Prepping for a Safer Spring Break

Author: Katrina Conrad

Spring Break Health and Safety Tips

Whether you are staying on campus, going home, or going to a new destination, it's never too early to start thinking about spring break safety.  Make this year's spring break memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay safe and healthy. The CDC has recommended a few key guidelines that we wanted to share.  Find more tips on this week's Spring Break & Beyond postcard which are displayed at University Health Services.

Plan a successful trip: What do you need to consider ahead of time? Be aware of what's happening on your route to the final destination.

Be active: You've probably been sitting most of the year working at the computer, studying, or in class. During the break, take the opportunity to start a fitness program. Do a variety of fun activities like walking, dancing, playing volleyball, swimming, and more. 

Limit alcohol: If you choose to drink, be sure to do so responsibly and pace yourself. Never drink and drive.

Watch your step: There may be temptations on your break that involve different or high-risk activity. Think twice before putting yourself at risk for injury. Be sure to use appropriate safety gear before venturing out, such as seat belts, life vests, or knee pads.

Protect yourself: If you wear contact lenses, practice healthy wear and care tips, even when you’re on vacation. Carry a spare pair of glasses and contact lens supplies with you so you can take out your contacts safely when you need to. After a cold winter, it's tempting to stay in the hot sun all day. Although getting a little sun can have some benefits, excessive and unprotected sun exposure can result in premature aging, changes in skin texture, and skin cancer over time - protect yourself utilizing SPF sunscreen.

Know the ropes: When swimming and boating, know what's expected and what you can do to prevent injury for yourself and others; wear the life jacket.

Eat healthy: Having fun takes energy and fuel! Be sure to eat a variety of foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products.  Good nutrition should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

For the full list and more details, visit the CDC's page here.  Know that you may also consider visiting campus resources prior to the break for any questions or concerns - consider University Health Services and Notre Dame Security Police.

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