The Oregon Health Authority has announced a #SummerBummer collection of strategies for Preventing and Responding to common hot-weather risks, including drowning, poor air quality, mosquito-borne and tick-borne illnesses, algal blooms, fecal beach bacteria, food poisoning, and extreme heat. Find their recommendations at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/StaySafeHealthyWithSafetyTipsFromOHAAsSummerKicksOffJune21.aspx.
CDC has a comparable program that sends out a weekly email on Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip, which also covers skin cancer, hydration, and communicable diseases. Review their Tips or sign up at https://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/tips/summersavvy/index.htm.
Homeland Security’s “Ready.gov” website has a thorough discussion of how to stay cool and safe in extreme heat, at https://www.ready.gov/heat, and one to help you Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season at https://www.ready.gov/wildfires.
And of course people with ESRD have special issues with food and water in the summer:
- AAKP has a HealthLine webinar on Summer Eats: Staying Healthy, Hydrated and On Your Kidney-Friendly Diet which can be found at https://www.gotostage.com/channel/6927452477730326277/recording/c21ada4c697042f18ea3383e674c0db1/watch?source=CHANNEL.
- ESRD Network 16’s tips on Fluids Management reside at:
- While they’re several years old, NKF’s advice on summer fruits and vegetables in their article on Healthy Living in Summer are still valid. Find them at https://www.kidney.org/blog/staying-healthy/healthy-living-summer.