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May 26, 2014

Ways to stay cool with a healthy twist

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· Simply freezing grapes, mangos or blueberries is also a creative option for combining healthy eating and cooling off.

· You also can get liquids from some of nature’s most delicious treats including watermelon, peaches, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Hydration during our summer months is especially key. Be sure you are getting at least eight cups of water per day, especially if you or your loved ones are out in the sun for long periods of time. Sipping water throughout the day will ensure proper hydration. Don’t forget about your pets as well.

Although exercise is an incredibly important component of creating healthy lifestyles, Elizabeth Moody, Outreach Coordinator and Dietitian for the Cleveland County Nutrition and Fitness program, cautions individuals about exercising in the heat.

“Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to exercise when the weather starts getting hot,” Moody said. “Decreasing overall activity time and intensity can also prevent health issues in extreme temperatures.”

She also added that if you must work out during the day while outside in the heat, be sure to stay hydrated and listen to your body.

For more tips on how to be healthy this summer visit, www.ShapeYourFutureOK.com.

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