Staying Healthy in the Heat of Summer

Summer is in full swing, and whether you are planning a vacation or a staycation, there are many precautions that you and your family can take to stay safe while beating the summer heat. To help prevent chronic diseases and to have a healthy summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you and your family take these steps this summer.

To reduce risk of chronic diseases

  • Quit using tobacco
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week

To prevent heat-related illness

  • Stay cool and hydrated in extreme heat
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours

To reduce risk of skin cancer

  • Wear Sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to provide protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays
  • Wear clothing that covers helps protect against UV rays

To prevent insect-transmitted diseases such as Zika, West Nile virus and Lyme disease

  • Wear insect repellent while outdoors
  • Check for ticks and bug bites

Staying Healthy with BioReference

At BioReference, we are pleased to offer a variety of tests that help healthcare providers diagnose and manage conditions such as heart disease, allergies, skin cancer, Zika virus, Lyme disease and other illnesses that may be top of mind this summer. Take time this season to speak with your physician about any health concerns you may have and confirm what diagnostic testing may be right for you. Click here to check out a list of some common illnesses to learn more about test options.

Keeping your Distance at our PSCs

As we continue to navigate through these uncertain times and adjust to our new normal amid COVID-19, we want our patients to feel safe, healthy and protected when visiting us this summer. If you are planning to visit us this summer for any routine testing, please note that our patient service center locations are following social distancing rules to help protect you and those around you. Please wear a mask before entering, keep at least 6 feet away from other patients, and if a waiting room is at max capacity, please wait outside. If you have a fever or other lower respiratory illness symptoms and have been exposed to coronavirus, please do not enter our facility for the safety of our staff and other patients.

If you are a healthcare provider, click here to become a client so you can begin ordering diagnostic tests from BioReference today.