Beat the Heat With These 5 Health Tips

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Temperatures are rising for most of the country, and after this prolonged winter, many are jumping at the opportunity to enjoy a nice day outside. However, with warm weather also comes the risk of sunburn and heat-related illnesses. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the top weather-related killer in the United States.

To help beat the heat this summer, keep some of the following safety tips in mind before heading outdoors.

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1. Apply sunscreen

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one severe sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles the chances of a person developing melanoma later in life. A person’s risk for melanoma also doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.

To avoid this risk, the organization recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day, applying it to your entire body 30 minutes before heading outside. The organization also encourages reapplying the sunscreen every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating heavily.

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