Nov 19

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is filled with busy schedules, family gatherings, parties and lots of food and treats to eat! Follow these tips to avoid holiday weight gain
  • Stay hydrated - water fills your stomach and reduces feelings of hunger. 
  • Eat small frequent meals - eating small meals will often help you stay full throughout the day.
  • Try using a small plate - large plates promote overeating because many people tend to eat everything on the plate. Small plates can reduce the amount you eat.
  • Eat slowly - take your time when eating,this allows your brain time to realize you're full.
  • Exercise - take the time to exercise, it's one of the easiest ways to keep off the pounds.

Nov 13

Hand Washing Tips

Hand Washing is one of the best ways to prevent illness. Follow these steps for best results.
  • Wet your hands with running water
  • Apply soap 
  • Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds scrubbing your writsts, between your fingers, under your nails and the backs of your hands
  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel or air dryer

Nov 06

Cold vs Flu

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, however they are caused by different viruses. The flu and the common cold often have similar symptoms. Flu symptoms tend to be more severe than cold symptoms.  

Flu Symptoms
  • muscle aches
  • soreness
  • headache
  • fever
  • congestion
  • cough 
  • fatigue 
  • chills 
  • sore throat.

Cold Symptoms
  • runny nose
  • congestion
  • cough
  • sore throat

Jul 27

Sun Safety

As summer approaches, many people will spend additional time outdoors. It is important to take precautions and protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Too much sun exposure can damage your skin, eyes, and weaken your immune system.
Sun Safety Tips
 • Avoid sun exposure between 10 AM  and  4 PM
 • Apply sunscreen with SPF that protects against UVA and UVB rays at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun
 • Reapply sunscreen 
 • Protect your eyes with sunglasses that contain UV protection
 • Wear a wide brim hat
 • Wear lip balm with SPF
 • Avoid getting burned
 • Seek shade
 • Wear protective clothing

Jul 25

Beat the Summer Heat

Summer heat waves can be dangerous. Heat stress, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, are serious conditions and can be life threatening. People with health issues and the elderly are at the highest risk for heat sickness. 
Heat Safety Tips
 • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water
 • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose clothes
 • Wear a brimmed hat
 • Use an umbrella for shade
 • Slow down and pace yourself
 • Stay out of the sun during the hours 10 AM- 2 PM
 • Use a buddy system –check on friends, neighbors and people you know with medical conditions