Health, safety tips for summer activities: IU experts available to comment

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many people have plans to enjoy outdoor activities in the warmer weather. And while we have vaccines to protect against COVID-19, there are other safety measures to keep in mind while having fun in the sun, as well as seasonal opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle. IU experts are available to talk about how to stay safe around swimming pools and natural bodies of water; how to protect yourself from ticks, sun exposure and dehydration; and the most nutritious fruits and vegetables to include on summer barbecue menus. For more information, contact Andrea Zeek at [email protected] or 317-278-1703.

Steven Lalevich

Expert Bio

Steven Lalevich is a registered dietitian for Healthy IU and the IU Student Health Center. He is a graduate of Indiana University and completed his dietetic internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. (more)

Oghenekaro Omodior

  • Ticks and tick-borne disease ecology; emerging tick-borne diseases risk analysis, risk evaluation and risk control; the role of personal protective behavior in tick- and mosquito-borne infectious disease risk-reduction; spatial statistics and geographic information sciences in public health.
  • IU Bloomington

Expert Bio

Assistant professor Karo Omodior’s research focuses broadly on the science of vector-borne disease risk assessment and decision-making. This extends to include tick- and mosquito-borne disease hazard identification; risk analysis, evaluation and control; and innovations for preventing the transmission of tick- and mosquito-borne emerging infectious diseases. To adequately assess tick-borne disease risk at the level of individual residences and intentionally designed public recreational spaces, Omodior conducts ecologic, entomologic and human lifestyle studies. (more)

Syril Keena Que

  • Dermatology, skin cancer surgery, Mohs surgery, facial reconstruction, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma.
  • IUPUI

Expert Bio

Dr. Syril Keena Que, a board-certified dermatologist and Harvard-trained Mohs surgeon, is assistant director of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship and an assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the IU School of Medicine. She is director of dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology at IU Health in Carmel. (more)

William Ramos

  • Aquatics, drowning prevention, water safety, physical activity, recreational sports, youth development.
  • IU Bloomington

Expert Bio

William D. Ramos is an associate professor in the Department of Health & Wellness Design, as well as the director of the Aquatics Institute at IU Bloomington. He is also a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. His research agenda focuses on how the aquatic environment adds to the picture of public health and ultimately quality of life through examining factors including physical activity, drowning prevention, water safety, recreational water illnesses and affordance/access issues to help develop a holistic view. (more)