Flu season is looking serious this year. (I got my shot!) Here are some quick tips from the CDC aimed at protecting your general health.
One minute or less:I heard Jared Diamond lecture last weekend; he's amazing. His No. 1 health worry is not cancer, diabetes or an exotic disease he might pick up on his travels. It's slipping in the shower.
Wash your hands
Protect your skin
Check cruise ship inspection scores before you travel
Place infants back-to-sleep
Five minutes or less:
Test smoke alarms
Do a skin and body check
Make an appointment (for medical exams, screenings, and immunizations)
Know the signs and symptoms for heart attack and stroke
Take care of your teeth and gums
Sounds silly, but it's not. Statistically, a fall in the shower leads more elderly people to decline and death than anything else. Happened to my mother and she was never able to live independently afterwards; she died within a year.
Note to self: Buy shower mats!