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Flu shot myths


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Less than 50 percent of Americans got the flu shot last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The misconceptions surrounding influenza vaccinations can be as rampant and hard to fight as the virus itself.

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Is it a cold or the flu?


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It's that time of year when the world is more susceptible to hundreds of cold and flu viruses making the rounds. When symptoms start, it may be hard to know if you’re suffering from a cold or the flu.

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Knocking out the flu


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Doctors at the North Carolina Department Health and Human Services Department have said that the state has experienced a spike in flu activity since the middle of December. More worrying, they caution the heightened activity may cause more deaths.

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Make the most of your health in 2017


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Committing to boosting your health is a great way to start 2017, but it’s important to go about achieving your New Year’s resolutions in the right way.

Dr. Eric Warren of Novant Health Waxhaw Family & Sports Medicine provided some simple tips to make sure you start your road to good health in 2017 on the right foot.

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Let food be thy medicine


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Your diet can say a lot about your health.

When it comes to premature death and disease, a poor diet ranks as one of the top risk factors, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Working out in winter

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If you like to exercise outside, it’s tempting to just soldier through colder weather without changing your routine too much. However, cooler temperatures can greatly affect everything from your muscles to certain medical conditions.

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7 tips to keep your diet on track


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It’s officially the season of cookies and candy canes, sugarplums and savory pies. But a festive holiday spirit doesn’t mean you have to reach for your fat pants. Follow these easy tips to keep your diet and exercise on track during the holidays. When the scale reads the same – or something even better – come January, that’ll really be something to celebrate!

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How Does the Flu Virus Spread?

The flu virus spreads from person to person through sneezing or coughing near another person, or onto an object or surface, which is then touched by another person who touches his or her face, eyes, nose or mouth.

Practice good health habits

This flu season, practice good health behaviors and teach these same behaviors to your friends and family:

  • Avoid close contact
  • Keep at least 6 feet from anyone who appears sick. This is called "social distancing"
  • Stay home if you have a fever >100°. Do not go to school or work with a fever.
  • Don't share food, drinks, make-up or other items that could transfer germs.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Manage stress
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer