Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.
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Get motivated, stay cool and share your recipes
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Since it’s so hot, I’m trying to round up recipes to share with readers that require little if any cooking. If you’ve got a favorite dish for hot summer nights and are willing to share the recipe, please send me a note at email@example.com.
Finally, with the heat wave continuing and even getting worse, here’s a link to an informative flyer on extreme heat put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/extremeheat/pdf/BrochurePREVIEW.pdf. It includes a reminder that those most at risk of suffering in the heat include the elderly, children, people who work or exercise outside, the homeless and people with chronic medical conditions.
Be safe, stay cool and get help if you or someone you love exhibits the signs of heat stroke, which include dry, red skin; a temperature above 103 degrees; confusion; unconsciousness; muscle weakness; and a rapid, strong pulse.