Although the hot summer temperatures may deter some individuals from walking outdoors, some studies which have shown individuals benefiting not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, from walking outdoors. In a study conducted in the past few years, researchers suggest that, “…physical activity in a natural environment, or green exercise, might engage people in physical activity by increasing enjoyment of participation, offering social interaction and increased frequency of activity” (Gladwell et. al, 2012). Some individuals who had more access to green spaces and frequented natural environments more often were suggested to have less anxiety and feelings of stress, improved mood and a refreshed mental state than those who did not take time to take part in outdoor activities. So the next time you decide to take a walk, call up a friend or family member to take a walk to the local park, you never know what you may experience from nature in your surrounding neighborhood.
With summer in full swing and temperatures reaching triple digits the past week at least we can rejoice for the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables available to us here in the Central Valley. While some fruit and vegetable plants may be greatly affected by the scorching heat other plants are beginning to thrive. We have our local farmers to thank for our assortment of summer fruits, like peaches, nectarines, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, and melon, and vegetables such as, corn, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and bell peppers just to name a few.
Click here for some easy summer recipes provided by Champions for Change that will not heat up your house, but have an explosion of nutritious value.
Author: Jessica Shupp
Here in the California Valley, we experience hot temperatures. Please be summer safe, look out for these summer conditions (sunburns, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke). Heat illness includes heat cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Please be aware of early symptoms such as: fatigue, heavy sweating, headache, cramps, dizziness, high pulse rate, nausea/vomiting. Some life-threatening symptoms are: high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, confusion, convulsions, fainting.
Stay alert to the weather. During heat waves you are at a greater risk of getting sick, so drink enough cool, fresh water. It is recommended that you drink at least one 8-ounce cup every 15 minutes if you are out in the sun.
Below is a list of some symptoms and what you should do to help recover.
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