Blog 8/30/2018

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: Top Labor Day Tips to End Summer on a Great Note

Whether you’re planning a beach outing, pool party or cookout to mark the last days of summer, here are some tips for a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend.

Choose healthy snacks for road trips

When you’re driving, road food often means fast food. It’s tempting to grab a bite at a burger-and-fries joint near the gas pump.

Instead, pack healthy car snacks:

  • Load up your cooler with fresh pineapple, mangoes, kiwi, honeydew and cantaloupe strawberries, grapes and cherries.
  • Avoid processed foods and try to find the healthiest options for peanut butter, nuts, Greek yogurt and protein bars.
  • for Kids: Skip single-serving packaged foods. Instead, pack tasty, wholesome choices such as carrot sticks and organic yogurt in reusable containers.

Sun safety toolkit

If you plan to spend hours outdoors at the beach, poolside or hiking.

Plan your day around the sun:

  • Go outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.
  • As a rule of thumb, limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when ultraviolet radiation peaks – and seek shade whenever possible.
  • Wear sunglasses, shirts, pants and hats to shield your eyes and skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
  • Dress children in wide-brimmed hats – not baseball caps – that shade the face, scalp, neck and ears.
  • Buy your children quality sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.

No matter how you plan to celebrate, a little caution and planning will keep your loved ones safe and well this weekend.

Have a question? Contact us at AskANurse@DirectPathHealth.com

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