September Edition of The Whistler

ARE YOU FLU READY? Take time to get a flu vaccine

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

* While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common.
* Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
* Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October.
* Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for infants should be vaccinated instead.

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August Edition of The Whistler


Now that your kids are back in school and we’re back to embracing morning routines (and nightly homework), we must also prepares ourselves for the inevitable: the back-to-school illnesses. Close quarters, sharing of toys and seasonal viruses lend to this phenomena of those back-to-school bugs. Arm your family with some simple preventive measures and knowledge about some of the most common back-to-school germs.

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July Edition of The Whistler


Tornadoes have been reported in every state, and are more likely to occur during spring and summer.
Thought they can happen any time of the day or night, they are most likely to occur between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Regardless of the location or time of year, if conditions are right, a tornado can happen.

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June Edition of The Whistler


Take a minute and think about what you drink in a typical day. Unless you are a true water lover, you may be getting some extra, unneeded calories through sweetened soft drinks, soda, iced tea, coffee, juice, and energy and sports drinks. In fact, sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugars in our diet.

Some research suggests that when you drink calories, you aren’t as satisfied as when you eat the same amount of calories in food. This could lead to eating more calories than you need.

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May Edition of The Whistler


A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving
brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a
medical emergency. Prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and
potential complications.

The good news is that strokes can be treated and prevented, and many fewer Americans die of
stroke now than in the past.

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April Edition of The Whistler


* Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States
* One in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence.
* More than half of all adults have a family history or alcoholism or problem drinking.
* More than 7 million children live in a home where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.
* 100,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes.
* Alcohol-related problems cost America $224 billion in lost productivity, absenteeism, healthcare costs, crime and family related problems.

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March Edition of The Whistler


Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month®. This campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Whether it is starting the day off right by eating a healthy breakfast or fueling before exercising, the foods you choose can make a real difference.

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February Edition of The Whistler


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both American men and women. African American men are especially susceptible. So it’s good news that February is National Heart Month, since it inspires us to examine one of the most pressing health concerns in the United States and to make positive changes to our lifestyles.

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January Edition of The Whistler

Winter Safety

According to data from the National Safety Council, 25,000 slip, trip and fall accidents occur daily in the US.

Snow, ice and freezing temps in the winter multiply the number of wet and slippery surfaces at work and the potential for accidents.

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December Edition of The Whistler

How to keep yourself and others healthy

•Stay home when you are sick
•Stay home if you have been exposed to a family or household member who is sick
•Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue
•Wash hands or use hand sanitizer
•Remember that you are most contagious at the beginning of your illness

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