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Winter 2012

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Winter in Southwest Florida is beautiful, yes, but, healtwise it could be risky…

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Healthy Travel: Tips For the Long Haul 

Winter travel can be hard on you, your family, and your health, and there are lots of  "long trips" on the way to southwest Florida.  Here are some tips to help you not only survive travel, but actually thrive on travel and arrive energized and ready to enjoy your vacation.

The long road trip...

  • Eat a good high protein breakfast before you leave.
  • Bring healthy snacks like fruit and nuts or protein bars.
  • Eat sensible meals instead of burgers, fries and milkshakes.
  • Drink lots of water and take frequent breaks. Don't allow yourself to get de-hydrated by drinking caffeinated soft drinks and too much coffee.
  • Do some mini-exercises at rest stops: walk or jog around the parking lot or do some mini-push-ups off a picnic bench to relax your shoulder.
  • For multi-day road trips, pack workout gear and use the hotel facilities.  No gym available, try the stairs for 10-15 minutes. 

The Shorter, but dryer (and cramped) Airplane Ride....

  • Airplane air is drier than the Sahara desert and it's important to keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water during and after your flight - and avoid caffeine and alcohol, which increases dehydration.
  • Bring your own healthy snacks, and avoid the "salty" snacks provided by the airline.
  • Get up every hour or so and move around a bit to keep good circulation in your legs.

Food Borne Illnesses Effect  76 Million Americans Each Year!  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that Americans get sick approximately 76 million times per year from contaminated food. 

With our year-round warm weather here in Florida and lots of entertaining of houseguests and visitors,  food is often left unrefrigerated for hours and this could pose a threat to your health or the health of your guests.  

To reduce the risk of food-related illness:  

  1. food should not sit out for more than two hours at room temperature so divide food on your buffet  into two serving portions and keep one refrigerated to serve later;
  2. wash all fruits and vegetables well (even those that say "pre-washed")
  3. thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator overnight instead of leaving it out on your counter to defrost
  4. Be sure to cook fish, poultry and meat to the recommended temperatures.

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