smiling senior webThe summer brings sunshine and plenty of opportunities to be active outdoors. It’s also a time for fun and relaxation. Health Partners Plans wants to remind you to protect yourself from heat, sun exposure and dehydration. Here are some tips to help you experience the pleasures of the season.

If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, consider visiting a friend’s house, shopping mall, movie theatre or library to avoid heat exhaustion. If you can’t get outside, take a cool bath or shower to lower your body temperature during extreme heat.
Keep a water bottle handy! You should drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks as they can leave you dehydrated.
Wear light colored and loose fitting clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Darker color clothing attracts more heat.
Protect yourself from the sun’s rays by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply it often. Even with sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses for added protection.
Save your outdoor exercise routine for the cooler morning or evening hours. When it’s time to rest, look for shaded areas such as porches or a tree.
Find out if your medications can cause increased sensitivity to the sun.

These precautions will help you avoid symptoms like fatigue, weakness or nausea. Health Partners Plans wants you to have a safe and healthy summer!

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