Hot, Hot, Hot! (Climate of Health)

When Arizona sets records for heat….you know it’s hot. Some relief may be on the way, but what a weekend it was. 11 people suffered heat related illnesses at the Cardinals game where temperatures reached 115 degrees.

We’ve talked about it before, but it’s important to again mention how the heat affects your health…..and what you can do about it. Interesting video out of Las Vegas  focuses on staying healthy in the heat as our neighbors to the north try to cope with the same blistering temps we’re going through.

Staying inside is great if you can do it, but most of us have to get out and around so don’t forget to use plenty of 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.

It may seem like another no brainer, but drink plenty of water if you’re out and about. Staying hydrated is a key to staying healthy in the heat.

And keep your pets, your kids, and yourself out of parked cars. If you haven’t seen it – Cardinals cornerback Tyrann Mathieu generated a lot of attention for his recent PSA that shows just how dangerous it is to leave pets in a car on a hot day.

We can’t control the heat, but there are things we can do to make it a little more bearable. Do what you can to beat the heat and let’s hope cooler temperatures are coming soon!  

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