8 Fall Tips for Healthy Living
There's no need to pack on pounds or fall ill this autumn.
3. Quit Smoking: You Won't Gain Weight continued...
To quit successfully, experts agree, get help and support from your doctor,
family, friends, and co-workers. A doctor or mental health professional can help you tailor an
approach that best suits you. There are many FDA-approved medications to help people quit
Combine medication with other quit strategies -- like avoiding your smoking
triggers or changing your daily routine -- and you greatly increase your odds
of quitting for good.
Another tip: Some foods and drinks make cigarettes taste better; some make
them taste worse. Try eating more vegetables and less meat -- and swap that
coffee (or alcohol) for a glass of milk. Let your taste buds stifle those
4. Flu Vaccine? Who? You.
As temperatures get chillier and people spend more time indoors, flu season
sneaks in. Because the flu virus can infect the lungs, it can cause a serious
complication like pneumonia -- which can require hospitalization, even
lead to death. That's why certain people must get a flu shot.
October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but you can still
get vaccinated in December or later. Flu season can start as early as October
and last as late as May.
If you live with or care for a
child under 2 years old, you are in a priority group for flu shots.
There are two types of flu
vaccines: flu shots and nasal sprays. The flu shot vaccine is recommended
- Children aged 6 months to 19
- Pregnant women.
- People age 50 and
- People of any age with chronic
medical conditions such as asthma.
- People living in nursing homes or
other long-term facilities.
Others who could get Flu Mist
nasal spray include healthy people 2-49 years old who are not
Also, protect yourself and your
child from catching or spreading viruses:
- Cover nose and mouth with a
tissue when you sneeze or cough. Throw it away afterward.
- Wash your hands frequently with
soap and water -- especially important after you cough or sneeze on them. Use
an alcohol-based hand cleaner if necessary.
- Keep you and your baby away from
people who are coughing or sneezing.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose,
or mouth -- since that's how germs are spread
In 2009, the H1N1 swine flu, a new
flu virus, emerged. This virus spreads from person to person like
seasonal flu, mainly through coughing or sneezing or sometimes by touching
something that became infected with the virus. A vaccine for swine flu is in