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Stay Cool this Summer

The 13th Annual Health Wellness & Lifestyle Expo 2024 with special thanks to Stamford Health, Exclusive Healthcare Partner, returns September 7, from 10am to 6pm, at Harbor Point, Stamford’s beautiful waterfront community. This one-day, family- and pet-friendly, health and wellness extravaganza, is Connecticut’s largest and premier health and wellness expo featuring 120 exhibitors, 10 different zones, free health screenings provided by Stamford Health and other sponsors and exhibitors, free group classes situated along the stunning Harbor Point boardwalk and taught by the area’s top fitness instructors, free admission and free parking.

As the temperatures rise this summer, Stamford Health’s Dr. Brianna Siegel offers some safety tips for summer heat and how to prevent heat-related illness.

You can prevent dehydration by drinking water before going outside. Electrolyte replacement drinks and powders, and even salt tablets, are trendy, but drinking plain water is enough to prevent electrolyte and salt depletion, providing you eat a healthy diet. One can’t over-emphasize the importance of pre-hydrating. If you start out in a dehydrated state before heading outside, or if you drink alcohol—which dehydrates you—in the sun, then you will have a harder time hydrating and increase your risk for heat exhaustion or stroke.

Carry a water bottle with you to remember to drink throughout the day. It’s safe to drink up to a liter (32 ounces) an hour, as long as you’re exerting yourself. Unless you have a heart condition or are on a low-sodium diet, you’re unlikely to experience any problems from aggressive rehydration in extreme heat.

You can monitor your hydration status by checking the color of your urine: dark yellow urine signifies dehydration. You want your urine to be light yellow to clear.

Keep working out—as long as you don’t have any medical problems, eat a healthy diet and adequately hydrate. During these very hot days, you may want to do several shorter activities multiple times a day rather than one long chunk of exercise. Wear lightweight, breathable clothing, take frequent breaks, and drink plenty of fluids before and after activity.

If you feel unwell, then stop what you’re doing. Some people prefer working out at home, in a cool room or basement, while others cannot work out at all during extreme heat. Most importantly, listen to your body so you can stay safe all summer long.

Thank you to our sponsors, Stamford Health, Exclusive Healthcare Partner for the 13th consecutive year; Grade A ShopRite, Support Sponsor for the 13th consecutive year; Camp Bow Wow Stamford, Cassena Care at Stamford and Norwalk and Cassena Care Kidney Care, Dello Russo Laser Vision, Life Time Stamford, Support Sponsors. AlphaGraphics Stamford, Flyer Sponsor. Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel, Pet Wellness Zone Sponsor, ONE Speech Therapy, Kids Zone Sponsor. Thank you to our Premier Media Sponsors, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media and Natural Awakenings Magazine. We appreciate all Media Sponsors for the valuable support and promotion of this event; CT Kids and Family, Fairfield County Mom, HeyStamford!, Jen Danzi, Kids Out And About, Macaroni Kid, Natural Nutmeg Magazine, News 12 CT, Stamford Advocate/Greenwich Time/Hearst Media, Stamford Moms and WEBE 108. Thank you to our Community Partners, the City of Stamford, Win Waste Carting and the Stamford Chamber of Commerce.

For the most up-to-date list of partic-ipants, event activities and offerings, visit or follow @HWLEXPO on Facebook and Instagram. See ad, back cover.

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