1. Go outside and Play - spending time in nature can reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
2. Hike, Bike, Swim - so many ways to get your moderate to intense physical activity. Too hot? Walk in a mall or get to the gym.
3. Slather on Sunscreen - use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and re-apply if you are out all day.
4. Stay Cool - if it’s too hot, stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, usually about noon-3pm.
5. Drink More Water - your body needs extra fluids in hot weather. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol which can be dehydrating.
6. Fire up the Grill - However, avoid cooking meat, poultry or fish over an open flame or on a hot metal grill as heterocyclic amines form and the black charred bits have been linked to some cancers. Plant-based options will not be a problem. Remove or avoid black charring on animal-based foods whenever possible.
7. Visit a Farmers Market - support your local farmers and eat fresh from the fields. Grow your own garden if possible.
8. Pack a Safe Picnic - choose a good cooler and keep foods cold (at or below 40 degrees) to avoid any problems.
9. Shoo Away the Bugs - ticks and mosquitoes can carry diseases. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing. Wash it off when you come inside and check your skin, clothing and gear for hitchhiking ticks.