June 25, 2013 : 4 ways to stay healthy while on vacation

4 ways to stay healthy while on vacation

You’ve worked hard all year long and now it’s time to kick back and take some well deserved R&R. Whether you’re planning a road trip with your family, a week long trip to the beach, or just spending time away from home visiting friends and family, here are a few simple tips to make sure you stay healthy during your vacation.

Eat Healthy: When you go on vacation do you take a vacation from your diet too? A majority of people find that they are often a little too lenient with themselves when they are on vacation. By keeping healthy snacks readily available throughout your trip, you will be able to curb your appetite and help eliminate the temptation to splurge at every meal. Large bags of trail mix are great to keep on hand for long road trips and hikes, just make sure you store them in a dark, cool environment so you don’t end up with a gooey chocolate mess. Sliced apples, grapes, and small carrots are all snacks that are filling, tasty, and great ways to hold your appetite over until the next meal.

Exercise: Make sure if you follow an exercise regimen that it doesn’t go by the way-side just because you’re on vacation. Missing one or two workouts is typically unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on physical activity altogether. Bike rides and hikes are easy ways to make sure you’re keeping active when camping out and on road trips, while making sure you walk more than you take cabs is a great way to stay fit if you’re visiting a city.

Keep sanitizing wipes handy: There’s no telling what kinds of microorganisms you’re going to run into when you’re traveling at home or abroad. Keep Sani-Hands wipes easily available in order to make sure that you’re not bringing home more than just the souvenirs you picked up in the gift shop. If you’re traveling with children, it’s especially important to keep Sani-Hands for kids readily available as well since their immune systems are more highly susceptible to becoming vessels for microorganisms which can cause illnesses.

Avoid stress: Stress can wear down your immune system and make it less resistant to fending off illnesses. Make sure that you reduce the stress of going on vacation by planning it well in advance. Make lists to organize yourself and have an itinerary sketched out in advance that you can casually adhere to rather than dealing with the stress of making decisions on what to eat or where to go on-the-fly. Try and ease back into your work when you return from vacation by possibly taking an extra day off to unpack and unwind.

 
 
 



February 28, 2013 : 5 Places You Should Always be Able to Find Disinfectant Wipes and Sanitizing Wipes.

5 Places You Should Always be Able to Find Disinfectant Wipes and Sanitizing Wipes.

 


Disinfectant wipes have been around for years now. From simple wet wipes that have been given out at restaurants, to homemade wipes used by outdoor enthusiasts who didn't have easy access to showers, these wipes are now found in various environments and industries throughout the world. Here are 5 places that you should always be able to find a disinfectant wipe.

1) Nurseries. One of the first places we think of when we think about wanting to stay free of microbial matter that can possibly cause illness is the nursery. Whether it is a nursery at home, and especially in a nursery day care, making sure that surfaces and objects are free of hazardous agents is extremely important. Children's’ immune systems are notoriously weak as they are just beginning to develop, so they are among the most susceptible in our population to get sick. Keeping disinfectant wipes or sani-hands for kids easily available won’t guarantee that kids will never become ill (after all, being sick is a part of growing up and developing your immune system) but it will help prevent illnesses from becoming full on outbreaks among groups of children.

2) Speaking of nurseries, let’s just add all areas that children congregate in to this list. Whether it be a nursery, a day care, a school classroom, or a gym, children are prime candidates for being the vessels which transport germs and other illness inducing microbial creatures. Keeping sani-hands for kids and disinfectant wipes easily available can drastically help lower the rates at which children spread sickness to each other and those around them.

3) Hospitals. Hospitals are supposed to be safe havens, places that you go to get better when you’re feeling ill, not worse. While most hospitals are meticulous in the manners with which they keep their rooms and equipment sterilized, the real wild cards are people visiting other patients at the hospital. Friends and family who may have a simple cold and may not be as fastidious as the hospital when it comes to sanitizing their hands can quickly spread what may be a simple and small cold or illness to them, to patients whose immune systems are not able to handle sparring with such sicknesses. Disinfectant wipes for hospitals are a must in this day and age, make sure that you keep sani-hands on you when you go, or ask around at a hospital the next time you are there where you can find some.

4) Grocery stores. While this may seem quite logical now as many grocery stores have sanitizing wipes at their entrances, it wasn't too long ago that this wasn't the case. Keeping your hands free of substances that can spread sicknesses prior to touching fruits, vegetables, and any other objects that are going to end up in a kitchen is of utmost importance. You more than likely wouldn't want someone who had a cold sneezing in their hands, picking up a zucchini, and putting it back in with the rest of the produce, so make sure you do the right thing by making sure your hands are sanitized too prior to picking up produce.

5) Retail stores. Another example similar to grocery stores where there are people from various backgrounds touching and handling all sorts of different objects that you yourself may come in to contact with. Some of the big box stores now have sanitizing wipes at their entrances, but it’s always a safe bet to bring your own to make sure that you’re not bringing home with your purchases such as a cold or flu.

 



January 2, 2013 : Healthy habits in the New Year

Healthy habits in the New Year

Healthy New Year

The New Year is here, and with it comes the chance to make big changes. Every year it is approximated that 1 in 3 individuals makes some sort of resolution in order to make themselves a better, more well rounded person. We love this idea and think that even if you don’t see your New Year’s resolution all the way through to the end of 365 days from now, at least you will have begun to put into place the groundwork for some good habits. Here are 5 resolutions for the New Year that we think can keep you healthy, and happy, this year.

1) Lose weight – This is perhaps the ultimate New Year’s resolution. Thousands, if not millions, of people resolve each year to begin losing weight on January 1st. Whether it’s 10 pounds or 100 pounds, this goal can be achieved! Our suggestion in order to attain this goal is to set small goals in order to achieve this over arching goal. Possibly start out by cutting soda from your diet, and then move into a more complicated diet or exercise routine from there. Remember, there is no such thing as overnight success with this goal.

2) Quit Smoking – As with any health habit, being intentional about the goal is of the utmost importance when it comes to making sure that you are able to follow through on the habit. The first step in intentionality is setting a date in which you will start, or in this case stop, a habit. Picking January 1st as a quit date for smoking may seem arbitrary to some, but for those that are firmly committed to making a healthier life style choice by quitting smoking, it is very important. There are a lot of free resources, both online and offered by many state health departments, in order to assist you in your goal of quitting smoking. The health benefits of this goal are endless, and the feeling of being free of this bad habit is one that you will be proud of in the New Year.

3) Keep your hands clean – This may seem like a very small goal, but it can be easy to achieve with a few simple steps. First and foremost, start simple; make sure that you are constantly washing your hands. Washing your hands, and attempting to keep your hands away from your face, will help in keeping you healthy this year. If you are not able to be in an environment where washing your hands is convenient, make sure that you keep Sani-hands sanitizing wipes with you at all times. Keep Sani-hands for kids in your car for those times that you need to run through the drive through with the kids. If you are planning on spending the day at a museum or the library, make sure you bring along some sani-hands sanitizing wipes to clean up before and after leaving these public places. While you may not be able to make sure everyone you encounter in public has steadfastly kept their hands clean, you can at least make sure that you and your family are doing your part to stay clean and healthy.

4) Eat out less – This is another habit that requires planning and intentionality if you wish to pull it off this year. Start small by only eating out once or twice a week, and then cut it back to once or twice a month. The more you eat in and plan your meals ahead of time, the more control you will have over what you will actually be consuming in the New Year. This goal is one that you can have a lot of fun with since cooking and planning meals together as a family is not only enjoyable but it can also be used as a learning tool, teaching kids to create a budget, measure out ingredients, and have fun cooking while eating healthfully.

5) Get more sleep – Is there anyone out there who really feels like they are getting enough sleep? Most people on average claim to wake up feeling groggy and require some sort of stimulant such as caffeine to really wake up. Getting enough sleep not only can increase your energy throughout the day, but can also improve your mood as well as your appearance. It is suggested that in order to get a good night’s sleep you give yourself plenty of time to fall asleep, avoid any sort of electronic screens for up to an hour before bed time, and stop using caffeine at least 6-8 hours prior to bed time.

Hopefully this New Year the goals you set will be the goals that help bring about a happier and healthier you in 2013!




October 31, 2012 : Germs your kids will bring home

Germs your kids will bring home

Winter hasn’t even hit yet, but school has already been in session for a few months, which means the kids are bringing home more and more germs every day. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs, and runny noses are currently being shared more than a box of crayons at your kids’ school. If you have a child who has boundless amounts of energy (the way most of them do) and runs from one place to the next with little thought about where they are putting their hands (the way most of them don’t) then you’re going to want to carry some sani-hands for kids on you. Below we’ve listed 5 of the top places that, as a parent, you’re going to want to be on the lookout for when to help your little one disinfect their hands.

The Supermarket – This place is crawling with germs, from the shelves, to the carts, to every imaginable part of the checkout line. If your little one is anything like the ones we know, then as soon you put them in a cart, they will be chewing on the handle you, and dozens of other people who haven’t washed their hands, use to push the cart. Make sure your kids thoroughly use sani-hands for kids wipes after leaving the store, and be sure to keep as much as possible out of their mouths.

Your friends’ homes – Unfortunately, for many adults, it is not until they have children that they realize the importance of keeping a home not only clean looking, but actually sanitized. Keep a few extra wipes on hand to make sure that your little one doesn’t pick up any colds here.

The Doctor’s Office – Another unfortunate place to be on the lookout as to what your kids are touching and/or putting in their mouths since this is supposed to be an environment you take your kids to in order to help them get better, not worse. The fact of the matter is though; most kids that are coming to a doctor’s office already have a runny nose, a fever, or some other symptom that has prompted this visit. Those very same kids are playing with the same toys your child will be playing with, spreading their germs with every touch of that train or puzzle piece your own kiddo is about to play with.

Public Restrooms – This one is pretty common sense, but needs to be noted along with the others. The most common area that is likely to be covered in germs is will to be the handles that are throughout the restroom, the ones that are used to enter the restroom, the stall handles, the sink faucets, and the handle used to exit the restroom. Remember, just because you wash your hand when you are in the restroom doesn’t mean everyone else does.

The playground – Last but not least, the playground. Another breeding ground for germs of every kind due to the population that is spending the most amount of time on them, children. Be sure to keep a few extra sani-hands for kids in your bag for when you and your little ones are leaving the playground, and above all else, make sure they don’t put anything in their mouth while they are on the playground.


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