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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 disease. 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, or 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

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. A

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

Why A Dog is Good for Your Health

 It's early in the morning, and I'm sitting here with my little Pomchi, Mosie. I'm waiting for my coffee to brew, and she is waiting for me to make breakfast. Every day she hopes that she will get at least a small piece of whatever I'm cooking. It doesn't always happen, but she can hope. I love having Mosie around, and I love my other dog, Manny, who I haven't seen in two months now. It's no surprise that when a friend told me she wanted to get a dog that I told her to go for it. She was trying to convince her family members that she should get one. "Say it's good for your health! I'll write it up for you," I responded. Here I am, writing up for her how a dog is good for her health and yours, too.  1. Dogs Boost Your Mood. One of the things I love the most about my dogs is how happy they are. Every morning, they wake up and act like it's the best day of their lives. Both of my dogs are like that. It's like they are saying, "Yea

Quick Tips for Virtual Learning

 One of my first jobs as a faculty member was as distance learning faculty. I taught healthcare administration courses online. The courses ranged from Human Resources Management to Principles of Marketing to Healthcare Finance and Accounting. I taught online for five years, and then I taught hybrid courses a few years later at two other universities, one that was historically online based. However, the classes I taught for them were face to face. As a faculty member using online platforms, I found that the following tips useful to ensure my students were successful in my classes. I thought I would share those tips with you. 1. Designate a workspace. When I was in graduate school, one of my professors told me that being a student was a full-time job. I had always treated it like it was one of my part-time jobs, and I had several. However, once I changed my mindset and treated school like it was my full-time job, I found it less stressful. For middle school, high school, and college stud

How To Manage Your Health Plan

 Managed care can often feel like your health insurance plan is managing you. Finding your way through it can be like weaving your way through spider webs in a haunted house. Once you are done being entangled and entrapped in one web, you feel like there is another one to walk through. So much is happening around you that you don't understand. Once the lights are on, you see that everything wasn't as scary as you thought. Shedding some light on your health care plan, too, can make it seem less frightening. 1. Pay Attention When Selecting Your Plan. When providing you with information about your employer-sponsored, private pay, and even government-backed health plans (like Medicaid), you are usually given a grid. The grid shows what is covered at optimum levels and lower levels of plan payments and coverage. Take the time to read the grid. Reading it isn't fun or interesting, but it will pay off in the long run. Be honest with yourself about your healthcare needs. If you hav

The Ins and Outs of Being Your Own Advocate

It's late at night, and you have to work in the morning. After a long weekend of fun and supposed relaxation, you realize you aren't feeling the best. You decide to give it a couple of days and see if your symptoms get any better. If they don't, then maybe you will make a doctor's appointment. Before you check into the clinic, make sure you know the ins and outs of being your own advocate. 1. Do Your Research. We live in this great era where we have all kinds of information at our fingertips. Almost anything and everything can be found on the internet. Several websites also exist where you can check your symptoms and try to guesstimate what illness you may have. My personal favorite symptom checker websites are WebMD and Mayo Clinic . These symptom checker sites also usually have treatment options listed for each illness. Sometimes, you can treat yourself and your symptoms at home without going to the doctor. At others, you may need intervention by a medical profession