Stay Healthy this Winter
We all know that moving around and getting our steps in can be harder during the cold winter months; but is just as important to our health, in fact:
“Regular workouts improve your mood, increase your energy level and help you sleep better at night” this can be especially beneficial during the winter months to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Exercise can also help boost your immunity during cold and flu season. Just a few minutes a day can help prevent simple bacterial and viral infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Keeping it moving in the winter can include both outdoor and indoor sports, although going outside may be a bit more daunting. Dressing properly outside allows you to still get in a dose of sunlight, vitamin D and fresh air. Dressing properly includes wearing breathable material for the first layer (something that pulls moisture away from your skin) like the moisture wicking fabrics used in high-performance sportswear. Next it is recommended to add a layer of fleece, and finally, top with a thin waterproof layer. Remember your hat, gloves and a scarf.
Here at the Center for Prevention and Counseling(CFPC), the staff has aimed to keep up with their steps even through the winter. To provide some incentive and a method of tracking, a CFPC team was created to be part of the American Public Health Associations Billion Step Challenge. The challenge takes place from January to April. The Center for Prevention and Counseling Team has undertaken the goal to increase steps each week. Check out the website for information on how to join the challenge: http://www.nphw.org/get-involved/steps-challenge
About the Grantee
The mission of the Center for Prevention and Counseling is to promote hope, health and recovery among all people by fostering a community in which individuals and families thrive. We do this through our 3 departments including Prevention, Counseling and Recovery support.
Cohort: North 2
Funder: NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids