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Four Habits for Health as Seasons Change

Four Habits for Health as Seasons Change  10/27/17


Flu Clinics, conducted by Joyce Chapin, RN from the Sargent County District Health Unit, have been held at various locations throughout the county over the past several weeks.  I was pleased to be able to offer Handwashing Clinics in conjunction with several of them.

The opportunity to do a “See for Yourself” demonstration was the main attraction at the Handwashing Clinics.  The participants were very interested to test and observe the effectiveness of their handwashing technique.  


The flu shot, coupled with effective handwashing, are two of the very proactive steps we can take to help protect ourselves from many common cold and flu illnesses. 

Two other ways to help ourselves is to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and to eat foods that boost or build our immunity.

Our body’s ability to fight infections is lowered when we get less sleep. If we only get six hours of sleep, instead of the recommended 7-9 hours, we are four times more likely to catch a cold. Creating a healthy bedtime routine and turning off technology an hour before rest time are habits that lead to more restful sleep.  

Eating foods that are rich in Vitamin A help keep our respiratory system and tissues in our body healthy.  Orange and dark green vegetables are famous for providing Vitamin A to give us this health benefit.  Eggs are also a good source of Vitamin A. 

Yogurt and fermented foods supply healthy bacteria for our gut and stimulate the immune system.  They contain live bacteria, or may be referred to as probiotics.  Be sure to enjoy plenty of them.

There you have it:  four habits for health:
- get the flu shot
- wash your hands often, using effective handwashing techniques
- get 7-9 hours of sleep each night
- eat a diet rich in foods that build and boost your immune system

As always, be sure to call me if you have questions about this column, or if you or your friends, family, co-workers or employees have a topic you would like to learn more about through a presentation, lesson, program, activity or workshop.  NDSU Extension has a lot to offer, and we are here to serve you!

Source:  Dakota Wellness Program, November 2017.

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/wash-hands-hygiene-faucet-wet-hand-2631777/ (downloaded 10/31/17)


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