US Family Health Plan Tips for a Healthy Spring Season

The six member organizations of the US Family Health Plan place a high priority on providing members with and educating them about preventative care. As winter transitions into spring, it’s important to monitor the effects seasonal changes have on our bodies and overall health. Here are a few tips to ensure you and your family enjoy the new season.

  • Wash your hands. Following the severe flu season this past winter, washing hands, including before every meal, remains a recommended way of preventing germs.1
  • Wash fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a hallmark of the season and are a great healthy snack. Make sure to wash them under cool running water to remove excess bacteria prior to consuming.2
  • Fill your prescriptions before traveling. If traveling out of the country for a much-needed vacation, be sure to fill or refill your prescription medications before leaving and pack your prescription medications in your carry-on bag.3
  • Check air quality and pollen counts. Planning a day outdoors? Be sure to check the air quality levels. If high, avoid spending too much time outdoors. Once returning inside, be sure to wash pollen out of your hair, clothes and eyelashes.4
  • Get your flu shot. The CDC reported 142 deaths during the past flu season, and many states are still reporting above average levels of influenza-like illnesses. Anyone age six or older should receive the flu shot as a preventative health measure, especially if traveling outside of your local area.5

Preparation and planning is key to a healthy lifestyle. For additional health tips on preventive measures for the new spring season, contact your primary care provider.

References

  1. 11 Food Safety Tips To Pack For Spring Break | Digital Journal Press Release; Published February 9, 2018; http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3668663
  2. Washing Food: Does it Promote Food Safety? | USDA Food Safety and Inspection; Posted July 1, 2013; https://www.fsis.usda.gov
  3. Before you Travel | TRICARE; Posted January 11, 2017; https://www.tricare.mil
  4. Spring Allergies? Or Just a Cold? | Uniformed Services University; Published March 28, 2016; https://www.health.mil/News/Articles/2016/04/15/Spring-allergies-or-just-a-cold
  5. Situation Update: Summary of Weekly FluView Report | Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Updated April 6, 2018 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm
  6. Handwashing Clean Hands Save Lives | Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; Published March 7, 2016 https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
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