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    August: Sun Safety Awareness Month

    Our July newsletter focused on UV Safety Awareness and with summer continuing to "heat up" we need to be mindful of the damage the sun and heat can to do our bodies. August is Sun Safety Awareness Month and we want to give you helpful sun safety and heat related illness tips to practice before you head out to the great outdoors.

    Stay Hydrated:

    Did you know that if you are feeling thirsty, you are already dehydrated? When the heat index is up to 90 degrees or higher, the risk of heat-related illnesses increase. It is important to stay hydrated to protect yourself or loved ones from experiencing heat exhaustion, heatstroke, heat cramps or a heat rash. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:

    • Approximately 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men
    • Approximately 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women

    Sunscreen:

    It is important to wear sunscreen every single day. Sun exposure can happen at any time of the day regardless of your outdoor activities. Applying sunscreen every day and reapplying it every few hours will protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Make sure you read the labels of your sunscreens to see the SPF level, if the sunscreen is broad-spectrum, water-resistant or specific area coverage sunscreen and make sure you always check the expiration date.

    Shade:

    You can decrease your risk of skin cancer and sun damage by staying in the shade under a tent, tree, umbrella or any other type of shelter. It is still important to wear sunscreen and clothing that is protective or fabric that is made of UV protectant materials even while you are in the shade.

    #SunSafetySelfie

    Premier would like your help in spreading awareness about the benefits of sun safety. Take a picture of yourself, with friends or family practicing sun safety. Post the picture using the hashtag #SunSafetySelfie and tag us @PremierHomeHealthCare. Change and awareness begins with us. Let us make a difference!

    For more information contact:

    Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc.
    www.premierhomehealthcare.com

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