Love Summer with our top tips to stay healthy and happy

Love Summer with our top tips to stay healthy and happy

 

With the warm weather and children embarking on their summer holidays, City of York Council is offering tips for residents to have a happy, healthy summer. With the school holidays upon us it is important during the summer break to be aware of potential risks to health and look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses. Our love summer campaign offers some top tips on how to enjoy the weather –

Lots of water – it is important to stay hydrated in the hot weather. Older people, remember to make sure they are ok in the hot weather. Simply checking in on your neighbour or family members that they have everything they need can make a world of difference. Vaccination check-up. Summer is a good opportunity to check that your family’s vaccinations are up to date. Why not get in contact with your GP to check? It is important that people have MMR and Menacwy vaccines, especially before holidays and festivals. Everyone needs sun cream. Wear at least SPF 15+ sun cream, ideally 50+ for children, and make sure you reapply regularly, especially if you are swimming or doing exercise.

Soap and water after petting farm visits. Keep your hands away from your face, and always was your hands with soap and water- not just gels or wipes, after touching animals. Understand the dangers of open water and don’t swim in rivers or reservoirs. Hidden current, unexpected cold temperatures and debris make this dangerous – even for strong swimmers. Make sure your BBQ meat is cooked thoroughly and don’t leave food outside for long periods of time. Moderate your drinking, have water in between alcoholic drinks, never drink and drive, and stay away from open water. Ensure your children are safe and protected from the sun. Accidents can happen when children are left unattended, make sure you keep an eye on where they are playing, especially if it’s near pools, ponds, BBQs or trampolines. Remember to head for shade, the sun is especially strong between 11am and 3pm. If you are going outside, try to stay in the shade between these times, and remember to wear light, loose-fitting clothing and lots of suncream. In hot conditions we are also encouraging people to move more gently – in the shade or earlier or later in the day and covered in sun cream – Go to www.movemoreyork.co.uk<http://www.movemoreyork.co.uk> for tips on what you can do this summer and share what you are up to using #movemoreyork. You can also find a great range of activities for children this summer with the Shine magazine. Check it out at http://www.yor-ok.org.uk/young-people/shine-new.htm

Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care said: “With the spell of hot weather we are experiencing, staying hydrated helps to avoid heat related illness – headaches, dizziness, sickness, rashes and swelling. It is also important to take special care of babies, children and older people who may be more vulnerable when it gets really hot. “Summer is a great time of year to be outside and enjoy yourselves, and hopefully these easy tips will help people of all ages to have a happy and healthy summer. The hot weather can have significant impact on people’s health, there are lots of services that can help you this summer. •       Think pharmacy first. Pharmacies across the city can offer confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses. •  Call 111 for illnesses and injuries that need treating fast. •  Have an illness or injury that won’t go away? Contact your GP. •  Emergency care is for illnesses and injuries that are serious or life-threatening

It’s also important to never leave dogs or other animals in parked cars. With an outside temperature of 29 degrees celsius a car can reach 48 degrees celsius in 30 minutes. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car call 999.

More information and advice is available at NHS Choices webpage, https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/.

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