Showing posts from December, 2018
Pregnant Women, New Moms, and Women Who Are Considering Pregnancy

Life changes when a baby arrives. Expect a bundle of joy as well as new challenges. Whether you are pregnant, considering pregnancy, or already a new mom, here are a few tools to help keep you and your baby safe and healthy. Breastfeed ASAP Have your newborn "room in" with you rather than stay in the hospital nursery, and ask the nurses not to offer him anything in a bottle. Even if the baby doesn't actually latch on you can squeeze the yellowish colostrum—the precursor to real breast milk that's packed with immune-boosting nutrients directly into his mouth. Stall the Visitors Family and friends will want to visit as soon as possible, but you may want to keep them at bay for a bit so that you and your partner can spend time alone with your baby. Because a newborn is usually alert and receptive immediately after birth, it's the perfect time to bond, so look him in the eyes and talk to him. He knows your …
Keep Foods Safe
Food borne diseases are largely preventable. To help protect yourself and others from food borne illness, take a few minutes to ensure foods are safe.

Wash hands, utensils, surfaces, and cutting boards after contact with raw meat or poultry and before touching other food. Wash produce before you eat it. Take a few extra minutes to make sure meat, poultry, and eggs are cooked thoroughly. Don't drink raw (unpasteurized) milk or eat soft cheeses made from it.
Make sure to check the Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer. See link below.
Report suspected food borne illnesses to your local health department.

Storage times
Road Traffic Injuries and Deaths

Road traffic crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of death for healthy U.S. citizens residing or traveling abroad. Whether you’re on the road, at home, or abroad, know the risks, get the facts, and take steps to protect your safety.

The Reality Around the World

Throughout the world, roads are shared by cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, pedestrians, animals, taxis and other categories of travelers. Travel made possible by motor vehicles supports economic and social development in many countries. Yet each year, these vehicles are involved in crashes that are responsible for millions of deaths and injuries.

Consider the following:

Each year, 1.25 million people are killed on roadways around the world.
Each day, an estimated 3,400 people are killed globally in road traffic crashes involving cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, or pedestrians. Half of those people killed in crashes globally are pedestrians…
Have a Healthy Holiday

Take a few minutes to give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others this holiday season.
Wash hands often for 20 seconds.Bundle up for warmth.Get a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one already. The best way to protect against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season.Eat a light, healthy snack before you go to parties to help curb your hunger and decrease your visits to the buffet table.Watch your children. Develop and enforce rules about acceptable and safe behavior for using electronic media.Fasten seat belts. Always use them, no matter how short the trip.Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let others drink and drive.
Make your home safer

Housing conditions can significantly affect your health and safety. Take a few minutes to make your home healthy and safe.
Remove hazards that increase the chance for falling, such as rugs, loose cords, and objects on the floor.Check or change the batteries on your carbon monoxide alarm at least twice a year.Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly. For smoke alarms that use regular alkaline batteries, replace the batteries at least once a year. For smoke alarms that use lithium (long-life) batteries, replace the entire alarm unit every 10 years or sooner if it chirps or stops working.Keep cooking areas free of flammable objects, such as potholders and towels.Keep candles, medicine, household cleaners, and other chemicals out of children’s reach, in locked or child-proof cabinets.Don’t use a gasoline or charcoal-burning device near a window, door, or vent, or inside your home, basement, or garage.Test your home for radon (a radioactive gas linked to lu…

Once your immune system is trained to resist a disease, you are said to be immune to it. Before vaccines, the only way to become immune to a disease was to actually get it and, with luck, survive it. This is called naturally acquired immunity. With naturally acquired immunity, you suffer the symptoms of the disease and also risk the complications, which can be quite serious or even deadly. In addition, during certain stages of the illness, you may be contagious and pass the disease to family members, friends, or others who come into contact with you.
Everyone needs vaccines to help keep them healthy! From pregnant women to babies to preteens and teens to older adults, there are different vaccines recommended for you at different ages and stages of your life. CDC’s recommended immunization schedule is designed to help protect you against dangerous and even deadly diseases. Take a few minutes to make sure you and your loved ones are protected against vaccine-preventable disea…
Stay Warm

Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants, older adults, and the chronically ill. Take a few minutes to prepare yourself and others for cold weather. Check the weather report Daily to find out what to expect so you can prepare.Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories.Stay dry and dress appropriately in layers of loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing.Check on family and neighbors especially the elderly and handicapped, who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards.Learn safety precautions to follow when outdoors, ave enough food and water, carry extra set of clothing.Prepare your car for winter weather, such as winter tires or tire chains, check the coolant levels, change your wiper blades every winter.Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages, it is a good idea to have a non-electric heater in your house.

Teach kids healthy habits

Healthy kids are more likely to become healthy adults. Be a role model and help your kids make safe and healthy choices every day. Buckle up every age, every seat, every trip.Put on a helmet during outdoor activities, including riding bikes and skating.Put on sunscreen and avoid indoor tanning.Brush and floss teeth with fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.Wash hands with clear running water and apply soap. Rub hands for at least 20 seconds, then rinse.Get a flu vaccine. Everyone needs a flu vaccine – every flu season.Be active with your kids. Children and adolescents need a total of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.Be smoke-free, and protect your children from second hand smoke.Be a healthy role model. Show your child what it means to be healthy.
Sleep habits and disorders
Getting enough sleep helps prevent chronic diseases and promotes overall health. Take a few minutes to assess your sleeping habits and make any necessary changes to ensure you are getting the best quantity and quality of sleep that you can.
Are you going to bed at the same time each night and rising at the same time each morning? Are you sleeping in a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold? Have you made your bed comfortable? Do you use the bedroom only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or using the computer? Do you avoid large meals before bedtime?
Here are a few sleep disorders that could happen if your sleep habits are:
InsomniaInsomnia is the inability to initiate or maintain sleep. It can take on many forms such as waking up early morning and not being able to go back to sleep. Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep can manifest itself as excessive daytime sleepiness, which can re…
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Understanding the symptoms and signs of a heart attack can be the difference between life and death when the time comes. The chances of surviving a heart attack depends on how soon a person gets emergency medical treatment. If you think that you or someone else is having a heart attack, call
9-1-1 immediately.
The most common symptoms of a heart attack are:
Chest pain.
Shortness of breath.
Feeling light headed or weak.
Discomfort or pain in the arms (especially the left arm), between the shoulder blades, jaw, upper abdomen, neck.

Other signs include:
Dizziness, fatigue, cold sweat, heartburn, nausea, vomiting.

Heart attacks are very dangerous, do not assume that you can wait for the pain to go away, seek medical attention right away.
Vitamin B: How Important is it?

Vitamin B is a necessity for all human beings. It is one of the few vitamins that is not produces by our bodies and must be taken in our diets. Vitamin B - or Folic Acids - is especially important for pregnant women, or women trying to become pregnant. Having sufficient Folic acid in the body of a pregnant woman can prevent many major birth defects.
The daily dosage should be 400 Micrograms (400 mcg) starting at least one month before getting pregnant and should continue during pregnancy.
The two easiest ways to get your enough Vitamin B are through a bowl of cereal, make sure to read the label on the box, double check that it contains 100% of your daily Vitamin B or Folic Acid, or by taking a daily multivitamin that contains Folic acid.
Other benefits for Vitamin B are: protecting against lung, colon, and cervix cancers. Slowing memory decline associated with aging. Vitamin B also helps in  maintaining a healthy nervous system, and is very necessary fo…
Daily Health and Nutrition Tips

Make regular appointments with your doctor for check-ups, vaccinations, or screening.
Take the active choice over the easy one. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away and walk, walk your dog more often I’m sure your dog will appreciate it.
Manage your stress levels. Don’t exhaust yourself, over schedule or over commit. Take short breaks throughout the day, listen to relaxing music when you can, avoid stressful situations.

Get enough rest. Make sure to get your regular 8 hours of sleep in on a daily basis, try not let your busy schedule interfere with your rest time.

Make healthy food choices. Grab a healthy snack on the go. Eat more fruits and vegetables, avoid fatty food or high cholesterol food, and watch your calorie intake.

Protect yourself from injury and disease. Keep up to date with vaccinations, put on a helmet, sunscreen, or insect repellent. Maintain your hygiene; wash your hands for 20 seconds.

Quit smoking. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW f…