6 Tips to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

 

How can it be December already? I can’t believe it’s the end of the year. And we are knee deep into the holiday season with parties, gift shopping, and even family vacations. Even though New Year’s is right around the corner and when we typically make a big promise to get back to the gym and cut out beer and pizza, right now may be a good time to take a close look at your habits and activities. 

Starting now and adding some activity and healthier habits into your schedule will make your New Year’s resolution that much easier to keep. Plus, you’ll go into the holiday party season with a plan, which will help you with the endless office lunches, happy hours and parties.

So, let’s talk about some ways to stay healthy or start healthier habits over the holidays. A word of advice - don’t get overwhelmed by doing everything on this list. Pick a couple items and then add on as you get comfortable. 

Drink more water 

Water is one fluid that everyone agrees should be consumed in large quantities. If you haven’t been a big advocate of drinking water, you’ll want to add a few more glasses of it to your daily menu, especially if you take on a new exercise activity. Plus, it will flush out toxins and keep your belly full, too. The amount of water you should take in varies from person to person

Move around 

Research shows that sitting is just as bad as smoking. Being active helps, but doesn’t offset a day spent sitting at your desk. A great way to break up that time spent behind your desk is by drinking more water and taking more trips to the bathroom during the day. See, two birds, right? You’re welcome. Otherwise, try adding some walking meetings to your schedule or take a stroll during lunch. Another option is to set an alarm to remind you every hour to get up and move for 10 minutes, the recommended timing to break up the day. 

Try running 

Running is an activity that doesn’t require a gym membership or any special equipment or gear. We do suggest picking up a good pair of running shoes to get started. But then, after that, it’s just you, a nice trail or sidewalk, and your running shoes. Running is an activity that can be squeezed into your day pretty easily, too. If you’re already an early bird, then try setting aside that time to run. Bonus: You get it done and can take on the day with your exercise checked off of the To Do list. Or, if you can’t swing it for the morning or evening, a run at lunch can get the blood flowing and give you more energy for the rest of your day. 

If you already run and want to mix things up or take it to the next level, consider signing up for a race or joining a running club. Running with friends can be fun and getting one of them to be your running buddy will help you stay motivated, too. 

Keep healthy snacks with you 

Some of the best snacks for you are actually very portable. Bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, carrots are all relatively low maintenance fruits and veggies and they are either packable on their own or can be prepared to go with you very easily. Organize your snacks the night before so you don’t forget them in the morning rush. Snacking on veggie and fruit goodness throughout the day will help you resist the temptations of the vending machine and get you partway towards your daily serving of fruits and veggies. Win. Win.

Wash your hands  

The CDC (and pretty much everyone in the infection control community) has stated the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of infection. And who wants to be sick over the holidays? The familiar reminder from our mothers when we were little “Wash up before supper!” is even more relevant now.

Start a health journal 

Changing your habits can be hard enough, but if you don’t have a support network, well, that just adds a new layer to your challenge. One way to stay on top of your new healthy habits is to keep a journal of your activity. It helps you plan ahead, stay motivated, reach your goals and to be mindful of your indulgences. For example, this journal was written by professional runners and includes tips and motivational messages.

This is definitely not a comprehensive list, but it’s a start. Because our mission is to help you stay healthy (and free of infection) - and let’s face it, it’s more fun to be well during the holiday season - we hope you are inspired to make some healthy changes to your lifestyle. What are you waiting for? Get going!

What would you add to this list? What works for you? Let us know in the comments!

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Finding Germs & Fighting Them With Every Fiber

Prime Medical Gives Back with Scrubs Donation to CURE Zambia

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Prime Medical, the producer of the SAF-T line of bactericidal apparel and textiles for healthcare, has donated 88 sets of scrubs to CURE International's Zambia hospital. The scrubs, which kill 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria on contact, will help protect patients and staff from harmful pathogens that can lead to deadly infections.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 10 out of every 100 hospitalized patients in a developing country will acquire at least one hospital-associated infection (HAI). These infections result in more than 100,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone. While limited data is available, experts predict that these numbers are even higher in low-income and developing countries like Zambia.

"Giving to those who give of themselves is the cornerstone of our business philosophy," said Jim Sampey, CEO of Prime Medical. "The staff at CURE International truly give of themselves to serve others, and we're proud to support them with this donation."

CURE International operates charitable hospitals and programs in 29 countries around the world. The hospitals specialize in treating children with orthopedic conditions such as clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns and hydrocephalus.

"These children deserve the very best we can give them, and preventing infection is so critical to the quality of care we can provide," said Andrew H. Groop, vice president of operations, CURE International. "It's reassuring to know that Prime Medical is helping us raise the standard of treatment for the children in our care."

SAF-T is the only line of healthcare apparel and textiles to use BioSmart® by Milliken, a patented fabric technology that binds chlorine to the surface of fabric to continuously kill 99.9 percent of harmful pathogens for as long as 120 days between wash cycles. Each laundering with EPA-registered bleach completely recharges the germ-killing effectiveness through 75 wash cycles, with no loss of efficacy and without fading the fabric.

Since 2014, Prime Medical has donated nearly 550 sets of bactericidal scrubs to CURE International. The organization is currently planning its fourth donation, which will benefit Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines.

About Prime Medical
Prime Medical is the parent company and producer of the SAF-T line of products – an innovative unique line of bactericidal privacy curtains, linens, towels and healthcare apparel that kills 99.9 percent of common germs and bacteria on contact. Made in the USA, SAF-T products provide staff and patients continuous protection from harmful microorganisms that can lead to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). For more information, visit www.primemedical.com or www.saf-t-scrubs.com.

About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian health care network that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God's love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Since 1998, CURE has had over 2.5 million patient visits, provided over 180,000 life-changing surgeries, and trained over 7,200 medical professionals.

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University of Dayton Leading the Charge in the Fight Against Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)

The Physician Assistant Practice program has purchased SAF-T™ scrubs from Prime Medical

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 23, 2016 -- When classes begin this fall, the University of Dayton master of physician assistant practice program will be the first teaching organization in the United States to outfit students in revolutionary germ-killing apparel. The program's students will be outfitted in Prime Medical's SAF-T™ scrubs, an innovative line of bactericidal apparel for healthcare that continuously kills germs on contact.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75,000 patients died in acute care hospitals as a result of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in 2011 alone. Unprotected textiles in healthcare are known carriers of these harmful pathogens. A report in the American Journal of Infection Control indicated more than 60 percent of hospital nurses' and physicians' uniforms tested positive for dangerous bacteria.

SAF-T products protect patients from HAIs by killing harmful germs and bacteria and preventing them from spreading.

"It is very exciting to know that our students, staff and the patients they treat will be protected from harmful pathogens that can lead to infections," said Kevin R. Kelly, dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton. "We're pleased to lead the way in adding this new layer of infection prevention to our teaching environment." 

SAF-T is the only line of healthcare apparel and textiles to use BioSmart®, a patented fabric technology that binds chlorine to the surface of fabric to continuously kill 99.9 percent of harmful pathogens for 120 days between wash cycles. Each laundering with EPA-registered bleach completely recharges the germ-killing effectiveness through 75 industrial wash cycles, with no loss of efficacy and without fading the fabric.

Bactericidal soft surfaces, such as SAF-T scrubs, augment existing infection prevention protocol, including hand hygiene, hard surface disinfection and instrument sterilization. Rather than serving as a fomite – an object that contributes to the spread of deadly infections – these textiles reduce HAIs and improve patient outcomes.

"Bactericidal fabrics are the new frontier in healthcare apparel, particularly as antibiotic-resistant super-bugs and HAIs continue to rise," said Jim Sampey, CEO of Prime Medical. "We're pleased that the University of Dayton is taking the steps to protect healthcare staff and patients from preventable infections, while also shining a light on new infection prevention protocols for tomorrow's healthcare professionals."

About Prime Medical
Prime Medical is the producer of the SAF-T™ line of products – a unique line of bactericidal privacy curtains, linens, towels and healthcare apparel that kills 99.9 percent of common germs and bacteria on contact. Made in the USA, SAF-T products provide continuous protection from harmful microorganisms that can lead to HAIs. For more information, visit www.primemedical.com or www.saf-t-scrubs.com.

About The University of Dayton
The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research university and Ohio's largest private university. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (Marianists), the University is characterized by the Marianist educational philosophy of learning in community, welcoming all, serving others, intellectual curiosity and academic rigor, to foster servant-leaders who connect learning with leadership and service. http://udayton.edu.

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Celebrate Nurses Week and #EmbraceSAFT to WIN

In celebration of the upcoming National Nurses Week 2016, we want to see how you embrace a culture of safety at work for chance to win a FREE set of SAF-T™ scrubs, a warm-up jacket or a lab coat!  

Starting on April 15, 2016, take a few moments each day to light up Twitter and Instagram with pictures, selfies, videos or quotes using the hashtag #EmbraceSAFT. Show the world how you and your colleagues embrace safety in healthcare every day.

We’ll keep tabs on all the #EmbraceSAFT posts and will randomly choose one winner each day during National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12, 2016) for some sweet SAF-T swag!

So grab your smartphone, smile, click, post and repeat … not only for a chance to WIN, but to spread the culture of safety and celebrate nursing in your workplace.

Did you know? SAF-T offers the most revolutionary scrubs and lab coats for healthcare professionals – as well as patient gowns, bedding, towels and cubicle curtains. Utilizing a patented fabric technology, all SAF-T products are powered to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including Staph, Hepatitis A, Pneumonia, E. Coli and Salmonella. It’s sophisticated science that powers the fabric, but the end result is simple… SAF-T protects you and your patients from the germs that often lead to HAIs.

Embrace the culture of SAF-T… it starts with you!

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Emergency Departments should look at soft surfaces to prevent infection

We were excited to read that the ACHE is focused on HAIs in Emergency Departments and respectfully submit that Prime Medical has a simple solution. Our SAF-T bed linens, cubicle curtains, patient gowns, lab coats and scrubs kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on contact for the life of the product. We use a patented fabric technology that retains the chlorine molecules from each wash cycle, to power our soft surfaces with the sanitizing effect of bleach.

If hospital executives are serious about reducing HAIs, it's time to consider how the fabric products in the ED can become your greatest tool to fight infection. Surround your patients and staff with SAF-T: our  patient gowns, sheets, curtains and staff apparel are the only products that kills 99.9% of staph, pneumonia, E. coli, salmonella and other virulent pathogens - and maintain full efficacy through the life of the product!

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Patient Safety Awareness Week Draws Attention to Dangers Such as HAIs

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) have been in the news a lot lately. There is a clear need for innovative solutions to the problem. Best practices such as hand hygiene, and protective gear can only go so far. Soft surfaces can become a key weapon in the fight against these deadly infections.

The CDC released the latest Vital Signs report on HAIs and the news is not great. More needs to be done to stop HAIs. The key actions outlined to prevent antibiotic resistant infections include: Preventing infections from catheters and after surgery, stopping the spread and improving antibiotic use. Further, the report recommends that gowns and gloves should be used when treating patients with HAIs. Many other soft surfaces in the patient environment can undermine best practices, such as privacy / cubicle curtains, bed sheets/pillowcases, scrubs, and patient gowns.

Also released recently, the newest Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) from the CDC highlights the status of policies and practices designed to address 10 important public health problems. The report features an interactive map that details each states’ health topics, including HAIs.

Also in the news, St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens, Ga utilized UV light as a protocol to reduce the spread of HAIs on the hard surfaces of their facility. The team at St. Mary’s is commended for their forward-thinking innovative approach. Taking the HAI fight a step further by addressing soft surfaces would prove time and resources well spent.

Coincidentally, March 13-19 is Patient Safety Awareness week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of threats like HAIs and reminding us “we are all patients.” Created by the National Patient Safety Foundation, Patient Safety Awareness Week is the culmination of the United in Patient Safety Campaign. The National Patient Safety Foundation is providing a number of ways to get involved - including taking the pledge for patient safety. Prime Medical is proud to be a supporter of this important week. We have shared information through our social media accounts to raise awareness.

How will you support Patient Safety Awareness week? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section  below.

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