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“DON’T FRY DAY” 4 Safety Tips to Prevent Sunburn

You might probably be thinking of something else right now; perhaps you are thinking this is going to stop you from making that delicious meal of yours. You also don’t have to worry about your diet ration or your diet plates portion control. But “Don’t Fry Day” is absolutely referring to something very different from your thought anyway. It’s simply a wake-up call to warring against skin cancer resulting from overexposure to the sun. So you don’t have to worry about altering your healthy eating habits in anyway. In the bid to help curb the rising rate of skin cancer which results from overexposure to ultraviolet rays coming from the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated every last Friday before Memorial Day to be the “Don’t Fry Day”.

It all started in 2008 when the motion was moved to designate a day (Friday) as a day to emphasize avoidance of overexposure to the sun and to therefore, encourage and remind everyone to prevent their skin while enjoying the outdoors. The proposal was accepted and the Friday before Memorial Day was chosen to observe this every year.

The “Don’t Fry Day” for this year, 2017, was May 26 but it is still hot and sweltering out there. We care for your healthy lifestyle and so please stay aware…

What about skin cancer?
Skin cancer is now the most common type of cancer around us today. It is increasingly tending to the high side every year, especially in the United States. Skin cancer is usually caused as a result of too much exposure of your skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiations from the sun or sunbeds.

Though there may be a couple of other causes of skin cancer, the most serious type of skin cancer (Melanoma) has its cause from sun or sunbeds.

What is UV and Sunburn?
UV (ultraviolet rays) could be of three types and all of them are capable of damaging our skin resulting in cancer; the UVA; UVB; and UVC. The last of them (UVC) has been completely prevented from reaching the earth’s surface by a strong ozone layer serving as a barrier against it. However, having sunburn doesn’t necessarily put you on the list of people going to get skin cancer, but it’s definitely sending out a signal to you.

Just like some people say; “healthy eating habit is a key to all health issues”. Anyway, that may be correct in some way. Developing a healthy eating habit could help you reduce the growth of skin cancer; foods rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids have being found to be very promising. However, what is the need of going through ‘healthy eating habits’ to suppress skin cancer, when we can actually prevent it in the first place. You don’t need to have nice healthy eating habit, the below recommendations are only measures to protect you from UV rays and be on the good side.

Tips for protecting yourself:

1. Don’t forget to use sunscreen whenever you are outdoors. Always make sure you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 before you set out for outdoor activities. Make sure you apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before setting out and don’t forget to reapply again after every 2 hours when outdoors. A broad-spectrum sunscreen usually provides protection against both UVA and UVB.

2. Is the sun too strong? ; stay indoors.
When you notice the sun is at the strongest, it’s advisable you stay indoors.

3. Be more careful with sand and water.
The sun’s rays are stronger and burns faster when they reflect off sand and water. So you should be careful when around one.

4. Cover up more skin as much as possible.
Endeavor to cover up as much skin as you can; either by wearing a long shirt, wide brimmed hat for your face and sunglasses for your eyes.

 

 

Surround Yourself with Motivation

How putting motivation all around you can empower you to stay on track.

When it comes to being successful in your diet and healthy living endeavors, one of the most influential aspects is continuing to be mindful of your goals. Maintaining motivation each and every day can often be very challenging. Because you know that keeping your goals in mind will sometimes be what seems like an insurmountable challenge, you can be proactive and create little reminders for yourself that will help you to achieve these goals!

One way to keep your goals top-of-mind is to surround yourself with little reminders of them. You may choose to keep a written account of your goals in a place that you will reference them often. Or perhaps you will keep a photo that reminds you of what the end result of all your hard work will look like. Another great motivator and reminder is to print your favorite motivational quotes in a special place for you to view. Weight loss gives 24 examples of popular fitness quotes to keep you motivated here.

Where you keep these little reminders of your motivators is up to you – some suggestions include on your bedroom wall in the form of a dream or inspiration board, on your bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator door, discreetly in your office, or as the background on your mobile phone or computer.

Whether you’re hoping to run your first 5k, lose a little weight for bikini season, slim down considerably, or simply create a healthier lifestyle for yourself, keeping your motivation can be the most important indicator when it comes to future success. Keep your reasons, or the “why”, close by your side at all times and the “how” is sure to follow soon after..

Makeover Monday: Improve Sedentary Behaviors

Take small steps to improve your health and improve your activity levels.

The idea of taking control of your health and making vast improvements can be completely overwhelming for most people. It’s very challenging to imagine tackling something that seems so ingrained in your daily life. One of the most important things to remember when trying to climb the health improvement mountain is that you should tackle it one step at a time!

Get Moving

There are several steps that you can implement to kick off your health journey. One of our favorites is to start walking! Walking is one of the best things for your health and, all things considered, has even been better for your body than running! You can implement a walking routine by taking pets or family members for a walk with you three evenings per week, choosing to park in the furthest parking spot from the door when you park at work or the grocery store, or instituting a lunchtime walking group at your office.

Tech Support

Another way to amp up your motivation is by including a technology tracking system. We love three application concepts for tracking your walking behaviors. The first is choosing a pedometer. Most cell phones have available pedometer apps available for download (and some phones even have these built in!). We love Stepz and Pacer in particular, which track your steps each day, help you create personalized goals, and provide feedback and tips.

The second must-have walking tech tool is an activity tracker. These apps leverage your phone’s GPS functionality to give you your distance, pace, route, and calories burned. Try to beat your time, pace, or distance with each new walk and track your overall improvement! We love Map My Walk and RunKeeper for these functions on any platform.

Another tech toy that we love for your computer or phone is a pomodoro timer app. Sometimes if you’re working in an office setting or other setting where sedentary behavior is encouraged, it is easy to get sucked into the work that you’re doing and neglect potential breaks. Pomodoro timers allow you to set your time for work intervals – maybe 30 minutes or 60 minutes – and then alert you that it’s time to take a five or 10 minute break. Take this time to walk a lap around your work building, go up and down stairs, or get yourself a tall glass of ice water.

Class Time

Another great motivator when you’re trying to get more active is joining a fun class! Zumba, Barre Method, and CrossFit are some popular classes at the moment. Rally a group of colleagues or friends to join you once per week to enjoy some high intensity activities together.

Group Up

One of the most key motivators when you’re trying to be more active is having an accountability group. Institute a weight loss or activity competition between friends or colleagues and encourage your colleagues to join you for a lunchtime walking group a few times per week. The motivation and accountability that you receive from these partners can make all the difference!

March National Health Month

March National Health Month

 

This month has been a busy month for health awareness. As March is National Healthy Month, we have seen events such as the recently attended Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) Summit in Washington D.C. featuring the First Lady, Michelle Obama and several other keynote speakers. If you happened to be in New York City’s Time Square on March 3rd, you would’ve seen a special reminder to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” in neon lights on an electronic billboard. American Diabetes Alert Day was also recognized this month, as a nation takes a stand against the ever growing epidemic of Adult and Childhood Diabetes.

Many organizations are reaching out to the public to offer healthy resources to make lifestyle changes and maintain a positive outlook to food and wellness. The Partnership for a Healthier America has invested a great amount of energy into rallying organizations to change the tides of obesity and diabetes. Other notable companies like Del Monte, Dannon, Birds Eye and others have helped support this nationwide campaign of health. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietics has launched a massive campaign to support a nutritional filled lifestyle.

What does this mean to you? There can be much chatter about a trending topic or popular issue, but that doesn’t necessarily mean actions follow. Through all of these organizations and campaigns, the heart is that the tides of imbalance and obesity would change. There are resources, ideas, tools, training and guides that are available- regardless of what class, weight, age, gender or location you are currently at/in. We want to stand with you in moving towards a healthy future, for our adults and children in America!

Here are some helpful tools and links to get you started;

Preventing Childhood Obesity on the Playground

The Precise Portions team is raising money to launch an educational line of dinnerware materials that teach children about nutrition and healthy eating habits, to encourage a healthy lifestyle throughout adolescence and their adult years.Our goal is to give children the nutritional knowledge they need from an early age, to help them make informed choices they are proud of. We hope that this knowledge will leave children feeling empowered and confident.If we can educate a generation about healthy eating and healthy bodies, perhaps we can lower rates of childhood obesity and that generation’s adult obesity. We hope to produce a generation in which people are judged on their contribution to society, instead of how skinny or fat, tall or small they are. Please visit our campaign to to help:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/precise-portions-healthy-eating-habits-to-prevent-childhood-obesity-bullying

Preventing Childhood Obesity on the Playground

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