Spring Break Health Basics
by Kirsten Falcone, RN
Spring Break is quickly approaching, and many college students choose to travel south for much-needed warmer weather, sunshine, and relaxation. In order to benefit the most from spring break, there are some key health items to remember:
- Sun protection. The winter months in Western New York have taken their toll on all of us this year. But that is no reason to forget to protect yourself from sunburn. Use sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and reapply often, wear cover-ups and a hat, avoid the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and wear sunglasses. If you start to get burned, get out of the sun, and keep hydrated. Mild sunburns can be soothed with over-the-counter pain medications and cool compresses. Avoid any more sun exposure until the current burn has resolved.
- Alcohol safety. The healthiest choice is one glass (five ounces) of red wine per day for women and two glasses per day for men. The liver cannot process more than one ounce of hard liquor, five ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer per hour. In addition, drink one eight-ounce glass of water per alcoholic drink. Make sure one person is a designated driver, or arrange another mode of transportation.
- For more information on enjoying a healthy Spring Break, visit these Web sites: