Summer Safety: Use Sunscreen

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The most common cancer risk is skin cancer. If you’ll be in the sun for an hour or more, be sure to apply sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. Sunscreen takes time to become active. Apply about 20 minutes before you go outside.

About SPF numbers: SPF 30 (the recommended rating) means it would take about 30 times longer for damage to occur than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. But that’s true only if you reapply every couple of hours. Use sun protection when driving. It’s no coincidence that most US skin cancers develop on the left side of our bodies and faces.

 

 

Summer Safety: Protect Your Eyes

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Protect your eyes — and your kids’ eyes too! Wear glasses with 100% UV protection. An eye doctor can check your current glasses if you’re not sure.

Kids really need protection. Their eyes are clearer than adult eyes, meaning more UV rays penetrate. Cute sunglasses without UV protection are worse than nothing. They darken the view, and so the eyes open up and take in more harmful radiation. Why care? Exposure to UV rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and vision loss.

 

 

Small Changes: Eat More Veggies

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Employees across Alliance Coal have pledged to make small changes in 2015. If eating more vegetables is one of yours, try this:

  • Drink low-sodium vegetable juice, like V-8.
  • Toss some mushrooms, fresh spinach, and bell peppers into a morning omelet.
  • Keep a container of pre-washed snap peas, cut carrots, and grape tomatoes in the fridge as a grab-and-go snack.
  • Add carrots, zucchini, and green and red peppers to your pasta sauce.

Make This a Summer to Remember

shutterstock_108034457 (1)Summer is right around the corner! No matter how old you are, there is something special about the start of summer. School is out, baseball season is in full swing, and coats are packed away until next winter. It’s a time of new beginnings and a great time to get a little healthier.

You don’t need to make a big change, like training for a marathon or becoming a vegetarian (unless you want to). For employees across Alliance Coal, 2015 is a year to discover how even one small change can have a positive impact on your health, mood, and energy levels. (more…)