Staying healthy this season

This time of year it seems like everyone is sick. We’ve written before about how staying active can help keep you and your family healthy, but there are tons of other things you can do to avoid the common cold this fall.

Hand washing – This is one of the most important things you and your family can do to stay healthy. About 80% of diseases are spread by touch, so regular hand washing can make a big difference. In order to get your kids to wash their hands for the recommended 20 seconds, choose a song like “Happy Birthday” that they can sing while washing so they know when they’re done. This goes for both kids and parents!

Sleep – Make sure you’re getting enough sleep so that your body can fight off illness. When you’re sleep deprived, you’re much more likely to get sick.

Clean a little extra – Cleaning things around the house that you might otherwise not think about but are touched a lot, such as doorknobs, light switches, and hand rails, can get rid of a lot of germs.

Stop sharing – As much as possible, try to avoid sharing drinks and foods while family members are sick and teach your kids to do the same at school.

Remember, even if you do everything right, colds may still happen. With a little extra work and some luck, you and your family can make it out of flu season with just a few stray sniffles!


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