Though summer doesn’t officially start for more than a week, in my neck of the woods it feels like it’s already here! Whether your area is already experiencing the summer heat or it’s just now warming up, there’s no better time to make sure patients have the information they need for a safe and healthy summer.
Thankfully, there are numerous resources to help us out. Below are just a handful of the helpful articles and posts available to carry us safely through the summer months. Share with your patients or respond to let us know your favorite summer safety tips!
- Exercise Safety – Over 50 million Americans consider themselves to be runners, so there’s little doubt that you care for at least one runner in your practice. Runner’s World has put together this list to help casual runners, marathoners and everyone in-between stay cool during their summer workouts.
- Heart Health – The American Heart Association offers a variety of tips, including planning for the annual “summer roadtrip” and heart-healthy cookout ideas. I’ll second the recommendation for grilled corn on the cob. It’s delicious!
- Hydration – Hydration is always a must, but it takes on even greater importance in the heat. Check out Prevention‘s four hydration tricks to learn how indicators such as weight loss and temperature can have a role in your personal hydration plan.
- Child Safety – No one loves summer more than the little ones, and this list from the CDC covers water safety, heat-related conditions, protection from insects, injury prevention and more!
- Eye Safety – Sunglasses have to do more than just name us look good, right? The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers some insight on how to keep our eyes protecting during the summer months – how to choose sunglasses and more!
- Dental Safety – Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Scottsdale, AZ has posted valuable ideas for making sure we don’t take a vacation from keeping our teeth and gums healthy. Remembering brushing and flossing habits during trips, taking care of braces and avoiding sugary drinks are all part of the plan for a healthy summer smile.