Review the latest health news on how to protect yourself and your family.
Gardening is a healthy, stimulating physical activity that can be enjoyed by all. It’s a great way to spend time outside. However, it requires a lot of standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting and crouching. Many of these positions held for a long period of time increase physical stressors and result in unwanted aches and pains that can lead to an injury. Read It’s Gardening Time! Using Ergonomic Principles to Reduce Injury Risks and happy gardening!
You and household members may be following the CDC guidelines to prevent getting and spreading Covid19. However, it is still possible you or someone in your house will get the virus. There is no shame in contracting COVID19. Just in case this happens in your home, What If Someone At-Home Has COVID? outlines how to make a plan to help keep everyone safe.
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It's never been more important to get a flu shot. And time is running out for you to earn $20 just for protecting yourself. Simply activate your Smart Shopper account, provide your email, and get your flu shot before 12/31/20.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), public health officials and physicians have always recommended that everyone over 6 months of age receive the flu vaccine annually. With the added threat of COVID-19 resurging in the Fall and Winter season, Get a Flu Shot This Year – It’s More Important Than Ever to protect yourself and your loved ones.
This is such an anxiety-provoking time for folks. Some turn to alcohol to “self-medicate” their behavioral health struggles – but in reality, relying on addictive substances like alcohol only makes problems worse. Read Self-medicating and Alcohol: Did You Know? to learn more. Also, consider taking a free, confidential screening to learn the signs of alcohol use disorder.
It is important to protect yourself against ticks because they can spread diseases. In Are You Getting “Tick-ed Off”? we review tick safety practices to follow before you go outside, when you are outside, when you return home, and what happens if you get bit by a tick.
Today, it is more important than ever to create periods of time every day which offer a chance for your eyes and brain to rest and recover. Keeping Your Eyes Healthy at Work describes three simple yet powerfully effective exercises to assist your eyes in working fluidly as an easy team. Do these regularly, particularly if, like most of us, you work at a computer all day.
Nationwide, the use of vape products has substantially eclipsed smoking in high schools. Read Vaping is Happening in Your Community! to learn more.
Learn how to protect yourself from the big three Summer Hazards: sunburn, poison ivy and ticks.
If you’re 50 or older, getting a colorectal cancer screening test could save your life. Find out how and read about which test is the right one for you. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn more about free or low-cost screening.
Adults Should Get Vaccines Too. Vaccines can help prevent deadly diseases in children AND adults. Ask your doctor what vaccines you should receive and be sure to stay up to date.
Concern over the Zika Virus continues to grow. Learn more about this at Short Answers to Hard Questions about Zika Virus and get the latest information on Mosquito Bite Prevention to protect you and your family.
Lyme disease is a growing problem across our state. Learn the symptoms and how to protect yourself by reading the Center for Disease Control's Tick Bites and Lyme Disease - The Basics