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
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.
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)
SPF rating of 30 or higher
The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends applying sunscreen
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
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