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Your healthy winter guide

21/11/2016 2:28:58 PM | 0 comments |

While winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21st, grey, rainy days have arrived here on the West Coast. 

This winter, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite tips posted on our website and other sources such as HealthyFamiliesBC.ca and HealthLinkBC.ca to help keep you fit, healthy and in good spirits during the holiday season and into the New Year! 

Getting outside 

Even though the weather has cooled off, this doesn’t mean you have to hole up inside until spring returns! In fact, winter on the West Coast can be the perfect season to experience Mother Nature, as long as you’re mindful of the hidden hazards in our wild and wet weather. 
 

Coping with the ‘winter blues’

For some people, these shorter, darker days can lead to feelings of sadness, a lack of energy and other symptoms. If this sounds familiar, you might be suffering from the ‘winter blues’ or perhaps even Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
 

Health care over the holidays

Drinking & partying safely

Over the holidays we are enticed by an over-abundance of tempting foods and refreshing beverages. When it comes to holiday drinks it can be particularly challenging to keep things in check. Here we offer handy tips and ideas to help manage your holiday cheer.
 

Eating healthy over the holidays

One the many great things about the holiday season is gathering with friends and family over delicious food. As you partake in the holiday buffets, parties and cocktails, here are a few health and safety tips for your holiday feasting.

Boosting your immunity

Bugs are on the loose during the winter months.  Here are tips of keep your immune system healthy and strong.

  • Join the herd - get your flu shot. The #1 defense against the flu is the flu shot. Protect yourself and others around you this winter. For healthy people, falling sick with the flu means a few days of feeling miserable, but for young children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, it can lead to hospitalization.  Visit your family doctor, local pharmacy or one of our public health clinics for a flu shot today.
  • Daycare and playgroups can bring home a lot of germs with your young ones. Here are the cold facts on childhood fever, how to take a temperature, and what to do to help your child feel better – without rushing to the ER.
  • Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs. Here are 6 simple habits to staying healthy
  • Is it a cold or the flu? An easy chart that compares the symptoms between the two.

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