Health & Wellness

May 26th, 2022

Hello D6 Families!

Happy end of the school year! Below is information on summer fun and safety. Enjoy your much deserved break. D6 staff already cannot wait to see you all next fall!

Reducing Sun Sensitivity

Sunburn is a type of inflammation. Your diet can increase or decrease your skin's sensitivity to UV rays as well as its ability to repair itself when it does get damaged.

To reduce your sun sensitivity and risk of sun damage, make sure you're eating enough anti-inflammatory foods like:

  1. Healthy fats rich in Omega-3s: fish, eggs, flaxseed, walnuts, or supplements
  2. Other healthy saturated fats: coconut oil or avocado oil
  3. Veggies
  4. Other antioxidant-rich foods: berries, beans, nuts, green tea, and black tea

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Staying Hydrated to Reduce Overheating

It is recommended that you drink 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes you are in the sun. Staying hydrated can help reduce your chances of a heat-related illness. Know the warning signs of heat-related illness and what do in the event you experience these.

Heat Exhaustion: fatigue, nausea, headache, excessive thirst, muscle aches or cramps, weakness, dizziness, fainting, confusion or anxiety, drenching sweats often accompanied by cold clammy skin, and slowed or weakened heartbeat.

What to do- rest in a cool place that has air-condition, elevate your legs above your heart, drink cool fluids, take a cold shower, and remove any unnecessary clothing. If outdoors and unable to do the above, move to the shade and try to find a cool lake or pond to soak in and help bring down your body temperature. Seek emergency medical care if you do not begin to feel better within 1 hour.

Heat Stroke: Increased body temp 103 F or higher, nausea & vomiting, headache, dizziness, flushed skin, rapid heart rate, profound sweating, shortness of breath, confusion or delirium, loss of consciousness, and convulsions.

What to do- heat stroke is a medical emergency, get to the nearest hospital for treatment as soon as possible. Use towels soaked in cold water and drink cold fluids if able while enroute to the hospital.

Summer Events Near Zion

May 27th: Bitter Jester Music Fest 2022 Port Clinton Square 600-601 Highland Park, Il

May 27th: Classic Car Cruise-ins Kenosha History Center 220 51st Pl Kenosha, Wi

May 28th: Gateway Classic Cars of Milwaukee 994 58th Pl #400 Kenosha, Wi

May 29th: Concerts in the Park begins Kracklauer Park 116 N Lake St, Mundelein, Il

June 4th: Mobile Food Pantry Zion Park District Leisure Center 2400 Dowie Memorial Dr Zion, Il

June 25th: Tree Climbing Championship Shiloh Park 25th St & Emmaus Ave Zion, Il

June 25th: Ravinia Festival 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park, Il

June 30th: Independence Day Celebration- Fireworks & Live Music Bandshell 2400 Dowie Memorial Dr. Zion, Il

See the links and flyers below for more information on upcoming events.

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Cheri Sinkovec BSN, RN, IEP Designee

District Nurse Administrator