4 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a hard time for many people to maintain their healthy lifestyle habits, but we are happy to report that there are ways to have a healthier Thanksgiving day while still enjoying the big meal! Below are 4 tips for a healthier Thanksgiving: 1. Start your day with breakfast! It may seem counterintuitive, and many people may argue that they want to save their calories for the big meal, however by starting your day with a filling breakfast you...

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Cold and Flu Prevention

Cold and Flu Prevention We know it is warm and it does not feel like cold and flu season, but we are in cold and flu season. In this article, we wanted to help you distinguish between the common cold and the flu and how to prevent transmission. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar...

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Trick or Treat Safely this Halloween

October means pumpkins (and yes, pumpkin spice), changing leaves and Halloween. As you plan your costume, map out your route, and RSVP for your Halloween parties, here are some tips for trick or treat safety. Healthy Halloween tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For Kids & Adults Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. Hold...

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Get Your Flu Shot

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We know we have said it before, but if you can, get your flu shot. Here is a short list of reasons for getting the flu shot: You can pass the flu even if you are not showing symptoms. From HuffPost.com Some people cannot get the vaccination (children who are too young, people with certain diseases, and so on). It is up to us to help create “herd immunity” and reduce the number of people susceptible to the flu and...

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Flu Shots

Cold and Flu season is just around the corner. Fortunately, so is UNI Urgent Care. Stop by today and get your flu shots. Why get a flu shot? Flu shots help the body produce antibodies to fight of many prominent strains of the influenza virus. It also helps prevent the spread of the flu by minimizing the number of people who are vulnerable to the virus. Most people can get the flu shot. From the CDC, “Flu shots are approved...

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Travel Immunizations for Fall Trips

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While fall can mean back to work and back to school for many people, it is also the start of fall travel season and the need for travel immunizations. Perhaps you are heading to Paris to take in the fall colors. Or, maybe you are planning a tropical vacation after monsoon season ends. Now is the time to double check what immunizations you need to secure before vacationing. Start by visiting travel information sites like https://www.vaccines.gov/travel/index.html or https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel to learn...

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Prevention Tips for Kids During Flu and Cold Season

School is starting again, and that means one thing...GERMS!!! We have a few tips for parents to help keep kids healthy (and here you thought they were the only ones who get to learn!) #1 Wash Your Hands. Wash your hands before and after using the restroom. Before eating food. And any time they come into contact with someone who has a cold or a flu. Instilling this healthy habit at home will encourage them to use it at school...

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Annual, Regular CheckUps, Not Just for Back to School

Regular checkups have great health benefits that far outreach the immediate results of the visit. In addition to staying on top of your health, and having a healthcare professional check on your overall condition. From the Center for Disease Control, “Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking...

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What is heatstroke?

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What is heatstroke? From the Mayo Clinic, “Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heat stroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of...

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Tips for Staying Hydrated

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Staying hydrated in the summer months does not have to be challenging. Sure, those sugary, flavored sodas and fruit drinks taste good, but good old water will keep you hydrated and safe this summer. From the Mayo Clinic, “So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for...

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