Is your Valentine taking you places?

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If you are going on a romantic getaway, proper preparations will definitely ensure a more enjoyable time. Are vaccinations required? Do you need special items, such as sunscreen or insect repellant? Are you on chronic medication and do you have enough for the trip? If you’re going on a cruise, learn the sanitation inspection scores for specific ships. Know what’s happening en route or at your travel destination.

Easy does it

If you drink alcohol, don’t go overboard. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. It is also the third leading cause of preventable death. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should not drink any alcohol. There are so many delicious non-alcoholic options available, you can cheer it up all you like, without any regret.

Safety first

Are you considering a new, potentially risky, or unsafe activity? Be sure to use appropriate safety gear, including seat belts, life vests, and helmets to help prevent injury. Sparks are sure to be flying, so if you decide to cook a romantic dinner, light some candles, or have a cozy fire, don’t leave it unattended.

Be a lover, not a fighter. Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence, than men. Don’t drink alcohol if you’re prone to violence and never engage in any form of drug use.

Make A Date With Your Heart!

Valentine’s Day is a great time to start paying closer attention to your ticker and be heart-healthy.

  • Prevent and control high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be active.
  • Eat healthy.

Enjoy more goodness

Consider making a healthy meal for Valentine’s Day. Serve food lower in salt and fat content, provide more fruits and vegetables, and make less sugary sweets for an overall healthy Valentine’s Day. Also, consider that your valentine may have allergies, asthma, diabetes, or other health conditions. You can be sensitive to your valentine by finding out if certain foods, flowers, pets, stuffed animals, or other items might affect their health.

Spread the Love, only

Protect yourself from the cold and flu. Wash hands often, avoid close contact when you or someone you know is sick, and get your annual flu shot. Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. Abstain from sex. If you choose to have sex, use latex condoms, which can lower the risk for STIs and unintended pregnancy. Having a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner may help lower your risk.

Valentine’s day should really be a special occasion to celebrate all good things associated with the heart. We know there’s more to you than just chocolate and stuffed teddies. SO with a little more care and consideration, you can add meaning to your day, which will make it more memorable for a long time to come.

Our Durbell Clinics can help you with any travel concerns or related tests and vaccines. Speak to any of our Clinic staff or your pharmacist. We also have health and beauty experts available to help you with any other Valentine’s ideas, so be sure to pop in and we’ll make sure you’re set to go wherever your heart desires.