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Life is Better with Clean Hands

Published in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Post created by the CDC.  CDC has launched  Life is Better with Clean Hands , a national campaign encouraging adults to make clean hands a healthy habit at home and away. Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. Follow these five steps every time. Wet  your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather  your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub  your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Rinse  your hands well under clean, running water. Dry  your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. If soap and water

Dealing with Holiday Burnout

by Jeanette R. Harrison, MPH The holidays are upon us. It's time for laughter, cheer, meeting with friends, gathering gifts, and feeling stressed. In fact, if you are feeling burned out, the holidays can add to that feeling. Let's face it, the holidays can be a lot. During the holidays, you can burned out pretty easily. You have extra activities on your calendar and may feel like you have less money in your pocket. To help you out, we designed the course, "Dealing with Holiday Burnout." Because Holiday Burnout is a real thing.  Sign up here for "Dealing with Holiday Burnout" Through the course, we provide you with 8 tips for surviving the holidays. This can be in your work life or in your personal life. The 8 tips we will discuss in the course are: 1. Practice Gratitude 2. Plan Ahead 3. Meditate 4. Get Plenty of Rest 5. It's Okay to Say No 6. Make Friends with Your Money 7. Take Time for You 8. Take Care of Your Health Use Coupon Code Holidays23* To Get

What Being a Domestic Violence Survivor is Like

  by Jeanette R. Harrison, MPH What is being a domestic violence survivor like? It's a complete nightmare. How do I know? I am a domestic violence survivor. I have been a domestic violence survivor since I was physically abused and neglected as a child, and I was, in turn, abused as an adult. In fact, over 75% of domestic violence survivors continue to experience abuse throughout their lifetime.   Contrary to popular myth, children who are abused are more likely to not be abusers... at over 75%. However, children who are abused are more likely to be abused as adults. They experience what is known as poly-victimization . That is, they experience abuse or bullying from multiple individuals.  I could cite a lot of statistics about what being a domestic violence survivor is like. However, I think telling what it is like from my perspective may emphasize my point better. I would like to warn people this may trigger certain individuals. I also would like you to know this is an extremely

Get Your Walk On

The following is an excerpt from the best-selling book, "Get Your Walk On." It's also now an online course!  Foreword I started filming walking videos for the Billion Steps Challenge in January 2020. Then, COVID hit, and my walking videos became about encouraging other people to get outside, how the diffusion of molecules made the disease less likely to spread, how being outside boosted your immune response, and also increased vitamin D production. My walking videos became about my health and encouraging others to be outside because "outside was okay." If you check out How Healthcare Works on Instagram or the How Healthcare Works YouTube channel , you can see the original walking videos from the past two years.  Get Your Walk On is for sale on Amazon I originally started the walking videos in Grain Valley, Missouri. Because of the cold weather in Missouri, many days I would walk around my living room or my basement or do steps in my home just to reach a few thou

Promote Physical Activity with the Move Your Way® Campaign

This post is courtesy of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP).  With all the fitness fads and conflicting health advice flooding our news feeds, it can be hard to catch people’s attention with the physical activity messages that matter. The Move Your Way® campaign can help. ODPHP developed the  Move Your Way campaign  to share key recommendations from the  second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans , released in November 2018. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, Move Your Way emphasizes personalized, practical strategies that people can use to fit more activity into their busy lives, while clearly communicating the amount and types of physical activity Americans need to stay healthy. And you can help spread the word! The Move Your Way campaign has resources for health professionals, organizations, and communities to reach adults, parents, kids, and older adults. Use our fact sheets, posters, videos, and interactive tools in English a

Join Us in Celebrating National Public Health Week!

Join How Healthcare Works and the American Public Health Association in celebrating National Public Health Week! Post shared courtesy of the American Public Health Association and National Public Health Week. Public health is crucial and critical to our society. It combats threats to our individual and collective health and promotes practices that help every American live as long and as well as they can. That’s why How Healthcare Works, LLC is excited to be a part of  National Public Health Week 2023 , celebrated April 3-9. This year, we’re joining the  American Public Health Association  in “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health.” The COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing public health crises in the U.S., like racism and climate change, have shown us the importance of a robust public health system equipped to handle the diverse needs of the communities being affected. By working together, we can have a more inclusive system that supports well-being and health equity for all comm