Have a healthy summer

The temperatures are rising, the swimming pools are packed, and we’ve hit peak summer. Student Health Services has compiled tips to help you celebrate the season in a healthy way.

Wear sunscreen. 
Too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is essential for protection. Reapply every two hours. Also be sure to wear hats and sunglasses when you’re outside in the sun.

Keep cool in extreme heat.
To avoid heat-stress conditions like heat stroke, it’s important to hydrate with water and cool your body as much as possible. Extreme heat is dangerous for everyone, but it can be especially dangerous for those with chronic conditions.

Rest and relax.
Even with summer jobs, internships and commitments, try to get some rest for the upcoming academic year. Whether it’s taking naps, practicing self-care or just having a lazy day, engaging in restful practice can re-energize you. Rest means something different to everyone: do what works best for you!

Take advantage of seasonal produce.
They’re fresher and more flavorful, and they’re great for your body, immune system and the environment. Seasonal produce includes bell peppers, barriers, carrots, corn, cucumbers, nectarines, peaches, summer squash, watermelon and zucchini.

Be careful with fireworks.
Fireworks are part of many fun summertime celebrations, but they can be dangerous and cause injuiry. Have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy. Light fireworks one at a time, then move away quickly. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that haven’t fully ignited. Keep fireworks away from buildings and vehicles. Never point or throw fireworks at another person. Keep your pets safe!

Stay active.
Movement helps our bodies in so many ways. Whether you like to hike, do yoga, go to the gym or play sports with friends, be active. Take advantage of the nice weather for outdoor movement as well.

Get back to campus safely.
We can’t wait to see you back on campus this fall. Until then, enjoy your summer!