While you are enjoying your outdoor activities, don’t forget the sun protection! July 3 is National Stay Out Of The Sun Day when we stress the need to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of too much sun. Too much exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer and depress your immune system. Stay in the shade as much as possible, and always wear sunscreen when you are going to be outdoors. Choose one that has broad spectrum protection and an SPF factor of 30 or higher and reapply often. Wear a hat that has a 2 to 3 inch brim all the way around to protect the top of your ears and your neck, the areas where cancer frequently occurs. Cover as much skin as possible and choose clothes made of tightly woven fabric. Sheer or lightly woven fabric provides very little protection.
Looking for a place to have your cookout? July is National Park and Recreation Month, so head to your favorite park. Or to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service this year, visit one of our spectacular National Parks. The park is also a great spot for Father Daughter Take A Walk Day on July 7. Parents Day is July 24 this year and another good excuse to get together and enjoy the outdoors. The memories you create and the closeness you share on your walk in the park or your family cookout will last long after the summer is gone.