Tips on How to Keep Your Family Healthy During Flu Season

BY: - 16 Jan '13 | Lifestyle

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This season, people are getting sick with the flu at alarming rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are things that can be done by all of us to help prevent the spread of the flu. In light of what is being referred to as a flu epidemic, we’ve rounded up a few tips to help you and your family navigate through flu season. Continue reading for several tips on how to help prevent you or your loved ones from contracting the flu.

  • Distance yourself from those who are sick – I know this can be difficult especially when someone in your home is ill; however, even if that is the case, taking additional precautions may help prevent you from becoming sick. In the event that you do become sick stay home in order to prevent your germs from spreading.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough –  This may seem obvious; however, you would be surprised how many people don’t take the time to do so. When you do sneeze or cough it is recommended that you do it into a tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue. Another way to sneeze or cough is to do it into your elbow to avoid getting any germs onto your hands.
  • Wash your hands – Get into the routine of cleaning your hands with soap and water or at the very least sanitizer, regularly.
  • Hands Off – Keep your hands off your ears, eyes, and mouth to avoid giving germs entry into your body.
  • Don’t Share – Don’t share drinks and eating utensils and you will reduce the likelihood of sharing germs.
  • Practice Self-care – Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat healthy.
  • Clean Surfaces Regularly – Clean surfaces that are regularly handled such as doorknobs, television remotes, and your computer keyboard.
  • Get a Flu Shot – While thoughts on the flu shot vary significantly, the flu shot is said to significantly reduce your chance of contracting the flu. Consider getting a flu shot if you haven’t already. To find out where you can obtain the flu vaccine visit Health Map’s Flu Vaccine Finder.

For more information on flu prevention and tips on what to do in the event you or a loved one contract the flu contact your healthcare provider or visit the CDC online.

BMWK, have you or will you and your family members be receiving the flu shot this season?

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Krishann Briscoe is a child welfare professional turned freelancer with a background in child and adolescent development and social work. In addition to authoring her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr., Krishann is a contributor for Disney's Babble, The Conversation and The Conscious Perspective. Krishann resides in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.

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February is Heart Health Month

BY: - 4 Feb '13 | Lifestyle

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February is Heart Health Month, so we’re trying to get the word out to make sure that everyone, especially women, know and really understand the important facts about heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease, and it is the cause of one in three women’s deaths every year…ONE IN THREE! Here are a few ways that you can help to prevent heart disease:

1. If you smoke, QUIT.

Quitting smoking quickly reduces your risk for  coronary artery disease (CAD); within five to 10 years of quitting, your risk of heart attack declines to a level similar to that of people who never smoked, regardless of how long you smoked.

2. Move!

Staying active is very important. You don’t have to be a “gym rat” to keep your heart pumping. Sedentary people who begin a regular program of exercise reduce their risk of a heart attack by 35 to 55 percent. Low-intensity activities, such as gardening or walking, if done regularly and over the long term, can decrease the risk of heart attack.

3. Maintain a healthy weight.

As you put on weight in adulthood (and we all do), your weight gain is mostly fat rather than muscle. This excess weight can lead to conditions that increase your chances of heart disease — high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Size does matter!

4. Get regular health screenings.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your heart and blood vessels. But without testing for them, you probably won’t know whether you have these conditions. Regular screening can tell you what your numbers are and whether you need to take action.

5. Add more fish to your diet.

People who eat fish regularly are less like to have heart disease, mainly due to the Omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. Even if you don’t care for fish, you should strongly consider DHA/Omega-3 supplements.

Because millions of Americans are affected by heart disease, it is important that we also know what to look for. Signs and symptoms vary from person to person. Women don’t have the same patterns of symptoms as men do. Men may have chest pain on exertion. Women, on the other hand, may feel chest pressure, indigestion, shortness of breath, or fatigue. As women, we need to know this. Here are few things to keep in mind when it comes to MAJOR WARNING signs of heart attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper body discomfort in the mouth, jaw, arms, back, neck and/or upper stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats

We can all agree that knowledge is power. Knowing what to look for when it comes to heart disease is extremely important. Some of us think that we are invincible and that it only happens to “older” or “obese” people. Pay attention to all of the warning signs and live your best life. The very life that you save may be your own!

BMWK — What do you do to prevent heart disease?

Sources:
www.heart.org
www.cdc.gov
www.mayoclinic.com

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Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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