Wellness

Do You Really Know How to Wash Your Hands?

Washing your hands thoroughly is important to prevent illness.

So you think you know how to wash your hands.

Sorry, but chances are you don’t.

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that most of us don’t wash our hands correctly 97 percent of the time when preparing food.

The biggest problem? Not washing long enough. You need to rub for at least 20 seconds.

The study also found that many people don’t dry their hands with a clean towel.

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Winter's Top Health Hazards by Age

A mother sleds with her kids.

No matter how old you are, winter can pose special health challenges.

“Whenever temperatures drop below what feels lower than normal to you—and as wind speed increases—heat can leave your body more rapidly and leave you at risk of health problems,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Colds and the flu are common at all ages, but medical providers also associate certain illnesses with particular age groups when the temperature drops.

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Keeping Active in Cold Weather

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When the leaves and temperatures begin to fall, many people envision a winter’s worth of curling up by cozy fires, cooking traditional comfort foods and binge-watching holiday movies.

But increased food intake and decreased activity can have a cumulative effect, resulting in habits and health changes that last beyond the winter months.

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Banish Dry Winter Skin

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Winter means lower temperatures and lower humidity. And that means more dry skin than your summer skin-care routine can handle. Cold, dry air strips the skin of its moisture, leaving it tight, rough, dry and red. When skin goes untreated and unprotected over the long term, increased wrinkling, fine lines, sensitivity and rough, uneven texture result.

The following tips will help you care for your skin throughout the dry season—and learn when it’s time to seek professional and medical care for your skin.

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Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette

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It’s that time of year when too many of us are coughing and sneezing.

And unfortunately, some of us don’t practice proper “coughing and sneezing etiquette,” unknowingly spreading our germs to others through the air.

Can how you cough or sneeze help keep others from also getting sick? It can. 

Take a look at the infographic below from the CDC to see how you can help stop the spread of germs to others.

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