Be G.L.A.D. to Beat the Heat This Summer | Business Wire

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Summer is here. The days are long. Children are out of school. You will

want to spend time outdoors enjoying barbecues and other activities that

are part of this season.

While you’re having summer fun, be mindful of ways to stay healthy and

mitigate the effects of summer weather.

“The heat and sun can be dangerous, but you can easily protect yourself

while still having fun,” said Dr. Andrea Gelzer, chief medical officer

for AmeriHealth

Caritas, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health

care solutions for those in need. “With a few simple steps, you can

greatly reduce your chances of sunburn, dehydration, and other health

problems that are more common during the summer months.”

Here are some common tips for having a pleasant yet safe summer:

Go early or late

The heat and sun are the strongest in the late morning and early

afternoon, and these hours are best spent in an air-conditioned home or

building. If you want to run, take a bicycle ride, or engage in another

outdoor physical activity, it is best to do so early in the morning.

Similarly, you may want to hold off on your backyard barbecue until

after 6 p.m., by which point the sun won’t be as strong.

Senior citizens should take particular care to avoid being outside

during the middle of summer days, as the heat and sun can take an even

heavier toll on them.

Lightweight clothing is right

While summer is the season for t-shirts and shorts, business and other

activities will generally still require long sleeves and/or long pants.

But that doesn’t mean you need to suffer. If you have light-colored

garments, this is the time of year to wear them, as light colors reflect

more of the sunlight and heat than dark colors. If you must wear a suit

and tie outdoors, leave the black wool suit at home and perhaps go with

a light-colored suit made of a light fabric.

Apply Sunscreen

Everyone needs to apply sun screen to help protect themselves from

sunburn and even skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology

recommends everyone use sunscreen with the following qualities1:

  • Protection against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB)

    rays.

  • SPF rating of 30 or higher

  • Water resistant

The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends applying sunscreen

as follows2:

  • Apply enough sunscreen to generously coat all exposed skin.

  • Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before going outdoors.

  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and after swimming or sweating.

  • Don’t forget your lips – apply lip balm with an SPF rating of 30 or

    higher.

Drink Water

Hot weather makes you more susceptible to dehydration and heat stroke,

both of which can be life-threatening. Even if you don’t feel thirsty,

make sure you drink plenty of water. You may want to take a water bottle

with you if you are going to be outside for any length of time.

Note that hot weather can amplify the effects of alcohol. So adults who

wish to drink alcoholic beverages should do so even more cautiously

during the summer months.

About AmeriHealth Caritas

AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in

partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. AmeriHealth Caritas

is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most

in need. Operating in 16 states and the District of Columbia,

AmeriHealth Caritas serves approximately 5.6 million Medicaid, Medicare

and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members through its

integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and

specialty pharmacy services, behavioral health services, and other

administrative services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth

Caritas is a mission-driven organization with more than 35 years of

experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. For more

information, visit www.amerihealthcaritas.com.

1 Sunscreen FAQs. American Academy of Dermatology, 2018. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs
2

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