Sunscreen, SPF, and Skin Cancer: Be Safe in the Summer Sun!

It’s summertime here in Florida, and that means tons of sunshine! We certainly earn our nickname of the Sunshine State: on average, we can expect to have more than 260 days of beautiful sunshine every year. All of that sun is great for outdoor sports, beach days, and ensuring you reach your Vitamin D needs, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin’s health. So how do you protect yourself? In today’s blog post we’ll explore what the sun damage actually does to your skin, how sunscreen works, and various techniques to protect your skin from the harsh sun rays.

Fun in the summer sun can mean skin damage – learn how to protect yourself through sun safety!

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Summer Sun Safety

An oldie but a goodie – this post was originally published on June 23rd, 2016.

Summer is here and that means spending more time doing the things we love, like going to the beach, swimming, and just generally being more active outdoors. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who can’t wait to get a nice summer tan, read on. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? This week we’re sharing some important information you need to know to be safe in the sun this summer.

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This Summer, Try Eating Seasonally

“Eating seasonally” has become a trendy thing and you’ll likely see this phrase on many magazine covers at the grocery store. But what does it really mean and why should you eat seasonally? Seasonal eating is just what it sounds like—eating foods that are in season, right now. Most of us are lucky enough to have access to big grocery stores with a wide variety of fruits and veggies available all year round. But we don’t often stop to think: Are these tomatoes actually in season? Especially when we can go to the store and get those tomatoes even in December, where most of the country is under a blanket of snow.

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Lyme Disease: Protect Yourself From This Summer Foe

Summer is right around the corner and that means lots of outdoor activities. If you’re planning some camping trips this summer, or just enjoying the longer days by being outside more, there is something you need to prepare for that you might not have considered: ticks! Yes, those nasty little arachnids that love to hang out in central Florida, also love to infect humans with Lyme Disease. Read on to learn how to protect yourself from this infection.

Protect yourself from ticks this summer!

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Summer Reading to Satisfy your Travel Bug

I love to travel during the summer- to go to places I’ve never been and to collect new and exciting experiences! Unfortunately, with my schedule I can’t always up and head to another country or continent for a couple of weeks. As much as I love taking short day trips to local sites, it doesn’t quite scratch the travel itch. Enter: books involving traveling and exotic locales. Reading is the perfect summertime activity because nothing can take you on a mental vacation quite like a good book. As the days get longer and the weather gets hotter, it’s the perfect time of year to relax and curl up in a sunny spot with a good book. To populate your summer reading list, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite summer reads to help you relax and take a mental vacation.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

I absolutely love this book and I read it every year around the beginning of summertime. Set in the 1920’s, this book follows four unacquainted English women who are dissatisfied with their everyday lives, and who decide to rent an Italian castle for the month of April, away from their husbands, families, and anyone who knows them. Lottie Wilkins has been married only a few years, but she and her husband are rubbing each other the wrong way. Rose Arbuthnot is a highly religious lady who does extensive charity work, but is married to an author of racy popular novels who neglects her. Lady Caroline Dester is a beautiful socialite who is tired of the burden of London society and is beginning to regard her life as shallow and empty, after a man she loved died in WWI. Mrs. Fisher is a pompous, snobbish, highly proper lady who prefers to live in her memories of times past rather than embracing the present. Each experiences their own personal metamorphosis while on the trip, and along the way we get to enjoy lots of descriptions of the Italian seaside.

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Summer Sun Safety

Summer is here and that means spending more time doing the things we love, like going to the beach, swimming, and just generally being more active outdoors. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who can’t wait to get a nice summer tan, read on. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? This week we’re sharing some important information you need to know to be safe in the sun this summer.

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Summer Reading: A List of Book Lists

With our first ever HSL Book Club just around the corner, we’ve been talking a lot about reading lately (also, we are a library). In case the subject matter of our inaugural book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, isn’t your cup of tea, we have lists of other summer reading picks for you this week. Check out the links below to peruse summer reading lists compiled by those in the know so you can pick the titles you want to read. Hurry, summer goes by fast! So head to the library, check out a lounge chair, park yourself on the Tavistock Green, and enjoy some leisure reading.

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Be Spring and Summer Ready: What You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. In Florida that means one thing: mosquitos! Just when we couldn’t possibly hate those pesky insects any more, we now have to be concerned about getting bit by a Zika-virus-carrying mosquito. Or do we? Here’s what you need to know to arm yourself for spring and summer in the Sunshine State.

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Spotlight on Health: Lightning Safety!

Central Florida has had a lot of lightning-heavy storms the past few days or so. The radar images look pretty serious.

Plenty of folks also managed to capture pictures of the lightning in action; this picture of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom last Friday is particularly striking:

Interesting social media posts aside, it’s important to be safe each day during our typical Florida afternoon thunderstorms this summer. Here are some lighting myths and facts from the National Weather Service.

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