Hot Fun in the Summertime


Posted Tue, Jul 3, 2018

Minnie Liu running businesses as usual, on this temperature record breaking day. [Photo: Lisa Mclntyre]

Dropping New Heat Record Like it was Hot
By David Guardado

DENVER, Auraria Campus – With the Forecast officially hitting 105 degrees in Denver, Wednesday June 28, 2018 officially became the new record-high date. How do students and businesses commerce with the heat?

“My professor is making us survey people out here today,” says Metropolitan State University student Brianna Spince. “But I don’t care I get to work on my tan. Having plenty of overstock water is helpful to keep cool in this weather.”

So what about sales at the Tivoli Convenient Store due to the heat?

“Honestly sales are down due to the heat,” says store employee Minnie Liu. “I think people are just staying at home today to beat this record-breaking heat.”


Tips for Keeping Cool with MS in the Heat

  • Stay in

It may sound like a no-brainer, but as we move toward the warmer months, it can be smart to stay indoors in the air conditioning to help keep MS symptoms in check.

  • Use cool products

There are a number of cooling products to choose from on the market. Cooling vests, neck wraps, and bandanas can be cold-treated to help you beat the heat—especially during exerciseand outdoor activities.

  • Enjoy an icy beverage

Who doesn’t enjoy a cold drink on a hot day? When you have MS, the cooling power of liquids can come to the rescue. For temporary relief, try ice-cold options like popsicles, ice water with lemon, or good old-fashioned iced tea.

(Source: Health Line)

The heat is on
by Kyle Ziegler

DENVER, Auraria Campus — Summertime in the metro area during late June is sure to bring one guarantee – the heat. Sure, there are ways for most to stay cool, which is the obvious notion of remaining inside with what seems to be everyone’s favorite invention this time of year – air conditioning.

The usually bustling Auraria campus seems deserted as students, faculty and staff seeks refuge from the record-braking 105 degrees on June 28, 2018. [Photo: Kyle Ziegler]

Yet, unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury of keeping cool on a scorching day, with the highs expected to climb up to 100 degrees by this afternoon.

Let’s take students for example on the Auraria campus. Today, you could find most seeking the nearest shade, catching the slightest zephyr graze their face while riding a bike, or some just simply braving the heat as if it doesn’t even faze them.

Metropolitan State University of Denver students Anthony Bricknar and Abram Wagner fit into that category of not letting the extreme heat bother them too much.

“I grew up in Colorado and travel to Texas quite often,” Bricknar said, “so I’m used to this kind of high heat in the summer.” Bricknar is quick to say that this time of year is his favorite season and prefers a hot day over a cold one without question. Wagner added that he couldn’t agree more.

Across campus MSUD student Kenny Luong, seemed to have a varying opinion about the today’s record-breaking weather. “I’m from the area, but this heat is getting ridiculous. It makes me wonder how I was able to play outside in it all day long as a kid growing up here.”

Luong added that his personal preference weather related is the wintertime. “Being able to dress properly and seeing the snow come down, that’s enjoyable for me compared to the high temperatures.”

Whether you’re fortunate enough to be inside or not today, make sure you take the right steps to beat the heat. Stay hydrated, seek the shade when you can, and do yourself a favor and get out of the sun when the opportunity presents itself.

“If it’s 91 degrees, we don’t even go outside.” — Claudia, Auraria Early Childhood Learning Center assistant.

Keeping Kids Safe in Record-Breaking Temperatures
By Anastasia Pelot

DENVER, Auraria Campus —The AC is blasting inside the front office of the Auraria Early Childhood Learning Center. The program assistant, Claudia, looks up with a warm smile and talks about the process the teachers use for protecting the children during these record-breaking temperatures. As the program assistant, she helps to monitor the safety procedures that are required to gain licensure.

“If it’s 91 degrees, we don’t even go outside,” Claudia says. The center has rooms specifically for days like today, so the teachers plan ahead with activities that promote large motor and muscle usage to make up for the lack of outdoor playtime.

When they do take the children outside on warmer days, they pay close attention to keeping the kids hydrated (the children are required to bring their own water bottles every day) and apply sunscreen twice a day.

“Spray-on sunscreen isn’t allowed, so we use topical,” Claudia  says. “Each classroom has sunblock for the children to use, but some parents prefer to bring their own.”

Claudia’s co-worker Emily adds, “The children are definitely more antsy when it’s hot outside. Movement is important for them to work it out.”

Emily and the other teachers at the center are responsible for implementing the guidelines decided by the licensing. They are the ones who apply sunblock, who decided when and where to take the children outside and make sure they stay hydrated.

Bottom line: Experts say, it’s better to be safe (restless and inside) than sorry (running the risk of heat stroke)!

Summer Safety Tips: A Guide to Protecting Kids From the Heat

  • Apply early and repeat.For kids 6 months and older (as well as adults), sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or greater reduces the intensity of UVRs that cause sunburns. Apply liberally 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure so it can absorb into the skin and decrease the likelihood that it will be washed off. Reapply every two hours and after kids swim, sweat or dry off with a towel. For most users, proper application and reapplication are more important factors than using a product with a higher SPF.
  • Dress kids in protective clothing and hats. Clothing can be an excellent barrier of UV rays. Many light-weight, sun-protective styles cover the neck, elbows and knees.
  • Keep infants out of the sun.Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight, dressed in cool, comfortable clothing and wearing hats with brims. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says sunscreen may be used on infants younger than 6 months on small areas of skin if adequate clothing and shade are not available.
  • Plan early morning play.For kids beyond that baby stage, Cokkinides advises parents plan outdoor activities to avoid peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) as much as possible. Does that sound impossible for your active kids? Make sure you all can get a break from the sun when needed.



One Response to “Hot Fun in the Summertime”

  1. LIsa McIntyre Says:

    Thanks for all the tips to protect me from the sun and heat.


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