Health Watch -- End of Summer: Labor Day Weekend

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Labor Day weekend is often considered to be the last gasp of the summer holidays. Fall may be just around the corner, but in much of the country it still feels like summer, and summer activities are on the weekend schedule. This week on Health Watch, we'll offer a few summer health and safety reminders for your Labor Day weekend.

If you've spent most of the summer in an air-conditioned home or office, you need to be careful about outdoor holiday activities in the sun and heat. Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says you can avoid weekend warrior problems by drinking plenty of water — and avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Wear loose, light-colored clothing, stay in well-ventilated areas, and use the buddy system to keep an eye on each other for heat-related problems. 


August 2006

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