Wellness

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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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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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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5 Tips for Staying Healthy During the Winter

When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, the motivation to get outside and exercise comes much easier. But when the cold weather comes around, that motivation can take a nose dive.

Whether you’re retired, a busy parent, a single professional or a child, there are many fun and creative ways to keep moving this winter to help fight off colds and the flu, and maintain your overall health.

Park Farther Away
Those extra steps can add up. It may be good to buy a pedometer to track exactly how many steps you take each day.

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