Wellness

Staying Active When Your Gym is Closed

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Throughout our region and across the country, businesses and organizations are making the difficult decision to temporarily close to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

In the interest of public health and the well-being of members and staff, Carilion Wellness made the same necessary decision March 18 and closed its facilities until further notice.

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Caregiving From a Distance

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Nearly 7 million people in the U.S. manage the ongoing challenges of caring for loved ones from a distance. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, that number is expected to increase significantly, especially as self-quarantines and isolation units minimize direct contact even among families that live near each other.

Ensuring that loved ones have the care and support they need when you can’t be with them every day is complicated, but with teamwork, coordination and a willingness to ask for help, it can be done.

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The As, Bs and Os of Blood Types

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Do you know your blood type? And do you know why it matters?

Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States. And every year, those transfusions save 4.5 million lives.
  
But all donated blood doesn't work for all people. There are four major blood groups, and within those groups, there are eight basic blood types.

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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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