Healthy Lifestyle, Polar Vortex, Springfield Illinois, Staying Warm, Uncategorized, Weather

Stay warm and safe during the cold snap

With more freezing temperatures expected this week we want everyone to stay warm and safe during the cold snap.

First and foremost, if you have elderly neighbors, family or friends close by check on them, especially if they have health problems. It’s important they take their medicines regularly and eat enough warm food.

Hot meals keep you warm so make sure you are having at least one hot meal a day and drinking plenty too. Try to get plenty of nutrients and vitamins by including a range of foods in your diet. Aim for five portions of fruit or veg a day and remember that frozen fruit and vegetables are as good as fresh.

In winter it’s not unusual to feel down so try to keep to your routine and if you can’t visit family or friends give them a call. It can really help to do something you enjoy every day.

If you’re stuck indoors get up from the sofa at least once an hour to stretch your legs.

It’s important you put several layers of clothing on when you do venture outdoors, especially children. Make sure their head, neck, and hands are covered. Scarves and hood strings can strangle small children so use other clothing to keep them warm. Clothes made from cotton, wool, or fleece help maintain body heat.

Kids will often want to play outside in the snow even if they are cold, make sure you are checking them so that they don’t get too cold.

Keep youngsters hydrated; in drier winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and trying warm drinks or soup.

If you aren’t mobile, 65 or older, or have health issues heat your home to at least 65 degrees. Keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if possible. Close blinds or draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts.

Children, those with health issues, and the elderly are most at risk during cold weather so do whatever you can to keep them safe and warm.

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