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How to Stay Healthy this Winter

Helpful tips for staying healthy this winter.

It’s that time of the year: the will weather be getting cold, the snow will soon be falling and the germs are out in full force. While it’s not entirely possible to avoid illnesses, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself and lessen your chance of becoming sick.

Jaime McCauslin, Millersville University nurse practitioner at Witmer Health Services, recommends the following tips for staying healthy throughout the winter.

1. Get the flu vaccine – it is the best way to prevent the flu.  Health Services offers the flu vaccine for free!

2. Get plenty of sleep – at least 7-8 hours a night.

3. Maintain a healthy diet – lots of fresh fruits and vegetables – consider a multi-vitamin for your diet.

4. Drink plenty of water – before, during and after exercise, with each meal and between meals.

5. Exercise – 30 minutes daily.

6. Wash hands frequently.

7. Limit alcohol intake – drink in moderation.

8. Quit smoking – avoid secondhand smoke.

9. Keep a “cold pack” handy.  For example, use Tylenol or Ibuprofen (for pain and fever), throat lozenges/cough drops and Sudafed for nasal and sinus congestion.  These can help relieve symptoms until you are seen by medical provider.

Witmer Health Services will be open throughout winter break. Appointments can be made by calling 717-871-5250.

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