5 Minute Health Tips With A Big Payoff!

Here are just a few tips to better your life and the lives of your family!

BUCKLE UP

Not only is it the law, but it lowers the risk of serious injury or death if there is ever an accident. Make sure everyone is securely buckled in every time you get in a vehicle. Kids should ride in the correct safety or booster seats for their age and size.

WASH HANDS

Scrubbing your hands with soap and running water for 20 seconds is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick or spreading germs. Do so before you eat or after you use the restroom, blow your nose, cough or sneeze. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.

TEST SMOKE ALARMS EVERY MONTH

Change the batteries when you set your clocks each spring and fall. Or, choose another easy-to-remember date.

READ FOOD LABELS

Check how many calories are in the foods you eat. You also can use lables to help you choose foods low in fat or sodium and high in fiber and other nutrients.

REVIEW VACCINATIONS

Make sure everyone in your home is up-to-date, if vaccinations are something that you will be doing. If not, see your doctor. To check on recommended vaccinations, visit the CDC online.

CONSIDERING PREGNANCY

Take folic acid. When taken before and during pregnancy, this b vitamin helps prevent certain serious birth defects. Women who might become pregnant should take at least 400 micrograms a day. You’ll need even more if you’ve already had a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect.

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