There's a chill in the air and leaves on the ground, which means fall has arrived--and so has flu season. Help your family stay healthy all season long with these tips from OC Family.
- Eat Healthy. Children and adults should eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains every day. Make vegetables fun by creating "colorful plates" with orange carrots, green broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers, etc. The more color the better!
- Be Active. Grown-ups should strive to be active at least two and a half hours each week and should encourage children to be active at least one hour a day. Activities should raise breathing and heart rates and strengthen muscles.
- Protect Yourself. Avoid disease and the spread of germs by washing hands frequently with warm water and soap. Take vitamins to build a healthy immune system. Encourage children to wear helmets, seat belts, sunscreen and insect repellent. Have an emergency supply kit ready just in case.
- Manage Stress. Balance work, home and play as much as you can. Quality rest and relaxation is vital. Remember that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night and children need more, depending on their age.
- Get Checkups. Avoid frequent doctor visits to treat illness by scheduling regular preventative checkups. Based on your family health history and lifestyle, ask your doctor for ways to avoid health problems.
We also love the rhyme-y Sniffle SOS page of the Puffs website. It's a great resource for health tips and flu season facts.
Contributed by Alyssa
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