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Be Well This Summer!

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Be Well This Summer!
Summer officially arrives this month and so do lots of opportunities to enjoy the season and the great outdoors.  Following are a few tips for staying safe and healthy while diving into summer fun.

Wear Sunscreen
It’s a good practice to wear sunscreen every day in the summer. Choose a broad spectrum brand to protect against both UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) rays.

Respect the Water
Whether a pool, a lake – or a hot tub, don’t go in the water alone and always keep a very close watch on children. Kids can start swimming lessons at a very early age — and it’s important to always be mindful of water safety rules.

Beware of Bug Bites
Ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, bees… there are plenty of pesky bugs in the air.  Wear bug repellent and when possible, cover your skin when out in nature. If you do get bitten and develop fever, rash or other concerning symptoms, see your healthcare provider immediately.

Stay Hydrated
If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.  Drink a large glass of water first thing each morning and carry a water bottle with you.  Limit caffeine and remember good hydration is not just important for athletes. We all need to stay hydrated for our bodies to function properly.

Stay Cool
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke are serious conditions. If you experience dizziness, confusion, nausea, red skin or lack of sweating despite the heat — you should get into the shade, apply ice and seek medical help immediately.

Eat Well
Shop the local farmer’s markets and look for fruits, vegetable and proteins as staples of your summertime cuisine. Healthy eating habits will give you more energy during this active time of year.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Lower Cost to Patients 
Did you know that not all healthcare providers cost the same?   As a consumer, you’re likely paying more of your health care costs then you did a few years ago.  As an independent provider, Edina Sports + Family Medicine provides care at up to 40% less than large integrated systems.  Why pay more when exceptional care is available for less?

We care about all aspects of your health. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about your health. Edinahealth.com / 952-926-6489.