Fall is upon us and winter is just around the corner. That means it is also influenza season. Influenza, or flu, season begins in October and can last through May.
Typical flu symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffed-up nose, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. The flu virus is extremely contagious and can spread from one person to another when someone talks, sneezes or coughs, even six feet away.
Alameda Hospital’s Community Health Fair, billed as “Alameda’s premiere health and wellness event of the year” has been scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Representatives from the hospital will offer free flu shots to the public (14 and older only) while supplies last.
The College of Alameda held a Health and Wellness Fair for the public on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a variety of booths including a destressing station. A stage was packed with non-stop singers, dancers, actors and athletes throughout the event.
Mariner Square Athletic Club and Cafe Muse restaurant head chef and owner Juliet Lockwood coordinated the event, which included several health and wellness instructors from the club and several members donating their time all day. The various booths provided information on health causes.
A question was asked by a person who wanted to change a person’s way of looking at the world. She said that this individual tends to be critical, rejecting and unhappy. I address this concern regularly in my office.
We often have a tendency to focus on the less-than-ideal things in our lives. We are more inclined to criticize someone than compliment them.
Former Miss California USA participant Jessica Robinson, known locally as Miss Alameda, has joined up with Alameda’s ReThink Disposable program to involve high school students in a new environmental project to help 100 local businesses go “packaging free.”
The young people will produce creative work such as posters and films to complement the work of on-the-ground champions who are engaging businesses. The program saves the average small business thousands of dollars each year in packaging costs as well as reducing the impact of trash on the local environment.