Monday, September 26, 2016

Top 9 Frequently Asked Questions About the Flu

1. What type of flu season are we expecting?

According to the CDC flu seasons can vary in their timing, severity, and duration from one season to another. They go on to say comparing this flu season to the last three years It looks like this flu season is starting little later and while there have been reports of deaths due to flu this season the overall season is milder.

2. How many people get the flu?

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index on any given day, a baseline of between about 1% and 4% of the adult population reports being sick with flu in America. The CDC reports during flu season between 5 – 20% of the U.S. population comes down with the flu each year.

3. What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

Experts agree it's important for you to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. If it’s a cold your symptoms will most likely experience a sore throat, runny nose, congestion and cough. Fever is uncommon in adults, for children fever is common. If it’s the flu your symptoms may include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches, soreness, congestion, sometime nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
According to WebMD while cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations.

4. How is the flu spread?

The main way respiratory viruses are spread are from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes.  That's why the health department recommends cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Since most people touch their face many times during the day, the recommendations also include washing your hands several times a day with soap and water. These measures are believed to shorten your symptoms and prevent the spread of the flu to others. 

5. Does the flu vaccine work for everyone? 

According to the CDC in a statement made June 2016 how well the flu vaccine works (or its ability to prevent flu illness) can range widely from season to season and can be affected by a number of factors, including characteristics of the person being vaccinated, the similarity between vaccine viruses and circulating viruses, and even which vaccine is used.

6. Is it OK to use the new flu nasal spray? 

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in June 2016 voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season.Say NO to the flu nasal spray this year. 

7. Should I get a flu shot? 

Maybe. There continues to be a debate whether flu shots are a good idea. Depending on who you ask will determine the answer you receive. As with every concern about YOUR body, YOU are the ultimate decision maker.  
  • The Center for Disease Control says YES. To read more click here 
  • GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals says YES. To read more click here
There continues to be a controversy as to whether Influenza Immunization (flu shot) is a good idea. However, there is no confusion flu is a health threat. Not long ago "old people and babies" by the thousands died every year during the flu season October - March. 

 8. Where can I get a flu shot? 
  • Your doctor. 
  • Urgent Care Center 
  • Some pharmacies and super stores
  • Suggest to your employer a flu clinic at work as part of your workplace wellness program.  

9. How can I protect myself from the flu?

Everyone agrees with or without the flu vaccine you must take action to protect yourself from the flu. You do this by protecting and improving your immune system. After all the ultimate responsibility for your health is yours. 

What you can do to PREVENT the FLU Harvard Medical School suggests to adopt healthy living strategies. 

Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat. 
    • If eating the recommendation of 9 - 13 fruits and vegetables are too much for you we recommend checking out the One Simple Change program. 
  • Control your blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.

Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach 
Wellness Consultant 
WELCOA Faculty 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Save Yourself

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, C2 Your Health LLC is proud to participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.
Everybody knows people who eat more fruits and vegetables experience less chronic disease than those who don't eat them. All you have to do is turn on the television, open your computer to the internet, or stalk your Facebook friends and up pops some news about the importance to making healthy choices usually in the form of "buy this product" which may or may not really be healthy. Fruits and vegetables are life saving and life giving. One thing is for sure, fruits and vegetables are natures medicine. 
The next time you get sick ask yourself, "Could I have avoided this sickness if I would have eaten more fruits and vegetables instead of whatever it was I was eating?"  For 90% of us the answer will be yes.Fruits and vegetables are power packed with life saving nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are natures medicine and are the prescription for better health. 
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:
  • Lower your risk for heart disease (high blood pressure, cholesterol), kidney stones, obesity, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep your body strong and active
What can you do?  
  • Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.   
  • Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks. 
  • Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.
A good way to help you and your family eat more fruits and vegetables is to: 
Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!

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Your partner in health,

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Wellness Consultant
Certified Health Coach
WELCOA Faculty 
C2 Your Health LLC

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Parents Play Key Role in Setting Habits for Kids Future Health

It's never enough to tell your kids to do what you say not what you do. You are the 1st and most important role model for your kids. When it comes to their health your example maybe the difference between a short unhealthy life and a long healthy and happy life.

In a recent study reported by HealthDay Canadian researchers conducted a telephone survey asking 3,200 parents with at least one child under age 18 who were living in Ontario. These parents were asked about the children's healthy lifestyle behaviors related to national guidelines for physical activity, healthy eating and appropriate TV/screen time (NIH Tips).

Encouraging your kids to eat right, exercise and limit screen time may not be enough to instill healthy habits. You also need to lead by example, researchers suggest.  "Although any support parents can give is good, we found children were more likely to meet guidelines if parents were giving active, engaged support," said study author Dr. Heather Manson.

For the complete article: Parents can play key role in setting healthy habits for kids –

Your partner in health,

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Wellness Consultant
Certified Health Coach
WELCOA Faculty
C2 Your Health LLC 

If you would like to do more to help your kids to develop healthier eating habits.
The Juice Plus+ Children's Health Study is enrolling now.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Couch Potato Children

Experts predict that many parents could soon outlive their couch-potato children, as junk foods and a lack of exercise send them to their graves almost a decade early. BEEZY MARSH, Daily Mail

It's been 6 years since The White House released President Obama proclaimed September National Childhood Obesity Awareness month in 2010. 

Within the same White House Press Release the announcement of the new landmark health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), includes a number of important tools for fighting and reversing the rise of childhood obesity.  All new health insurance plans will be required to cover both screenings for childhood obesity and counseling on nutrition and sustained weight loss, without charging any out of pocket costs.  The ACA also requires large restaurant and vending machine operators to provide visible nutritional information about the products they sell, enabling all Americans to make more informed choices about the foods they eat.  

The press release goes on to say a Task Force on Childhood Obesity was developed to marshal the combined resources of the Federal Government to develop interagency solutions and make recommendations on how to respond to this crisis.

Since 2010 billions of dollars have been spent on childhood fitness, nutrition in schools and communities around the U.S. to combat the childhood obesity epidemic that impacts the quality of life for millions of children then adults in our future. Has much changed in five years? 

Let's compare 2011 vs 2016 childhood obesity data. 

In 2011 - 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the prevelance of childhood obesity was approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years  are obese

Today September 2016 according to the current American Heart Association website in the article Overweight in our Children, 1 in 3 (33%) American kids and teens is overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity in children more than tripled from 1971 to 2011. 

The American Heart Association goes on to report childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking. 

If you are one of the millions of parents worrying about their child's weight and understand your child being fat and not just "big for their age" requires immediate action. 

What can you do? Education is a good place to start. 

To learn what the appropriate weight is for your child go to the website Kids Health from Nemours it is a great resource for Parents, Kids and Teens.    
  • Discuss with your child your concerns. 
  • Solicit your child in helping you to help them with healthier lifestyle choices. 
  • Teach your child what you learn.
  • Develop a family healthy lifestyle plan.
  • Practice what you preach. 

No agency not even billions of dollars can solve the childhood obesity epidemic. We, you and me sharing what we learn with our children, friends and neighbors along with actions to support healthy lifestyle habits is what needs to happen. If we don't in 6 more years the new childhood obesity rates will very sad. 

Your partner in health, 

Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant