Getting outside has many physical and mental benefits. Be safe and enjoy the summer!

Getting outside has many physical and mental benefits. Be safe and enjoy the summer!

After months of quarantine and physical distancing, many Oregonians are excited for sunnier weather and the opportunity to get outdoors. Getting outside this summer has many wonderful physical and mental benefits – just be sure to do it safely!

Sunscreen and sun protective clothing:

Wearing sunscreen helps reduce the risk of skin cancer and slow visible signs of aging. To get the best protection, sunscreen should be SPF 50+ and broad spectrum (able to protect against both UVA and UVB).  Keep in mind that sunscreens lose effectiveness after a few hours in the sun, so you should re-apply every 2 hours, even if you’re not sweating or swimming.

If you’ll be outside during peak UV hours (between 10 am and 2 pm, when rays are most harmful), consider wearing sun-protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat, and sunglasses in addition to effective sunscreen.

But what about Vitamin D? Don’t I need it?

You can get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun to get Vitamin D.

Wear your mask

Effective June 24, face coverings are now mandatory in indoor businesses open to the public, and recommended in any indoor settings with people outside your household. Outdoors, masks should be worn if you can’t maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others. When headed outdoors for exercise, bring a mask along in case you come in close proximity to others out enjoying the same space.

Don’t delay essential health care

If you’re experiencing any health problems, don’t delay contacting your doctor. Medical offices have modified protocols to make visits safe for patients, and many are offering virtual visits.

The Oregon Clinic also offers virtual visits (a video appointment with a doctor). Please call to determine whether your appointment can be a virtual visit: 503-935-8000. Find out more at