Weekly Health Message – “VACCINATE WITH CONFIDENCE”

Weekly Health Message – “VACCINATE WITH CONFIDENCE”

A study published in the journal The Lancet of Infectious Diseases indicated that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 appear to have a much lower likelihood of developing long Covid than unvaccinated people even when they contract the coronavirus.

“We found that the odds of having symptoms for 28 days or more after post-vaccination infection were approximately halved by having two vaccine doses,” researchers wrote in the study.

More than half of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against #COVID19. Do your part to help defeat this virus. Get vaccinated as soon as you can.

Find a vaccine location near you by

  • Search gov
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829
  • Call 1-800-232-0233

#WeCanDoThis

Reference: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00460-6/fulltext

Weekly Health Message – Taking care of your mental health is a priority.

Weekly Health Message – Taking care of your mental health is a priority.

Stress and anxiety can creep up on us at any time and when it does, it’s important to pause and reground yourself. But did you know building small habits and rituals into your daily routine can make a big difference in managing your overall stress levels?

Try some of these recommendations to help you add moments of peace and calm to your everyday routine.

Always remember that managing stress looks different for each person.

It’s important to listen to your body and put yourself first when learning ways to managing stress and anxiety. Taking the time to find techniques that work best for you is key. Perhaps it’s immersing yourself in nature, reading a good book, or watching your favorite television show or movie.

Whatever it may be, find something that can serve as an outlet away from the stress of your daily life.

Learn more about managing stress at https://go.usa.gov/xH5QU

 

Weekly Health Message – Eat more Plant-based foods

Weekly Health Message – Eat more Plant-based foods

Eating a healthy diet is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections.

Plant-based foods include vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and fruits, among others. Fiber, vitamins, and minerals are abundant in plant-based diets. According to research, Plant-based foods can help lower blood pressure, cut cholesterol, regulate blood sugars, and assist in weight loss.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991921/

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/pdfs/dietary_guidelines_slides.pdf

 

Weekly Health Message – Protect Yourself and Your Family

Weekly Health Message – Protect Yourself and Your Family

Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. For example, during  2019-2020 flu vaccination prevented an estimated 7.5 million influenza illnesses, 3.7 million influenza-associated medical visits, 105,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations, and 6,300 influenza-associated deaths.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from flu and its potentially serious complications.

Learn more about the benefits of vaccination at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden-averted/2019-2020.htm

Weekly Health Message – Benefits of “Belly breathing”

Weekly Health Message – Benefits of “Belly breathing”

Diaphragmatic breathing, sometimes called abdominal or belly breathing, is a deep breathing technique that engages your diaphragm, which is the large, dome-shaped muscle that runs horizontally across your abdomen, under your ribcage.

Belly breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.

Belly breathing is easy to do and very relaxing. Try this basic exercise anytime you need to relax or relieve stress.

  1. Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
  2. Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
  4. Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in and use it to push all the air out.
  5. Do this breathing 3 to 10 times. Take your time with each breath.
  6. Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/emres/longhourstraining/relax.html

https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2255

 

Weekly Health Message – GO NUTS!

Weekly Health Message – GO NUTS!

Go NUTS!

Crunchy nuts are petite powerhouses of taste and nutrition. They’re portable and delicious. Nuts have protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Healthier choices are:

  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts

American Heart Association recommends a serving size of a small handful or 1.5 ounces of whole nuts.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257681/