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Summer is when we all spend a lot of time outside, enjoying the outdoors. But this year summer fun will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross offers safety tips you can follow.

With the community reopening, know what precautions to take in public settings.

  • Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others.

  • Wear cloth face coverings, especially in crowded areas. Do not place them on children under age 2.

  • Help limit your risk by taking steps to reduce the number of places you go and your exposure to other people.

  • Order food and other items for home delivery or curbside pickup, if possible.

  • Visit the grocery store and other stores in person only when necessary.

  • Stay at home if you are sick, or high risk

Our Governor recently opened Iowa and lifted the mask mandate to those who are vacinated. Still recommended by the CDC that you continue to wear masks as even the vacinated can still contract Covid. There is also more than one strain that is mutating, so please keep caution.


A DIFFERENT KIND OF WATER SAFETY Many public pools and beaches have reopened this summer. Follow the guidance of state and local officials. Make sure the area is designated for swimming. Once there, maintain social distancing, both in and out of the water, between you and people who don’t live with you. If you don’t think your child can do this, come up with another activity.

  • Wear face coverings on land, especially when physical social distancing is difficult. Do not wear them in the water as it may be difficult to breathe.

  • Don’t share goggles, nose clips, snorkels or other personal items.

  • A kiddie or inflatable pool can be a great way to have fun, but be sure to provide constant. supervision to children in and around the water.


BE WATER SMART Have swimming skills and know how to help others. Achieve the skills of water competency: be able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance and then get out of the water safely.

  • Download the Red Cross Swim App and take our new free Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers online course.

  • Around the pool, have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

  • Don’t swim alone and only swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

  • In the event of an emergency, reach or throw an object to the person in trouble. Don’t go in! You could become a victim yourself.

  • Constantly supervise children around water and avoid distractions. If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers.

  • In group situations, designate a water watcher whose sole responsibility it is to oversee the activity in the water.

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability


GRILLING SAFETY Summer is a popular time for grilling family meals at home. Yet grilling fires spark more than 10,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

  • Never grill indoors—not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

  • Make sure everyone, including children and pets, stay away from the grill.

  • Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire. 

  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

The above information is brought to you by The American Red Cross.


While summer could be a slight relief from the cold days, it also brings along various health problems like dehydration, sunburn, upset stomach, bacterial infections, heat stroke, and more. It is necessary to make sure you are eating the right foods and doing the right workout for the overall body improvements.  Restore and replenish your skin and physical health with these amazing hacks to survive the sweltering summer this year. Here are some healthy tips for summer you must jot down!

  1. Try Seasonal Fruits And Vegetables - Vegetables and fruits are available all year round. However, consuming seasonal foods have their own charm and health benefits. Always pick fresh harvested foods to extract the best benefits they must offer. Load up on mangoes, plums, tomatoes, berries, watermelon, oranges, celery, etc.

  2. Hydration is the key - Drinking water is extremely important as it helps rehydrate the body and helps it functions better. Ensure you drink up to 8-10 glasses of water every day. Do not drink far too chilled water as it will wreak havoc on your health.

  3. Downsize your meal - In summer, your stomach needs plenty of time so as to digest the food particles as the weather is hot, and the body cannot process faster. Lighter meals are always a good choice in summer.

  4. Eat more cooling foods - Load up on more body cooling foods and more hydrating foods which will help you keep on going in this heat. Eating watermelon, sesame, coconut water, cucumber, mint, fennel seeds, et al will definitely cool the body.

  5. Cut out sodas and grab fresh juices - Summer will make you thirsty more often, which makes us resort to cold drinks and energy drinks that prove to be hazardous sometime. Whenever you feel like quenching your thirst, prefer drinking orange juice or melon juice or best choose water.

  6. Binge on lighter snacks - Forget about fried foods that you enjoyed during winter; it is time to load up on lighter snack options like nuts, trail mixes, seeds, fruits, et al. This will not only make you feel good but also it will keep your body optimal.

  7. Keep a track on Hygiene - Make sure whatever you eat or drink on is clean and hygienic. You are prone to get bacterial infections from the utensils in restaurants and even at home. Make sure to wash hands before your meal.

  8. Choose lighter clothes over heftier - It’s better to choose lighter apparels in summer as it will be breathable and won’t trap your sweats. If you wear fitted and heavy clothes you are most likely to perspire. So always go with the lighter apparels!

  9. Best workouts in Summer - You should be wise enough on doing specific workouts in this boiling weather. Try these effective workouts to keep your body in shape: 

    1. High Plank Leg Lifts​

    2. High Plank Knee-To-Elbow

    3. Mountain Climbers

    4. Superman Pull

    5. Side Lunges

    6. Curtsy Lunges

    7. Jump Squats

  10. Yoga! - Yoga can be a vital part of your health and wellness. There are many benefits to doing yoga:

    1. Reduces your stress​

    2. Makes you more self aware

    3. Increases your attention, focus, concentration, and more.

These summer health tips are a great way of staying healthy. But if you are already suffering from any condition, then yoga can be the solution to your suffering. Practicing yoga is a great way of increasing flexibility, strength, and range of motion. But doing the right yoga will benefit both your body and spirit. Join Holistic Yoga Therapy (HYT) provided by PIES Fitness Yoga Studio to get started.

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