19 June 2017
Marjolijn Riel


Ah, summer. A time for sun tans, barbecues and vacations. But, did you know that while we’re celebrating the start of beach season in the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere is putting on their layers and snow boots for the start of winter? For those of us living north of the equator, June 21st denotes the day when the summer solstice will occur, which is when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator, which coincidentally is also the day with the most hours of sunlight.

Staying healthy in the heat

summer_5.jpgWith hopefully many beautiful summer days in the prospect, here are some tips to stay healthy while enjoying the heat:

  • Drink lots of water. Even if you aren’t thirsty, drink water – if you wait until you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. And always remember to bring fluids with you – on a hot day, you don’t want to be caught on the road without something cool to bring your body temperature down.
  • Try to avoid being out of the sun between 11:00am and 3:00pm for extended periods of time.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing the right clothes, including a hat if possible, and sunglasses.
  • Before you even get dressed, remember your sunscreen. Ensure your suncreen is broad-spectrum, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, is SPF 30 or highter and water-resistant to reduce reapplication.
  • Some medications cannot be kept in high temperatures. Be sure to read the packaging and avoid leaving in the car if it can’t be in high temperatures.

Green thumb

summer_4.jpgAfter April showers then May flowers (or more accurately, the month of prep work of planting and prepping), summer is finally the time that we can sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor – literally. Whether we’re enjoying the vivacity of our flower beds or harvesting fresh herbs and vegetables from our own backyard, summer is the time to relax and enjoy Mother’s Nature good fortune. If accessing your garden is an issue, don’t miss out. Solutions are available to ensure that everyone can enjoy in the beauty that is summer.

Did you know...

  • On warm summer days, the Eiffel Tower becomes about 6 inches taller because the iron expands?
  • The first Olympic Summer Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896?
  • The first women’s bathing suit had long sleeves and was made of wool or flannel?
  • Marc Antony named the month of July in honor of Julius Caesar?