July 2010 News Flash
Summer is finally upon us! I find that this time of year is great for discovering new
activities or rekindling forgotten ones. Staying active is an important part of maintaining
both your physical and mental health. If you are not currently as active as you would like
to be, there is no better time to start than now!
July 11th to the 17th marks the National Therapeutic Recreation Week. Therapeutic
recreation focuses specifically on recreation and leisure activities as a preventative
measure for maintaining health and wellness in order to avoid developing disabling
conditions and it is also great for those with existing disabilities. You can incorporate
therapeutic recreation into many of your daily activities including gardening, cooking, or
playing with your children or grandchildren. A great resource for finding the many group
and individual activities that are available is www.recreationtherapy.com. This website
lists activities, and also provides helpful resources and information.
However, while you are out enjoying the beautiful weather summer has to offer, there are
several safety tips to keep in mind.
Drink plenty of water. Extended time spent in the sun can lead to heat exhaustion and
heat stroke, both of which cause the body’s cooling system to shut down. This is often
preceded by fatigue, cramps, and thirst, or for more serious cases; severe headache,
dizziness, nausea, or rapid heart rate. Prevent this by drinking water throughout the day,
and carry a reusable water bottle with you when spending time in the sun.
Wear sunscreen and protective clothing. Avoid sunburns and the risk of developing
skin cancer by applying plenty of sunscreen (at least SPF 30) before and during your time
spent in the sun. It is also very wise to wear clothing that will protect you from harmful
UV rays. This includes lightweight, non-white T shirts, brimmed hats, and sunglasses to
protect your eyes and improve your vision in the sun.
Rest. Although outside activity is enjoyable and a great way to maintain your health, it is
important to properly manage your time spent in the sun. Seek out shade or an air
conditioned area periodically. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home,
visit a place that does such as a shopping mall or public library to cool down. You can
also get creative in order to stay cool! Visit a dollar store or look around the house to find
a handheld fan or a spray bottle you can fill with water to help you cool down!
Stay active and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts, but be sure to do so in a safe
manner. And as always, keep reaching out for a better day!
Wishing you the best,