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Fight the Flu

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 14, 2010

St. Charles County – As a new school year begins, the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment reminds parents and teachers to help children avoid becoming sick, especially with novel H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.

“Children are particularly susceptible to H1N1 flu, and once it gets a foothold in a school, the virus can spread quickly,” said Gil Copley, director of the County Department of Community Health and the Environment. “Since there is no vaccine available yet, it’s important for students, parents, and teachers to take steps now to avoid spreading this virus.”

Copley urged good hygiene practices, such as:
Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or using the crook of your arm.
Washing hands frequently with soap and water, or using hand sanitizers.
Keeping children with a fever home from school.
Avoiding close contact with sick people.

“What’s good about these common-sense tips is that they can help children and adults prevent all sorts of infectious diseases, not just the flu,” Copley said.

As the flu season ramps up, Copley said the department would provide updates about the flu, its prevention, and available vaccinations. Schools, businesses, and individuals should monitor the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), available online at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu. The department is also keeping its special Internet web site updated at http://www.scchealth.org/swineflu.

The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment is committed to the protection and enhancement of health and the quality of life for all members of our community. For more information, call (636) 949-7400 or visit http://www.scchealth.org.

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Parenting Tips for Better Living

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 3, 2010

It’s a fact of life that most of us will be informal caregivers at some point in or lives to an elderly parent or relative. At the same time many of us will also be caring for our children. Being a parent while caring for a parent can lead to serious health problems. Find new ways below to reduce your care giver stress:

  • Ask for  and accept help. Be Prepared with a mental list of ways that others can help. If they want to, your older children can read a to granparents and spend quality time with them. But don’t force your kids to particpate.
  • Say ” no ” to request that are draiing, such as hosting a holiday meal.
  • Spend time alone with your kids. Go to a movie. Go for a long walk in the park. Talk to them about their day.
  • Don’t feel guilty that you are not a perfect. There are no perfect caregivers or parents. You’re doing the best that you can.
  • Join a support group for caregivers.
  • Make time each week to do something special for yourself: get a pedicure, enjoy your favorite recreational pursuit or visit friends.
  • Try to make time to be active most days of the week, eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep.
  • Don’t neglect your marriage or significant other.
  • If you begin to feel overwhelmed , speak to a qualified physician
  • Keep your sense of humor.
  • www.helpstartshere.org
  • You can find  a social worker who can help you navigate the health care system, get a nursing aide and even help you find transportation for your parents.

Source: U. S. Department of  Health and Human Services

A Parent’s Life

Reprinted from Dress for Success Empower Women & Their Families to Make Healthy Life Choices ( July 2010 Professional Women’s Group Tip Sheet)

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