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Clean Your House For Your Health

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all were told how important it was to clean and disinfect our homes to prevent the spread of diseases. Stores barely could keep disinfectant wipes, household cleaners, and bleach on the shelves. In fact, some household cleaning items are still hard to come by. It isn't only important to clean your house for your health in a pandemic, but it should be part of your regular routine. Clean for Your Physical Health  COVID-19 isn't the only reason you should clean for your physical health. There are bacteria and viruses lurking all over your home all the time. Every time someone touches a door handle, a cabinet, or a counter after they cough or sneeze, they are potentially spreading viruses or bacteria. When you don't clean off the handles and the cabinets and the counters regularly, the bacteria or viruses can live from a few hours to a few days on your surfaces. Faucet handles, counters, cabinets, and refrigerators in the kitchen are es

School-Based Clinics

At election time every year, we often think of the national level policy goals. The hot topics are usually about health care, the economy, the national debt, racial and social equity, and foreign policy. Elections aren't only about national-level issues. They are also about states and communities. School board elections or bond issues are often on the ballot at the local level. Providing school-based health clinics is an important health policy issue that should be considered at the local level.  What Are School-Based Clinics? School-based clinics (also known as school-based health centers) are clinics that are located inside or near schools. They usually serve as primary care clinics. Students, staff, and faculty could use the clinic services.  Clinics inside schools may consist of one or more primary care providers, such as a doctor or a nurse practitioner. The doctor may then have additional staff assisting in the clinic including nurses, office staff, and medical assistants. An

Staying Hydrated During The School Day

School is back in session and students are back in the classroom and back to their activities. However, more happens in schools than learning. It's also a place where students, teachers, staff, and parents can improve their health. Staying hydrated is an important component of staying healthy during the school day.  Why Hydration is Important   Depending on which source you use, your body is made up of 60-70% water. Your body uses water for cell functioning to sputum production to dispelling waste from your body. Water helps with digestion, controlling body temperature, and even breathing. Water also enables better brain functioning, improves alertness, and reduces fatigue.  Young children should receive 4-6 glasses of water a day, school-aged children should have 6-8 glasses of water a day, and adults should have 8 glasses of water a day.  Signs of Dehydration Did you ever have a headache and not know why? It could be because you were dehydrated. Headaches are a sign of dehydratio