Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ker-Flu-ey


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:
Wash your hands
Protect your skin
Buckle up
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
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.

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!

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