Summer exercise. How to keep cool in hot weather.

Whether it is soccer in the park, a bike ride, a hike in the mountains, or just a day in the garden, when the summer heat comes it is important to be prepared.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous side effects of overdoing summer exercise. These come when the body can no longer sustain the pace, the heat, the humidity, or the loss of fluid.  The body cools off by sweating, and as long as you remain hydrated, the body is able to cool itself off.
When you become dehydrated, the problems start.
Signs of heat related illness include general fatigue, weakness, nausea, dizziness, muscle cramps, and an increase in body temperature.
This doesn’t mean you have to abandon your quest for a great summer workout. Just follow these simple guidelines to exercise smart in the heat. 

  •  Take it Slow.  Take it easy at first.  As your body adapts to the heat, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts or your time outside.
  • Drink Plenty of Fluids.  Drink plenty of water while you are working out- even if you don’t feel thirsty.   Try to avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, which actually promote fluid loss.
  • Dress Appropriately.  Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing promotes sweat evaporation and cooling by letting more air pass  over your body.  Avoid cark colors which absorb heat.
  • Avoid the mid-day sun.  Plan your outdoor activity for the morning or evening- when it is cooler outdoors. 
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Protect your skin and eyes from the harsh sun!
I keep hearing about cleansing diets. Is this a good idea?

These cleanse diets have been around for many decades but more recently have sprung up again as a popular weight loss method. Like all fad diets, it might bring a quick fix but the effects do not last and often times can do more harm than good. Of course weight loss is inevitable when you stop eating and drink very few calories but that doesn’t mean it is a good thing. Chances are the weight you’ll lose is water weight and lean muscle — not the fat you want to get rid of. These cleansing diet plans are deficient in all the essential nutrients: calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and fat. Rarely do these plans have any sort of fitness included in the regimen. Perhaps because exerting any added physical effort while essentially starving yourself would really be dangerous.
There is no scientific evidence that suggests that we need a detox program to cleanse our bodies. Our liver and other organs do an extremely great job of “detoxifying” our bodies from undesirable substances without any human intervention needed.
Fasting or cleansing plans are not recommended for anyone. There’s no evidence that purging your body of “toxins” improves your health or helps you lose weight long term. Focus on the proven evidence that shows eating healthy and being more active bring about a lifestyle change those results in weight loss.

Improve School Nutrition!

Childhood obesity is one of the most pressing health problems facing our nation’s youth.  It is important to feed our children healthy foods not only at home but at school too. School is the place where our children spend a large portion of their weekday; shouldn’t we be concerned that they are eating healthy food at school? Right now you can have a voice in ensuring this happens! We want to improve school lunch and we need your help!  

The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which invests new money in childhood nutrition programs, establishes national school nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools and, for the first time in nearly 40 years, increases the reimbursement rate for the National School Lunch Program, helping schools to meet new nutrition standards and provide children with healthier school meals. The Senate Ag. Committee identified $4.5 billion in offsets from other programs under their jurisdiction to pay for their proposal.
We need your help to urge Senator Reid to move the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to the Senate floor as soon as possible. By contacting Senator Reid today, you can help make improvements to school nutrition programs in time for the beginning of the next school year. 

Please send your letters, e-mails or call the Senator’s office and simply let him know that you want him to move the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to the Senate Floor as soon as possible! 

To E-mailwww.reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm (Or go to reid.senate.gov and click on ‘Contact’)
To Call: 1-866-SEN-REID (1-866-736-7343)
To Mail: Senator Harry Reid; 522 Hart Senate Office Building; Senate Office Bldg; Washington, DC 20510
Tell Senator Reid you want to see improvements in school lunches! Ask him to move the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to the senate floor ASAP so we can improve the nutritional quality of childhood nutrition programs in our state and the rest of the nation.