Spring Break Safety Tips
It’s almost that time of the year when millions of high school and college students are planning a long-time tradition, Spring Break. If you are planning a spring break trip, one of the most important things is safety. Here are a few tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable spring break.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
If you are of legal drinking age and you are planning to include drinking alcohol as part of your spring break, it is extremely important to keep in mind that alcohol can impair your actions and your judgment. Every 31 minutes someone dies in an alcohol-related motor vehicle crash and non-fatal injuries occur every two minutes as a result of these accidents. Our advice? Don’t drink and drive. There are plenty of tasty non-alcoholic alternatives, so choose your beverages with safety in mind.
Every 31 minutes someone dies in an alcohol related motor vehicle crash and non-fatal injuries occur every two minutes as a result of motor alcohol related accidents.
Protect Skin from the Sun
After a cold winter, it can be extremely tempting to stay out in the warm sun longer than you should. Although getting some sun can be beneficial for you, excessive and unprotected sun exposure can lead to changes in your skin texture, premature aging, and even skin cancer. Remember to always wear sunscreen and reapply after getting in and out of the water. The ideal sunscreen is one with an SPF of 25-50. Also, protect your eyes from the sun by wearing wrap-around sunglasses that provide 100% UV ray protection. Hats are always good especially if you have thinning hair.
Drink Water & Eat Healthily
It requires a lot of fuel and energy to have fun, so be sure to eat a variety of healthy foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables. It’s also recommended that you include lean meats, fish, poultry, and low-fat dairy products in your diet. Be sure to drink plenty of water and try to limit the amount of salt, sugar, and saturated fats. Dehydration can come on quickly when you are outdoors all day.
If you’re like most high school and college students, the winter months typically include a lot of sitting in class working on the computer, and studying, so during your spring break take an opportunity to start a fitness program. While you’re away, participate in a variety of fun activities, such as dancing, playing volleyball, swimming, and walking. Remember activity doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Part of spring break safety is to avoid getting an injury, so start all-new activities slowly and try to include ones that help to increase your breathing and heart rate as well as strengthen your muscles.
Stay safe. Have fun. And carry on. And remember your Spring Break Safety Tips!
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