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.

 
 
 



May 20, 2013 : Staying safe this summer

Staying safe this summer

Memorial Day is almost here, which means that summer time is just around the corner. As spring showers give way to warmer temperatures, families are bound to spend more time outside enjoying barbecues, beaches, biking, and all of the other activities that summer time has to offer. Make sure that this summer you and your kids don’t miss out on any great chances to learn and explore in the great outdoors by arming yourself with some Sani-Hands for Kids and a few simple rules.

If you take your children to the park or beach, make sure that you clean their hands when play time is over. Sand and sandboxes can contain animal droppings from different kinds and sizes of creatures. While you may not be able to see the droppings of smaller animals, they are still filled with microorganisms that can potentially make a child sick.

If you don’t live in a moderately or heavily wooded area, you may be unaware of the dangers presented by ticks. Vacationers can often find themselves returning home from camping trips carrying a few extra guests into their home in the forms of these small disease transmitting parasitic arachnids. Make sure that you and your family are aware of what common symptoms of Lyme disease are and what a tick looks like, also make sure that any animals who have access to the outdoors are also frequently checked since they cannot verbally communicate that they may have one in the same way a human can.

Sunscreen is a must if you are planning on spending any time at all outdoors. If you are outdoors on a sunny day, you and your kids are likely to be fairly active and possibly even take a dip in the pool. Make sure that the sunscreen you choose on days such as this is both sweat-proof and won’t come off in the water. Also be sure to reapply sunscreen every few hours in order to make sure that your skin is fully protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Always follow directions for use found on the sun screen container.

All of this time spent outdoors is likely to lead to an increased chance of exposure to both wild and domesticated animals. While most animals are perfectly happy and healthy, some (including domestic amphibians such as pet frogs) may be harboring salmonella. After being outdoors or handling your pets, be sure to wash your hands. When soap and water are not available for washing your hands, it is important to keep hand sanitizing wipes accessible in order to help prevent the spread of this disease.

We will continue to update our blog throughout the summer with safety tips for you and your family, be sure to check back and be sure to enjoy your summer!




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!




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