Winter is officially here. For many of us, this means warm winter clothes, hot cocoa, playing in the snow, more time indoors, and maybe even dodging a cold or flu. Don’t let the threat of catching a cold ruin your winter. Here are some ways to help keep you and your family healthy this season.
- Get enough sleep. Yes, adults too! Lack of adequate sleep can weaken your immune system. Sleeping the recommended number of hours each night helps keep your immune system strong and ready to target invading infections and inflammation. Check out this chart to find sleep recommendations for all ages.
- Drink plenty of water. Water helps keep your body hydrated, gets rid of wastes, and keeps you functioning at an optimal level. Watch this video to learn more about the importance of drinking water.
- Eat healthy. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients that help keep your immune system strong. For example, kiwis, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, and red peppers are great sources of Vitamin C. Curious about what other foods are good fuel for your body? Check out this chart!
- Be physically active. Physical activity is great for overall health, such as keeping your heart strong and helping protect against chronic diseases. Additionally, physical activity supports a strong immune system. You can get in some movement right now with a fitBoost or fitFlow!
- Wash your hands often. A few crucial times to wash your hands throughout the day include: before eating, after using the restroom, after using a tissue, and after being outside. Scrubbing your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to get clean hands. If water and soap are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good alternative. For more information on hand washing and hand sanitizers, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Routinely sanitize or disinfect commonly used surfaces. Some examples are doorknobs, light switches, changing tables, restroom areas, and countertops. For more information about sanitizers and disinfectants, visit American Academy of Pediatrics.