Family Wellness Tips: Get Ready for Summer Activities


Despite the chilly weather, summer is on the way. With the warmer temps, you and your family will spend more time outdoors and be more active, too. Here are some tips to keep you and your children safe as you venture off into the great outdoors.

Use sun protection. Sunscreen has been the go-to sun blocker, but you can also wear a wide-brimmed hat and SPF-rated clothing. If you rely on sunscreen to keep the sun at bay, make sure to reapply it often.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. To make hydration easier, carry a one liter water bottle with you and try to drink the entire contents by the end of the day.

Pack a snack. With our busy days, it is easy to delay eating. Try munching on frozen fruit (grapes and bananas both work well) to keep your energy up and stay cool. You can also blend fruit and ice (or frozen yogurt) into a low-calorie, refreshing smoothie.

Take a break. Vigorous activity in hot weather can be dangerous because of the increased risk for heat stroke, dehydration, and sun stroke. Build in breaks in the shade, if you plan to exercise or work outside when the temperature climbs about 90 degrees.

If you’re looking for specific activities to do this summer, stop by for our May Wellness Wednesday on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to speak with Sarah Hudson from the City of Ashland Parks and Recreation (APR) Department.

APR, housed in the Bretting Community Center (BCC), strives to provide quality recreational opportunities to Chequamegon Bay Community Members by offering such programs as swimming lessons, flag football, gymnastics, cooking classes, youth baseball teams, tennis lessons, swim team, activities for middle school students and community events. The BCC consists of three game stations, computers, two pool tables, Ping-Pong table, Foosball table, a full-size basketball court, and a TV area. It is open to the public for a small daily fee or yearly membership.