Broccolini may look like broccoli, but it is actually a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It is milder in taste than broccoli and can be eaten fresh, sautéed or steamed.
Each month, we set the facts straight regarding common health and wellness myths.
This month’s misconception: Sun & Tanning Myths
To take advantage of the summer sunshine, many of us spend time outside whether on vacation or in our backyards. While “fun in the sun” is part of the season, two of the biggest summertime medical misconceptions have to do with sun exposure – skipping sun protection on a cloudy day and not wearing sunscreen depending on how well you tan.
On a cloudy or overcast day, many are tempted to skip the sunscreen — after all, the sun isn’t shining, so it can’t do any damage, right?
That’s not the case. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the ones that can damage your skin; being overexposed to them can put you at a great risk of skin damage and cancer. Unfortunately, those rays are still present even when it’s a cloudy day, according to the American Cancer Society. Some clouds might block UV rays one day, but other clouds might reflect and increase the UV rays another. To make sure you are protected no matter what, it’s imperative that you protect your skin.
Some individuals’ don’t burn when exposed to the sun — do they have to wear sunscreen, too?
Yes. Anyone’s skin is vulnerable to UV ray damage, even if he or she doesn’t sunburn, according to the American Cancer Society. Bottom line: ultraviolet exposure can increase a person’s risk of skin cancer.
You can do a number of things to protect your skin from the sun:
- First, don’t go out in the sun when its rays are strongest — between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The American Cancer Society recommends the shadow test as a quick way to determine the strength of the sun: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Wear clothing to cover your skin from ultraviolet rays. Remember, though, if you’re able to see through the clothing UV rays can pass through it, too.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that provide UV protection.
- Wear sunscreen. Follow the label directions and reapply accordingly. About one ounce of sunscreen should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck and face of an adult. Learn about SPF in sunscreen
By taking some precautions, you can enjoy outdoor time in cloudy or sunny summer weather.
Did you know — a portobello mushroom has more potassium than a banana! The longer portobello mushrooms are cooked, the meatier they become. Try these portobello cheeseburgers, a low-calorie, low-fat vegetarian swap for beef when making burgers.
Broccoli salad is a great crunchy side dish or potluck dish for summer. Many broccoli salad recipes are typically made with high-fat mayonnaise. Substituting low-fat mayonnaise and non-fat Greek yogurt in this recipe saves calories and fat.
The simple gestures are the ones that Chris Krebs still remembers. The back rubs and gentle words from Carroll Hospice’s staff as they positioned her mother each hour. The Big Band CDs at Dove House that she was able to play for her father. The respite care that allowed her to recharge and sleep in her own bed.
With the arrival of warmer weather comes the influx of late spring and summer fruits and vegetables.
Next Thursday, June 22, marks the opening of the Carroll Hospital Farmers Market, so stop by from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. to stock up on fresh veggies!
Why shop at a farmers market?
Watermelon is a delicious, healthful choice for summer, and its sweet taste can satisfy any sweet tooth. Watermelon is 92 percent water and has less than 50 calories per cup. It’s a source of vitamin A for eye health and vitamin C for the immune system support. Choose a watermelon without a flat side and that sounds hollow when you knock on it. Look for a melon with a dull (not shiny) rind free of soft spots, gashes or blemishes.