“Family.” What does the word mean to you? Michael J. Fox has claimed: “Family isn’t an important thing. It is everything.” Medical studies have identified three main family-level influences on health:
- A shared physical environment, and
- A shared social environment.
The last two sources turn out to be more significant when family members dwell in the same home.
Five Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy
- Vaccinations have become a controversial topic in recent years. However, for peace of mind and as a responsible citizen, ensure that your children have their vaccination shots.
- Hand washing is a super simple way to avoid the spreading of germs. A quick rinse under water is not enough. Teach your family to wash their hands:
- Frequently: especially before eating, after using the bathroom, after sneezing or coughing, and
- Thoroughly: lather for at least 20 seconds.
- Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow if there are no tissues handy. Discard dirty tissues immediately after use.
- Do not share! This may go against the morals you have been trying to instill in your family, but explain the importance of not using others’ brushes, hats, toothbrushes, whistles, etc.
- Disinfect your bathroom with a bleach solution at least once a week. That includes the bath toys. Ensure that your toothbrushes are stored an adequate distance from each other. Always close the toilet seat before flushing.
17th April 2017
April 17th is Family Day in South Africa. It is also a day used to celebrate various quirky phenomena, some healthy and others less so:
- Boston Marathon – healthy
- Easter Monday – unhealthy if you consume too many Easter eggs.
- National Cheeseball Day –an American version of cheese puff crisps, therefore unhealthy.
- Kick a Ball Day – healthy.
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