THE LEGAL NAVIGATOR AUGUST 2021 SOAK UP THE SUN
August’s Odd Holidays
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE HEAT AND SUNSHINE
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National Mountain Climbing Day National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
National Watermelon Day U.S. Coast Guard Day Work Like a Dog Day Wiggle Your Toes Day National Lighthouse Day
Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony
Book Lover’s Day
National S’mores Day Presidential Joke Day World Elephant Day
Friday the 13th
Are you enjoying your summer? As we enter August, I’m just grateful that we even have an opportunity to spend more time with our loved ones doing the things we couldn’t do last year. It’s great to see more people traveling, attending weddings and graduation parties, and gathering at their favorite restaurants. Still, August can be one the hottest months of the year, and I think I speak for everyone when I say some relief from the heat would be nice! If you have been sweating it out like me, you may be dreaming about those cool fall temperatures, but did you know that the sunshine and heat may actually be good for you? While too much sun can be detrimental to your skin and hydration, the sun has often been used by medical professionals as a proactive component to a treatment plan.
National Tell a Joke Day National Thriftshop Day
Bad Poetry Day
National Potato Day National Radio Day Senior Citizen’s Day
National Tooth Fairy Day
So, as you celebrate another month of summer, be sure to lather on the sunscreen and spend some time out in the sun to reap the benefits.
Ride the Wind Day
Iconic American Restaurants Day
National Banana Split Day
Improve Your Mood
National Dog Day
The sun may emit harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, but it also provides us with vitamin D, an essential nutrient for bone health, immunity, and happiness.
Women’s Equality Day
Stuffed Green Bell Peppers Day
International Bat Night
This is why winter can be difficult for people who live in colder climates. During the winter, when the temperatures are low, it snows more, and the days are shorter, we experience less light exposure, which means our bodies don’t
National Eat Outside Day
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create that essential vitamin D. As a result, many people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or seasonal depression.
Furthermore, as you get outside, this could help you live longer. A Swedish study of 30,000 women found that those who were exposed to more sun throughout their lifetimes lived an average of six months to two years longer. Imagine what you could do with an extra two years?
Meanwhile, getting outside and soaking up the sun does provide a healthy source of vitamin D, which can improve your mood and leave you feeling happier!
Strengthen Your Bones and Your Immunity
Lose More Weight and Live Longer
Just as vitamin D helps improve your mood, it can also offer a boost to the immune system and your bones. This powerhouse nutrient has been linked to a stronger immune system and increased production of calcium — the compound that makes your bones healthy. In fact, some studies have found a link between low levels of vitamin D and severe COVID-19 symptoms. More studies need to be done to fully understand this connection, but researchers believe it’s a revelation about vitamin D’s role in our immunity. From lifted restrictions to improved health, there are many reasons why you should get outside during this final month of summer. I hope you have a fantastic August and enjoy all the things that make summer great: family, fun, and sunshine!
The sun isn’t a cure-all to help you shed those stubborn 10 pounds, but it has been linked with a healthier lifestyle and fat and weight loss. One study found that spending as little as 30 minutes outside
between 8 a.m. and noon has been linked to weight loss. There are likely other factors
involved in these findings, including the fact that just the mere act of being outside prompts you to be more active. Other experts have found that living in warmer climates helps you shed more fat, simply because your body needs less insulation. When you move from a cooler climate to a warmer area, your body sheds fat that it no longer needs to keep warm. This could take years, but it does happen.
Have you ever felt that fate meant for you to take a different path than the one you took? In some fields, making that change is possible, or even common — as any law student can tell you, where the “average” age of students is in their 30s. But other worlds, like the world of professional sports, are less welcoming to those over 25. The Rookie 3 Oldest Rookies in Sports History
Which only makes for a better story when it does happen, of course.
Of course, Papale — whose flag football prowess in his late 20s overrode his lack of college ball experience — signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s. Modern football has come a long way, critics will argue. But there’s no denying the old-school toughness and tenacity Papale showed in making it to the NFL. BA player Pablo Prigioni’s career was twice as long as either Morris’ or Papale’s was, with four years in the big leagues starting in 2012 at age 35. But basketball is arguably less demanding on the body than football and even baseball if we look at the potential damage major league pitchers can do to their throwing arm. Their careers may not have been the stuff of dreams, but these three men showed something we all like to see: tough players hanging on long past their “prime.” And they lived the dream — if only for a while. We all love that!
That’s what Jim Morris discovered when he signed with a Major League Baseball team in 1999 after his 35th birthday. Morris’ life became the subject of the Dennis Quaid movie “The Rookie,” filmed just after Morris’ major league career had ended. You might think that two years is a short time in the majors, but hey, you try throwing 98-mph fastballs for hours a week, 104 weeks in a row! Besides, the careers of pro athletes aren’t nearly as long as icons like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning would have you believe. The average MLB career may be a few years longer than Morris stuck it out, but in the NFL? Most players make it less than three years and quit, depending on the position. While you’re meditating on the ethics of chewing up football players for three years and spitting them out, all in the name of entertainment, consider the case of another similar story that was turned into a movie, that of Vince Papale — played by Mark Wahlberg in “Invincible.”
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Got a Lawyer on That Back-to- School List?
The kids are going back to school soon, and it may feel too soon, even rushed. Back-to-school season is a perfect excuse to slow down and take care of business, though. Once you get this stuff taken care of, you might feel a little better about summer ending and the kids heading off to new adventures.
stuff” that comes with turning 18. You might be thinking of setting up accounts for them to pay into retirement or savings, and that’s a good idea, but don’t forget to help them get an estate plan and a will in order, too. They may still be dependents who are on your health care plan, but when a person turns 18, they’re no longer a child, and having the legal documents in order is a part of that transition. Other legal considerations for kids on their way to college are medical care documents, such as do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders and other health care directives. It’s a hard, sometimes scary talk to have, but that’s part of being an adult, and your child will likely appreciate being treated as such. For younger children, nothing is more important than figuring out guardianship in case you end up incapacitated or otherwise unable to continue being their guardian. For teenaged minors, make sure they’re included in these decisions. Would they prefer to live with an aunt or uncle, their grandparents, or maybe even an older sibling? Finally, make sure that the potential guardian is okay with the arrangement and understands their potential responsibilities. Send the kids back to school the right way, which is to say with the security in knowing their futures are planned for. It’s a great example to set as well as a massive weight off everybody’s shoulders. How often do you get to do that? Your attorney will know more and help you out with any questions you may have.
The first thing to consider is going to be helping any new adults in your household get on top of the “adult
Take a Break
Easy Foil-Grilled Sausage and Vegetables
Inspired by NutmegNanny.com
Dinner is ready in 30 minutes with this easy, seasonal August sausage and vegetable bake.
• 4 sausage links of your choice • 1 lb green beans • 1 red bell pepper, diced • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced • 1 red onion, diced • 1 zucchini, diced • 1 yellow summer squash, diced • 3 tbsp olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, grated
1. Preheat your grill to medium heat or your oven to 425 F. 2. In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix well. Divide into four equal portions. 3. Prepare four 16-inch pieces of foil and place a portion in the middle of each section. Wrap each foil piece tightly and avoid holes.
• 1 tbsp thyme • 1 tsp oregano
4. Grill each foil packet for 20
minutes, flipping halfway through. You can also bake each packet for 20 minutes at 425 F.
• 1 tsp basil • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE August’s Odd Holidays PAGE 1 Why the Sun is Better Than You Think PAGE 1 The Rookie: 3 Oldest Rookies in Sports History PAGE 2 Got a Lawyer on That Back-to-School List? PAGE 3 Take a Break PAGE 3 Easy Foil-Grilled Sausage and Vegetables PAGE 3 Want to Save on Your Next Vacation? PAGE 4
3. Travel in a group. If you travel with friends, your expenses become a lot more manageable. Let’s say you and a partner travel with two other couples — renting a swanky cabin at $200 a night will only cost around $33 per person. Plus, you will create some amazing memories together! 4. Plan your meal budget ahead of time. Looking forward to eating certain dishes? Find local menus and prices to ensure you don’t spend more than you planned. If you want an authentic and homestyle culinary experience, consider signing up for a peer-to- peer dining experience through Traveling Spoon or Bon Appetour, which is tax-free as well! 5. Consider volunteering for vacation. Want to go on a self-discovery trip? Why not cut your expenses in half by volunteering? For example, Habitat for Humanity offers a nine-day Mexico trip for $1,200 with lodging, food, and activities included. You’ll get to build structures and create something permanent for the local community. 5 Tips for Your Next Affordable Getaway
Are you excited to explore the world again? Or maybe you’ve just gotten back from your latest vacation! In either case, the economic challenges of the pandemic might require travelers to plan their trips a little smarter. Here are five tricks to do just that. 1. Consider your budget while choosing your destination. Any destination heavily impacted by tourists is going to be more expensive to visit. So, consider taking a tour through various French countryside towns instead of Paris! Not only could it be more culturally immersing, but it may even be more relaxing and less stressful than visiting a dense area. 2. Sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights. One of the most important parts of booking an affordable vacation is booking it at the right time. Scott’s Cheap Flights will track all the cheapest flights at an airport of your choice — you’ll get over 50%–75% savings on highly rated airlines. This will get you stress-free travel for a much lower price!
Traveling on a dime is no sweat with the right tools. Best of luck, traveler!
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