January 10, 2014

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6 Tips to Stay Warm and Healthy This Winter

When the weather gets as extreme as it’s been this week, we know how important it is to keep your family warm and healthy.

This is especially true for children with special needs and the elderly, since they are susceptible to cold-related illnesses – including influenza (the flu) and pneumonia.

To help you and your loved ones stay healthy this winter, we’re sharing a few tips from our friends at AARP Texas.

  • Wash your hands. Prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly with warm, soapy water.
  • Eat regularly. To keep warm during the winter, eat regularly throughout the day and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of hot liquids.
  • Get some shut-eye. Get plenty of sleep to boost your immunity to cold-related illnesses.
  • Get the flu vaccine. We’ve shared this tip before. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to get the flu vaccine.
  • Layer clothes. Dress in fleece or other fabrics that will help keep moisture away from the skin. Avoid cotton clothes, which will not insulate once they absorb moisture.
  • Keep your home warm. Experts advise keeping rooms between 65 and 70 degrees to prevent winter illnesses.

Don’t let the frightful weather scare you! With some simple precautions, you and your loved ones can have a healthy and enjoyable winter.

For more tips on staying safe and healthy this winter, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.