Ask the Provider
Kristy Peterfeso, APRN, CNP, Family Medicine
CentraCare Health - Monticello Medical Group
Getting the Most Out of Summer
Question: What ideas do you have to stay healthy during the upcoming summer months?
Answer: With the summer months and warmer weather approaching we can’t help but think about lazy days in the sun, juicy burgers, ice cream, and adult beverages. Although this sounds amazing we should all keep in mind ways to stay healthy in the months ahead. In terms of physical activity, try something new. Going for a swim or checking out the open skate sessions at the indoor ice arena is a nice way to stay active and keep your fitness routines fresh. You can also register for a 5K run/walk. This will make you commit early on and work towards a goal you may have wanted to accomplish for a long time.
Checking out your local community center may also offer fun summer activities for you and the kids. The Monticello Community Center has a pool, waterslide, climbing wall, indoor play area, fitness center, gymnasium and so much more. If you are someone who needs their activity to be scheduled, try joining a sports league such as softball or volleyball. By joining a league it gives you a designated time and place along with a team who is relying on you to show up.
As for nutrition, it’s best to eat in moderation. I don’t know how anyone could go a whole summer without an ice cream cone, but this is definitely not something that we should indulge in daily. When grilling, remember that the correct portion size for meat is 3 to 4 ounces or the size of a deck of cards.
Try pre-planning meals or packing a cooler when going to the beach to avoid the high sugar options at the convenience stands. Staying well hydrated is also important. Dehydration can lead to serious complications including heatstroke, seizures, hypovolemic shock, kidney failure, coma, and death. When leaving home get into the habit of taking a bottle of water with you instead of a sugary drink.
Last but not least, check out your local farmer’s market for the latest in fresh fruits and veggies. It’s a great way to get fresh locally grown produce and support your community. Now go on out there and enjoy what Minnesota summer has to offer!