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3 Tips to Survive the 4th of July Weekend

By Daniel Pyne

The Fourth of July is here, the time each year when Americans celebrate our independence the only way we know how, by eating, drinking and blowing stuff up! But just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can completely ignore your health or make decisions that could make you and others sick. Here are some tips to make your Independence Day a little healthier.

Eat Well and Practice Food Safety

It wouldn’t be Fourth of July without burgers and BBQ, but there is a difference between enjoying a  hotdog or two, and overeating. You can also find healthy and easy recipes here. And remember, if you are the one working the grill, practice good food safety technique and have different plates for raw and cooked meat, and don’t leave food out in the sun for more than two hours to avoid food-borne illness.

Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen!

Sunscreen is essential to preventing sun damage and skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection (commonly labeled as broad-spectrum protection), a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and is water resistant. They further note that most people only apply 25 to 50 percent of the recommended sunscreen, so don’t forget to apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure. Finally, don’t forget to reapply every two hours, or after getting wet or sweaty.

Drink Responsibly and Stay Hydrated

It’s not uncommon for most adults to celebrate with a few drinks, but remember to celebrate moderately. Don’t drink on an empty stomach and alternate all alcoholic beverages with water to prevent dehydration. This is even more important if you will be spending a lot of time outside in the heat.

Here are your tips for a safe and healthy holiday. So have fun, have a burger and enjoy! Happy Independence Day!

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