Make Spring Break Safe and Healthy
• Protect your skin. If traveling to a sun-filled destination, wear sunscreen of at least 30 SPF and most importantly, do not forget to re-apply every two hours. This will protect against the sun’s harmful rays which predispose a person to skin cancer, including melanoma.
• Eat healthy. A healthy diet is important – even while on vacation. Be sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in meals and drink lots of water. Nutritious food will keep the body fueled and well-hydrated, providing plenty of energy to engage in activities all day. In addition, the foundation for any day is a healthy breakfast.
• Stay hydrated. Oftentimes spring break can involve various days filled with strenuous activities from rock climbing to various kinds of sports; keeping hydrated is essential with any sort of physical activity. Remember to stay well-hydrated with at least 48 ounces of water per day. A general rule of thumb would be a minimum of three to four 16 ounce standard water bottles per day.
• Pick luggage wisely. If carrying a purse, wear one that can be strapped across the body and has a zipper, not a snap closure or an open closure. A secure zipper can thwart “pick pocket” attempts and decrease the chances of someone grabbing the purse and running away with it.
• Get plenty of sleep. A good night’s rest is the foundation for renewing and refueling the body for the next day. Adults should strive to get six to eight hours of sleep each night; even on vacation where sleep can sometimes seem secondary to having fun.