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Safe Swimmers: What is Dry Drowning?

August 23, 2018

Swimming has long been a favorite summer activity. Nothing cures the heat of a sweltering summer day more than a nice dip at your favorite swimming spot. Most of us are aware of the basic safety guidelines for being a safe swimmer and enjoy the relaxation of swimming without incident. However, there's a less well-known danger that threatens swimmers called dry drowning. Let’s look at what causes dry drowning, how to recognize the symptoms, and what steps to take to prevent it. What is Dry Drowning? Dry drowning is a term that describes water entering the airway causing the vocal chords to...Continue Reading

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SPF Challenge: How to Choose the Best Sunscreen

July 24, 2018

With hundreds of sunscreen brands crowding the shelves, how do you choose the best one? No worries, we have you covered! Here are the tips you need to choose the best sunscreen to protect your skin. Understanding Sunscreen Labels Remember, it's important to wear sunscreen year-round to protect against skin cancer and aging. However, during spring and summer the sun is stronger and the days are longer. Wearing sunscreen prevents sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging. When choosing the best sunscreen you'll need to know these key terms: UV: Ultraviolet Rays The sun produces UV rays that are...Continue Reading

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The Relaxed Vacationer's Guide to Staying Healthy While Away!

July 17, 2018

You look forward all year long to those days of carefree relaxation. Vacations are great for stress relief, adventure, decompressing, and checking items off your bucket list. However, certain unhealthy pitfalls can turn your vacation bliss into a bad ordeal. Use the following preventative measures to have an enjoyable and healthy vacation! You are what you eat! Vacations are often a time to through caution to the wind when it comes to your diet. Here are some easy to maintain diet tip to keep you on track: The most important meal of the day Don't miss the most important meal of the day -...Continue Reading

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Think Outside the Gym: Fun Ways to Exercise in the Great Outdoors

June 26, 2018

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and warm weather has finally arrived! Say goodbye to treadmills, stationary bikes, and indoor pools. It's time to change out the winter workout for some exercise in the great outdoors. Here are our top six favorite ways to get fit outside: Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Stand up pattle boarding combines elements of surfing and kayaking to create an awesome outdoor activity. SUP involves standing on a large long board and navigating calm water with a modified paddle.It may look easy, but this fun in the sun activity works every part of your body. It'...Continue Reading

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Keep Your Skin Safe From These 3 Cancers

June 19, 2018

As we approach summer, the height of everyday sun exposure, it's important to stay vigilant about our skin. Approximately 3.3 million people in America have skin cancer. The number of diagnosed cases continually increased, most likely due to better cancer detection technology. Left untreated though, skin cancer can be fatal. Skin cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, often start as changes to your skin. Noticing the change early can be life-saving! Let's take a closer look at what you can do to stay safe. How Does a Cancer Cause Harm? Cancer occurs...Continue Reading

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Choosing the Best Sunglasses for Your Eye Health

June 14, 2018

Aviators, wraparounds, round or square frames – We often think of sunglasses in terms of style or fashion. However, sunglasses are a vital part of practicing good eye health. The human eyes are amazing organs. Your eyes never rest, even when you're sleeping. On average, each of your eyes only weighs one ounce, the equivalent of a single slice of bread. Your eye muscles are among the strongest muscles in your body though. Just like your skin, your eyes are susceptible to injury, disease, and sunburn. In fact, every member of your family should have protective sunglasses, even children. A study...Continue Reading

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Beat the Heat: How to Prevent Heat Stroke

June 12, 2018

Blue skies, bright sun, and warm temperatures make for perfect days of working, playing, and being in the great outdoors. After the winter chill, we're all ready for a little fun in the sun. However, every season comes health hazards. For warmer seasons, heat stroke is the most serious heat-related injury. In fact, it can cause brain damage or even death. Staying safe in the sun is possible though. Learning about heat stroke and how to prevent it is an important step to protect yourself. Important Facts About Heat Stroke Temperature and humidity create dangerous conditions for heat stroke...Continue Reading