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How to keep healthy this winter

Monday, 23 Mar 2015

It’s that time of year again where everyone starts sniffling, sneezing and coughing – sometimes in your personal space or on public transport!  While the cold and flu season may seem a while off, being prepared for the winter months can help you ward off nasty viruses.

Here are a few helpful hints to keep you healthy this winter:

  • Eat well. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure you are getting all the right nutrients to keep your immune system strong.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Keep your water levels up by drinking around eight glasses per day.
  • Get enough sleep. A decent amount of sleep gives your body a chance to repair and fight attacks from flu viruses.
  • Manage stress levels. Excessive stress can have a negative effect on your immune system. It can also contribute to you feeling rundown, which makes it easier for you to get sick.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake. By reducing the amount of toxins your body needs to process, it will recover more quickly.
  • Keep active. Exercise helps to keep your body fit. However, if you do fall victim to the flu virus, don’t be a hero – give your body the couple of days’ rest it needs to recover.

Five ways of fighting germs:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Clean frequently touched objects (doorknobs, keyboards and phones) regularly to help remove germs.
  3. Avoid close contact with sick people.
  4. Stay home when you’re sick to prevent others catching your illness.
  5. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve (not your hand) when you cough or sneeze.

Free Poster!

To help you get the word out around your workplace, we've developed the below poster.  To access it, simply download it on the link provided at the bottom of this page.

Flu Fighter Poster Medium


Melissa Watson

Melissa Watson is a Health and Wellness Coordinator for Sonic HealthPlus.