Note from Tarra
1. Schedule a check-up with your family doctor.
Autumn is a great time to ensure everyone in the family is up-to-date on their wellness visits. Your doctor can use an annual physical to track existing conditions, monitor your health, update vaccinations, perform any necessary exams, and discuss risks for hereditary diseases that may run in your family.Scheduling your routine wellness exam in the fall alongside your child's appointment can help you remember to visit the doctor at least once a year. This appointment can also be used to get your flu shot! By understanding your family history, you can take steps to protect your health and prevent these conditions.Some of the most well-known hereditary health conditions include:
- Heart disease
- 2. Get outside and enjoy the autumn weather.
As the weather begins to cool here in California, many Bishop county residents head outdoors to enjoy the change in seasons without oppressive heat. Spending time outdoors can improve your mood and overall sense of well-being. Just be sure to dress appropriately and protect yourself from the weather.
3. Make healthy food choices.
Making dietary changes can help lower your LDL cholesterol and prevent several chronic health conditions. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will help your body stay strong and fight off infection. Make sure to include plenty of Vitamin C-rich foods in your diet, like oranges, broccoli, and kale. Limiting sugary snacks and drinks is also key to a healthy diet.
4. Stay active. Though your schedule may feel a bit busier now that summer vacation is over, finding time to move your body and stay active is essential. Adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day, while children should get at least 60 minutes.
5. Be prepared for cold and flu season. Once summer fades to fall and the kids head back to school, cold and flu season tends to ramp up. Washing your hands often and disinfecting surfaces in your home can help prevent the spread of illness.However, getting your annual flu shot is one of the best ways to protect your family. Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months of age and older.
The Flu & COVID-19 With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients have forgotten about protecting themselves from seasonal influenza. The flu virus changes from one year to the next, which means getting your flu vaccine this and every other year helps to boost your immunity and protect against the most common strains of the virus. It also helps to prevent the spreading of the disease through our local community.
6. Focus on your mental health. Whether it's a change in the season, a shift in your life circumstances, or for a reason you can't pinpoint — we all struggle with our mental health from time to time. If you’re looking for ways to improve your emotional wellness, consider these options as a place to start:
- Find a hobby to help express yourself.
- Maintain an active lifestyle.
- Practice mindfulness through meditation or yoga.
- Get involved in community events and stay social with friends and family.
- Seek therapy or treatment if you feel you need support.Mental health differs for everyone, so it's important to find what works best for you and stick with it. If you feel you'd benefit from our behavioral services, don't hesitate to reach out to our team.
7. Improve your health through hygiene.Autumn is the perfect time to brush up on your hygiene. The cooler weather means fewer opportunities to be outside and around other people, reducing your chances of becoming sick.Avoiding touching your face.
- Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Staying up to date on your vaccinations.
- Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Getting enough exercise.
- Getting enough sleep.
Handwashing According to a study by the University of Arizona, 97% of people don’t wash their hands long enough to kill the bacteria that can cause illness. Yet, handwashing is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of disease.