July is Sun Safety Month
At last, the joys of summer are finally here! Picnics, BBQs, swimming pools, beach days…and sunburns . Beat the summer doldrums with a triple play of sunshine, fresh air, and exercise, but be sure to use plenty of sunscreen. Don't get scorched by those rays! Play it safe. Protecting your skin from the ultraviolet (UV) rays can reduce your risk of skin cancer and the visible signs of aging – wrinkles.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. And most skin cancer can be prevented. Although people with darker skin don't sunburn as easily, anyone can get skin cancer. So, it's important to use sun protection no matter what your skin color is.
Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen liberally and wear protective clothing (made from tightly woven or sun protective fabric), hat, and sunglasses when you're outdoors – even when you're in the shade. While you may remember to apply sunscreen before you head to the park, pool, or beach during the summer heat, your skin should be protected any time you're in the sun – even during the winter. And don't forget to reapply the sunscreen throughout the day to keep yourself safe.
July Tips :
Food for Thought
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse and you should do yourself a favor and get to know it a little better. It can be eaten raw, but is remarkably versatile and can be baked, braised, sautéed, roasted, pureed, and even dehydrated. It's also easy to grow and always available in the stores and at farmers markets.
This month's recipe is, Kale, Apple, and Pecan Salad. It's versatile and you can change the fruit and nuts to whatever you like. Tart dried cherries are really tasty in it.
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