Winter 2014 Health Link Online

HealthLink Online

Uniting Children, Parents, Caregivers, and Health Professionals

Properly functioning Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems reduce health problems. They dilute infectious particles in the air, so people in the facility don’t get sick easily. Good ventilation controls odors and exposure to pollutants. A properly functioning HVAC filter removes dust and dirt, keeping the facility cleaner.

Children over 12 months of age and all adults should drink water. Clean, safe water helps all parts of the body work well. Choose water instead of sugar sweetened or carbonated beverages. Water has no sugar, fat, or calories. Drinking water for thirst  helps prevent obesity. 

Go to the now functioning “Health Insurance Marketplace” to apply for coverage. Many early educators are eligible for reduced cost insurance. The options include subsidized private insurance, Medicaid, the state’s Child Health Insurance Plan as well as unsubsidized plans.

 Colds, coughs and runny noses are more common in the winter than in any other season. Poor circulation of air, dry heated air and crowded indoor spaces make it easier to share germs that make people sick.