How To:

For the month of June, VPIHS brings you another “How To” segment: how to stay safe in the sunny heat of Summer! According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate of melanoma cases (the most deadly form of skin cancer) has tripled since the 1970’s. Since 2000, the cases among both women and men have increased 1.4-1.6% per year. To help protect ourselves, we can control the risk factors of exposure to UV radiation, and sunburns! Sunblock is your friend, please use it often and generously! We love the community we live in, and it’s important that we keep ourselves as healthy as possible so we can all enjoy it. On a lighter note, here are ways to enjoy this Summer with the proper precautions:

  • During the hottest hours of the day, stay inside an air conditioned building! For those with small kiddos, take them to an indoor play area to let off some steam. Our local “Sky High” Jumping center is a great option! Visit their homepage here for more information:
  • Dress lightly! But stay covered. A fantastic choice for those of you who love any excuse to go shopping, NEW OUTFITS! #Fabulous
  • Perhaps the most important of all…FLUIDS…FLUIDS…FLUIDS!!! Drink water like there’s no tomorrow. If you find a simple cup dull, infuse with fruit or cucumbers. Here are some of our favorite recipes to add excitement to plain water, brought to you by the popular channel, Buzzfeed:

If you ever find yourself with overexposure, watch for these signs:

  • Muscle cramping
  • Feeling tired and weak
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Headache
  • About to pass out
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you or someone shows symptoms of heat stroke/heat exhaustion, call 911 and apply ice and water to help person cool off. Getting out of the sun as soon as possible, air conditioned areas are preferable. Do not ignore these symptoms! Heat stroke is fatal, always be prepared. Have a fun and safe Summer! #trulylocal



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