Canada Day long weekend is here, and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute wishes everyone an amazing holiday! We want to share a few tips to ensure your celebrations are safe, happy… and healthy. Environmental factors such as bright sunlight, high humidity and lack of wind can challenge your body’s ability to dissipate heat and maintain a normal body temperature. Maintaining a normal temperature and appropriate fluid balance can be a challenge in such circumstances and hot, humid weather can place significant stress on your cardiovascular system to maintain a core body temperature and fluid balance.
Avoid heat-related injuries:
- Stay Hydrated: drink plenty of water…
- Clothing: wear loose, light coloured, comfortable clothes.
- Wear Sunscreen: Slap on the sunscreen, and slip on a hat! A sunburn decreases the body’s ability to cool itself.
- Be aware of the symptoms of heat injury: chills, nausea, dizziness, weakness, and profuse sweating. If you have those symptoms, find a cool shaded area, relax and drink plenty of fluids…and plan to return home.
Don’t forget healthy eating
Even though it’s a special day (and some terraces in the market have those amazing deep fried wings you’ve ever heard of), try to eat as heart healthy as possible. Here are a few tips you can try:
- Listen to your body - eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied
- Plan healthy snacks (when you thought you were finally done with packing snacks…)
- Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits at every meal
For those planning to have a little… too much fun
- Limit alcohol: a maximum of three servings a day for men and two servings a day for women is a good guide for appropriate celebratory intake!
For more information on how you and your family can maintain a “heart-healthy” lifestyle, consult the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Prevention and Wellness website.
Promotion and Communication Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute