Saturday, July 31, 1999

Tips on staying cool

        Wear light, loose fitting clothes.

        • Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol. Drink plenty of water regularly and often; your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.

        • Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, colas) and high-sugar drinks.

        • Eat smaller meals. Choose salads, fruits or vegetables.

        • Keep athletic activities to a minimum. Go swimming instead of jogging.

        • Suck on ice chips.

• Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.

        • Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine. Try to go to a public building with air conditioning each day for several hours.

        • Put a wet towel or cold pack on your head.

        • If you don't have air conditioning, make sure rooms are well-ventilated.

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