Winter Health Tips

6 Steps to a Healthy Winter Season

From preventing illness, to smart snacking, winter weather safety and more, Dr. Michelle Fuselier provides six tips for how you can stay healthy during the colder months.

1. Get Your Flu Shot. Flu is the #1 illness treated at University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. Immediate Care in Columbia during the winter months. Fever, body aches, work days missed and more can all be avoided by getting the flu vaccine.

2. Make Healthy Choices. Don't let the cold keep you from staying active and eating a well-balanced diet. "Pace yourself, limit daily snacking, set boundaries, and add 30 minutes of cardio to your day 3 - 4 times per week," says Dr. Fuselier.

3. When You Do Snack, Snack Smart! "One of my favorite healthy snacks is steamed edamame," says Dr. Fuselier. "One-half cup equals 100 calories, 8 grams of fiber, and is a great source for folate, vitamin K and iron."

4. Be Prepared for the Unexpected. Keep Gatorade, nuts, an extra blanket, a jacket, gloves and a flashlight in your car. Also, have a back-up cell phone battery fully charged in case you're stranded during inclement weather.

5. Monitor Your Body. Shoveling snow, slipping on ice - winter weather brings a greater possibility of personal injury. "Seek medical attention after loss of consciousness, double or blurry vision, headache, chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness or tingling," says Dr. Fuselier. 

6. Care for Your Skin. Skin is the human body's largest organ, so it's important to take care of it year round, and particularly during winter months. Dr. Fuselier recommends using a daily emollient, as some lotions contain alcohol which can be even MORE drying to the skin.

Meet Our Expert

Michelle L. Fuselier, MD  
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, 
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Medical Degree: University of Kansas Medical Center
Residency: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Special Interests: Family Medicine, Immediate/Urgent Care

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