leaf iconYour autumn checklist

Posted on September 23, 2014

Autumn is here! With this shift in season, here are a few tips to follow for good health and safety.

  • Fight the flu.
    It’s time to plan for your annual flu shot, particularly if you have a chronic health condition.
  • Enjoy the outdoors.
    Get outside and enjoy the beauty and fresh air of autumn by walking, bicycling, hiking, jogging, playing tag football, or even doing yard work. Remember to warm up and stretch first.
  • Avoid allergies.
    Beware of fall allergens, like outdoor molds and ragweed. Avoid being outside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen is strongest, and keep the windows and doors of your home and car closed. Shower and wash hair immediately after outside activities.
  • Eat seasonally.
    Plan your meals around the seasonal foods full of vitamins and fiber, such as beets, squashes, sweet potatoes, parsnip, Brussels sprouts, pears and cranberries.
  • Check batteries and meds.
    Do a check and replacement of batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and make sure your fire extinguishers are still good. Also, check and discard expired medications—old medication is not only ineffective, but can cause harm, too.

The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.