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Keep Yourself Healthy this Fall and Winter

The leaves are starting to change color on the trees, apple trees are ready for picking and unfortunately students are already starting to get sick with cold and flu symptoms. As a substitute teacher it is important for you to stay as healthy as possible. It can be easy to catch something when you are working with young students day after day, but there some easy ways to try to prevent illness and keep yourself healthy and strong. Use these helpful tips to stay on top of your health this cold and flu season.

  1. Pump up the Vitamin C - Vitamin C can help to strengthen your immune system to fight germs and disease. Stock up on C packed foods like orange juice, strawberries and dark leafy greens
  2. Wash your hand, then wash them again - Frequently washing or sanitizing you hands will help keep germs at bay and from getting into you body. 
  3. Find time for a quick workout - "Exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils, and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function," says Ather Ali, ND, MPH, assistant director of Complementary/Alternative Medicine Research at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.
  4. Try to get your sleep - a 2009 Carnegie Mellon study found that anything short of seven hours nearly triples your odds of catching a cold.

It's important to try your best to stay on top of your health this cold and flu season. You don't want to let an illness get in the way of getting the sub jobs you want. 

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