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5 Great Tips For A Healthy Summer

Summer is fast approaching and there are many exposures such as extreme heat, insects, dehydration and more. Follow these great tips from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to help prevent chronic disease and have a healthy summer.

1. Move More, Sit Less! Get at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity every week. TIP: Physical activity has immediate benefits for your health: better sleep and reduced anxiety are two.

2. Wear Sunscreen & Insect Repellant. Use shade, wide-brimmed hats, clothing that covers, and broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 for sun protection. Use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites and tricks. TIP: If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply sunscreen first. After you come indoors, check clothing, body, and pets for ticks.

3. Keep Cool in Extreme Heat. Extreme heat can be dangerous for everyone, but it may be especially dangerous for people with chronic medical conditions. Stay cool. Stay hydrated. Stay informed.

4. Eat a Healthy Diet. Delicious fruits and veggies make any summer meal healthier.

5. Rethink Your Drink! Drink fluoridated water instead of sugary or alcoholic drinks to reduce calories and stay safe.

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