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Be Well This Winter
11/01/2006

You don't have to kick off this year's cold and flu season with a cough. Use these four tips to help you stop winter health woes in their tracks.

  1. Give colds the cold shoulder. Limit your exposure to infected people, and wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, scrubbing for at least 10 seconds. Also, tote some tissues with you, and don't be afraid to use them to open doors or to offer them to people when they sneeze.
  2. Take your best shot at prevention. “Talk to your physician about getting annual flu and pneumonia vaccines in October or November,” says Mark Sij, D.O., internal medicine specialist and chief of the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. “Also, get at least eight hours of sleep each night because sleep deprivation slows down the immune system and makes you more susceptible to illnesses.”
  3. Avoid or alleviate allergies. Even in the winter, cedar trees and certain grasses can be hard on Texans. Limit time outdoors, and take over-the-counter medications with multisymptom relief, as recommended by your physician.
  4. Stay in shape. Wellness is not just about preventing diseases – it's also about promoting health. Eating healthfully and exercising for at least 30 minutes most days of the week enables your body to fight off illnesses more effectively.

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