I’ll have a shot of that. Or not.
12/11/2013 Send Feedback
Now that Black Friday is over (thank goodness), it seems like every other thing you read and hear says “get a flu shot.” If you get the flu vaccine then you’re immune to the flu altogether, right? Wrong. There are more strains of the flu than there are mall Santa’s, so don’t stop washing your hands any time soon. This blog is not telling you whether to get the flu vaccine or not; it’s trying to help you make an educated decision based on gathered information that you don’t hear every day (let’s be very clear; I’m no doctor but I do have a working brain).
We’ve all had the flu at least one time in our lives, and let’s face it; food tastes much better on the way down. Most people think that just one shot a year prevents the flu. A seasonal flu vaccine can only protect you from certain strains of the flu. These are the strains that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has predicted will be most prevalent or most likely to cause a pandemic (scary word!) in the upcoming season. So, the vaccine can only go so far in flu prevention. The seasonal flu shot may be separate from the H1N1 shot.
TRUE about the FLU: You can still catch the flu even if you get vaccinated. There, I’ve said it. Plus, I know some of you out there REALLY don’t like needles anyway.
Boo needles…hooray dumbbells! Here’s a solution for the needle-phobic; exercising (visit www.greeleygov.com/rec for winter recreational fun!) and eating healthy will help keep colds (yes even the flu) at bay. Increased heart rate, perspiration and respiration from exercise all help produce antibodies (virus-attacking cells) in the bloodstream. Though you may catch a ‘bug,’ your body will be more equipped to fight it so you may not even realize you had it in the first place. So go pump that iron! After you’ve worked up an appetite, grab any and every leafy-green, red, or yellow vegetable/fruit you can get your hands on. These foods contain “phytochemicals,” or the stuff that gives plants their deep colors and provides antioxidants: beets, pomegranates, kale, broccoli, bell peppers, etc. Many of these are considered ‘Super Foods’ and help boost the body’s immune system.
TRUE about the FLU: Help fight off the flu faster with fruit and veggies! Salads and vegetable juice can keep you hydrated and deliver virus-battling antioxidants.
Another way to thwart the flu virus is as simple as washing your hands. Wash your hands often, and tell your children to do the same. Use warm water and soap, and take your time; 20 seconds of lathering is recommended. Liquid hand sanitizer is a good thing to have ‘handy’ on the go. Avoid touching your face and eyes with your hands, and no nose-picking! As a courtesy to others (Just call me Miss Manners), please cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough—use your elbow, not your hands!
TRUE about the FLU: The percentage of the U.S. population that will get the flu, on average, each year is between 5% and 20%. (according to WebMD)
This next bit of information may surprise you. But you have every right to know what you are putting in your body when you get a flu shot, or any vaccination for that matter. The components used in a vaccine do vary by manufacturer. Most use thimerosal, a preservative that contains ethyl mercury. Studies have shown there is a correlation between this chemical compound and autism in children. Mercury in any form is toxic to nerve cells, the brain, arterial linings and the body’s tissues. It has been connected to an increase in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, memory loss, depression, anxiety, ADD, heart disease, hypertension and birth defects. Formaldehyde is another common preservative that may be found in the flu shot and other vaccines. We all know what that’s used for (anyone remember high school biology class?). Formaldehyde is believed to compromise the immune system and cause genetic damage, neurological system damage, circulatory shock, respiratory inadequacy, and acute kidney failure. It’s a known carcinogen, or cancer-causing material. Of course, vaccines contain these elements in small quantities, but contain them nonetheless. The best way to figure out what you are being injected with is to do a little research beforehand. Ask your doctor’s office who the manufacturer of their vaccine is. Then look up that vaccine’s product insert information in the link posted below. Get the FACTS before you get the VACC, and be aware of your options!
Helpful info links:
(2013-2014 Manufacturer list)
*Product inserts for various vaccines from manufacturer. Contain ingredients, warnings, side effects, clinical trial information.*
Don’t Let Thanksgiving ‘Tired Turkey Syndrome’ Make You “Tryp”…
11/13/2013 Send Feedback
November is a significant month; Daylight Savings Time ends, we celebrate Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day, the beginning of Hanukkah, and more. It’s a good month for snow, and a time to enjoy the festive fall Holidays with friends and family. When most people think of Thanksgiving, they think of turkey. When most people think of turkey they think of eating lots of it, and how *yawn* tired they become afterwards. Then another “T” word comes to mind; tryptophan. The amino acid Tryptophan gets a bad rap when it comes to Thanksgiving-after-dinner-tired-turkey- syndrome. But most people don’t realize that tryptophan is an essential part of the human diet contained in many commonly ingested foods. You might be surprised to find comparable amounts of tryptophan in beef, chicken, egg whites, cod, oats, soy beans and cheese.
Most meat contains tryptophan in amounts that would rival that of turkey. So, just eating large quantities of this tasty T-Day treat can’t logically be the sole cause of after-meal drowsiness. It’s more likely the other foods consumed along with the turkey (get ready for it); anything containing that dreaded “C” word, CARBOHYDRATES! The body’s natural reaction to carb ingestion is the release of insulin into the bloodstream, and through a complicated bio-chemical process I won’t attempt to bore you with, causes “feast-induced drowsiness”.
So Aha! It’s not the tasty turkey to blame when you find Grandma snoring in the rocking chair shortly after dinner; it’s the savory stuffing, cranberry and crescents, pumpkin pie and maybe even the gravy-loaded mashed potatoes. Watch out, they’ll get you. ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz…
It’s a good thing the Culture, Parks, & Recreation Department is offering plenty of opportunities to beat the holiday Z’s. Join us for Skate Your Turkey Off at the Greeley Ice Haus Friday, November 29th from 12pm-5pm. Admission is only $3 with a donation of 2 non-perishable food items for the Weld County Food Bank (includes skate rental!). Skate rental without donation is $2. Call 970.350.9402 for more information.
Or take a swim break at the Family FunPlex or Greeley Recreation Center! November 27th and 29th is open swimming from 1-5pm at both facilities. For details and prices call 970.350.9401.
We Are Here For You!
10/2/2013 Send Feedback
As we celebrate National Customer Services week, we want to recognize all of those that go above and beyond. Customer service is not just selling memberships, it is compassion. It is kind-heartedness. It is empathy, and having a genuine interest in the welfare of strangers.
The men and women of the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department (CPRD) do their best on a daily basis to serve the needs of Greeley and surrounding communities. Whether it’s registering children for sports or giving a tour of the Family FunPlex, our employees do it all. This past month, they went above and beyond their normal call of duty in assisting with the aftermath of the Colorado floods.
Many residents lost their homes; some lost everything but the clothes on their backs. These people, men and women, children and senior citizens, were left in total despair; and thanks to the American Red Cross, Weld Food Bank, the Salvation Army and the staff from the CPRD, they had a place to stay, hot food to eat, and warm showers and beds. The Greeley Recreation Center became a Red Cross Shelter overnight, and the CPRD staff became selfless volunteers full of compassion and care for those in need. Day after day they put aside their own needs and did whatever they could to make the Greeley Recreation Center a functional and welcoming shelter. The phone didn’t stop ringing for days it seemed, and more and more residents came in each day as they were rescued from the devastation all around. I have never seen so many people so willing to help, and soon many donations were coming in from all corners of the state.
As the rain continued, churches, non-profit organizations, and residents came together to provide the items needed at the shelter. Two young girls collected a bucket full of money and donated to those who were left homeless. Even a 9-year-old-boy contributed all his birthday money to the relief effort. The staff at the Recreation Center front desk is phenomenal. They worked hard during their regular shifts, and they worked even harder after hours answering phones, collecting donations, showing people where to go and engaging children in activities.
Although many CPRD staff and other City personnel helped out during this time of need, there were a few employees who were instrumental to the success of the shelter that should be recognized: Courtney Sweigard and Marissa Trujillo, from the Greeley Recreation Center front desk; Courtney Ciciotti from the Senior Center; Andy McRoberts, Director of CPRD; Dale Elder, Recreation Superintendent; and Jason Evenson, Union Colony Civic Center Technical Services Coordinator. In addition to volunteering their personal time, these folks still worked every scheduled shift without a single complaint and with a smile on their face. They gave up many hours of free time to assist anywhere necessary and to make sure everyone else had what they needed. And, to the many other City employees who helped out immensely, lost sleep, and volunteered their time at the Greeley Recreation Center and other City services and facilities — know that you are very much appreciated and the success of this emergency operation depended greatly upon your contributions. The CPRD department is so lucky to have a director like Andy, we are grateful for who you are! Last but not least, Red Cross staff, you are truly AMAZING!
Thank you, CPRD staff for providing outstanding customer service and going above the call of duty. Thank you, residents from Weld County (and beyond). In this community we can be assured that if help is needed, it will be given. We are here for you!
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