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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By addie | October 25, 2016
If you have not gotten your flu shot this year, it isn’t too late! It is recommended you get a shot before mid-November. Still undecided? Here are some facts about influenza and the flu shot:
What is influenza (AKA the Flu)?
Influenza is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can even result in death. These symptoms include:
Why is it important to get vaccinated?
Getting vaccinated not only protects you from getting the flu, but others as well. Some people cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons. Therefore, it is important that as many people as possible get the shot. This way, the flu cannot spread to those vulnerable people who cannot get the shot.
Can the vaccine give me the flu?
No. Even though some flu vaccines contain inactive viruses, these virus particles no longer have the ability to cause illness. Some people may become ill with the flu after getting a flu shot, but this is most likely due to the fact that the vaccine takes two weeks to start working. This means you can get the flu up to two after getting the shot.
Is the flu vaccine dangerous?
The media often claims that the flu vaccine contains dangerous ingredients and is responsible for a variety of health problems. This, however, is not the case. The great majority of studies have shown that the flu vaccine is one of the safest medical products available. Very few risks have been found to be associated with the flu shot and these side effects are usually mild and short-lived. In short, the risk of catching influenza far outweighs the risks of its vaccine!
Still not convinced? Check out this BuzzFeed Video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClU9QKFlv9I
Hear Lisa’s story about her scary encounter with the flu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq5PjgS31JU
Use the Flu Vaccine Finder to locate the closest place to get your flu shot here: http://www.flu.gov/resources/widgets/
Posted By addie | October 18, 2016
With Halloween and the holidays just around the corner, whether you’re trick or treating or not, you’ll probably be indulging in a little more sweets than usual. We all know that we should brush our teeth twice a day and floss, but did you know these other practices to keep your smile bright?
- Drink tap water– because of it’s benefits against tooth decay our drinking water is fluorinated. What does that mean? Fluoride is added to the water that comes out of the tap in order to keep everyone’s teeth strong and healthy. If you usually drink water sold in bottles make an effort to drink filtered water from the tap once in awhile.
- Go to the dentist regularly– it is recommended that we all visit the dentist about every six months. This is not only to check for cavities but also to get professional teeth cleanings. These are important because no matter how well we brush and floss plague still builds and it needs to be scraped by a hygienist. Without regular cleanings at the dentist office, plaque will continue to build and form tartar which is even harder to remove!
- Reduce the amount of sugar that you eat– not only is sugar bad for your body in terms of weight and health but your teeth as well. But you probably knew that didn’t you? What you may not know that it’s not the sugar consumed that’s so bad for your teeth but the sugar that is left on your teeth. Try to brush after eating or drinking sugary treats. If you can’t brush, simply rinse with water or mouthwash.
To learn more about keeping your mouth and teeth visit: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/teeth.html?ref=search
Posted By addie | October 13, 2016
Fall is the beginning of football season and football season means a lot of unhealthy game day snacks. Here are some tasty recipes to stay healthy while still enjoying the game.
Swap wings for….Buffalo cauliflower! Get the same buffalo wings flavor with the satisfaction of eating your veggies. Buffalo cauliflower is essentially roasted cauliflower with hot wings sauce. Check out the recipe here.
Instead of delivery pizza…Spinach crusted pizza! Exchange all of those greasy extra carbs you get from traditional pizza by making your own crust with spinach. Sounds a little weird, but it’s just delicious enough to work! Check out the crust recipe here and get creative with your own pizza toppings (I like olives, green peppers and mushrooms).
Lighten up your nachos by making…Zucchini Nachos! Nachos don’t exactly scream healthy but when you use grilled zucchini instead of tortilla chips and load them up with veggies, beans (not refried), and fresh herbs you’ve got a healthy snack, game day or not. Just don’t over do it on the cheese or sour cream. Get the recipe here (if you don’t have a grill or a grill pan hand, the oven will do just as well).
Posted By addie | October 11, 2016
Using a bicycle is a great form of not only transportation, but also a wonderful way to be physically active and environmentally friendly. You may never forget how to ride a bike, but the following bicycle safety tips are often forgotten:
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet
- Obey traffic signs
- Use standard hand signals to notify fellow cyclists and other vehicles
- Ride with the flow of traffic
- Wear noticeable colors (including reflective gear) especially in the evening hours
- Bicycle maintenance:
- Check for adequate tire pressure
- Ensure chains are well oiled
- Make sure brakes, both front and back, are functioning
- Check that both front and rear reflectors are visible
Even if you are not a cyclist, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings if you are driving a vehicle. If you are driving, always make sure there is enough space between you and the cyclists. Also check your speed when passing. If pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers work together to be more mindful of each other, we can create safer roads and cities.
For more information on bike safety visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_jIdN47Ydg
Posted By addie | September 29, 2016
The 2016 presidential election has been a rollercoaster of opinions, controversies, memes, gifs and hashtags. For one of the first times we are really seeing the internet play a huge role in our American voting process. A lot of good has come of this. Registration and polling information has become very easily accessed. Caucus and primary result were so easy to find that even Snapchat made a filter so you could post the results and a selfie at the same time. Big events on the campaign trail can be instantly video recorded and shared on social media for the world to view as it happens. This helps give the people an accurate snapshot of the candidates without being muddled by tactics to cover up or retract statements. This also opens up a whole new platform to distract voters from important issues and focus on comical or embarrassing clips of the candidates. While it seems fun to poke at Donald Trump for saying “7/11” instead of “9/11” or for cringing at an awkward Hillary Clinton for “chillin’ in Cedar Rapids,” these things can really be harmful to the integrity of an election. It takes the spotlight away from real issues like gun control, health care, immigration, and human rights issues and much more.
Whether you are eligible or not to vote on November 2nd, I encourage you to become an active participant in the political process and stay informed about the issues instead of simply sharing memes and gifs on social media.
To find out how to register to vote visit: https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/iowa/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwte27BRCM6vjIidHvnKQBEiQAC4MzrcdxiH5rVf66W5NzQG_ZX438vp_SzxxafOtKyj_-54gaAill8P8HAQ