Tips to Keeping You and Your Family Healthy this Winter

Dec 03, 2020, Sonya Patel

Now more than ever, it is important that we, as adults, parents, and role models are setting good examples and educating our children on safe practices to help reduce the chance of getting sick. The key is prevention. Check out these tips to help protect yourself and others.

1. First and foremost, ALWAYS WASH YOU HANDS! Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Taking the initiative to hand wash properly helps you, your family, and your communities remain healthy. Below is the most efficient way to properly wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Scrub your hand’s tops, bottoms, in between fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.  For children, you can remind them to scrub for the time it takes them to hum ‘Happy Birthday’ 2 times through.
  • Rinse hands under running water.
  • Dry hands with a towel or allow them to air dry.

2. When you don’t have access to soap and water, scrub with hand sanitizer. We suggest storing hand sanitizer around the house, in the car, in your purse or in your diaper bag.

3. Incorporate foods and vitamins that help support a healthy immune system and incorporate a balanced diet into your daily routine. Eating green vegetables and adding color to your plate is a great way to get important and essential vitamins and nutrients in your body. It is also important that your body is getting enough vitamin D, this can be found in sunlight as well as in certain foods.  Get outdoors: take a walk, visit the local park, or sit on the porch.

4. Stay active, keep your body moving. When you can, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park the car a little further away, take the dog for a walk, hit the trails on your bike, go for a hike, practice yoga in the park, just to name a few ideas! Needs ideas for the kids indoors? Play a game of hide and seek or Simon Says!

5. Create a routine focusing on mindfulness and breathing techniques to help you manage your feelings.  Mental health is an important component of your health, it affects how you think, feel, and act.

6. If you’re sick, it’s in everyone’s best interest for you to stay home.

All of these tips are changes that can become daily routines in our everyday lives helping create a healthier community for everyone.

For yoga videos to keep you and your children active this winter, check out our YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5HudSAJgTTTxQjBoILKJUA

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