Below you'll find the September monthly wellness information that focuses on tips and tricks for the fall season.

Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot

Each year, millions of people come down with the flu, which can lead to hospitalizations, and in rare cases--death.  Reduce your risk of catching this virus or spreading it to others by getting your flu shot this fall.  Everyone over the age of 6-months-old is recommended for the vaccination, especially if you are frequently around an elder, infant, or person with a compromised immune system.  You can obtain a flu vaccine by contacting your physician's office or visiting a local WNY pharmacy that is offering the shot.  

Meal Prep for Success

Meal prep may seem daunting, but it is a time saver that also helps us to keep on track with nutrition and weight management goals.  Set aside 1-2 hours one day next week to roast all sorts of vegetables, your favorite lean protein, and make a whole grain such as brown rice or quinoa.  This way, you have all the ingredients ready to throw together for a quick, healthy lunch or dinner each day.  Keep it interesting by changing the flavor with sauces and spices.

Beat the Back to School Blues

Although some find going back to school daunting, summer doesn’t have to be the only season full of fun events!  Keep the fun going by prioritizing and scheduling fun activities.  Try a weekend camping trip, planting bulbs for the spring, baking the first apple pie of the season, or hosting a bonfire night!  Engaging fun or relaxing events is a form of self-care, and important in managing our stress levels.

Fall Fitness

Get moving outside this fall.  Apple picking, walking around a pumpkin patch, or hiking and exploring the start of the fall foliage are just some ideas to get your body moving.  Walking 30 minutes each day can help improve cardiovascular health, strengthen bones, reduce body fat, and reduce risk of many chronic conditions.  So, lace up those sneakers and get outdoors!

Ban Blue Light before Bed

Do you find yourself scrolling through your smartphone in bed?  It is a very common habit, but one that is detrimental to our sleep health.  Try to pick up a book and do some light reading before bed instead of using your smartphone, tablet, or television screen.  The blue light emitted from these devices actually stimulates our nervous system and keeps us from experiencing deep sleep.  You may also notice an improvement in your sleep by wearing blue-light blocking glasses if you spend a lot of time looking at a screen each day.

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