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H.E.A.D.s Up Newsletter June 2020
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COVID-19:  Cover Your Face for Others

Simple cloth face coverings can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Because people can have it and spread it and not feel sick, masks help protect others. 

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are hard to keep. That includes grocery and drug stores.

If you can’t find a face covering to buy, you may need to get creative and make one. Don’t worry if you don’t have a sewing machine. You can make one from things you have around the house.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   says cloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or loops around the ears
  • Have multiple layers of fabric
  • Let you breath without restriction
  • Be able to be machine washed and dried without damage or change to shape

Do not use cloth face coverings on children under age 2, advises the CDC. They are also not safe for people who have trouble breathing or can’t remove the covering without help.

Remember, surgical masks or N-95 respirators are reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders, the CDC says. A cloth mask is fine for everyday use.

Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth while removing the face covering. Wash your hands right after removing it.

Check out these patterns and tips   for making your cloth face coverings. Or watch this video from the U.S. Surgeon General, How To Make Your Own Face Covering.

Source:  BlueCross BlueShield of Texas 

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Exercising Outdoors During COVID-19
Five of the best free outdoor exercise classes and gyms in ...
Regular physical exercise is good not only for you physically, but also mentally.  And during this uncertain time, it can be an anchor to remain grounded, and sane, through the storm.  

If your indoor workouts are giving you cabin fever. Conner has these tips to ensure your safety while exercising outdoors:

1. Heed Social Distancing

If you plan to head outdoors for a walk, run or bike ride, maintain your distance – 6 feet between you and others. If you are hiking, choose a less popular trail or go at less crowded times. As exciting as it may be to gather at a park or neighborhood for an outdoor workout, don’t use outdoor exercise as an excuse to ignore social distancing.

2. Avoid Touching Your Face

“Always avoid touching your face unless you know your hands are clean,” Conner said. “A good way to know is imagining the virus as glitter. What would you do to prevent getting glitter in your eyes, nose or mouth? If it was on your hands, you’d wash it off.”

3. Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands before and after your workout with soap for at least 20 seconds

4. Stay Home If You’re Sick

If you have a fever, cough or are having difficulty breathing, stay home away from others to prevent “sharing” germs with others.

5. Don’t Go Overboard

Now is not the time to overdo it in the fitness department. If you aren’t used to a certain kind or amount of exercise, start out slowly to reduce your risk for overuse or repetitive use injuries.

Source:  Banner Health 

Neck or shoulder muscle weakness can hinder your mobility while often causing neck pain and headaches. Join Airrosti’s Dr. Stephanie Niño as she discusses the anatomy of the neck and demonstrates a few easy exercises to help prevent and relieve nagging neck pain.
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Virtual Yoga

The Coronavirus may keep us from meeting in person, but it will not keep us from showing our love for yoga! Practice yoga from the comfort of your own home this month with your own personal virtual trainer! Click on the link below to access free online yoga sessions. 

Yoga with Adrienne

Yoga leads to improved physical fitness, increased ability to concentrate, and decreased stress. It's activity that helps both your body and mind and is a great way to relax and rejuvenate.
Exercise Your Brain With This Word Scramble!
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National Health Observance June

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month 

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.   
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This month we are focusing on ways to save big at the grocery store! Below are some delicious yet budget-friendly recipes to whip up in the kitchen!
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  Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese
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Italian Pizza Pasta Salad
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Honey Vanilla Cottage Cheese Fruit 
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Peanut Butter Jelly Bars - Budget Bytes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars 
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Additional Info: To learn more about preventive care, click here. Click here to find out the recommendations for various screenings and tests.

Log into the wellness portal for even more articles on this topic: Health Screening: Finding Problems Early/ Evaluación de salud: Cómo detectar temprano los problemas de salud.
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