Living a Healthy Life in the Sun

Health Tips presented by Tellier Guardian Pharmacy: May 10th, 2017

Sun Safety!

Since Northern Albertans are more exposed to snow than sun, we can sometimes forget how sensitive our skin is those first few weeks of sunshine.  The best way to prevent a sunburn is to avoid sun exposure.  Also, stay out of the midday sun (from 11 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon), which is the strongest sunlight. Find shade if you need to be outdoors. You can also calculate how much ultraviolet (UV) exposure you are getting by using the shadow rule: A shadow that is longer than you are means UV exposure is low; a shadow that is shorter than you are means the UV exposure is high.

Other ways to protect yourself from the sun include wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen

  • Hats with brims that cover your neck, ears, eyes, and scalp.
  • Sunglasses with UV ray protection, to prevent eye damage.
  • Loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Clothing made with sun protective fabric. These clothes have a special label that tells you how effective they are in protecting your skin from ultraviolet rays.
  • Sunscreen protection with a high SPF

Preventing sun exposure in children

You should start protecting your child from the sun when he or she is a baby. Because children spend a lot of time outdoors playing, they get most of their lifetime sun exposure in their first 18 years.

It’s safest to keep babies younger than 12 months out of the sun. Do not use sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months old.

Teach children the ABCs of how to protect their skin from getting sunburned.

  • A = Away. Stay away from the sun as much as possible from 11 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. Find shade if you need to be outdoors.
  • B = Block. Use a sunscreen and lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to protect babies’ and children’s very sensitive skin.
  • C = Cover up. Wear clothing that covers the skin, hats with wide brims, and sunglasses with UV protection. Even children should wear sunglasses with UV protection.

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=tv6658spec

 

 

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Personal Disaster Preparedness

The Lakeland experienced a major winter storm over Easter leaving many residents without power and snowed in.  A disaster or emergency can happy at any time.  Is your family prepared?

They strike quickly and often without warning. It may be – a ‘natural emergency’, such as in the case of a tornado, a flood, a hurricane, a pandemic. – a ‘service disruption’, such as a power failure. – an ‘environmental disaster’, such as a chemical spill. It is estimated that in extreme situations, emergency services may be unable to reach you for up to 72 hours (3) days. If you are prepared for a disaster, the impact on your health, family and home can be minimized. Expect the unexpected and plan for it. Your best protection in any emergency is having a plan and knowing what to do.

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/healthinfo/hi-hw-disaster-preparedness-guide.pdf

National Nursing Week

Canadian nurses make up the largest group of health professionals in our country, and they play a vital role in our healthcare system.

Each year, National Nursing Week honours nurses for the many ways in which they are working to improve the health of Canadians. This year’s theme — “#YESThisIsNursing” — speaks to the ever-expanding traditional and non-traditional roles of today’s nurses, as well as the unique settings and sectors in which they work.

Nurses are often our most passionate advocates of health promotion and disease prevention, and are essential to providing patients with high-quality primary and critical care. They are the first point of contact for many people in hospitals and clinics. And with the emergence of advanced nursing practices, they are increasingly taking the lead in providing routine follow-up for patients, able to prescribe drugs and order tests.

Our dedicated nurses in the Lakeland provide patients of all ages and at all stages of life with excellent care. Nurses may work in acute care situations or in more specialized outpatient settings to care for those who are acutely, critically or chronically ill. It is a demanding profession, and the role of nurses will continue to expand as we put a greater emphasis on home- and community-based care options.

Thank you to all of the nurses and health care professionals.  Tellier Pharmacy appreciates all of the incredible work that you do. 

 

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