Tips for health & safety this winter

We may be most of the way through February, but spring isn’t here yet!  Here are some tips for staying healthy and safe for what remains of the winter season.

Health & well-being
It is no secret that the winter is cold and flu season.  Healthy eating can go a long way to helping you fend off those germs.  A diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C and beta-carotene can help boost your immunity.  Oranges and other citrus fruits are great sources of these nutrients, as are vegetables like broccoli, sweet potatoes and spinach. 

During the winter months, our bodies are not exposed to as much sunlight, which can lead to a drop in Vitamin D, known as the “Sunshine Vitamin.”  Vitamin D is an important nutrient in the fight against osteoporosis and bone loss.  Learn more about how to make sure you are getting enough of this important nutrient here

Safety at home
Warmer temperatures during the day combined with chilly nights can cause thawing and freezing on sidewalks and driveways.  Keep them clear of snow and ice to avoid a slippery surprise in the morning.  If you need to shovel, take frequent breaks so you don’t become dehydrated and over-exerted.

Also, check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector.  The winter months are the most common time of year for carbon monoxide emergencies. 

Safety on the road
Even though the worst of winter has likely passed, we may still see some snow and ice the next few months, creating hazardous driving conditions. 

It isn’t too late to gather emergency supplies for your vehicle.  The National Safety Council recommends all vehicles be stocked with a spare tire and jack, shovel, jumper cables, tow and tire chains, a bag of salt or cat litter and a tool kit.  They also recommend creating a survival kit in case of emergency.  Find out more here.

If you need to drive in wintery conditions, make sure to let someone know where you are headed and how long you will be gone.

With any luck, spring is just around the corner, but we may still have a ways to go.  Follow these tips for health and safety this winter season.