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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

As joyous as Thanksgiving is, it’s also a special feast day for bacteria and virus, particularly for salmonella and norovirus – the poster children for holiday pain. Staying well can make the difference between a memory of magic or misery. Good hand hygiene can do more for protecting holiday health than an over-cooked turkey.

Consider fortifying your defenses during this five-day siege to follow the food and avoid the foodborne.

Firework Safety

Each 4th of July, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death.

How to Prevent Pesky Summer Pests

We love summer, but we hate the bugs that come with it. As the weather heats up, it is likely you will encounter these pesky creatures. If you’ve ever been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea, you probably have experienced the itching and irritation they cause. We may call them “pests,” but these vectors can spread germs and diseases with their bites. The term “vector-borne diseases” refers to the illnesses these bugs spread from person-to-person and animal-to-person. Vectors include organisms like mosquitos, ticks, fleas, flies, etc.

National Men’s Health Week

National Men’s Health Week is observed each year leading up to Father’s Day. This week is a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone! Whether it’s your husband, partner, dad, brother, son, or friend you can help support the health and safety of the men in your life.

Set an Example with Healthy Habits

You can support the men in your life by having healthy habits yourself and by making healthy choices.

Women and Stroke

In the U.S., stroke is the 5th leading cause of death for men but the 3rd leading cause of death for women. In fact, stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Women in general tend to live longer than men so more women tend to live alone when they become a stroke victim, have a worse recovery after stroke, and are more likely to reside in a nursing home after a stroke. Rapid recognition of stroke symptoms and calling 9-1-1 to help fast are incredibly important to prevent long term disability from stroke.

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