Germs Lurking in Hotel Pools

As summer gets under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a stark warning for travelers: Beware of the hotel pool. Between 2000 and 2014, nearly a third of the disease outbreaks linked to recreational water facilities occurred at hotels, inns, and lodges, the CDC reports. Cryptosporidium, or crypto, was the culprit behind 58 percent of the outbreaks with a confirmed source. This parasite, which wreaks havoc on the digestive system, is highly tolerant of chlorine and can survive for days in well-maintained pools and hot tubs. “Swallowing just a mouthful of water with crypto in it can make otherwise healthy kids and adults sick for weeks with watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting,” the CDC’s Michele Hlavsa tells CBSNews.com. Legionella bacteria, which can cause pneumonia, accounted for 16 percent of the reported outbreaks; 13 percent involved Pseudomonas, a group of bacteria responsible for “hot tub rash” and “swimmers’ ear.” The (Read More)

Summer Weight Loss

Summer is here, and that means bathing suit season. For many people, summer is the dreaded season. Months before the long summer evenings settle in people from coast to coast start cutting calories and exercising a bit more—all in an effort to get their body in tip-top shape for summer. While getting in shape for summer is great, your healthy habits don’t have to end at the start of the solstice. Focusing on your health and wellness goals can help you stay in the best shape of your life year round. Losing weight over the summer can actually be a lot of fun, and by working towards your weight loss goals throughout the summer you can enter the fall feeling and looking great. Tips to Lose Weight This Summer There are plenty of fun ways that you can lose weight this summer. Here are a few tips to help you (Read More)