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Tips For A Healthy Autumn

The arrival of autumn signifies a transition toward the conclusion of each year. We have become very familiar with the changes that this entails – new colors, falling temperatures, and fewer daytime hours.

The word autumn evolved from the Latin word “autumnus”, and this season is also referred to informally as “fall.” But regardless of whether you prefer to think of this season as autumn or fall, the breathtaking shift toward the orange, yellow and red that is in abundance presents you with the opportunity to enjoy this transition from summer. This includes your involvement in cooler outdoor activities, along with the annual traditions of Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Steps Toward A Healthy Autumn

But as you embrace the positive factors that are involved with the emergence of fall, this change of season can also impact your health. As temperatures fall, different viruses begin to thrive. This includes influenza, which is more capable of spreading as the air becomes cold and dry. This is also the case for the rhinovirus and the coronavirus which are associated with the common cold.

Bacteria and viruses are also spread more easily as you find yourself indoors during a larger percentage of your day. Fortunately, an understanding that you are more suspectable to contacting viruses can also compel you to take precautions that minimize the risk of illness occurring. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a list of 11 tips that can improve your chances of experiencing a healthy autumn. 

These include ensuring that you receive at least seven hours of sleep each night, remaining physically active, eating healthy foods, consuming a sufficient amount of water, and washing your hands repeatedly with soap and clean water on a daily basis.

These include ensuring that you receive at least seven hours of sleep each night, remaining physically active, eating healthy foods, remaining vigilant about protecting yourself from the sun, consuming a sufficient amount of water, and washing your hands repeatedly on a daily basis.

Maintain Proper Amount Of Sleep- the recommendation for seven hours of sleep is the minimum amount that is recommended in order to reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease, obesity, type two diabetes, and depression. There are steps that you can take to improve your chances of accomplishing this goal. These include maintaining consistent bedtime hours, avoiding large meals and caffeine before bedtime, and removing electronic devices from your bedroom.

Eat Healthy – making sure that you are consuming fruits and vegetables rather than an over-abundance of unhealthy food will also improve your chances of avoiding illness throughout the fall months.

Remain Physically Active – the importance of remaining physically active cannot be emphasized enough. Adults should be involved with moderate activities for a minimum of 150 minutes each week along with exercise that strengthens the muscles several times each week. Children and teenagers from ages 6-17 should receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Protect Yourself From The Sun – even if hot temperatures have gone away, the damaging UV rays from the sun will remain. Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more will provide protection, as will hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants.

Drink Water – maintaining a daily intake of water will help safeguard you from dehydration, and transport toxins from your body. This will also you to bolster your immune system as unwelcome bacteria and viruses loom.

Washing Your Hands – the process of washing your hands with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds will protect you and your family from the spread of germs. It will also decrease the likelihood of contending with illness. This process should be undertaken multiple times each day, including immediately after you have touched food, pets, or garbage. It should also occur after any sneezing or coughing.

Stay Current On Screenings – the CDC also suggested that it will be wise to receive preventive screenings for conditions that include cancer and diabetes. There is additional testing that can be highly beneficial, including screening for obesity and checking your cholesterol.

Stay Current On Immunizations And Vaccinations – in addition to the tips that were presented by the CDC, it is also important to make sure that you have received the necessary immunizations and vaccinations during this time of year. The advantages of flu immunizations were examined in this recent article, This includes the CDC’s statement that vaccinations prevented around 7 million flu illnesses, 109,000 flu hospitalizations, and 8,000 flu deaths in 2017-2018 alone.

Other healthy steps that you can take include consumption of vitamin A and C, and making sure that some of your physical activity is accomplished outdoors. Something as simple as a scenic walk for 30 minutes can be extremely beneficial for your mental outlook.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any concerns or questions about any health issues, please do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. This is also the case if you are interested in learning more about the screenings for obesity, diabetes, or cholesterol that we can offer.

At Rapid Med, not only do we deliver immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients enable them to receive the specific type of care that they prefer, when and how they want it. This include:

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

Our Urgent Care 

Of course, At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.

Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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