Avoid the spread of germs by disinfecting and washing. Cold and flu viruses can survive up to 3 days on surfaces. Make an extra effort to keep it clean by disinfecting with soap or bleach with water, or with disinfecting wipes. 80% of infections are spread by hands, so keeping your hands clean as well is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
Proper nutrition fuels your body, increases your metabolism, and gives you energy to stay focused throughout the day. Many times, with busy and often inconsistent schedules, meal planning becomes an afterthought. It is common that when someone realizes that they are limited on time or suddenly hungry, they find themselves choosing foods that are quick and convenient but not necessarily healthy. Avoid nutritional pitfalls with these small, manageable changes to your daily habits: Start every [...]
Check out Dr. Catlett's post on MEMIC's Safety Blog about why you should personally invest in your wellness as you age. "Why Should I Invest In My Wellness?" Do you agree with Dr. Catlett?
This week, find out if your vaccinations are up-to-date. Vaccinations you should consider updating are flu, tetanus, shingles, pneumococcus, and whooping cough. Each vaccine teaches the immune system to recognize a particular virus as a threat. The flu is the biggest killer of all vaccine preventable diseases. Contact your doctor and schedule an appointment or check to see if your local pharmacies have walk in clinics.
Research has shown that energy drinks and excessive caffeine use are becoming more and more common in the American diet. Energy drinks can give the heart too much of a jolt leading to rapid heart rates and spikes in blood pressure. In the past four years, the amount of ER visits due to energy drinks has doubled from previous years. Energy drinks containing a combination of caffeine, taurine and sugar are known to be especially [...]
By: Erik Gordon Does the following conversation look familiar? Client: “I’d like to start walking, but there’s just no time. My schedule is full.” Coach: “You’re just too busy.” Client: “Exactly.” Coach: “Now just isn’t a good time.” Client: “Yeah, maybe I can start when things slow down.” Coach: “Maybe we should talk about something else.” Client: “Yeah, that would be a good idea.” This is not an uncommon scenario people might run into as [...]
This week, incorporate foods into your diet that strengthen your immune system and avoid those that weaken it. Some good foods to add to your grocery list this week are red grapes, beans, eggplant, bell peppers, mushrooms, and watermelon. Try spicing up some of your food with ginseng, garlic, ginger, or cumin. Make the effort this week to reduce added sugar, processed foods, and fatty meat or dairy products. Cleaning up your diet can make [...]
Life is busy for most of us. We wake up, often too early, to the buzz of our alarm clock. We scramble and race out the door, hopefully getting a bite in for breakfast. Next we work through the day to stay ahead of, or at least catch up to deadlines. Then when our work day is complete, we arrive home to chase what we can out of what little time is left of the [...]
How is the lighting in your office space or house right now? Did you know that the lighting in a room can affect your decisions? A new study from University of Toronto Scarborough showed that bright lights seem to inspire “more intense decisions,” both positive and negative. Next time you are making an important decision, try dimming the lights. Stay well!
Being physically active is not only beneficial for maintaining a healthy weight but may also decrease the chance of colds and flu. When you are exercising outside, you increase your vitamin D levels (made by your body when exposed to the sun) which may be linked to less risk for colds. Exercising moves antibodies & white blood cells through the body more quickly and flushes bacteria out of the lungs. Get outside and get moving!