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Sack the Flu for the Super Bowl

By Adrianna Bradley

Super Bowl LII is right around the corner and while there will be lots of cheering and sharing of food during the game, DHEC wants you to sack the flu at your Super Bowl party.

DHEC’s most recent flu surveillance report shows as of January 31, 84 people in South Carolina have died from the illness. Flu activity in the Palmetto State is continuing to increase. It is unknown when the flu season will peak.

Don’t let the flu defeat you. Here are some tips to help you build a stronger defensive lineup against the virus during your Super Bowl festivities.

  • If you’re sick or someone in your home is sick, bench yourself and stay at home.
  • If you’re planning to host a party and get sick with the flu, forfeit the party and visit a healthcare provider.
  • Don’t get a penalty flag for spreading your germs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Show good sportsmanship and avoid sharing germs. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands patriotically, even if you hate Tom Brady. Don’t hesitate to call frequent timeouts for handwashing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid illegal touching by using the appropriate utensils to fix your servings. Use a spoon or tongs if there’s a super bowl of chips or nuts. Don’t double dip or plunge your hand into bowls.
  • Run interference for yourself and others by cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • If your team makes a touchdown or big play, avoid holding or high fives and kisses with your friends. Try dancing or an elbow bump to celebrate.

Let’s not forget the best protection against the flu is the flu shot. To learn more about how to protect yourself, family, and friends against the flu, please visit scdhec.gov/flu.

From Other Blogs: Super Bowl leftovers, health and safety tips for mass gatherings, cancer

A collection of health and environmental posts from other governmental blogs.

End Game Strategies for Super Bowl Leftovers

The game is over and your team WON, or maybe not. But two things remain after the game — friendly rivalries and lots of leftovers. There are some important rules you need to follow regarding Super Bowl Party leftovers to ensure your loved ones don’t get foodborne illnesses after the game. — From the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) blog

Four Health and Safety Tips for Mass Gatherings

There is strength in numbers – both in public health and in public safety. The more people who take action to protect themselves, the better prepared a community is for an emergency.

Communities take different forms. At a mass gathering like the Super Bowl, the Olympics, or in a public place like the airport, the community includes people you do not know, but whose actions could help prevent a catastrophe or save your life. Here are four things you can do to prepare yourself and protect others when traveling to, and attending, a mass gathering event. — From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) The Topic Is Cancer blog

Inspiring and Taking Action Against Cancer

World Cancer Day, observed annually on February 4th, raises awareness about cancer worldwide. For me, it is a time to look back on how far we’ve come in lowering the number of cancer cases and deaths. Today, it’s just as important to set our sights on a future where every person has the right information, makes healthy choices that prevent cancer before it starts, has the right screening at the right time, and gets good cancer treatment no matter where they live. — From the CDC’s Public Health Matters blog

Cervical health awareness

According to the American Cancer Society, each year in the U.S. nearly 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. But cervical cancer is a preventable and treatable cancer, thanks to improved screening and vaccination.

Jennifer Risinger, MD, Parkridge OB/GYN, encourages all women to stay up-to-date on their Pap smears. “Cervical cancer is a completely preventable disease. Women can dramatically reduce their risk of getting cervical cancer and dying from cervical cancer by having Pap smears.” — From Flourish, Palmetto Health’s blog

It’s Game Time: Healthier Super Bowl Food

By Adrianna Bradley

The Super Bowl, coming up this weekend, is often a time to indulge in chicken wings, pizza and alcoholic beverages.  While tasty, many of these foods are high in fat, sugar, salt and calories. We have some nutritious alternatives to satisfy your taste buds, and still walk away a winner.

Also, here’s some healthy tips from our Office of Nutrition to help you enjoy game day.

  • Start your day with exercise: It is easy to skip exercise on game day. Score a touchdown by starting the day off with a little exercise. Go for a brisk 30-minute walk, jog or run, or pop in an exercise DVD.  It does not matter what you, just that you do it!
  • Eat before the party: Take a timeout to eat a healthy meal before the party. If you show up hungry you are more likely to overeat.
  • Focus on fruits and veggies: Intercept calories from fat and sugar, and reduce your salt intake by filling your plate with fresh fruits and veggies. If you are hosting, provide healthy alternatives to your guests to provide balance on the plate.
  • Monitor your portion sizes: Stay inbounds with your calories for the day.  Make a plate of snacks and walk away from the table. Avoid mindlessly eating more than you need.
  • Remember beverages count too: Drink water or provide a fruit-flavored water to your guests as an alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda and sweet tea. If you are consuming alcoholic beverages, practice proper portion sizes: Limit your alcoholic beverages to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.