While children long for the lazy carefree days of summer, many adults view the season as a reason to be active and get healthy. Whether it’s to look good for an upcoming beach vacation or simply to have the energy to enjoy the season to the fullest, setting health goals is a great first step.
The weather is nice, so why not take your workout routine outdoors? So many outdoor activities are natural calorie-burners, plus they’re a lot of fun. Ride bikes on the weekend, run around and play tag with your kids, or play fetch with the dog. Infuse your social activities with fitness, too. For example, finish a date night with a romantic walk outside, or have friends over for an outdoor barbecue and dance party.
Light foods pair well with warmer weather, so take a fresh approach to meal time. Visit your local farmers market to pick up fresh, seasonal food and get creative in the kitchen. Incorporate water-based fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple into meals. For dessert, freeze grapes for a sweet treat after dinner.
Stay hydrated by stocking the fridge with healthy drink options. A big pitcher of cold water with slices of strawberries, cucumbers and lime is a refreshing drink that’s readily available. This low-calorie drink quenches on even the hottest days.
Rise and shine
Get some fresh air first thing in the morning; it will keep you energized all day long. Take a quick walk or practice yoga outside — try it during sunrise for a great way to start your day. You’ll be surprised with how cheery and upbeat you’ll feel.
Green your thumb
Gardening is a great way to enjoy the warm weather, plus you burn calories without even knowing it. Try planting your own herb garden. It’s a simple activity you can even do with your kids. Plus, you will have quick access to fresh herbs when you want to add a healthy flavor boost to your dishes.
Try new activities
Warm weather is the perfect time to try something new. Take tennis or golf lessons, or meet friends on a weekly basis to play a different sport. Hit the sand with the family and try some beach body Pilates; do a few crunches on your towel, try some planks in the sand, and even some crab walks. Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.
A study has found that eating walnuts and walnut oil may have health benefits beyond the known benefits of lowering cholesterol. Researchers, from Penn State, Tufts University and University of Pennsylvania, found that people who ingested whole walnuts and walnut oil not only had lower cholesterol, but also had increased blood vessel function and their “good cholesterol,” or HDL, was able to remove excess cholesterol from the body more quickly.
You might as well call this exercise the tank top toner. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding weights down in front of your thighs with your palms facing you. Keeping your elbows slightly bent, raise your arms up in front of you until they are parallel to the floor. Dont shrug. Keep your shoulders relaxed and dont raise your arms above shoulder level. Lower back to starting position and repeat.
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5: The CDC recommends that health care providers check their patients’ cholesterol levels at least once every five years.
Schools should be prepared to manage life-threatening allergies and to respond should anaphylaxis occur. Here are some tips to help schools be better prepared for anaphylaxis:
Students with known potentially life-threatening allergies should have an anaphylaxis action plan on file that includes the following:
– Avoiding known allergens – Recognizing the symptoms – Always having access to two epinepherine auto-injectors – Seeking immediate emergency medical care
A survey conducted in 109 Massachusetts school districts from 2001 to 2003 evaluating the use of epinephrine for anaphylaxis management in schools found that 24 percent of anaphylactic reactions occurred in individuals who were not known by school personnel to have a prior history of life-threatening allergies.
Similar to individual anaphylaxis action plans, school staff and members of the school community should:
Be aware of triggers: Food allergies are the most common triggers, including peanuts, tree nuts, cow’s milk, wheat, shellfish and eggs. Other common triggers include bee/insect stings and latex. Triggers should be avoided whenever possible.
Know the signs and symptoms: These may include trouble breathing, chest pain, skin hives or redness of the skin, tightness in the throat, swelling of the lips and/or tongue, nausea, dizziness, a decrease in blood pressure, and/or fainting. Anaphylaxis symptoms may progress rapidly and become life-threatening, requiring prompt recognition and treatment initiation.
Have access to two epinephrine auto-injectors on site and know how to use them. School representatives can access information about the program at EpiPen4Schools.com.
Know how to seek immediate medical attention: Emergency medical services may vary by school or location but should be contacted immediately. In many places this includes calling 911.
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