Winter and the onset of cold temperatures can jeopardize anyone’s outdoor exercise routines but, for those suffering from chronic pain the bitter temperatures can be especially cruel. “There is often an increased rate of chronic pain flare-ups when the temperatures begin to fall and, given our long winters, people with chronic pain find themselves dependent upon their heating pads, blankets, and heavy clothing,” said Nichole M. Elmendorf, Occupational Therapist and owner of Progressive Beginnings, LLC. Cold temperatures cause muscle and ligament stiffness, which can make moving arduous and painful. “And, sadly, inactivity can lead to even greater pain.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year’s influenza (flu) season was one of the deadliest; that’s why the (CDC) is urging people to take proactive measures to lower their risk of contracting the flu this year by getting vaccinated.
The Week of Thanksgiving is GERD Awareness Week. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is very common, affecting up to 1 in 5 or more of adult men and women in the U.S. and can also occur in children. While common, the disease is often unrecognized, and its symptoms misunderstood, which is unfortunate because GERD is a treatable disease. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, serious complications can result.
The holidays are stuffed with grand meals, decorated cookies, sweet treats, and libations. And now that the holidays are over many of us may be still be feeling stuffed. As we look forward to new beginnings with a spirit of hope and optimism many of us may be looking to leave indulgences of the holiday season in the past.
Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, simple and one of the most effective ways to stay healthy. When we wash our hands correctly, we win, and the germs lose.
Thanksgiving is a time of celebration bringing family and friends together around a banquet of traditional foods and family recipes. These and other social gatherings during the season always-present opportunities to become overindulgent and even the most disciplined struggle with the temptations the holiday offers. However, with the right strategy, there are ways you can maintain a balance and keep your diet healthy and intact.