Tips for a safe and healthy summer


By Lethia Lee - Contributing columnist



Lethia Lee


By Lethia Lee

Contributing columnist

Lethia Lee
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It’s fun and easy to explore new fruits and vegetables at a farmers‘ market or farm stand. First of all, these places often stock new and interesting produce that can be harder to find at grocery stores, like garlic scrapes or kohlrabi. Perhaps one of these lesser-known foods will become your new favorite fruit or vegetable!

Secondly, it’s fun to talk with the farmers who run these booths. Many can help you find new foods based on your palate and flavor preferences, and most offer free samples of whatever they’ve got on hand, as long as you’re really interested in it. The next time you see a farmers’ market or stand, check it out!

I want to share three great summer tips with you:

1. Get active and hydrate right. It’s so much easier to get out and exercise when the weather is gorgeous. As you exercise outside, be sure to hydrate correctly. This usually means drinking water. Remember, MyPlate advises people to choose water instead of sugary drinks.

2. Go for fruits and veggies – lots of produce are at its peak during the summer months, so what better time is there to stock up and try new things? Consider dropping by a local farmers’ market for a sneak peak at top summer produce.

3. Be safe in the sun – most people need only 10-15 minutes of the sun exposure to get enough vitamin D for the day. After that, the focus should be on protecting yourself from skin cancer. It is also wise to wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen when you’re outside, seeking shade whenever possible. This will reduce your risk of skin cancer. The bottom line? Seek balance! Get enough vitamin D, and then take steps to reduce your risk of skin cancer, all summer long.

Source of Information taken from (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information contact Lethia Lee, EFNEP Assistant with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at 910-592-7161.

For more information contact Lethia Lee, EFNEP Assistant with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at 910-592-7161.

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