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07/Oct/2020

Everyone 6 months & older should receive an annual flu vaccine. Flu can cause mild to severe illness.

When should I get vaccinated?

You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begin spreading in your community, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu. Make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.

Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/flu and https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm#when


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09/Mar/2020

Let us help you determine if you are at risk for COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
1. Have you traveled to areas of known exposure within the last 14 days of symptoms starting?
2. Have you come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 2 weeks?
3. Do you have a fever of 100.4 or great or symptoms of lower respiratory illness like a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
 
For more information see also:
CDC
 
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
 
It appears that handwashing with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds is still your best defense to prevent the spread of this virus. If you have any further questions, call us at 402 367-3193.

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29/Nov/2019

Don’t get stranded this winter without a survival kit at the ready.  A few simple and inexpensive items kept in your vehicle can make all the difference should you or your family find yourself stranded on the side of the road in winter weather.

 

Many of you may have read the story about the man who survived while stranded in his car by eating ketchup packets.  We may chuckle at the idea, but it points to a reality for many of us who live in areas where the road conditions and weather can be unpredictable.  While we always hope for the best, a little preparation can go a long way to help you feel safe and secure while traveling this winter. That’s why we’d like to suggest that you create your own stranded car survival kit in the event that anything should happen.  Just knowing it’s there will give you peace of mind, and we’ll feel better knowing that you are taking care of yourself even when you aren’t visiting our facility.

The best survival kit is one that is easy to find and ready for use, so find a plastic container that can hold all of your items.  Not only does it keep items dry, you’ll be able to locate everything you need without having to sort through a pile of CDs, fast food wrappers and random ice scrapers.  Your kit should contain at a minimum the following items:

  • Bottled drinking water.
  • High energy, non-perishable snacks such as unsalted nuts, energy bars or any kind of high protein fitness snack or dried fruit.
  • An extra blanket.
  • A first aid kit containing basic supplies such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze tape, cold compress and scissors.
  • A compass, whistle and reflective vest in the event that you must leave your vehicle.
  • Matches.
  • Duct tape.
  • A rain poncho.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • A flashlight with extra batteries.
  • A car charger for your cell phone.

Any additional items that might help you get yourself unstuck such as a shovel, cat litter for traction and extra clothing that would keep you warm while you are outside are also helpful.

In addition, make sure that your spare tire is inflated and that you have access to the correct tools necessary to change a tire.

Hopefully you’ll never need to use any of these items, but if you should find yourself in a situation where you are stranded, you’ll be prepared to either free yourself from that snowbank or remain comfortable while you wait for assistance.  And if you have a few ketchup packets in the glovebox, all the better.

 


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26/Nov/2019

We’ve all seen those movies when a couple strolls through a beautiful winter scene holding hands and singing about their love for each other, a rosy glow on their cheeks.  While these scenes are entertaining, the reality is that they are actors who are most likely strolling through fake snow in a studio in California. For those of us who take our strolls in the reality of a Nebraska winter, whether it’s to feed livestock or walk the kids to the bus stop, we rarely sing and we’re certainly not dancing (unless hopping from one foot to the other in an attempt to manufacture some body heat counts as dancing.)

Given the reality of the Nebraska winters, we’re more than willing to throw fashion out the door and do what it takes to survive in the wind and snow.  Layering is a must and a good pair of boots with adequate traction will not only keep your feet from getting wet while scooping snow but will help prevent falls.  A winter coat, gloves and a scarf will also keep you comfortable while you brave the elements. Coats made of nylon, polyester or water-proof fabric will protect you from moisture while an inner layer of wool or fleece (think cozy sweater) will help insulate your body.

If you’ve ever been called hot-headed, it’s true.  Heat escapes through our heads, so a knitted hat will help you maintain a more comfortable body temperature.  And don’t forget to cover your ears; they aren’t naturally prepared for cold weather, so keep them tucked under your hat or under a pair of ear muffs.  Plus, if someone is busy telling you how hot-headed you are, you can just ignore them and blame it on your ear coverings.

Our fingers and toes are also vulnerable when it comes to the biting cold.  Waterproof gloves with extra padding are the best way to go and a thick pair of wool socks will keep your toes from complaining.  And if you do find yourself holding hands with someone special while you take in the beauty of the season, you won’t have to worry about sweaty palms.  It’s a win-win for everyone.


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20/Aug/2019

Health benefits of walking

You carry your own body weight when you walk. This is known as weight-bearing exercise. Some of the benefits include:

  • increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • stronger bones and improved balance
  • increased muscle strength and endurance
  • reduced body fat.

To get the health benefits, try to walk for at least 30 minutes as briskly as you can on most days of the week. ‘Brisk’ means that you can still talk but not sing, and you may be puffing slightly. Moderate activities such as walking pose little health risk but, if you have a medical condition, check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program of physical activity.

 

Source: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/walking-for-good-health


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