Health Watch -- Fun in the Sun: Outdoor Activity

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about fun in the sun. Now that it's getting warmer, it's time for outdoor activities. You need to protect your eyes and skin from the sun and follow good food safety practices when you're cooking or eating outdoors.

You also need to be careful when you're exercising or being active in warm weather. Dr. Peter Snell, an exercise physiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says the key to warm-weather activity is staying hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you, and drink frequently, even when you're not thirsty. You may not start to feel thirsty until after you're already dehydrated.

Humid days can be more dangerous because sweat doesn't evaporate as rapidly to cool the body, and on really hot days, try to exercise in the cool of the morning. 


May 2006

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