Any parent, kid or living being hates getting sick! Here are a few helpful tips that we teach at AOGC to keep our families and staff healthy!
1. Wash your hands- If you wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap you can avoid spreading germs. A lot of kids hate washing their hands so a fun way to do this is by singing a song! Singing "Happy Birthday" twice or for our older crowd the chorus of "Ooops! I did it again" by Britney Spears will add a little razzle dazzle in your day and in your kids healthy habits!
2. Coughing INSIDE your T-Shirts/ Sweaters/Leotards/Jerseys is a safe and polite way to help the spread of germs. The "vampire" cough does not work when it comes to sports like gymnastics. When spotting kids, coaches usually end up grabbing the students arm to ensure safety. Even kids playing around will grab at the arm or bump into the place where another child or toddler might have sneezed into!
3. Keeping a well ventilated area. Wether your at home, work, at a school or even in a gym. Its a good idea to open a window and let the air flow. Air purifiers can help! They "prevent sickness, especially during the sneeze-filled cold and flu season, by limiting the number of airborne germs." This was test[ed] by the accredited CAS Test Technical Servies measured a 99.99% removal rate of the 12 most common viruses and bacteria by the Classic 280iand Classic 480i, including swine flu, E. coli, and Enterovirus*".
Personally, we've gotten good deals on air purifiers at Home depot and Amazon!
4. Vitamin C! - Vitamin C is in a bunch of yummy treats! "Vitamin C is vital for your immune system, connective tissue and heart and blood vessel health". You might think that citrus fruits are the only source of Vitamin C but there is actually a "wide variety of fruits and vegetables [that] are rich in this vitamin and may even exceed the amounts found in citrus fruits"!
Heres a small list on those yummy, supper healthy sources of Vitamin C:
-Sweet Yellow Peppers
-Thyme ( 3 x more Vitamin C than Oranges & its a herb)
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5. Change out of your outdoor clothes into your home clothes as soon as you get home. After a long day of being out and about, who knows what you or the kids have walked through or touched! Changing out of "out door" clothes as soon as you get home is a good idea. This reduces the chances of bringing germs into your living area and spreading it to your loved ones.