of defense is to avoid areas where these bugs are prevalent. Your second line is to cover up.

Wash your hands after applying repellent and be sure to wash repellent-coated skin and clothes at the end of the day. Use nets and fans over outdoor eating areas. Don’t use bug repellent on infants younger than 6 months. Instead, cover strollers and baby carriers with fine netting. Check your kids thoroughly for ticks every night and remove them properly.

Instant Headache Relief

During the hot summer months, drink a glass of water to relieve headaches. Often headaches are caused by dehydration and can be alleviated by drinking plenty of fluids.

Plan ahead to enjoy a safe, fun and healthy Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. Practicing smart grilling, staying safe in the sun and drinking plenty of fluids can help you make the most of your holiday weekend.

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