A healthy winter starts with a healthy fall and taking great care of yourself year round. The Western Slope, though, is prone to very dry, cold winters. With it being cold and flu season, extra care this time of year doesn’t hurt.
Learn more about some common flu myths in this short article. You might be surprised to learn what is fact versus what is fiction. For example, did you know that it takes up to two weeks for your body to develop antibodies to fight the flu? Don’t wait, get vaccinated today.
If you’re unsure as to what immunizations to get and when, ask your health care team, or call RMHP Quality Improvement at 970-263-5552 to better understand when and what is needed.
Any tax-free dollars left in these types of accounts disappear after December 31, so use this month to map out your healthcare needs for the remaining year in order to make wise spending decisions.
Don’t forget to remove all personal information from the containers prior to tossing. If you’re unsure about a medication’s longevity, contact your local pharmacist or your health care team.
Once expired medications are safely out of the house, take stock of other common medications and supplements you might need this winter. Over-the-counter medications for the common cold and sore throats are great to have on hand. Don’t forget to include non-caffeinated herbal teas or lemons for hot water, which are great to soothe inflamed throats.Additional items to consider on your health care list include a humidifier, which will help with dryness – a definite in Colorado’s winters. Don’t forget face or hand lotions and lip balms with sunscreen. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t get chapped or sun-stressed skin..
If you’re simply rinsing and running then you’re more likely to get sick through the spread of germs. Don’t forget to wash hands before eating and frequently clean your work area, cell phone/tablet, and car steering wheel in addition to normal everyday use areas.
Colorado’s Grand Valley residents have several options for staying active all winter long, including putting snow tires on the fat bike and hitting the trails -- read more here. For more ideas beyond Western Colorado, use tips found here to stay active no matter your skills or abilities in staying active – there’s something for everyone.