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Outdoor Health Issues


Outdoor air pollution can be harmful to anyone, but is particularly unhealthy for children.

  1. Children breathe more rapidly and inhale more pollutants per pound of body weight than adults.
  2. Children’s airways are more narrow than those of adults and their respiratory systems are still developing.
  3. Children play more often and more vigorously outdoors, leading to greater exposure.
  4. Children tend to focus less on symptoms, and they may not stop playing even if they are wheezing.

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 Outdoor Health--Sun Exposure  

Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the pool. Any time the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are able to reach the earth, you need to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or temperature.

The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during daylight savings time (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. during standard time) are usually the most hazardous for UV exposure in the continental United States. UV radiation is the greatest during the late spring and early summer in the Rocky Mountain Region.

UV rays reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as on bright and sunny days. UV rays will also reflect off any surface like water, cement, sand, and snow.


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