Winter Weather is Coming!

November 12, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog
Brrrr! Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate and resting under a warm blanket? I know I do. The winter season is a cozy time of year, but preparation is the best way to stay safe and healthy during this cold season. Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. The best way to get a head start for the winter season is to plan and be prepared.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests preparing your home with a back-up generator and needed supplies, and preparing your car with emergency supplies such as blankets, roadside flares, jumper cables and a flashlight. Although winter challenges may come as no surprise for some people, many of us are not prepared or ready for their arrival.
During the cold and flu season, it’s important to know we can stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall, by strengthening our immune systems with nutritious food and lots of rest, and perhaps getting an annual flu shot. 
Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. These healthy tips will help you prepare, while staying safe and warm during the winter months.

1.  Winterize your home:

  • Insulate water line that run along exterior walls
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks
  • Turn down your water heater

2.  Winterize your vehicle:

  • Consider getting snow tires
  • Check your battery
  • Change your wiper blades and refill your wiper fluid

3.  Prepare to travel:

  • Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories
  • Inform a friend or relative of your proposed route and expected time of arrival
  • ALWAYS carry a mobile phone and bring a charger just in case
Instead of taking chances, before winter hits, be ready.

Guest Blogger, Stephanie Patek

Stephanie is a well-being enthusiast with a mission is to help others pushHeadshot2017 past unhealthy obstacles. Serving as Manager of Wellness Operations for ease@work, a local Cleveland-based employee assistance program, she has surprising insight into how various organizations work and thrive. With a passion for presenting and spreading wellness knowledge, she is speaker, fitness coach, and consultant. With two little boys offering a challenge to her fitness regimen, she’s learned to creatively squeeze in a daily calorie burn. A native Pittsburger (oh no!), she has come to love Cleveland and call it home.

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