Healthy Fall

Stay Active and Keep Moving!

The days are getting a little shorter, but the cooler weather may mean that outdoor activity is more tolerable. If you are outside after dark, keep yourself visible and safe.

  • If you are walking, wear reflective gear and carry a flashlight. If you are biking, attach a light to your helmet or to your bike.
  • Try exercise on already established, well marked trails or visit the high school track.
  • Contact your local recreational or sports club. Fall is a popular time for new leagues to start. Seize the opportunity to try a new sport or activity.

Get Your Flu Shot

An annual flu shot is the easiest and most effective way to protect yourself from the flu. The flu is more than a sore throat and a runny nose—the flu is serious and will usually keep you out of work or school for five to seven days! You can get your flu shot at many different locations across the state and most health insurance plans cover the cost of a flu shot.

  • Call your doctor and make an appointment to get a flu shot.
  • Go to a public clinic. (see listing)
  • Schedule your child for a flu shot at his or her school. (see listing)
  • Ask your employer if they are hosting a flu clinic in the office.

Keep Safety in Mind for Fall Clean-Ups

  • When cleaning out gutters, safely secure any ladder you might be using and watch for electrical wires when you are moving a metal ladder.
  • If you use a fireplace, make sure to have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected before starting the first fire of the season.
  • When you turn the clocks back, change the battery in your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.