Dignity Health | hello Healthy | Summer 2019

2 DignityHealth.org/central-california | Summer 2019 3 summer safety tips for the whole family From sunny days by the pool to family vacations in the great outdoors, summer is for making memories and having fun. It’s also when some injuries or illnesses may be more common. You can help avoid them by following these four summer safety tips. 1 Pack sunscreen. Sunburned skin hurts, and it increases the risk of cancer. So before you head outside, grab some sunscreen and apply it to exposed skin. Use sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Reapply every two hours or sooner if you swim or sweat. Kids older than 6 months need sunscreen too (read the label to apply it safely). And everyone – especially babies – should stay in the shade whenever possible. 3 Be safe around water. Never take your eyes off children near water – not even for a minute. Kids can drown in the time it takes you to answer a text message or engage in some other brief distraction. Also, no one should swim alone, including adults. Remember that kids need close supervision even at public pools where lifeguards are on duty. 2 Keep food safe. Food poisoning can happen more easily in the summer because higher temps can make foodborne bacteria grow quickly. To help prevent foodborne illness, especially during picnics and cookouts: ●  ● Never eat food that’s been left out for longer than two hours – or longer than one hour on 90-degree days. ●  ● Place picnic perishables in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Keeping foods at 40 degrees or below prevents bacterial growth. ●  ● Don’t spread germs. When grilling, use separate utensils and dishes for raw and cooked foods. ●  ● Clean fresh fruits and veggies with running tap water before putting them in the cooler or before eating. This includes produce with skin or rinds you don’t eat, like melons or mangoes. ●  ● Remind everyone to wash their hands before and after handling food. Sources: American Academy of Dermatology; American College of Emergency Physicians; American Red Cross; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Food and Drug Administration We hope you enjoy this issue of HelloHealthy . Comments about this publication can be directed to the Marketing and Communications Department: DIGNITY HEALTH – St. Joseph’s Medical Center SJMCinfo@DignityHealth.org or 209.467.6348 HelloHealthy is published by Dignity Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from a health care provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2019 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Be inspired Follow @humankindness on Twitter for more kindness inspiration from Dignity Health. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/ StJosephsStockton for health tips, information about upcoming events, and an extra dose of inspiration. Facebook “f”Logo