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How-to: Avoid illness, practice healthy habits

Published: Thursday, November 9, 2006

Updated: Friday, October 10, 2008 02:10

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Kelli Catana

Practicing proper hygiene, eating healthy foods and maintaining a positive outlook are important aspects of avoiding sickness.

It's beginning to take over. It's the time of the year where the freezing temperatures get the best of us and our immune system fails. It's the time for being sick.

Being ill has become an everyday event for most Plattsburgh State University College students.

A lot of it has to do with how cold it gets, however, another part of it is how poorly students care for themselves.

The main thing to remember about being healthy is hygiene. You've been taught since you were little to brush your teeth, wash your hands, shower daily, floss and much more. Mastering the skills given to you by your parents can be very helpful in staying healthy.

Of all the hygiene tips you have been given, washing your hands would be one of the most important ones.

Your hands make contact with the most surfaces during the day so giving them a quick spray to wash away the germs would be beneficial, especially after making a trip to the bathroom.

Sometimes there is no faucet available so you should carry hand disinfectant.

Aside from hygiene, another important thing to be conscious of is staying warm.

As we have all learned, Plattsburgh is located in the North and tends to get very cold this time of year.

It would be wise to pack away your sandals and tank tops and just stick to heavy coats and Under Armour.

While dressing warmly is an important part of staying healthy, according to the Yahoo special health services Web site, there are some home remedies to fight the common cold.

According to the Web site, people should avoid harmful fats and sugars and take nutritional supplements such as multi-vitamins and avoid stress.

"I take a multi-vitamin everyday when I wake up and I have yet to get sick in spite of the fact that I have been taking care of my roommate, who has been running a high fever," PSUC freshman Kristin Sahiem said.

Multi-vitamins increase the amount of nutrition consumed by your body and are great for your health.

It's a known fact that staying healthy is very important in a student's busy life.

"Preventing illness is more than just avoiding sickness," Jerimy Blowers, PSUC health educator, said. "This involves eating well, getting plenty of sleep and exercising. All three help boost the immune system and keep the body functioning properly. Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude. Many people don't know that laughing actually stimulates the immune system and that individuals with a healthy outlook on life live longer, get fewer illnesses and recover much faster than those who do not."

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