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Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    • Infants and young children
    • People aged 65 or older
    • People who have a mental illness
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat:

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

Local Observances

  • Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017: Sportspectrum Firecracker 5k Race for Research
    Location: Mall St. Vincent Parking Lot. 5k Race, Fun Run, & Stroll start at 8:00 AM. Registration between June 2, 2017 & June 27 will be $20.00.
    June 28, 2017 – July 3 is $25.00 (online registration closes on June 28th @ 7:00 a.m.)
  • Friday, Jul 14, 2017: Celebration of Life
    Feist-Weiller Cancer Center's annual Celebration of Life in support of the Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program is Friday, July 14 at 6:30pm at East Ridge Country Club. The event will benefit the BMT Fund for patients needing lodging and transportation
  • Friday, Jul 14, 2017: Occupational Therapy Information Session
    The School of Allied Health Professions will offer an information session on the Occupational Therapy programs at 1pm on Friday, July 14 in the Allied Health building, Room 2-205. To RSVP for the session, contact Angie Collins at 318-813-2950.
  • Friday, Jul 14, 2017: Painting with a Purpose 2.0
    The School of Allied Health Professions will host the 2nd Annual Painting with a Purpose 2.0 "Collegiate Smackdown" on Friday, July 14 at 6pm in the SAHP Rehabilitation Clinic at 1450 Claiborne Avenue. Early bird tickets are $45 through June 23.
  • Saturday, Jul 15, 2017: Red River Balloon Rally 5K
    The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. The race will start and finish on the campus of LSUS behind the HPE building. Online registration closes at 7:00 a.m. on July 14th. Race day July 15th is $30. Use link for registration information.
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