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Vacation, family, nature!

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Isn’t summer a wonderful time to reconnect with nature? And isn’t summer vacation the most wonderful excuse to enjoy all the benefits of outdoor living? Vacation, family, nature: here is our summer health proposal you won’t want to dismiss!

EVERYBODY OUT!

Spending more time outdoors, whether at the beach or camping, at the cottage, in the woods or simply in the garden or at the park is essential to both our physical and mental health.

Scientific research increasingly confirms it: outdoor living makes us happier, healthier and less stressed, in addition to boosting our creativity and reducing our risk of heart attack.

Did you know that spending two hours outdoors a week could have a positive effect on your health and well-being? At least, this is the recommended “dose” following a recent British poll, which correlated contact with nature and people’s level of happiness.

Looking at flowers, trees and other natural wonders, listening to the birds singing and the rustle of wind in the branches already bring us many benefits.

But that’s not all! Natural environments also harbour a multitude of chemical and biological substances with health benefits. For example, researchers discovered volatile antimicrobial compounds that help lower blood pressure and boost the immune system.

Yet, did you know that we spend 90 per cent of our time indoors? And that, nowadays, children spend half as much time outdoors than their parents did?

It is truly surprising to see how cut off we are from the natural world. However, humans have an innate tendency to look for links to nature and other life forms, according to the “biophilia” hypothesis or love of the living, issued by American biologist Edward O. Wilson.

Children, especially, benefit from playing in a green environment more often. Studies have shown that this develops their creativity and curiosity, improves their physical condition, reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms and prevents nearsightedness.

ACTIVITIES TO SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS

In the Forest and Mountains

At the Farm

Near the Water

Around the House

A FEW BASIC PRECAUTIONS FOR OUTDOOR LIVING

Prevent Sunburns

Special attention for children. Apply sunscreen to their skin at least 30 minutes before going out. Repeat every two hours or more often. Babies aged 6 months or less should not be exposed to the sun.

Prevent Heat Stroke
When it is very hot and humid:

Prevent Mosquito Bites
To avoid mosquito bites and the risk of getting the West Nile virus:

Special attention for children. Parents should apply mosquito repellent to their child. To prevent bites on the face and head, spray mosquito repellent on your child’s hat. Don’t apply insect repellent on babies aged 2 months or less.

Prevent Tick Bites
To avoid tick bites and the risk of getting Lyme disease when you are doing activities in the forest, in the woods or near tall grass:

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