How to stay safe and well this summer

In this post I share some information and inspiration for staying safe and healthy this summer.

 

In this post I’ll share some resources on staying safe and healthy this summer.

Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, website for advice and possible medical restrictions on travel, particularly if travelling outside the United States.

This information is current as of the publication date; it is general medical information that helps doctors and patients make decisions about what is right for them. Medical recommendations and practice changes as we learn new things. Discuss with your physician or appropriate healthcare provider .

Summer often means travel, and no one wants their vacation spoiled by getting sick. So here is some helpful advice from the New York Times health blog on how to avoid illness, especially if travelling abroad.

Staying Healthy While Travelling The Globe 

couple with llamas
up close with llamas at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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The best sunscreen:questions answered

Two pediatricians  at Two Peds in a Pod explain how to use sunscreen to prevent sunburn
Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen
Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen

Dehydration: Risks and Myths 

In another New York Times article , health writer Jane Brody explains how much water we need to drink to stay hydrated; it may not be what you think.

Why not commit to giving up tobacco use this summer? Here are

7 surprising reasons to be smoke free

along the walking trail at 7 FALLS near Colorado Springs Colorado
And summer is a great time to catch up on some useful reading.

What are you reading? book suggestions for health and fitness

statue of boy reading a book
Keep your kids busy in the summer with library visits and books to read.

exploring the HEART of a healthy summer

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Over the rainbow and a volcano- visiting Hawaii in Tuesday Travels

Israel kamakawiwo’ole was not from Kansas, far from it. He was a native and life-long resident of Hawaii. (I have been to both places ;they could not be more different.)

israel kamakawiwo’ole somewhere over the rainbow

The first time I listened to this song, I had never heard of the artist. I was captivated by his melodious voice, as well as this unique version of an iconic song.

In case you’re not old enough to remember (I’m not either), the song Over the Rainbow was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz in 1939. As Dorothy from Kansas who became stranded in Oz, the late actress Judy Garland sang the song which won an Academy Award and is “one of the greatest movie songs of all times.”

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IZ- THE SINGER

Unlike Dorothy, Israel kamakawiwo’ole was not from Kansas, far from it. He was a native and life-long resident of Hawaii. (I have been to both places ;they could not be more different.)

He was a popular and beloved citizen and celebrity there and his music represented and extolled the island geography and culture.

Unfortunately, he developed morbid obesity. At a reported height of 6’2” (1.88 m) and weighing 757 pounds (343 kilos), his body mass index (BMI) was 97. (BMI over 30 is defined as obese). I have discussed BMI and obesity  in a previous post  What is obesity and why does it matter?

As a result, his health suffered from lung and heart problems which eventually caused his untimely death at only 38 years old. All of Hawaii mourned his passing.

Fortunately, he left to Hawaii and the world a wealth of music to enjoy.

HAWAII- THE BIG ISLAND 

Several years ago my husband accompanied me to Hawaii to attend a medical conference. (If you have to sit and listen to medical lectures all day, that is definitely the place to do it)

Hawaii, the 50th state added to the United States of America,  is made up of 6 major islands.  The conference was on the Big Island, which is also called Hawaii. One of the largest and most active volcanoes in the world is there at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  ,  so it is a must see . And we did.

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leis (flowers) around our neck upon arrival

Exploring the volcano

boats, dock, water
On an island you’re never far from water and boats
beach, palm trees, hammock
Hawaii is often called a paradise for good reason

exploring the HEART of health

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"sharing the HEART of health" written over a globe with two crossed bandaids
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