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MAR-APR 2019

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14 You have your sunscreen, swimsuit and flip flops all packed, and you're ready for some fun in the sun–but what if we told you that you could contract a risky illness while away on vacation? Would this change your plans? International travelers should always be cautious about their health and safety when visiting abroad. Here is an all-inclusive guide to help you have a safe and healthy trip. Whenever you visit a new place, always remember the three Ps to ensure you will have a safe and healthy vacation: be proactive, be prepared and be protected! Steps taken to be proactive include anticipating any issues that could arise during your trip. I recommend researching your destination, visiting a doctor for a health checkup (and vaccination update) and considering your health status before traveling. For example, ask yourself these easy questions: Am I too sick to travel due to recent illnesses, injuries, or surgeries? Do I have any special health needs such as small children, a pregnancy, disabilities, or a weakened immune system to worry about? Secondly, being prepared is vital when traveling to a remote destination, as no one wants to think about getting sick or injured during your visit. But these things happen. You may not be able to prevent every issue that arises. However, you can plan ahead and be able to deal with these problems through practices such as packing smart and with all your health essentials–including needed medications. Lastly, be protected while abroad by practicing healthy behaviors during your trip and when you return home. This includes paying attention to your health during your vacation, such as using sunscreen and insect repellent, being cautious of food and water, limiting alcohol intake and not drinking and driving, and wearing a seatbelt whenever you are in a vehicle. Also, be sure to wear protective gear whenever participating in adventurous activities, and always respect your host country and its locals by following their customs. In addition, ensure you monitor your health when you arrive home and report any unfamiliar symptoms or illnesses to your doctor immediately. Story by Tanesha Craig-Stewart Be Proactive, Be Prepared, Be Protected: Tips on How to Have a Healthy and Safe Vacation R E A D U S O N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S O C I A L . C O M Fitness

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