20 Amazing Summer Stay-cation Ideas

20 Amazing Summer Stay-cation Ideas

With summer in full swing, finding fun activities to do can be daunting. Regardless of where you live there are countless ways to have fun at-home, in your community, or in your state. Here 20 amazing summer stay-cation ideas to make it a blast.

Set some ground rules: (optional)
No phones, computers, or TV – Test yourself and get creative with a no phones, computers, or TV rule for a day.
Out and About

Visit a Nearby Tourist Spot- Be a tourist in your on hometown.

Take a day trip – get out in your state and explore places you have never been before. Pull out a map and go! Who knows you just might find some cool places you have never been in your own backyard.

Stay at a hometown hotel for a night or two. Or Airbnb it. – When we think vacation, we typically dream of tropical get away or scenic journeys to far away lands, but who says you can’t stay local and try out a nice hotel near you? Better yet, Airbnb a eclectic home, yurt or tiny house in your state and get out of Dodge for a weekend.

Take your camera for an adventure – Our phones have cameras. Take yours for a field trip, day trip, or weekend getaway. Make memories! You will be glad you did.

Food Lovers

Tour a Local Factory, Winery, or Brewery – Taste your way to a fun day out with friends!

Go out for ice cream – I know the ice cream aisle at the grocery store may have some appeal, but nothing replaces the special trip to get ice cream our parents took us on.

Themed dinner and movie night – Go out to a great Italian place, have a glass of Chianti, and follow it up with the Godfather series. You pick your food and movie combo!

Fun in the sun

Get Wet – Spend the day at a river, lake, local pool or water park, or just head to the beach! If that sounds like too much effort, simply set up a slip & slide in the backyard. Kiddie pools can be for adults too. Set up a cool down tank in your back yard to fight the hot summer days.

Go Golfing – If dad is into real golf, consider spending an afternoon doing a family golf lesson; otherwise, stick to mini golf at a local novelty course!

Play Outside – Go fly a kite, take a walk, go for a bike ride, or take a hike–most state and national parks have at least a few walking, hiking, or biking trails to choose from.

Explore The Great Indoors

Finish a jig saw puzzle – If its to hot to go outside, buy a jigsaw puzzle, throw on some music and challenge yourself to complete it in one day! Or two. Get your friends to help out, the more help the better.

Stay in bed or take as many nappy poo’s as you want! – Rest and good quality sleep are sometimes hard to come by. Take a day and spoil your body and mind with some rest and recovery.

 

Buy a bunch of magazines – Tired of reading books, try picking up some magazines and lounge at-home or at park.

Make a collage – Got too many magazines? Create a vision board or dream collage of the things that matter to you or that you want in your life. Collages are a great way to get creative again. No experience necessary. Just glue, poster board and scissors.

Find a easy Read, Romance, fantasy, fiction – When was the last time you read a book for fun? Maybe high school, grade school? Go to a local library, amazon or used book store and find a tantalizing book to get lost in.

Backyard Bliss

Camp in Your Own Backyard-Why not enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard? Set up a tent and sleeping bags, build a fire (or use the grill) to cook s’mores, and camp out.

Picnic – This could be a full basket retreat to the park or a brown bag lunch in the grass. Just a change in scenery with some good simple food could brighten your day.

Hang up a hammock – Aiming for a low key day? Hang up a hammock inside or outside. Give yourself a nook to lay back, relax and enjoy a nap or a good book.

Break out some cards and board games – Dust them off everyone! Or go out and find one you and some friends can have a blast with over cocktails and small eats.

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The Latest Migraine Treatments and Research

The month of June is National Migraine and Headache month recognizing the 10% of the population who are affected and the latest research and treatments recently developed. While there is no cure for migraines, scientists and neurologists continue to learn about this condition every day and so far more treatments and developments are being made. 

Migraine management with Yoga –

According to a study published in the May 6, 2020, adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone. American Academy of Neurology stated that the study showed people improved in both the medication-only group as well as the yoga group, but the benefit was higher in the yoga group in all areas, including headache frequency, pain intensity, use of medications as well as how much migraine interfered with daily life.”

Targeted Treatments –

In 2018, the FDA approved three medications. Emgality, Aimovig, and Ajoby,  that target a protein known as Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that helps your body transmit and respond to pain signals. These medications interfere with this protein to reduce the number of days that people experience migraine symptoms.

New Medication – 

Scientists have been developing another Triptan medication called Lasmiditan that binds to the serotonin receptor know as 5-HT1F that studies have shown may help to relieve migraine symptoms in people with heart disease.

Brain Stimulation –

Low-intensity electrical currents have been used to stimulate parts of the brain as an alternative treatment for reducing the intensity and frequency of migraine symptoms. Transcutaneous direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) devices are available commercially and are noninvasive, painless, and quick to use to manage migraines.

Personalized treatments – 

Each case is unique to the individual when it comes to selecting the right form of migraine treatment. Scientists are studying the underlying causes and mechanisms of migraines and their symptoms. They are looking to identify the different phases of migraines, the molecules and processes involved, and genetic testing to provide more successful treatment for those suffering.

 

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Walking Towards Better Health During COVID-19

As the nation and our economy begins to heal many people are walking towards better health. Countless stressors that bombard us daily have a detrimental effect on our minds and bodies. In response to this many have taken to walking to maintain their health physically, mentally, and emotionally during COVID-19. Whether people are with family, friends, or coworkers; in neighborhoods, parks, or at the office; there is always a good time for a walk.

Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly when compared to a non-exercising group.

Studies are finding that the stay home orders are affecting people’s mental health and walking can help. Antonia Malchik, author of A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time, noted in a recent essay, “Walking helps us remember what it feels like to be fully alive.”  She noted that many studies link moderate regular exercise—and walking in particular—with improved mental health, including lower incidence of anxiety and depression. 

With too many benefits to pass up, why not take a stroll for better health?

Source: LifeHacker – Walking Benefits

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Top Three Airlines Encourage Face Masks During Travel

Airlines Encourage Face MasksWith U.S. travel reduced by 94% during the coronavirus pandemic, carriers have decreased their flying schedules to roughly 30% of normal this month. This means that the majority of planes are flying at near capacity. In response, the top three airlines, American, Delta, and United Airlines, encourage all passengers to wear face masks during travel to maintain health and safety.

To relieve worry, airline employees have been directed to encourage passengers & providers to wear face masks while traveling. Flight crew remind those flying to wear their face masks during the flight as much as possible to keep the public safe. Reuters quoted a United spokeswoman who said that any non-compliance by travelers would be addressed at the gate and that flight attendants had been counseled to use their “de-escalation skills” on the aircraft and to reseat any passengers as needed. “Once onboard and off the gate, the face-covering policy becomes more lenient. The flight attendant’s role is informational, not enforcement, with respect to the face-covering policy,” American told its pilots in a message.

This comes as a relief for the traveling physicians who are assisting the growing needs for nationwide hospital coverage during the coronavirus pandemic lean on the airlines to maintain public safety. The airline’s ‘encourage to comply’ policy is just one measure airlines are taking to make sure providers and passengers alike get to their destination safely.

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Medicare Reimbursements to Increase Fall 2020

medicare reimbursements to increaseRecently, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a new rule to unleash new technology that will cause medicare reimbursements to increase by 1.6% this Fall 2020.

The rule’s objective is to update the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long term acute care hospital (LTCH) proposed rule (CMS-1735-P) for the 2021 fiscal year. CMS recognizes the significant impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency, and the limited capacity of health care providers to provide feedback on the proposals and has limited the rulemaking required to focus primarily on essential policies including Medicare payment to hospitals, as well as proposals that reduce provider burden and may help providers in the COVID-19 response. These changes would apply to 3,200 acute care hospitals and approximately 360 long term care hospitals on or after October 1st, 2020.  CMS is proposing a new technology add-on payment pathway for certain antimicrobial products which includes a new MS-DRG for Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy. CMS estimates a 1.6% increase in IPPS payments overall.

Other changes will be necessary with CMS’s new rule that will affect teaching hospitals and residency programs, the hospital-acquired condition education program, the hospital readmissions reduction program, the hospital inpatient quality reporting program, the PPS-exempt cancer hospital quality reporting program, and others.

CMS’s objective is to ensure that America will have continued access to a world-class healthcare system that delivers potential life-saving diagnostics, therapies through the release of innovative medical technology, and removing barriers to competition. This rule is a step towards accomplishing this goal and delivering current therapies to address the pandemic.

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Wearable Medical Tech Helps COVID-19 Fight

Recent Wearable Medical Technology Innovations Helps During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wearable Medical Tech Helps COVID-19 fight by providing healthcare professionals with valuable data during the pandemic while preventing future spread. The latest wearables (which includes connected blood pressure monitors, continuous glucose monitors, pulse oximeters, and electrocardiogram monitors) are just the beginning of what is possible. According to ABI Research Wearables Analyst, Stephanie Tomsett,  “There are some exciting wearable deployments in place which are helping to track and monitor the spread of COVID-19,” and can help reduce unnecessary contact between medical staff and patients which helps reduce potential spread.

“Wearables have often been used in medical trials and to aid healthcare professionals to monitor the vitals of many patients simultaneously, both in and out of the hospital, with a focus on specific healthcare issues and the onset of COVID-19 is no exception,” says Stephanie Tomsett, Wearables Analyst at ABI Research.

MC10 BioStamp

Wearable medical technology comes in many forms today. MC10 Bio stamps (see  picture), smartwatches, activity trackers, and small wearable sensors are just some of the innovations that have flooded the market today. Some of these technologies act like a second skin which have circuits that collect power and provide insight and health data to physicians in and out of the hospital. Pairing these technologies with Telemedicine advancements provides us with higher quality healthcare at a distance like never before.

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