2017-06-13 / Front Page

Purdue Extension summer health tips

By Jennifer Cannon, M.S. CHES Extension Educator

As warmer temperatures approach us, we often times want to enjoy those summertime sweets that seem to satisfy our taste buds, but not necessarily satisfying to our waist line. So much so that we tend to forget about a refreshing, low-calorie, mouth-watering, inexpensive drink that is commonly known as water.

Water is an important component in our lives and provides many health benefits when consumed. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention outlines a host of ways that water helps the body. For water helps in the following ways:

1) Regular body temperature

2) Lubricate and cushion joins (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016)

3) Provides protection for sensitive tissues and the spinal cord

4) Aids in getting rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.

In understanding the health benefits of drinking water, it is also important to list the signs of dehydration, which is when our bodies are in need of water.

The signs of dehydration are both different in younger children than they are in older adults (Mayoclinic, 2017). Per research conducted by Mayo clinic, the signs of each age group are as followed:

Infant or young child

• Dry mouth and tongue

• No tears when crying

• No wet diapers for three hours

• Sunken eyes, cheeks

• Sunken soft spot on top of skull

• Listlessness or irritability


• Extreme thirst

• Less frequent urination

• Dark-colored urine

• Fatigue

• Dizziness

• Confusion

Knowledge on the importance of water consumption and dehydration are crucial during the summer months. Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to make contact first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming Events:

June 13 – Electricity 4-H Workshop, Harris Hall, 9 am – Noon

June 13 – Cake Decorating 4-H Workshop, Harris Hall, 6-8 pm

June 15 – Genealogy 4-H Workshop, Extension Office, 6:30 pm

June 15- Indiana Extension Homemakers Officer Training, 6:00pm

June 20 – Floriculture 4-H Workshop, Extension Office, 6:30 pm

June 22 - Fine Arts 4-H Workshop, York Automotive Building, Fairgrounds, 9 am

June 22- Health Leader Lesson “Identity Theft”, 11:00 AM, Purdue Extension

June 22 - Public Speaking/ Demo 4-H Workshop, York Automotive Building, Fairgrounds, 10 am

June 22 – Wood Science/ Craft 4-H Workshop, Steve Lien Shop, 6 pm

June 22 – Gardening 4-H Workshop, Extension Office, 6:30 pm

June 29 – Youth Pork Quality Assurance 4-H First Year, Fairgrounds, 6 pm.

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