Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer! Whether you are traveling or enjoying a backyard barbecue, there are some safety precautions you should take in order to enjoy a safe, worry-free holiday!
This weekend we honor the brave service men and women who fought to give us our freedom — and to show respect, you should fight for your very own independence by using Life Alert. Battle your personal protection woes by wearing their lightweight and waterproof emergency pendant. With one touch of a button you can summon emergency medical response, fast! Memorial Day may come around once a year, but Life Alert and their dispatch team are available 24/7, just for you. Celebrate the holiday this weekend by being brave and enhancing your independent living with Life Alert Protection!
If this weekend has you gathering with the family around a picnic table or barbeque as you share stories of venerable loved ones who protected this nation but are no longer with us, you may need to provide special protection for yourself. If out in the sun your celebration could go from major membrane to a major burn. Worse yet, if certain food leaves your intestines looking like the Battle of Gettysburg, you may want to use these Memorial Day tips, from EWG (Environmental Working Group) to ensure you have a safe and healthy day of remembering all those who served to protect us.
To avoid sunburn and skin damage, picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella and take a canopy to the beach. If you’re going to apply sunscreen, use EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens to find one that’s right for you and your family. Look for products that:
- Protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Don’t contain Vitamin A.
- Have an SPF greater than 15 but less than 50.
This weekend many families and friends will gather around a table or blanket to enjoy a feast. Everyone wants to eat healthier, but it’s not always easy to know how. That’s where EWG’s Food Scores: Rate Your Plate database comes in. As you walk the store aisles or compile your shopping list, Food Scores will guide you to greener, cleaner food choices. Keep in mind – less is more: the lower the score, the healthier the food.
- As you write down your shopping list, check out EWG’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The Dirty Dozen are apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes. In government testing, the results were positive for at least one pesticide residue for 99 percent of apple samples, 98 percent of peaches and 97 percent of nectarines.
- Also whip out EWG’s Clean Fifteen. This list includes produce least likely to have pesticide residues, including avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
- Eat more whole fruits and vegetables. Nutritionists recommend that adults and children consume at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily. Be sure to load up on early-season corn and fresh pineapple.
Bug bites can be serious business. In 2013, West Nile virus – carried by mosquitoes – infected more than 5,674 Americans, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme disease, spread by ticks, has more than doubled over the last 15 years, with 27,203 confirmed cases in 2013.
These illnesses and other pest-borne diseases can have serious and occasionally life-altering consequences. Your first line of defense is to avoid areas where these bugs are prevalent. Your second line is to cover up. If you’re going to use an insect repellent, visit EWG’s Guide to Bug Repellents before you buy.
- Wash your hands after applying repellent and be sure to wash repellent-coated skin and clothes at the end of the day.
- Use nets and fans over outdoor eating areas.
- Don’t use bug repellent on infants younger than 6 months. Instead, cover strollers and baby carriers with fine netting.
- Check your kids thoroughly for ticks every night and remove them properly.
Make this Memorial Day one to remember! Having fun and staying safe is easier than you think, especially when it comes to your personal protection. If you are an aging senior who is looking to enhance your independent living lifestyle, then you need Life Alert Protection; their emergency pendant is the best way to live alone without ever really being alone.
In the event of a life threatening emergency, simply push the button on your pendant and summon an emergency medical response fast! Plus, their dispatch team is available 24/7 to send you the help you need fast. Honor the brave service men and women of our military this Memorial Day by being brave yourself and getting the best personal protection worldwide with Life Alert. To learn more about all the protection services Life Alert offers, call 1-800-513-2934 for a FREE brochure.
- Lunder, Sonya. “10 Tips for a Healthy Memorial Day Weekend.” EWG. 23 May 2015. <http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2015/05/10-tips-healthy-memorial-day-weekend >.