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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Wash Your Hands of the Dreaded Flu Bug

Flu viruses are “airborne,” meaning that they can be spread by sneezing, coughing or direct contact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that every year in the United States: 5-20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications.

Approximately 36,000 people die from flu each year. The CDC recommends flu vaccines and good health habits to prevent or slow the spread of illness. For example:
 
  • Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people if either you or they are sick.
  • Clean your hands. This is especially important after you’ve been to a store or any public place where you can pick up germs from doorknobs and other surfaces.
  • Install hypo-allergenic filters in your return air to filter out particles circling through your home.

Low-Calorie Holiday Treats

So you’re on a diet, and it’s the holiday season… the struggle of staying healthy increases with the temptation of all the Christmas goodies. Don’t skip out on all the holiday treats this season. There are many low-calorie options. For example, Health.com suggests these treats to satisfy that holiday craving while staying in your calorie budget.
  • Enjoy two Snowman Peeps without dumping your diet at only 73 calories combined.
  • Savor a Godiva Candy Cane Crunch for only 66 calories.
  • Indulge in Chocolate Covered Strawberries at 57 calories.

Look Over These D-Eye-Y Tips for Better Vision

Taking care of your eyes is an important health step that we often forget about. Our eyes allow us to see this beautiful world, watch those around us delight in this holiday season and experience the visual delight of holiday decorations and maybe even snowfall. Our eyes are often neglected until something goes wrong such as loss of vision, blurriness or irritation. But these may be prevented if we take great care of our eyes. WebMD suggests the following tips for keeping healthy peepers:
 
  1. While outdoors, wear sunglasses. UV rays are harmful to your eyes as well as your skin. Cover them up with UV blocking sunglasses, even if it isn’t summer.
  2. Regular eye exams are important to maintain healthy vision. Catching a condition sooner rather than later can lead to faster recovery and less complications.
  3. Throw out your old contact lens case and use a new one to prevent bacteria from transferring from your case to your eyes.
  4. Eat foods containing lutein and omega-3s to boost the health of your eyes.
  5. Keep saline solution on hand for rinsing out your eyes. This is very handy if something finds its way into your eyes. Rinse for 10 to 15 seconds.
  6. If you spend more than twenty minutes viewing a computer screen at a time, take breaks for your eyes. Find a distant focus point and give your eyes a short rest before you turn back your attention to the screen.
  7. Improve the air quality in your environment. Allergens and dry air can irritate your eyes. Dry air is especially a concern in the wintertime. Use a humidifier to combat the drying heat and change the filter in your comfort system often. Use quality filters to reduce allergens, such as HEPA filters.
  8. Prevent dry eyes by drinking two servings of caffeine each day.

Wonderful Chicken and Dressing

Bring a delectable Southern favorite to the table this holiday. Chicken and dressing is a delicious all-in-one dish that pairs well with other holiday favorites. This savory dish goes a long way, and leftovers reheat nicely.

Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skinned, boned and shredded (about 4 cups)
  • 6 cups coarsely crumbled cornbread
  • 8 firm white bread slices, torn into pieces
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
 
 
Directions:
 
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix with your hands until ingredients are evenly distributed and then transfer to a large casserole dish.
  4. Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Top each serving with giblet gravy and jellied cranberry sauce (optional).

Source: MyRecipes.com

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