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Keeping Cool in the Summer
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. So say the lyrics to the popular Porgy and Bess song by George Gershwin. The living becomes easier when you know how to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers tips to stay cool during the hazy, crazy days of summer. Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Shopping malls, public libraries, and cities with cooling centers are welcoming places for those seeking places to wait out heat waves. Drink more water than usual and do not wait until you feel thirsty. Staying hydrated is a key component in preventing heat-related illnesses. Limit your outdoor activity, especially during midday when the sun is at its highest. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and take cool showers or baths to cool down. Check on friends, neighbors, and relatives to be sure that they are coping well with the heat. Never leave pets or children in cars, as temperatures inside a car can soar quickly, leading to tragedy. Bring pets inside and be sure they stay hydrated, too. 
Other tips for staying cool include keeping plastic bottles of water in the freezer. Grab one as you go outside and as it melts, you will have a supply of cold water to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they cause dehydration.   Drinks like Gatorade provide essential electrolytes, which balance the amount of water in your body. Turn off the stove and try lighter foods containing fruit or low-fat dairy to keep your kitchen cool as well.
To find some cool summertime recipes, borrow these resources from the library: Go Fresh by the American Heart Association and Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger. Try some of the popular cooking or health magazines, such as Eating Well or Cooking Light. Magazines can also be downloaded on OverDrive. Summertime is a great time to try out new recipes with fresh produce from local farmers markets.

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