There are important preventive measures that will help you stay safe and healthy to stop the spread of viruses or reduce the chances of becoming sick.
Four precautions you should follow at all times are:
1. Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
2. Cough or sneeze into your elbow area of your sleeve or a tissue (not your hands), then throw the tissue in the trash.
3. Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning product that contains bleach. It‛s important to keep all of these preventive measures in mind, as well as stocking up on foods that are nutritious, non-perishable and easily available in case of an emergency or not being able to go out due to sickness.
How well is your kitchen stocked?
Read below to see what should be included in your pantry. These foods are good staples to have on hand and good sources of essential nutrients that will keep your body well fueled during an emergency.
Healthy Proteins: Canned tuna, chicken and salmon are healthy protein choices.Other good proteins include beans, nuts and nut butters, soy products, boxed milk, instant powdered milk and energy or nutrition bars. Fresh eggs and yogurt also provide an excellent source of protein and can be usually be stored in your refrigerator for several weeks.
Healthy Vegetables and Fruits: Vegetables and fruit have a high fiber and water content — important for maintaining digestive health while supplying your body with vitamins and minerals. Eat any fresh fruit and vegetables first, followed by frozen and canned.
Healthy Grains: It’s important to include servings from the grains group to make a balanced meal. Grains provide calories for energy as well as fiber, vitamins and minerals. Examples include dry, whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, brown rice and whole grain pastas. Hydration: Although it is mentioned here last, adequate hydration is a top priority.For most adults, the goal is eight, 8oz servings of liquids per day. This can include water, juice, decaffeinated tea & coffee, soup, gelatin and milk.
Provided by the Nutrition Division of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services
Nutrition News for SeniorsGeorge Latimer, County ExecutiveMae Carpenter, Commissioner Department of Senior Programs and Services