Staying Safe All Summer Long
From the beach to the barbeque and everywhere in between, this summer is bound to be full of exciting outdoor activities. To learn how we can all be safe during our fun in the sun, we spoke with Aramark safety experts Patrick Davey, Frank Chapa, and Greg LaRosa.
Start with Hydration
Since we can lose bodily fluids through sweat quickly, you should start hydrating one to two hours before any outdoor activity (the combo of heat and humidity makes this even more important!) No matter your drink of preference, one thing is for sure: “Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. By that point, you’re already dehydrated,” Frank shares.
Here Comes the Sun
If you anticipate spending more than a few minutes in the sun, protect yourself from intense levels of exposure to UVA and UVB rays. Regularly applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can help you enjoy the outdoors and reduce your chances of sunburn.
Supervise, Supervise, Supervise
While the “how” is dependent on how old your children are, the “why” is clear: They are much safer playing outside with you. The younger ones may need to be watched constantly, especially when they’re near water, and the older kids could just have to check in every hour or travel in groups of friends. Every moment counts!
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.