Take A Healthy Summer Vacation

Posted on: June 1, 2018 8:00 pm
Tags: May/june newsletter

- info from Humana Health and Well-Being

Do some pre-vacation planning

There are lots of great resources to help you plan a safe and healthy vacation. One of them is Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC offers some suggestions for travelers:

  • Get travel health insurance. You should think about buying health insurance if you are traveling outside the United States. Check the details of your plan to see what’s covered before you leave. You may need supplemental coverage if you plan to leave a country because of a medical emergency.
  • Be careful what you eat. In some countries, you should eat foods that have been fully cooked and served hot. Avoid eating fresh vegetables and fruits, unless you can peel them yourself. Dairy products can also be unsafe, especially if you are traveling with babies.
  • If your baby is bottle-fed, carry powdered baby formula. Also, use purified, bottled water with unbroken seals.

International Business Times also lists some suggestions. If you’ve been exercising and eating healthier all year, you don’t want to lose your progress on vacation. Taking your diet and fitness habits on the road with you is a great idea. Just remember one thing—it’s all about balance. It does not matter if you are at home, the beach, or some place in between. A healthy lifestyle is all about practicing balance and moderation.

Traveling by plane and by car

If you are traveling by plane:

  • Make healthy food your carry-on. Carry foods that do not get crushed easily. Bring along apples, bananas, raw nuts, whole grain crackers, crunchy vegetables, and even dark chocolate. You won’t feel hungry on the plane. Plus, you won’t pay $5 for potato chips or a giant cookie when your children want a snack.
  • Stay hydrated. Ask for water or club soda with lime. Try not to drink sodas or other options from the beverage cart.
  • Keep your seat belt fastened for your safety. But don’t forget to wiggle you feet and legs every 30 minutes or so to lower the risk of developing a deep venous thrombosis, a blood clot in the leg. Sitting for long periods when traveling can increase the risk of DVT’s.

If traveling by car:

  • Plan a picnic. Skipping roadside fast-food will save calories and money.
  • Be a tourist. Try to stop every one to two hours to walk and stretch.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep drinking water. Each time you stop to refuel your car, refill your water bottle.

When you’ve reached your destination:

  • Keep moving. Plan activities that require you to move.
  • Indulge just a little. Do not make every single meal a vacation celebration.
  • Sleep. Stay rested. Vacation excitement can take a toll on your body.

Don’t forget about your children’s health

A family vacation can turn into a nightmare if someone gets sick. Be prepared.

  • Pack common medicines, first aid supplies, and hand sanitizers. Keep your family doctor’s phone number handy. Insect repellent and sun block are also important.
  • Become familiar with your surroundings.
  • Introduce your children to new experiences gently.
  • Swim in safe places.
  • Keep children at a safe distance from stray or unfamiliar animals.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Most importantly of all, relax and have fun. ◙

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