6 Tips for a Healthy West Los Angeles Summer
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Follow these tips to help prevent chronic disease and have a healthy summer:
- Move More, Sit Less - Get at least 150 minutes (approximately 20 minutes a day) of aerobic physical activity every week.
- Wear Sunscreen and Insect Repellent - Use shade, wide-brimmed hats, clothing that covers, and broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 for sun protection. Use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites and ticks. TIP: Apply sunscreen before insect repellent. After you come indoors, check your clothing, body, and pets for ticks. Reapply sunscreen after two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
- Keep Cool in Extreme Heat - Extreme heat can be dangerous for everyone, but it may be especially dangerous for people with chronic medical conditions.
- Eat Healthy Food - Delicious fruits and veggies make any summer meal healthier. TIP: Healthy eating supports muscles, strengthens bones, and boosts immunity.
- Choose Your Drinks Wisely - Drink water (fluoridated tap or unsweetened bottled or sparkling) instead of sugary or alcoholic drinks to reduce calories and stay safe. TIP: Add slices of fruit to water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.
- Don’t Use Tobacco - You can quit tobacco today! Find the free quitting support that’s right for you.
For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle, follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit the CDC’s website.