Ok, we expect it to be hot in Arizona when summer kicks into high gear, but this…….this is a little much – even for us. It was so hot last week, a local news crew baked cookies inside a car! Triple digit temperatures remind us of how important it is in Arizona to answer a critical health question – how will we “beat the heat“?
Many of our fellow Arizonans find their solace with mobility. Snowbirds migrate back to wherever they came from, or vacation to ‘cooler’ places. Others weekend or vacation in the high country in between their stints of work or family obligations, enjoying the more temperate environs of places like Flagstaff, Pinetop, or Prescott.
Meanwhile, many of us remain here to face the heat head on. That would be our first mistake. Get out that sunscreen! According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate of new melanoma cases among American adults has tripled since the 1970’s. It is not too hard to figure out why this cancer is one of the threats we face in Arizona.
Dehydration is equally dangerous. Every year there are the unfortunate and troubling news accounts of pets or children left in cars. But even staying in the shade is often not enough, as we still lose vital fluids if we don’t drink plenty of water, or whatever else lubricates us. Watch for our blog on binge drinking later this summer.
But we can beat the heat. And really, it is nothing more than the seasonal flipside of what makes this a wonderful place to be the rest of the year. To our cause, the sun and heat reminds us of our primitive grounding to the earth, as if better health is more attainable. Our theory is one that believes that building a conversation about Arizona’s “Climate of Health” can help us advance our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!
What are you doing to beat the heat this summer? What do you think are the helpful ingredients to Arizona’s climate of health? Let us know….and don’t forget about the sunscreen and the water!