Summer is finally here! For many, this signals a carefree time for relaxing by the pool and going on adventures, but it’s also a great time to start a new health initiative that takes advantage of the warm weather and time outdoors. Here are 8 things you can do this summer to boost your health.


Protect your skin and your eyes. Too much sun exposure can put you at greater risk of skin cancer and that's why it's important to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. But don’t forget about your eyes. Bright sunlight may increase your risk of eye diseases like cataracts and tumors on the eye. Wear sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection,” and prevent the sun from entering on the sides by wearing wraparound style glasses or a broad-rimmed hat.

Start an exercise program. Jogging, hiking, cycling, and swimming are all excellent summer workouts. Holy Cross Health Fitness and Health classes, offered online and in multiple convenient locations throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, are also a great choice to get fit.

Get a health screening. If you’ve been putting off getting an important health screening, do it this summer. Get a colonoscopy, schedule your mammogram, or talk to your doctor about other cancer screenings you may need. Not sure what health screening tests to get, check out a list of common screening tests.

Eat more fruits and veggies. There’s nothing better in summer than fresh produce from your backyard garden or a local farmer’s market. Fruits and vegetables provide vital nutrients for your body and reduce your risk of numerous diseases. 

Drink more water. Water has zero calories, which helps you manage your weight, and it can help your body maintain a normal temperature, which is critical on hot days.

Get better control of chronic diseases. Summer is a great time to examine your lifestyle and improve your condition if you live with a chronic disease like arthritis or diabetes. We can help! Holy Cross Health offers disease management classes and support groups for arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, and more.

Get more sleep. A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your health, from lowering your risk of serious conditions to maintaining your weight. Even though summer means longer days, be sure to get your 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep each night.

Stop smoking. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and many other diseases. Smoking a cigarette seems like the last thing you’d want to do on a hot summer day. Use the warm weather to motivate you to quit. Holy Cross Health is affiliated with more than 1,575 physicians who can review your personal health care and talk with you about ways to improve your health. To find a doctor, search the physician directory.



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Holy Cross Health presents the information in this blog as a resource for our community. It is not intended to replace professional medical advice or to endorse any particular entity or service. Personal health problems should be brought to the attention of the appropriate health professionals.