The competition isn’t the only thing heating up at the Lancaster Country Club.
“We are seeing some people come to the tent that are light-headed, dizzy and what we find out is that they really haven’t been drinking water,” said Alice Yoder, the Director of Community Health at Lancaster General. “They may have had coffee or a soft drink, but that’s not going to do it in this kind of weather.”
With the heat and humidity here to stay the next few days, health officials say it’s important to put safety first before putting in a long day on the greens.
“Don’t wait until you get to the point where you really feel hot or you really feel thirsty; usually that’s just a little bit too late,” Yoder said.
Lancaster General Health is providing the medical services at the U.S. Women’s Open.
They have two first aid centers on site and a Wellness Pavilion where they’re encouraging spectators to take full advantage of the free water.
While it may be easy to get caught up in all the excitement, Yoder says it’s also important to pace yourself when it comes to physical activity.
“It is a hilly course. It is beautiful, absolutely beautiful but you want to make sure that when you go downhill, you have to come back up; so you want to think about that in advance,” she said
Lastly, don’t be fooled. Just because it’s cloudy outside, doesn’t mean you can’t catch a sun burn.
Yoder says SPF 30 will do the trick!
If you find yourself needing a break from the sun, the Wellness Pavilion as well as several other tents on site are air conditioned and offer fun activities inside for the whole family.