Fall is many people’s favorite season. Sweater weather, football and tailgating, beautiful colored leaves, crisp cool air, and of course Pumpkin spice everything! However, as the days get shorter and cooler, and our summer routines change, we are more susceptible to acute illness such as the common cold and other viruses (i.e. influenza, COVID-19). The good news is we can take steps to remain healthy and limit the risk of illness.
- Schedule Routine Screenings/Physical Examinations
- Have you been putting off routine visits to your PCP to enjoy summer activities? This is the time to ensure that the entire family is up to date with physicals and age appropriate screenings.
- Get Vaccinated
- While visiting your PCP for routine examinations, be sure to get both your Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations. Staying up to date with all vaccines is the best way to protect yourself from these viruses. Generally, it takes 2 weeks for your body to reach full immunity against a virus. The start of autumn is an optimal time to get vaccinated. Remember, the CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months received both vaccinations (unless you have contraindications)
- Eat Healthy
- Now is the time to revamp and improve that unhealthy summer diet! Eating healthy now can prevent chronic diseases later. The key to start eating healthier is limiting sugary foods and drinks and by limiting unhealthy fats. Replace these foods with whole grains, lean meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Stay Active
- Although there is a slight chill in the air, it is best to maintain active by exercising. The American Heart Association recommends adults exercise for 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity exercise. Having a sedentary lifestyle can lead to chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure. So get moving!
- Take Care of Your Mental Health
- As the days become shorter and less time is spent in the sunlight, some people may feel depressed or have heightened levels of anxiety. A few ways to maintain a positive mental health is by exercising, practicing meditation/yoga, keeping in touch with friends and family, and if needed see a behavioral therapist or follow up with your PCP. Let them know how you are feeling so you can get the proper treatment. Remember, if your have any thoughts of harming yourself or others, call psych crisis or go to the emergency department.
By following these simple steps outlined above, you can increase the chances of staying happy and healthy this season. Advanced Family Care is here for your health,
Remember to schedule your routine examinations and vaccinations. Happy Fall!