Memorial weekend is all about fun in the sun. Whatever your plans may be, be sure to protect your skin from the sun, eat healthy, and protect yourself from those dreaded summer bugs.
To avoid sunburn and skin damage, picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella, or take a canopy to the beach. Use a ton of sunscreen to protect you and your family from the sun. Make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, has an SPF greater than 15 but less than 50, and does not contain Vitamin A.
Many family and friends gather around a table or blanket to enjoy a feast. Everyone wants to eat healthier, but it’s not always that easy. Pesticides are a huge problem when it comes to picnics and food. 99% of apples, 98% of peaches, and 97% of nectarines have at least one pesticide residue on them. Be careful and make sure to clean your fruits before indulging in the sweet healthy snack. Some fruits that have the least pesticides are avocados, pineapples, mangoes, papayas, and kiwis.
Bug bites can be serious business. In 2013, the West Nile virus, carried by mosquitoes, infected more than 5,674 Americans. Lyme disease, spread by ticks, has more than doubled over the last 15 years, with 27,203 confirmed cases in 2013. These illnesses and other pest-borne diseases can have serious and occasionally life-altering consequences. Your first line of defense is to avoid areas where these bugs are prevalent, and your second line is to cover up. Here are some tips to avoid these pesky bugs:
- Use nets and fans over outdoor eating areas
- Use bug repellent when you step outside