SAFE CAMPING

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.  “Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen.

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LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden.  Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday....

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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.

Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.

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It’s time for fun in the sun. But with summer comes some risks. Follow these tips to stay healthy and happy this season.


Sun Protection

Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is harmful to the skin. It can cause a sunburn or, worse, skin cancer – the most common type of cancer in the United States. Protect yourself and your children by wearing hats and clothing that cover exposed skin when going to the lake, beach or pool. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and surrounding skin. And don’t forget the sunscreen. The sun protection factor (SPF) is the product’s level of ultraviolet B waves (UVB) protection. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburns. An SPF of 30 will make 30 minutes in the sun equal to one minute of UVB exposure. The higher the SPF, the smaller the difference in protection. Broad  spectrum sunscreens additionally protect against UVA. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin, including the face, ears and neck at least every two hours.


Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites can be annoying, and they can also lead to illness. Insect repellents with the ingredient DEET are the most effective. DEET doesn’t kill mosquitoes but it keeps them away. “All repellents are tested to see if they beat DEET,” said Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of the mosquito control division of Harris County Public Health and Environmental

SUMMERTIME SAFETY

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Services in Houston. Follow the label directions for how often to reapply repellent; the higher the concentration of DEET the longer it will last.


Food Safety

Higher temperatures can cause foodborne illnesses. When bringing food along for a picnic, use an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, deli and luncheon meats or sandwiches, cold salads made with mayonnaise or eggs, tuna, chicken, pasta and egg salads, cut fruit and vegetables and any dairy products at the correct cold temperature. A full cooler will retain its cold temperature longer than a partially filled one. Keep the cooler out of direct sun exposure and avoid repeatedly opening it to maintain the temperature longer. Perishable food should not sit out more than two hours. In weather above 90 degrees, food should never sit out for more than one hour. Serve cold food in small portions and keep the rest in the cooler.