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Keeping Healthy and Warm in Winter

There are things you can do that will keep you healthy and warm for winter, reduce the risk of illness and protect you against the cold, because preventing health problems like colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia in winter is very important.

 

You can be healthy and warm in winter by:

Home

1. Find out if you are entitled to grants and subsidies for home heating and insulation because If you're receiving certain benefits during very cold weather, you may qualify for a Cold Weather Payment.

2.Keep a shovel at home to dig and lift off snow and ice from your garden and drive way.

3.Keep a touch and phone contacts for emergencies.

 

Keep your body warm by

1. Wearing plenty of thin layers, rather than one thick one.

2. Replacing outgrown coats, scarfs, shoes and gloves for children, and for adults, putting on a coat, hat, scarf, gloves and warm shoes or boots when you go outside.

3. Getting warm clothing and cardigans made of wool, cotton or fleecy synthetic fibres,

wearing bed socks and thermal underwear at night, and also checking you have well-gripping shoes to prevent falls  on slippery floors in cold weather.

4.Check you have had your flu jab if you are aged 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person.

5.Remain active in your home.

 

Good Hand Hygiene

Good hand hygiene can help prevent the spread of cold and flu virus. Don't pass cold and flu on:

 

1.CATCH IT: Germs spread easily. Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.

2 BIN IT: Germs can live for several hours on tissues. Dispose of your tissue as soon as possible.

3 KILL IT: Hands can transfer germs to every surface you touch. Clean your hands as soon as you can.

 

Carbon Monoxide

Check you have had your heating and cooking appliances serviced – please be careful, carbon monoxide is a killer.

 

Travel

1. Weather forecast: check local and national weather forecast always before going out.

2. Make sure your vehicle is ready I.e service your vehicle and make sure everything is working well. Keep warm water and antifreeze in your car. Also keep a shovel in your car

3. Make sure you know where to find traffic information.

 

Healthy Eating, Exercise and Resting

1. Have plenty of hot food and drinks. Keep bottled water and long life foods for emergencies.

2. Plan your meals and keep your diet as varied as possible.

3. Aim to include five portions of fruit and vegetables daily - this includes tinned and frozen fruit and vegetable.

4. Staying active and exercising can keep you warm in winter.

 

Dr Rupal Shah, a GP in south London, has the following advice: “Try to rest, eat well, avoid stress and keep well hydrated. If you have a fever, you may need extra fluids. You could also take paracetamol to treat fever and pain, or inhale steam with a decongestant in it to help clear a blocked nose.”

“Colds and flu, and most coughs, are caused by viruses so antibiotics can’t help. Minor bacterial infections will also be fought off by natural immunity,” explains Dr Shah.

 

For Asthma sufferers

You can be healthy, warm as well as keep your Asthma symptoms controlled in winter by:

 

1. Continuing with preventer medicines as prescribed by your doctor.

 

2. Taking one or two puffs of your reliever inhaler before going outside, if cold air triggers your asthma.

 

3. Keeping your blue reliever inhaler with you at all times.

 

4. Wrapping up well and wearing a scarf over your nose and mouth – this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.

 

5. Taking extra care when exercising in cold weather. Warm up for 10–15 minutes and take one or two puffs of your reliever inhaler before you start.

 

Therefore to stay warm and healthy this winter, please get a flu jab, insulate your home, get ready warm clothing and boots, get ready your car, eat healthy, rest, exercise, get ready your touch,  phone, bottled water and long life foods for emergencies.

The Healthy Wellbeing

 

Reference

1. Asthma in cold

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/asthma/Pages/asthma-cold-weather.aspx

Accessed: 5/11/2011

 

2. Get ready for Winter

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/Features/DG_WP199639

Accessed: 4/11/2011

 

3. How to deal with colds and flu

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/coldsandflu/Pages/Coldcomfort.aspx

Accessed 4/11/2011

 

4. Winter Health Risk

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Winterhealthrisks.aspx

Accessed: 5/11/2011

 

 

 

 

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