10News and Live Well San Diego want you to kick this year off the right way. Stay healthy with these tips from San Diego County and YMCA San Diego:
Seventy San Diegans died last flu season. Sixty-five people died the flu season before that. Those are the two deadliest flu seasons we've experienced in more than a decade.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is by getting a flu vaccination. Flu vaccine is safe and effective, and already available.
- And we should correct a common myth you hear every year: The flu shot does not give you the flu!
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months or older get a flu vaccine every season.
- The CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups should get vaccinated because they are more likely to developing serious complications from the flu.
- High-risk groups include:
- People with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and chronic lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People 65 years and older
- People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications
There are many options for getting flu vaccine, doctor's offices, many and retail retail pharmacies. People who don't have insurance, you can get a flu vaccine at any of the County's public health centers. The easiest way to find a location for flu vaccine is to call 2-1-1. The San Diego Immunization Program also lists locations on its website at www.sdiz.org.
- In addition to getting vaccinated, there are other precautions people should take to prevent getting the flu. People should:
- Wash hands thoroughly and often or use hand sanitizers
- Stay away from those who are sick
- Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth
- Routinely clean commonly touched surfaces
If you are returning to exercise, or starting for the first time, start slowly. Be consistent and give yourself 1-2 rest days between strength workouts. A good starter program consists of a mix of cardiorespiratory exercise to strengthen heart and lungs and endurance style strength moves. Find activities that you enjoy and can see yourself participating in for the rest of your life (or the foreseeable future) Schedule your workouts as "Health Appointments" on your daily calendar.
- Group Fitness can help you get in the habit of regular exercise. The music and participants create a fun atmosphere that makes the work seem less like drudgery and more like a party. Many of the strength based group classes also improve cardiovascular fitness because they work large muscle groups in a rhythmic endurance style format. There is accountability in groups, instructors notice when you are not attending regularly.
- Increase your vegetables. So much of what we are told to do with diet involves taking away and reducing our intake. Increase your vegetables and your body will be better nourished and the added fiber will help with satiety. Get plenty of sleep 7-9 hours a night. Try to maintain a consistent bed time and wake time.
Find a YMCA near you: visit ymca.org today!
ABOUT LIVE WELL
ABC10, and sister station Azteca San Diego 15, are proud to partner with the County of San Diego on the Live Well San Diego initiative.
Live Well San Diego is an initiative of the County of San Diego to improve health and wellness for all residents. It represents a shared vision that can only be accomplished through collaboration across partners from every sector. This vision calls on every resident to take action to improve their own health, safety and well-being, as well as that of their families and neighbors.
There are three parts to Living Well:
- Building Better Health calls for improving the health of all residents and supporting healthy choices
- Living Safely calls for ensuring residents are protected from crime and abuse, neighborhoods are safe and communities are resilient to disasters and emergencies
- Thriving, currently under development, calls for promoting a region in which residents can enjoy the highest quality of life
Live Well San Diego involves everyone. Only through a collective effort—in which all of us work together toward a shared purpose—can meaningful change be achieved in a region as large and diverse as San Diego County.
Recognized Live Well Partners include health care providers, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, school districts and other jurisdictions, including cities, tribal governments and military or veterans organizations.
Local Action, County-Wide Impact.
Live Well San Diego needs leadership from residents to identify priority needs and make long term change. Organizational leaders and community members gather in the County's regions to plan community improvements and address health and safety needs. These teams serve as a central point for action at the local level.
For more information regarding Live Well San Diego, visit: www.LiveWellSD.org.