Turn­ing Up— or Down—the Tem­per­a­ture

RSWLiving - - Publisher’s Letter - Daniela E. Jaeger Pub­lisher

Sum­mers in South­west Florida can get very hot, and the high hu­mid­ity at times is sim­ply bru­tal, mak­ing you want to rush for the near­est air-con­di­tioned build­ing to find some frigid re­lief. No doubt th­ese are the days when we all ap­pre­ci­ate an op­ti­mum A/C sys­tem. Yet for vis­i­tors who come from all over the world, Florida sum­mers are a mag­net. What can seem al­most un­bear­able for those of us who live here year-round is just what th­ese folks from colder climes are look­ing for.

The other day I was chat­ting with a vis­i­tor from Europe; his ca­sual re­mark brought a smile to my face. He said: “Daniela, in Europe you go into a build­ing to warm up. Here you need to go out! Take a jacket along and ev­ery­thing is fine.” I thought about what he said and re­al­ized that he was right. We’re so used to it that we just don’t pay at­ten­tion to the dras­tic tem­per­a­ture changes any­more.

So, what is it that makes our area so spe­cial for th­ese in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors? Is it the nat­u­ral warmth of the sun, the sul­try beach ex­pe­ri­ence paired with a dip in cooler wa­ters? Or maybe driv­ing a con­vert­ible and en­joy­ing the wind in your face? (For sure it’s not our air-con­di­tioned build­ings.)

I think it is a com­bi­na­tion of many things. The ex­cite­ment and adren­a­line rush that kicks in when one re­al­izes their “dream come true.” Af­ter all the prepa­ra­tions and va­ca­tion plan­ning, their trip to South­west Florida is ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing. The ex­pec­ta­tions are set high, and most vis­i­tors want to hit the ground run­ning, with hopes of ex­plor­ing and dis­cov­er­ing un­ex­pected ad­ven­tures as well as in­dulging in an in­fu­sion of new cuisines. You would need more hours than there are in the day to ac­com­plish all the things on the to-do lists of most trav­el­ers: bi­cy­cling, golf­ing, run­ning, kayak­ing, swim­ming, hav­ing a spa treat­ment and much more.

Even­tu­ally our vis­i­tors re­al­ize that, hey, all they re­ally need to do to en­joy South­west Florida is to re­lax. Away from daily obligation­s, there’s sud­denly time for each other, a ro­man­tic evening to­gether, and some even feel an en­ergy boost they haven’t felt for quite some time.

When hav­ing such a good time, our guests—and we res­i­dents too—of­ten for­get there are pre­cau­tions that need to be taken to safely spend time in the Florida sun. Who doesn’t want to get a nice sun­tan—or a lit­tle bit of a health­ier look? But overdo it and when the evening ar­rives, you’ll feel hot and look like a steamed lob­ster. I guar­an­tee, you’ll re­gret not hav­ing slathered on the sun­block.

Choos­ing the proper cloth­ing when you are out all day, es­pe­cially for the chil­dren, is also cru­cial. Drink enough wa­ter and don’t skip meals. You are on va­ca­tion, not on a diet. Ah, and if you for­get your sun­glasses or pur­posely are not wear­ing them be­cause you want to avoid white marks on your face, I en­cour­age you to throw van­ity to the wind and wear them. Tak­ing care of your health dur­ing our hot sum­mers can be some­what de­mand­ing, but not im­pos­si­ble.

Since this is our an­nual health and well­ness is­sue, the fea­ture ar­ti­cle “Build­ing Bet­ter Health Care” on page 34 tells the story of one of the great­est rev­o­lu­tion­ary med­i­cal ad­vance­ments to hit South­west Florida: The Ship­ley Cen­ter for Car­dio­tho­racic Surgery In­no­va­tion, Ed­u­ca­tion & Re­search. Our spe­cial sec­tions are jam­packed with help­ful in­for­ma­tion. Whether you want to learn about the lat­est med­i­cal ad­vances or find a place to soothe your body, mind and soul, we’ve got you cov­ered.

I hope you en­joy your sum­mer and take ad­van­tage of our sunny days. And re­mem­ber: You can al­ways duck into an air­con­di­tioned build­ing when you’ve had enough sun­shine. Just don’t for­get your jacket.

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