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WRITTEN BY AMY SAWCHENKO
From homemade chicken soup to a hot shower—everyone has their own remedy for
a cold or flu. If you get sick this winter, health management nurse Tracy Mullen has
seven tried-and-true suggestions to help you feel better.
1. Get lots of sleep. “It’s your body’s way of healing itself,” Mullen says. Shoot for at
least six to eight hours a night, and nap if you can.
2. Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and loosen mucous.
3. Gargle with salt and warm water to relieve pain, Mullen says.
4. When you have a stuffy nose, try a humidifier. “It hydrates and loosens the
secretions in your sinus,” Mullen says. Visit Facebook.com.applemag.ca for tips
on cleaning your humidifier. You can also use a saline nose mist.
5. Talk to your pharmacist about safe over-the-counter medications for you.
6. Give your body time to heal.
7. Get the free flu shot to prevent future colds and flus.
Playing games to
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Shadows of the Academy is a new
card game that teaches children in
grades 4 to 6 about the health risks of
smoking, how to resist peer pressure,
and marketing tactics the tobacco
industry uses to get them to light up.
The game was developed by AHS and
the University of Lethbridge.
“If we can prevent youth from using
tobacco before they’re 21, it lowers
the chances of them ever starting to
use tobacco,” says Dr. Brent Friesen,
a medical officer of health and the
Tobacco Reduction lead for Alberta
Health Services. “And even if they
were to use tobacco as adults, it
tends to be easier for them to stop
Fewer Albertans are smoking than
ever before—and that’s something
to be proud of. And as teachers,
parents, communities and healthcare
professionals continue to educate kids
about the risks of smoking, the rates of
youth smoking will continue to decline.
Visit academy.albertaquits.ca to learn
more about the game.
Protect yourself from the cold
There’s a reason the phrase “Jack Frost nipping at your nose” is so relatable.
When the temperature drops, skin and the tissue underneath—most commonly on
the hands, feet, nose and face—can freeze or get frostbitten. From tingling hands to
frozen feet, frostbite becomes more severe the longer you’re outside and the colder
it is; if you think frostbite is severe, seek immediate help.
The best way to protect yourself from the elements is to dress for the weather.
Remember these four layers before heading outside.
1. Inner layer: choose socks, long johns and long sleeves made of merino wool or
synthetic fabrics to wick moisture away from the skin.
2. Middle layer: choose sweaters and pants made of fleece or synthetic insulation
to trap warm air against your body.
3. Outer layer: add a jacket with material that cuts or blocks wind and repels rain
4. Final layer: wear boots, hats and gloves that can wick
away moisture and insulate, and add a balaclava
or scarf to cover your face.