Summer Health & Wellness Tips

Stay fit and healthy this summer – no matter which activities you engage in outdoors. Remember to follow safe food-handling practices when barbecuing and don’t forget your sunscreen when heading outside!

Healthy summer eating tips

Cooking and eating outdoors is enjoyable. Follow safe food handling practices to avoid illness.
  • Refrigerate cold and perishable food immediately.
  • When marinating meats, store them in the refrigerator. Don’t use remaining marinade.
  • Serve cooked food on a clean plate.
  • Store food and drinks in separate coolers when you are out for the day.
  • Do not allow raw meat to come into contact with other foods.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat.
  • Wash cooking utensils and surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat with soap and water, followed by a mild bleach solution. Rinse with water.
  • Thaw food in the refrigerator or in the microwave completely prior to cooking.
  • To ensure that bacteria in meats are killed, use a digital food thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat.
 

Food safety tips for barbecuing

The following temperatures are required to avoid food-borne illness when barbecuing food.
  • Beef, veal, lamb
    • Medium-rare: 63°C (145°F)
    • Medium: 71°C (160°F)
    • Well-done: 77°C (170°F)
    • Ground: 71°C (160°F)
  • Pork: 71°C (160°F)
  • Poultry
    • Pieces: 74°C (165°F)
    • Whole: 85°C (185°F)
    • Ground: 74°C (165°F)
  • Egg dishes: 74°C (165°F)
  • Others (e.g., hot dogs, stuffing, leftovers): 74°C (165°F)

 
 

Protecting your family

In general, we spend more time outdoors in the summer than any other season. When enjoying the outdoors, it is important to protect the health of yourself and your family by preventing sun damage. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause sun burn, skin cancer and photo-aging. Before heading out, keep in mind the following important tips about sunscreens.

 
 

Choosing a sunscreen product

The following are some sunscreen characteristics and factors to consider when buying a sunscreen:
 
SPF (sun protection factor)
  • SPF 15 or greater
  • Broad-spectrum product that protects against UVA and UVB
 
Active ingredient(s)
  • Chemical sunscreens (e.g., avobenzone, Mexoryl™)
  • Physical sunscreens (e.g., zinc oxide, titanium oxide)
 
Skin type
  • Dry: avoid alcohol-containing products; look for moisturizers such as aloe and vitamin E
  • Oily: non-comedogenic product that is oil-free and non-greasy
  • Sensitive: choose a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic product (test it first on a small area of skin)
 
Formulation
  • Choose a waterproof product if you will be in the water (and follow instructions for re-applying when you come out of the water)

 
 

Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart is always ready to help with any questions you may have about protecting your family in the summertime. Just ask!
 

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.


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This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.
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