Spotlight on Health – April
Spring has officially arrived in the Natural State and you’re probably gearing up for fun in the sun like we are. Whether you like to play sports, swim, hike, camp or picnic, nature has so much to offer in Arkansas. While you’re enjoying family and friends, we want to provide you with some simple tips to keep you healthy and safe this spring and summer.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and we want to make sure you are aware of the dangers of binge drinking and its health risks, especially for women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking contributes to more than 11,500 deaths among women in the United States each year.
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Allergies –If you have allergies, spring isn’t always a fun season. However, taking simple precautions can help. Remember to avoid outdoor activities when pollen counts are high and stay away from barns, hay and doing yard work. After spending time outside, take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes.
Drinking –Binge drinking is defined as consuming 4 or more drinks per occasion for women and 5 or more drinks per occasion for men, according to the CDC. Remember to always stick to your limit, don’t drink alone, drink slowly and add water or soda to your drink to extend it without adding more alcohol.
Sun Protection –Sunscreen helps protect your skin from sunburn and damage, but it must be applied properly. Choose a lotion with an SPF of at least 15 and make sure to reapply after swimming, sweating or towel drying. Other precautions you can take include wearing protective clothing, seeking shade and get plenty of vitamin D.
Water Safety – Swimming is usually a highlight of your summer if you have children. Be proactive to keep them safe by supervising your child closely around water. Be aware of water depth before diving, cautious of toys and other floating objects in the water, and always have an emergency plan in place.
Are you always looking for healthy, quick and easy recipes? Our healthy recipe archive is full of healthy options that are sure to please every member of your family. If you want to make a yummy, cool drink, try this Pitcher-Perfect Iced Tea or Strawberry-Kiwi Spritzer. Are you looking for low-carb options? Try Grilled Salmon Steaks, Ginger Grilled Pork or Enlightened Crab Cakes.
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