The US-based non-profit Environmental Working Group offers up some of the
world’s best advice for sun protection. Their number one tip this summer? Never
rely on sunscreen as your sole, or even primary, sun protection. “While we think
sunscreen is an important part of any sun-protection programme, sunscreen should
not be used as a first line of defence,” they say. And other major public health
organisations agree. The World Health Organization, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Cancer
Society all recommend using sunscreen on exposed skin after you’ve
sought shade (or stayed inside during peak sun hours) and as a
complement to donning sun-protective clothing to cover up.
Environmental Working Group
Contrary to popular belief, you’re just
as vulnerable to dangerous blood
clots while flying first class as you are in
the cheap seats. That’s because the
key factor isn’t legroom but leg
Window-seat passengers have the
highest risk in any class: They’re the least
likely to get out of their seat and walk
around. Other factors – such as being
pregnant or on birth control pills – spike
risk, too. To be safe, make sure everyone
in the family stretches their legs on those
long-haul flights this summer, no matter
where you’re sitting.
Marie Claire
School’s out and the kids have a little more time on their hands. Summer’s a
perfect time to start teaching them to help out around the house. Here are a few
simple chores to get them started:
Toddlers: picking up toys; putting laundry in the hamper; clearing
safe, unbreakable dishes from the dining table
Pre-schoolers: setting and clearing the dining
table; carrying small bags of groceries;
assisting an adult in the kitchen with
measuring, pouring dry ingredients,
stirring and mixing
Five- to seven-year-olds: emptying
small wastebaskets into a trash bag;
picking out clothes and dressing
without assistance; helping prepare
the simpler items in their lunch
Just because your children are off from school doesn’t mean their minds have to take a
holiday. Incorporate some of these brain-building activities into the break without eating
up the precious down-time they deserve.
Raise a smart shopper. Have your kids practise writing and spelling (by making the
grocery shopping list); reading (by looking for the items on the shelves); and maths (by
calculating how much change you should get).
Explore. Discover how penguins survive the summer heat during a trip to Ocean Park,
and then do some online research together to learn more.
Get cooking. Young chefs can learn about fractions, measuring and sequencing, all
while preparing a delicious snack.
More than
finger on
the pulse
Stop summer