Happy Memorial Day! Today is the day we honor those who have served our country. They have fought for our freedom, got injured for our freedom, and have even died for our freedom. Let’s not forget the true meaning behind this day. If you know anyone actively in the military, or a veteran of the military, remember to thank them. Click here to read about the history of Memorial Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Today is traditionally celebrated across the country by outdoor events, barbecues, and get-togethers with friends and family. The school system, and many businesses close down in honor of this national holiday.
Some health and safety tips you may find useful today….
- If you’re enjoying today by being outdoors at the park, or down by the beach make sure to apply sunscreen….and REAPPLY! Many forget the importance of reapplying. Use a water-resistant, Broad Spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
- Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can cause serious harm to your body.
- When people are off and celebrating, they tend to have a few extra drinks, so be cautious when driving. If you have had too much to drink, make sure you ask a friend to drive you home or call a cab.
- You don’t have to cut out your barbecue favorites, rather, try eating a big salad first so you get full. By prefacing your hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and french fries with a big salad you will be leaving less room in your stomach for the
deliciousless healthier options. This will ultimately cause you to eat smaller portions of the foods that are unhealthy for you. Maybe you’ll have one hamburger instead of two! Try snacking on fruits and vegetables instead of chips, or a handful of your favorite type of nuts. These foods will keep you full longer and help stunt the tendency to snack that occurs when one is hungry and around tempting foods.
If you find you are suffering from dehydration, accidentally get burnt while barbecuing, or are feeling the symptoms of any other health issue, walk in to ExpressDocs Urgent Care Center. We are open today and all other holidays for your convenience. We will treat you and have you home enjoying the rest of your Memorial Day in no time!
(Photo from Jennifer V.)