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Healthy Living: How to Prevent West Nile Virus

Summer is here, and pubic health officials are warning against a possible increase in cases of West Nile Virus this year. Many are worried about the higher number of mosquitoes this season due to warm and wet weather, but preventive measures can be taken to decrease the chance of contracting the virus.

Here are some steps you can take to protect your family from West Nile Virus:

Stop mosquitoes from breeding

  • Get rid of any standing water that may have accumulated in old tires, trash cans, buckets, etc.
  • Change water in bird baths, pet dishes and flower pots twice a week
  • Clean clogged gutters and cover trash cans
  • Maintain pools and spas, and make sure covers don’t hold pockets of water

Prevent mosquitoes bites

  • Use repellent. The most effective contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (do not use DEET products on children under two)
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Try to stay indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Install or repair screens

Be aware of mosquito activity:

  • Monitor activity levels by checking mosquito forecasts on sites like The Weather Channel.
Do you have any tips for keeping mosquitoes away? Share them with us.


Humana creates iPhone App for Healthy Lifestyles

The next time someone complains that you never put down your iPhone, you'll have a great excuse: Your iPhone may help you live longer.

Health insurance provider Humana has launched an iPhone app to promote health and well-being through gaming.

Colorfall, available at the iPhone store for $2.99, is a puzzle game designed to exercise cognitive and physical skills. Players earn points though puzzles and photo challenges that keep the mind and body moving.

This is the first in a series of games to be released by Humana designed to encourage healthy behaviors.

You can test drive Colorfall at www.HumanaGames.com


International Students Studying in the U.S. Pass on the Word about Study USA-Healthcare

Recently, Travel Insurance Services, a division of USI Affinity, posted an article about International Student Health Insurance at askfamilys.com (april 29, 2010) - International Students attending college in the U.S. must adapt to a great deal: Living within a different culture, communicating mainly in English, and expenses galore. With tuition, fees, books, lodging, and daily living expenses, a college student quickly learns how to live on a tight budget, and eats his share of pizza and mac and cheese. Any savings can help, like buying low-priced international student health insurance that can be a better value than many other plans. Study USA-HealthCare, known for its low rates, is having its best month ever for enrollment according to plan creator Travel Insurance Services, specialists in international medical insurance plans for over thirty years.

Read the rest of the article at askfamilys.com