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Healthy Families

The weather is warmer. You’re outside with friends, working in the garden or maybe relaxing by the lake. While you’re soaking up the sun, the heat can deplete your body of much-needed water.

When your body is low on water, you’re at risk for dehydration. Your body will have a hard time cooling down if it gets too hot. Take this quiz to see how you can stay safe and keep your body working at its best.

Questions

1. You need eight ounces of water to stay hydrated on a hot day. True or False?

2. Fruits and vegetables can help relieve your thirst. True or False?

3. While exercising outdoors, you only need to drink water before starting your work out.

True or False?

Answers

1. False. How much water you need depends on your age, weight, health and what you plan to do outdoors. Medications like diuretics also play a role. If you must go out on a hot day, drink more water than usual unless your doctor has given you other directions.

2. True. Try watermelon, lettuce and grapes. If you’re watching your water intake, you also can chew gum.

3. False. You should drink about one cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes during the workout.

Quiz: Stay Hydrated in the Heat

Summer camp is an exciting time for millions of children. Use this checklist to get your child ready for camp. If your child has a health condition, it can help him/her have a safe and healthy experience:

●● Create a written health management plan for camp. Work with your child’s physician to develop it. It should include directions about your child’s medications, diet and special medical equipment. List actions to take in an emergency. Note which activities may pose a health risk for your child.

●● Give the camp director a copy of the plan before camp begins. Provide a copy of your child’s medical history, too. And don’t forget to pass along physician contact information.

●● Teach your child emergency symptoms and when and how to use any medications that can help him/her. For example, if your child has food allergies, show him/her how to use his/her epinephrine injection.

Make Summer Camp a Success

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