Turkey Thawing Tips to Ensure a Safe Thanksgiving

Gobble Gobble….Turkey TipsThis Health Tip brought to you by Parrish Medical Center will ensure that your Thanksgiving guests will have an enjoyable dinner without the worries of becoming ill from a contaminated turkey.  


(HealthDay News) — You don’t want Thanksgiving guests to become sick from contaminated turkey, so make sure you thaw your holiday bird safely. The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service offers this advice: Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator. Allow 24 hours per 4-to-5 pounds of turkey, and make sure the bird is stored in a pan or container to prevent contaminating other food. Cook within one to two days of thawing. Place your frozen turkey in a leakproof plastic bag and submerge in cold tap water, changing the water every 30 minutes. Allow about 30 minutes of thawing time per pound of turkey, and cook immediately after thawing. Thaw your turkey in the microwave according to the instructions on the package. Make sure you cook the turkey immediately after microwaving. Keep turkey frozen until you are ready to defrost. – See more at: http://healthbridge.parrishmed.com/health-tip-safely-thaw-thanksgiving-turkey#sthash.8cIjNUr6.dpuf




The Return of the Snowbirds: Q & A with Leland CAMs

  1. What kind of issues can arise with the return of the snowbirds and how do you handle these issues?

With the return of the winter months also come the snowbirds. This influx of residents within the community can put a strain on community resources, especially common areas and amenities. Community Association Managers should be conscientious of the increase in demand and make adjustments were needed. Whether the clubhouse needs to add an extra class to their fitness schedule or simply ensure the pool is stocked with extra towels; making these changes for your snowbird residents will help ensure their satisfaction with the association.

Precautions should be taken to ensure the administrative side of their transition is smooth. Management companies should create a streamlined process to ensure mailing address are updated and important documents are not being sent to their northern homes.  Communities can also expect to see an increase in architectural review applications and attendance at monthly board meetings. Of course, keeping in communication throughout the year via newsletters and brochures also helps to reduce the amount of issues snowbirds may encounter in their transition back to Florida.

  1. Are there any events held to welcome back the snowbirds? Describe what is done and any comments on these “Welcome Home” events.

Many of our communities host “snowbird socials” for their returning residents. These events range from BBQ luncheons to throwback movie nights but all feature food, fun and Florida sunshine. Other communities simply send out a welcome letter containing dates for social events within the community and any updates they should be aware of.

How Much Sleep is Enough?

This article brought to you by the UCF College of Medicine.

All of us have had sleepy days when we’re just not operating at full capacity. In recent years, however, sleep deprivation has morphed into an epidemic. In fact, an estimated 50-70 million American adults report having sleep or wakefulness disorders, something the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now regards as a major health crisis.

Increasingly, sleep deprivation is linked to hazardous incidents like motor vehicle crashes, industrial accidents and medical errors, just to name a few. And the impact on our health is tremendous. People who don’t get enough sleep are at higher risk of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity. It also impacts the incidence of cancer, increases mortality, and reduces quality of life and productivity.

When it comes to the amount sleep we should get, we now know the standard recommendation of 8 hours per night just doesn’t fit everyone. Sleep needs vary from person to person, and are impacted by our lifestyle and health. However, the National Sleep Foundation provides these sleep guidelines:

  • Newborns (0-2 months) – 12-18 hours
  • Infants (3-11 months) – 14-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-3 years) – 12-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5 years) – 11-13 hours
  • School Age Children (5-10 years) – 10-11 hours
  • Teens (11-17 years) – 8.5-9.5 hours
  • Adults (18+ years) – 7-9 hours

Knowing how much sleep we need and actually getting it are two very different things, but there are a few “sleep hygiene” strategies to consider. For example, a relaxing routine before bedtime conducted away from bright lights (and electronics) can help reduce anxiety and ease you into dreamland. Sticking to the same bedtime and wake time, even on weekends, will help regulate your body’s clock and make falling asleep and waking much easier. And as much as you want that “power nap,” try to avoid it, if possible. Even adding light exercise into your daily routine can help shift your sleep patterns, but beware that many people find it difficult to sleep after exercising in the evenings. And don’t underestimate the effects alcohol and caffeine have on your sleep. Try to avoid them both late.

If you’re still not sleeping well, take a look around your bedroom to see if anything in your environment needs an overhaul. For optimal Zs, researchers suggest sleeping in a room that’s between 60-67 degrees, free from light and disturbing noises. Many find it beneficial to install “blackout” curtains, as well as add “white noise” in the form of a humidifier or fan to block unwanted sound. Also make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable, supportive and free from allergens. Industry experts recommend switching out mattresses every 9 or 10 years and adding hypoallergenic covers to pillows.

If you still find yourself sleepwalking through the day and are not coming close to your target sleep times, seek the advice of your physician. There are many new therapies that may help you get the sleep you need.

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