District Health Department No. 10 kicks off Healthy Habits Month

MANISTEE COUNTY – With the holidays approaching, it is easy to put aside our health as we focus on celebrating the season with family and friends.

However, December is Healthy Habits Months and health professionals are reminding others to watch out for the spread of germs and illness.

As the holidays fall in the middle of the annual flu season, the District Health Department No. 10 are warning residents that close quarters, stress and lack of sleep during this time of year can cause vulnerability to illness, increasing the need to avoid the spread of germs.

“One of the most important steps a person can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others is keeping their hands clean,” said Dr. Jennifer Morse, medical director for District Health Department #10 (DHD#10). “Adults and children should wash their hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing and before eating.”

For optimal hand washing Morse recommends using warm water when it is available, scrub hands for at least 20 seconds, and if possible, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the door.

In addition to hand washing, there are several other good health habits to practice now and throughout the rest of the winter season that can help your body stay healthy and fight off the flu and other illness.

Public health professionals in Michigan recommend the following:

• Eat a balanced diet including plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grain products;

• Drink plenty of water and go easy on salt, sugar, alcohol and saturated fat;

• Exercise regularly. Thirty or more minutes of physical activity most days of the week

can help boost your immunity;

• Get plenty of rest. Sleep is shown to help your body fight off illness;

• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread this way; and

• Stay away from people who are sick.

“At this time of year, sickness and disease are the last things anyone should have to worry about, which is precisely why we should not let preventable health conditions get in the way,” said Morse.

 

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Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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